History & Culture
The lands now known as Rocky Mountain National Park have been home to humans for at least ten thousand years. The landscape reflects the culture of the people who have walked it, from Native Americans to the modern visitor. The history and culture of Rocky Mountain National Park is dynamic and engaging. Exploring the past can tell us things about our present and future. In the Organic Act of 1916, the legislation that created the National Park Service, nature and culture were to be protected side by side. Check out the pages below to learn more about the people, places, and stories of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Humans were walking the landscape of Rocky Mountain National Park, long before Woodrow Wilson signed the park into law on January 25, 1915. There is evidence of human occupation from 10,000 years ago! Many different cultures have staked their claim on the landscape at one point or another, from Native Americans to Euro-American settlers. Today, the National Park Service maintains the land and its rich cultural heritage.
Did You Know?
Kawuneeche Valley is on the west side of the Continental Divide and channels water into the Colorado River. Kawuneeche means Coyote in Arapaho.