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Vegetable Gardening in the Rocky Mountains

The Rocky Mountains stretch from British Columbia to New Mexico and include more than 100 different ranges. Between many mountain ranges are rich river valleys. The Big Hole Valley, Bitterroot Valley, Gallatin Valley, Flathead Valley, and Paradise Valley have extensive agricultural resources. The parts of the Rockies in the US are divided into the Northern, Middle, and Southern Rockies with a separate section, the Wasatch Mountains, in Utah. The Southern and Middle sections are separated by the Wyoming Basin.

Rocky Mountain Vegetable Gardening Information

Growing Vegetables in the Colorado Mountains

Fruit (Including variety recommendations for Colorado)

Vegetables (Including variety recommendations for Colorado)

Heirloom Vegetables for Montana Gardens

Growing Tomatoes in Montana

Montana Vegetable Planting Date Guide

Growing Strawberries in Montana

Growing Rhubarb in Montana

Growing Garlic in Montana

Growing Minor Stone Fruit in Montana

Hotbeds and Coldframes for Montana Gardens

Growing Raspberries in Montana Gardens

Growing Vegetables in Montana (Article)

Gardening Tips for High Altitude (Article)

Idaho Fruit, Vegetable, & Herb Growing Information

Hoop House Greenhouses (High Tunnels)

Rocky Mountain Blogs and Personal Websites

High Altitude Gardening - Simple website with variety recommendations and other information for high altitude gardeners

High Altitude Gardening - A gardener shares experiences vegetable gardening in the Colorado Rockies with lots of pictures

Colorado Mountain Gardeners

Cold Climate Gardening Website - Page with information and comments about gardening at high altitude in the Rocky Mountains


Northern Rockies


Northern Rockies Local Gardening Support

The Northern Rockies extend from Northeast Washington through North and Central Idaho to Western Montana. They are composed of the Clearwater and Salmon River Mountains and the Sawtooth and Lost River ranges in Central Idaho, the Bitterroot Range along the Idaho-Montana line, the Front Ranges in Montana, and the Okanagan Highlands in Northeast Washington. Larger cities and towns include Missoula, Bozeman, Butte, Helena and Kalispell, Montana.

Local Groups

Garden City Harvest, Missoula

Montana Organic Association

Community Supported Agriculture

Bozeman Area Community Supported Agriculture


Idaho Gardening


Middle Rockies


Middle Rockies Local Gardening Support

The Middle Rockies stretch from Southeast Idaho and Western Wyoming through Utah. They include the the Yellowstone Plateau, the Absaroka, Teton, Wind River, and Wyoming Ranges and the Owl Creek and Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming and the Uinta and Wasatch Ranges in Utah.

Southern Rockies


Southern Rockies Local Gardening Support

The Southern Rockies extend from Southern Wyoming through Colorado into New Mexico. They include the Laramie, Medicine Bow and Wet Mountains, the Front Range, the Park, Mosquito, Sawatch, Elk, La Garita, San Juan, and Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The Southern Rockies are the system's highest section and include many peaks above 14,000 feet.

Local Groups

Grow Local Colorado