Minturn, CO is a home rule municipality (a city incorporated under its own unique charter) in Eagle County, not far from the more well known ski villages of Vail and Beaver Creek. The town covers an area of about eight square miles and rests at an elevation of about 7861 feet (2396 meters).
“I learned a lot about the biota of the alpine environment. It was really interesting to observe how the dominant plant species changed as we climbed higher up the mountain, moving from full-sized trees to bushes and finally to very small flowering plants. Mountains such as that associated with St. Mary’s glacier have such a huge array of environments and niches that different organisms are adapted to, and I really appreciated seeing these changes during the hike today. It is interesting to consider the numerous impacts that the glacier has had on the flora and fauna on both relatively short and long timespans, shaping the macro- and micro-environments that were so evident on our hike today. ” – Zachary Scott