Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, USA is celebrating the park’s 100th Anniversary right up until September 2015, so be a part of it with guest speakers, special events and community activities organised to commemorate the Centennial.
Centennial Ranger Programmes
You can join up with the free talks and walks with park rangers throughout each week. The talks are all suited to the season you are visiting, including topics on birds, bears, arts, road-building, antlers, waterfalls, historic sites and much more.
There’s also a regular Saturday-evening programme exploring the ‘wilderness, wildlife and wonder of the park’. Get more information at nps.gov.
Celebrate the Centennial with the Colorado Mountain Club
The Colorado Mountain Club was instrumental in the formation of Rocky Mountain National Park 100 years ago. Original members participated in a 1914 pack trip organised to give Arapaho names to area peaks and features in an effort to help persuade Congress to establish Rocky Mountain National Park.
Get out and about and take part in the climbs, hikes, and snowshoe walks of 100 of the 125 named peaks in the National Park, or for the plant lovers why not join the Wildflower Hikes let by Colorado Native Plant Masters, an insightful experience for you to learn about the flora and fauna of the Rocky Mountains.
Estes Park Events
The village of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park are celebrating all year long with special events including commemorative ceremonies, wildlife celebrations, beer & wine festivals, holiday events and cultural festivals. For a full list of the special events see here: visitestespark.com.
Beyond the Park
It’s not just in the Rocky Mountains where celebrations are occurring well beyond the park’s borders, other Colorado organisations are also getting involved.
Notably an RMNP Centennial Exhibit at the History Colorado Centre in Denver, art and historical exhibits relating to the park at the Loveland Museum, and a Historic Arts Show RMNP photography exhibit in Hot Sulphur Springs. For more information visit historycoloradocenter.org.