• Photo of early morning clouds hanging low in the valley with mountains of the Continental Divide stretched out above. NPS Photo/Schonlau

    Rocky Mountain

    National Park Colorado

History & Culture

People at ROMO 1915 dedication.
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The National Park Service was created to protect both natural and cultural resources side by side. Exploring the park's human past can tell us things about our role as park stewards now and in the future. The stories of Rocky Mountain National Park began with the earliest inhabitants and will continue for generations.

 
Enos Mills and daughter on Longs Peak

People

Everyone leaves their signature on the park. Meet some of Rocky's pioneers that influenced the park for good.

Historic photo of cars on Trail Ridge Road

Historic Events

Rocky Mountain National Park stories include over 100 years of drama, adventure, suspense and comedy.

Alpine visitors center

Places

Rocky's history lives. Read about the many historic sites in the park, then go drive, hike, and explore them!

Enos Mills' boots

Collections

Over 44,000 materials in Rocky's collections are available to study. What will you find?

limber pine lantern slide

Preservation

Find out how the park gives new life to historical artifacts.

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