Pacific mountain system , series of mountain ranges that stretches along the Pacific Ocean coast of North America from northern British Columbia (Canada) to northwestern Mexico. They run for some 4,500 miles (7,250 km) in the United States and extend northward into Canada for another 1,000 miles (1,600 km).
|North American Cordillera|
|The mountainous western part of North America is called a “cordillera”.|
|Elevation||6,168 m (20,236 ft)|
The Rocky Mountains include at least 100 separate ranges, which are generally divided into four broad groupings: the Canadian Rockies and Northern Rockies of Montana and northeastern Idaho ; the Middle Rockies of Wyoming , Utah, and southeastern Idaho ; the Southern Rockies, mainly in Colorado and New Mexico ; and the
The Rocky Mountains , also known as the Rockies , are a major mountain range in western North America. Located within the North American Cordillera, the Rockies are distinct from the Cascade Range and the Sierra Nevada, which all lie farther to the west.
Compared to the highest peak of the Appalachians of 6,684 feet (Mount Mitchel), the Rockies highest peak is 14,440 feet (Mount Elbert). Alongside that, the Rockies stretch across the country almost twice as long as the Appalachian Mountains (1,500 miles compared to 3,000 miles).
The Rocky Mountains and Andes Mountains are not connected to one another. The Rocky Mountains are located within North America, while the Andes are
The Cordillera is located on the west coast of Canada and includes British Columbia , the Yukon , southwest Alberta and part of North West Territories. The climate of the Cordillera’s coast is mild, wet and rarely has snow that stays.
These activities include: skiing/snowboarding, dogsledding, ice climbing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and many more. Finally the Western Cordillera region is also known for having beautiful wildlife because of all of the mountains and forests that make up the provinces of the region.
the Great Basin