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    Rocky Mountain

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Places

Stead's Ranch in Moraine Park razed in 1963.
Razed in 1963, the Steads Ranch was developed after the purchase of the original Sprague family hotel in 1900 by the Stead family.  Stead's Ranch, located in Moraine Park, included a swimming pool, a golf course, rodeo grounds, stables, guest houses and a hotel.
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Historic Structures Historic Roads Historic Trails

When Congress passed the Rocky Mountain National Park Act in 1915, the legislators focused on Rocky's scenic and natural wonders. Still, what became the park held many cultural treasures including ancient trails, game drives, cattle ranches, and lodges. Early Superintendents tried to develop roads, backcountry cabins, and trails to blend with the surroundings. Rangers manipulated the landscape to look more "natural;" they suppressed fires, planted seedlings, and controlled predators. The National Park Service purchased private lands and removed buildings, roads, post offices, driveways, irrigation ditches, and fences.

After World War II, with park visitation increasing across the country, the National Park Service implemented Mission 66, a nationwide development and improvement program. Rocky, like many parks, suffered from outdated facilities. Mission 66 brought new comfort stations, overlooks, employee housing, campgrounds, and visitor centers to Rocky Mountain National Park.

During the 1960's, as cultural revolutions swept the nation, Congress passed significant environmental laws to protect the American landscape. Many of these affected the management of both natural and cultural resources in the National Parks. Every year, more cultural resources are identified and protected in Rocky Mountain National Park. Today a team of cultural and natural resource specialists work together to protect the park resources.

 

Did You Know?

a photo of aspens glowing with autumn gold,a photo of aspens glowing with autumn gold

In 1915, Congress created Rocky Mountain, the nation's 10th national park. Congress created the National Park Service in 1916.