Forests

Conifer forest in Lake Hovsgol National Park

Conifer forest in Lake Hovsgol National Park

Much of northern Mongolia is covered in coniferous forests, the southern edge of the Siberian taiga.

Bogdkhan Strict Protected Area near Ulaanbaatar

Bogdkhan Strict Protected Area near Ulaanbaatar

Just a couple kilometers outside Ulaanbaatar lies world's oldest protected area, first established in 1778. Bogdkhan is one of many Protected Areas in Mongolia.

Birch forest near Ulaanbaatar

Birch forest, Bogd Khan Strictly Protected Area, near Ulaanbaatar

Birch and poplar are the most common deciduous trees in Mongolia. Near Ulaanbaatar you can find sizable birch forests on northern slopes alongside conifers.

Tuul river in fall

Poplar trees along the Tuul River

Poplar trees often line the river banks.

larch forest newar Ulaanbaatar

Larch forest near Ulaanbaatar

The larches around Ulaanbaatar turn a beautiful yellow in the fall.

Saxaul forest in the Gobi desert

Saxaul trees in the Gobi desert

Even in the Gobi desert there are "forests" of saxaul trees. These hardy trees will grow in extreme conditions.

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