Location

Computer Illustrations of the Cam Site

Rocky Mountain Alpine

TundraCam is located in the southern Rocky Mountains about 64 km (40 miles) northwest of Denver, Colorado (USA). The elevation is 3528m (11,600'). Image: Google Earth.

Near Boulder

TundraCam lies only 27 km (17 miles) west of Boulder, Colorado. The peaks at the head of the ridge form the Continental Divide. (2x vertical exaggeration, view to NW). Image: Google Earth.

Niwot Ridge LTER

Tundra-Cam is located within a Biosphere Preserve designated by UNESCO, the U.S. State Department, and the U.S. Forest Service. The Preserve has been selected by the National Science Foundation as the alpine tundra component of the national Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program, which consists of 26 sites. The Preserve includes portions of Niwot Ridge, Green Lakes Valley, and other areas. Niwot Ridge LTER is the longest-running multidisciplinary, long-term alpine and sub-alpine study site on the continent. Its research facilities are operated by the University of Colorado's Mountain Research Station, part of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. Portions of the trail between the TundraCam and the Research Station are visible above. Long's Peak lies 22 km (14 miles) to the north (upper right). (2x vertical exaggeration, view to NW). Image: Google Earth.

Saddle Site

TundraCam is mounted on the Tundra Lab Tower in the "Saddle" of Niwot Ridge. The peaks at the head of the ridge form the Continental Divide. (2x vertical exaggeration, view to W). Image: Google Earth.

Exact Location

Perspective view of Tundra Lab and portions of the Saddle. (2x vertical exaggeration, view to NW). Image: Google Earth. The exact location is 40 3'15.06"N and 10535'20.48"W. The nearest town is Ward, Colorado. If you want to interactively "explore" the area with 3D mapping software, download your own copy of the free Google Earth application, then download our TundraCam.kml file; once both are downloaded, double click on the TundraCam.kml file on your computer. We reccomend checking the "terrain" box in Google Earth and tilting the view a bit so that you can see the mountains in 3D.

Interactive Panoramas

Summer Interactive Panorama: See all around the horizon from a site just uphill of the "Saddle" where TundraCam is located. This 2001 "virtual reality" panorama is courtesy of Tim Riggs and Dave Underwood of The University of Colorado at Boulder.


Winter Interactive Panorama: See all around the horizon from a site just downhill of the "Saddle" where TundraCam is located. This 2001 "virtual reality" panorama is courtesy of Tim Riggs and Dave Underwood of The University of Colorado at Boulder.


More Interactive Panoramas: A number of sites along Niwot Ridge.

Video Tour

For 1-minute-long dynamic "flight" to TundraCam's location via Google Earth, pick a format: QuickTime | Flash


 

Niwot Ridge LTER Site

Tundra-Cam is located within a Biosphere Preserve designated by UNESCO, the U.S. State Department, and the U.S. Forest Service. The Preserve has been selected by the National Science Foundation as the alpine tundra component of the national Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program. (2x vertical exaggeration, view to NW). Image: Google Earth.