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Old 09-01-2012, 10:05 AM
 
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The American and Canadian Rockies as a whole. And the Sierra Nevadas. What is the more scenic range? I have been reading some studies and apparently the Rockies are crumbling and one day the Sierra nevads will resemble the Himalayas. But right now what is the better range?
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Old 09-01-2012, 11:16 AM
 
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The American and Canadian Rockies as a whole. And the Sierra Nevadas. What is the more scenic range? I have been reading some studies and apparently the Rockies are crumbling and one day the Sierra nevads will resemble the Himalayas. But right now what is the better range?
That's a hard question to answer, outside of Yosemite Valley, you can find pretty much the same type of terrain and vistas in both ranges depending on where you are going - you have 400 miles to choose from in the Sierras and more than twice that distance in the Rockies. As far as alpine mountains the Rockies are incomparable having the most 14,000 plus foot peaks outside of Alaska. And like I said, outside of Yosemite they are geologically pretty much the same. I would venture to guess that the Sierras are a bit more crowded but you can get hairy lost in both.

Personally, my plan is to train in the Rockies next summer for a trip to Nepal the following year. Which reminds me, you can stay in a major city like Denver, Bolder or Fort Collins and be at 10,000 ft plus in an hour.
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Old 09-01-2012, 11:30 AM
 
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PS - I forgot the Tetons are part of the Rockies and I don't think that there is anything comparable in the lower 48 because they don't have foothills so while they are lower than the Rockies in Colorado they don't look it.
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:01 AM
 
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> I have been reading some studies and apparently the Rockies are crumbling and one day the Sierra nevads will resemble the Himalayas.

I don't think this is happening over a short enough time scale to affect your vacation plans.
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:17 PM
 
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See the Rockies now before they crumble, then see the Sierra-Nevadas after they grow up.

I think it's a toss-up. You won't find the Giant Sequoias or anything like them in the Rockies, but you won't find glaciers and their milky green rivers in the Sierra-Nevadas. If I had to pick between the two, I'd cast my vote for the Rockies, particularly since you've included the Canadian Rockies with them.
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Great Plains
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My wife and I were over in the Tetons earlier this week. They are amazing! It was the first time my wife saw them, it took her breath away.
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Old 09-09-2012, 10:16 AM
 
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Both are breath taking, driving through the Sierra NV and seeing Tahoe, anytime of the year is like living in a picture only nature can provide, but the Grand Titons will take your breath away. I guess it is like asking, if I can only do one: should I see the Grand Canyon, Yosemite or Yellowstone?
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Old 09-09-2012, 03:59 PM
 
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Which supermodel is the most beautiful.

In fact, both ranges are very beautiful. However, IMO, nothing beats the scenes from the eastern edge of the Sierras as viewed from US395.
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Old 09-09-2012, 05:27 PM
 
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I don't think this is happening over a short enough time scale to affect your vacation plans.
Or his great, his great, great, great, great, great, great, great, grandchildren.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:31 PM
 
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Or his great, his great, great, great, great, great, great, great, grandchildren.
Thanks for the info had me worried......... thinking I had to move to Kansas!!
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