• 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

Schedule Of Events

Monthly Calendar of Events

When will you be visiting the park next? Click on the month below to see what Centennial Events are being offered during your trip! (This calendar is still being updated with event details, please keep checking back for the most updated information.)

January 2015
February 2015
March 2015
April 2015
May 2015
June 2015
July 2015
August 2015
September 2015

 

Complete Listing of Events

Year-round Activities

RMNP Centennial Ranger Programs
These FREE talks, walks, and evening programs with a ranger are offered throughout the year. Please consult our current park newspaper for ranger programs being offered right now.

Rocky Mountain Conservancy Centennial Seminar Series
Beginning in the Fall of 2014 and running through the end of 2015, the non-profit partner of RMNP, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy, will be offering full, half, and multi-day field classes through the RMC-Field Institute program to celebrate the Centennial. Visit www.rmconservancy.org and click on the "learn with us" tab to find out more about these classes.

Celebrate our Centennial with the Colorado Mountain Club (Starting September 2014)
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 organized to give Arapaho names to area peaks and features in an effort to help persuade Congree to establish Rocky Mountain National Park. James Grafton Rodgers, who began lobbying for designation as a national park in 1907, became the first president of the Colorado Mountain Club in 1912. Cut and paste this web address into your browser for details: http://www.cmc.org/About/YearoftheMountaineer/RMNPCentennial.aspx

  • Climbs, Hikes, and Snowshoes of 100 of the 125 Named Peaks in the Park
  • 100 Mile Hike Combo
  • Wildflower Hikes led by Colorado Native Plant Masters

YMCA of the Rockies Centennial Hikes (Starting September 2014)
The
YMCA of the Rockies has been leading educational excursions into Rocky Mountain National Park since the park's creation in 1915. Come enjoy the beauty and backcountry of the park with one of their talented hike-leaders. Fees: Free for YMCA guests, $20 day pass required for non-YMCA guests. Cut and paste this web address into your browser for details: http://www.y-hikes.com/index.html

Climb On! - an exhibit (September 26, 2014 - October 4, 2015)
Join us at the Estes Park Museum (200 Fourth Street, Estes Park) and experience the vertical side of Estes Park, home to some of the nation's most spectacular rock climbing. Granite boulders, sub-alpine crags, and high mountain walls make the Estes valley and surrounding high peaks a world class training ground for elite and amateur climbers alike. Learn about ascending rocky terrain and how individuals pioneered local routes that pushed the limits of gravity. 10am - 5pm daily. Free admission.

Grand Lake Chamber and Visitor Center 100th Anniversary Activities (Starting September 2014)
Starting in September 2014 and continuing through September 2015, the Grand Lake Chamber and Visitor Center will be offering activities for all ages.

  • 100th Anniversary Children's Coloring Map (with Crayon Pack): Young visitors will enjoy this way to explore the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park and learn unique details of the park's history.
  • Grand Lake "Then and Now" Walking Tour: This self-guided walking tour starts at the Grand Lake Chamber and Visitor Center and highlights many of the locations that RMNP visitors have enjoyed throughout the years. Visitors will find, in store fronts, photographic examples of Grand Lake's tourist destinations - then and now.
  • Grand Lake Geo-cache Adventure: Come experience this FREE Family Fun GPS treasure hunt using the Grand Lake Geocaching Challenge Passport that is available at the Grand Lake Visitors Center. Caches are located throughout the Grand Lake area and highlight many of the historical sights and attractions which have existed during the past 100 years of the park. Complete the Challenge and receive a Commemorative Coin (Wooden Nickel). Additionally, more than 35 Earth and Virtual Caches located in Rocky Mountain National Park are listed in the Passport.

Centennial and RMNP Information at The Old Gallery (starting September 2014)
Visitors traveling into the RMNP area of the Peak to Peak Highway (Rt. 7) can stop at The Old Gallery (14862 Peak to Peak Highway, Allenspark, CO) for park information and promotional materials.

On-going Activities

The Wonder of Art from the Park - an Art Exhibit
December 6, 2014 - January 3, 2015
Location: Granby Library, 55 Zero Street, Granby, CO
Paintings, sculpture, and jewelry showcasing the Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder of the park. This art exhibit is open to all Grand County artists and is sponsored by Art Out of Thin Air. Please contact Lisa Alander at 970-531-3439 for more details.

History as Art In Three Parts: Part Three
100 Years: For the Love of Rocky
January 24 - March 29, 2015
Location: Loveland Museum, Loveland, CO
Interpreting historical objects through the use of art can promote engagement with creative and critical thinking. Using objects from the Rocky Mountain National Park museum collection, artists will interpret the objects through their artwork and the park's rich 100 year past.

Harold Dunning's World View
January 24 - May 2, 2015
Location: Loveland Museum, Loveland, CO
Harold Dunning was a collector and the founder of the Loveland History Museum, which is now the Loveland Museum/Gallery. Dunning was also an avid outdoorsman who climbed Longs Peak over 100 times! Recently, Dunning's family donated many of his personal items and photos, several of them reflecting the time he spent in Rocky Mountain National Park. This exhibit will also feature accompanying programs about Dunning and also about climbing and hiking in the park.

RMNP Centennial Exhibit
March 21 - September 4 (and beyond!)
Location: History Colorado, Denver, CO
This exhibit explores the many ways that people have connected with the landscape of Rocky Mountain National Park over time. Come see how your experiences fit into history of people in the park!

Kauffman House Museum Centennial Exhibit
May 23, 2015 - September 4, 2015
Location: Kauffman House Museum, 407 Pitkin St., Grand Lake, CO
This exhibit highlights the history of the development of the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park and the related changes in Grand Lake. Come browse historic narratives, memoirs, photographs, and artifacts that will take you back up to 100 years!

Hot Sulphur Creative Arts Council Celebration of RMNP
June 1, 2015 - October 31, 2015
Location: Hot Sulphur Springs Town Hall, 513 Aspen St, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO
The Creative Arts Council celebrates the 100th Anniversary of RMNP by hosting a Historic Arts Show featuring photography of RMNP from local artists.

People in the Park
July 25 - August 30, 2015
Location: Loveland Museum, Loveland, CO

This exhibition will explore ways in which artists perceive visitor use of Rocky Mountain National Park. Goals of this exhibit are to artistically define the extent of human impact upon natural resources, record the positive value of a wilderness experience, and survey ways in which the Artist-in-Residence program provides artists with a unique, inner perspective on potential use and long term intent of park access. Artists in this exhibit will have participated as Artists-in-Residence as RMNP and the work will be on loan from the RMNP collection, including painting, photography, video, poetry, and performance.

Jim Disney: Rocky Mountain Vision
July 25 - November 28, 2015
Location: Loveland Museum, Loveland, CO

Jim Disney is a Loveland resident and also an avid outdoorsman who spends much of his time in Rocky Mountain National Park. His love for wildlife, the outdoors, and the Colorado mountains are evident in his paintings and artwork. Jim was commissioned to design the commemorative poster for the RMNP Centennial Celebration. This exhibit will feature Jim's art work, as well as a lecture/talk/tour by the artist.

 
Scheduled Events (updated 1/15/2015)
Event details are still being updated. Please check back for the most up-to-date information.

2015 Centennial Events
January 16, 2015 National Western Stock Show and Rodeo Honors the RMNP Centennial
Time: 1:30pm
Location: National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver, CO
Details: The ProRodeo on January 16 at 1:30pm will honor Rocky Mountain National Park's 100th Anniversary. For tickets call 1-866-464-2626 or visit nationalwestern.com
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January 17, 2015 Rocky Mountain National Park's Centennial Film Release
Time:
7pm
Location:Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium

Details: Come join Rocky Mountain National Park, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy, and Fall River Productions for the release of the new Centennial film Rocky Mountain National Park: Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder. A small reception will follow the screening.Come join Rocky Mountain National Park and Fall River Productions for the Grand Release of the new Centennial Film!
January 18, 2015

The Town of Estes Park presents a Rocky Mountain National Park Birthday Celebration
Time: 2-3pm, Winter Festival 12-5pm
Location: Estes Park Events Center
Details: Celebrate the 100th Birthday of Rocky Mountain National Park with fun activities at the Estes Park Winter Festival. Fun events will be going on all weekend including live music, chili tastings, local Colorado wine and beer tasting, equipment demos, and short programs on fun winter recreational opportunities in Rocky Mountain National Park. For more information, cut and paste the following link into your browser: http://www.visitestespark.com/events-calendar/special-events/winter-festival/

January 24, 2015

Centennial Speaker Series: Dr. James Pickering
Enos Mills and the Creation of Rocky Mountain National Park
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Come celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the legislation creating Rocky Mountain National Park! Join the Historian Laureate of Estes Park for his reflections on the efforts that led to the creation of Rocky Mountain National Park.

January 26, 2015 Cake!
Time:
12pm until the cake runs out
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center and Kawuneeche Visitor Center
Details: Join park staff for birthday cake while it lasts to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the legislation that created Rocky Mountain National Park back in 1915.
January 26, 2015 Pioneers of the Peaks: Local Climbers Who Made History - "Zoomin' with Zumie"
Time:
7pm
Location: Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth Street, Estes Park, CO
Details: For several decades, a small group of men and women made history exploring and ascending the summits surrounding the Estes Valley. This hardy group paved the way for others to pursue the challenges of our alluring landscapes. In 2013 and 2014, the Estes Park Museum and the Estes Valley Library gathered their inspiring stories. This January through June, a monthly series will feature special guests from among the 18 local climbers and mountaineers who were interviewed for the Climbers' Oral History Project. These monthly talks will be held at the Estes Park Museum in conjunction with the museum's "Climb On!" exhibition celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park.

"Zoomin' With Zumie" will highlight the life and climbs of Clerin "Zumie" Zumwalt, illustrated with a slideshow and talk by his friends Drs. Tom Hornbein and Jim Detterline. Clerin "Zumie" Zumwalt was a well-known Longs Peak climbing guide of the 1930s and worked for the Boulderfield Shelter Cabin operations on Longs Peak. At nearly 13,000 feet above sea level, the Boulderfield Shelter Cabin was touted as America's highest inn. It was razed in 1937 after the walls began to come apart due to the rock-covered glacier on which it was situated. Zumie and his partners guided clients, many of whom had ridden horseback to the Shelter the day before. He has more features named for him on Longs Peak than does anyone else. In 1990, Zumie returned to Longs Peak for a reunion with fellow guides Hull Cook and Ev Long. Their reunion became the catalyst for the Longs Peak Reunions, organized events in which generations of "Longspeakers" come together to celebrate the iconic mountain, its human history, and lasting friendships.
January 26, 2015 Grand Lake Nordic Center Centennial Free Ski Day
Time:
All Day
Location: Grand Lake Nordic Center
Details: Come celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the legislation creating Rocky Mountain National Park with amazing views, free nordic skiing, and 100th Anniversary memorabilia! Join a guided snowshoe excursion wiht a naturalist at 11:00am to learn about "The Wonder of Winter". Reduced rental rates $10. call 970-627-8008 for more information.
January 26, 2015 Grand Lake Centennial Film Presentation
Time: 5:30 - 7pm
Location: Grand Lake Community House
Details: Come join Rocky Mountain National Park, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy, the Grand Lake Women's Club, and Fall River Productions for a viewing of the new Centennial film Rocky Mountain National Park: Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder. A small reception will accompany the screening.
January 31, 2015

Centennial Saturday Night: an Evening of Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder
Rocky's Wildflowers: More Than Just a Pretty Face
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Join a ranger for a fun 45 minute program that highlights wilderness, wildlife, and wonder found in the park year round! What better way to get through the cold winter than to think about the abundant wildflowers that bloom throughout the summer. Behind every pretty face is a story. Join us for this ranger program and discover the ulterior motives and secret pasts of some of the park's prettiest wildflowers.

February 7, 2015 Grand Lake Winter Carnival 2015 presents Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder
Time: 9:30am - midnight
Location: Grand Lake Main Street
Details: Come join in on the fun at the Grand Lake Winter Carnival! This year's events include Tea Pot Curling, Snow Golf, a Snow Sculpture Contest, Bed Sled Races, Human Bowling, and much, more more! A Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder Parade at 12:30pm and Ball at 8pm will celebrate the park's 100th Anniversary. Don't miss out on the fun! Click here for a schedule of events.
February 7, 2015 Centennial Saturday Night: an Evening of Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder
Sparks, Smoke, and Silver Linings
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Join a ranger for a fun 45 minute program that highlights wilderness, wildlife, and wonder found in the park year round! This week features the effects that fire has on the landscape and how fire ecology helps to support and beautiful the parks' wilderness and wildlife.
February 14, 2015

The Living Dream: 100 Years of Rocky Mountain National Park
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Join us for a showing of the new Nick Molle Production - The Living Dream: 100 Years of Rocky Mountain National Park. This documentary explores the history of Rocky Mountain National Park and celebrates its 100th Anniversary.

February 21, 2015

Centennial Saturday Night: an Evening of Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder
An Evening with Isabella Bird
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Join a ranger for a fun 45 minute program that highlights wilderness, wildlife, and wonder found in the park year round! In celebration of our Centennial and Women's History Month, come hear about the exciting life of Isabella Bird, world traveler, writer, and one of RMNP's earliest female adventurers. Throughout her life, Englishwoman Isabella Bird accomplished something women of her time would rarely consider or be allowed to do - traveled the world by herself. Hear the tales of her adventures to Estes Park and Longs Peak during this first person interpretation.

February 23, 2015 Pioneers of the Peaks: Local Climbers Who Made History
Time:
7pm
Location: Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth Street, Estes Park, CO
Details: For several decades, a small group of men and women made history exploring and ascending the summits surrounding the Estes Valley. This hardy group paved the way for others to pursue the challenges of our alluring landscapes. In 2013 and 2014, the Estes Park Museum and the Estes Valley Library gathered their inspiring stories. This January through June, a monthly series will feature special guests from among the 18 local climbers and mountaineers who were interviewed for the Climbers' Oral History Project. These monthly talks will be held at the Estes Park Museum in conjunction with the museum's "Climb On!" exhibition celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park.
February 28, 2015

Centennial Saturday Night: an Evening of Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder
Mountain Lions: Magic and Mystery

Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Join a ranger for a fun 45 minute program that highlights wilderness, wildlife, and wonder found in the park year round! Join a ranger for a fun 45 minute program that highlights wilderness, wildlife, and wonder found in the park year round! Here in Colorado, the number of mountian lion-human interactions is on the rise. In this program, we'll discuss some of the reasons for this increase and offer some hints on what to do if you do encounter a cougar in the wild. We'll explore the life of the mountain lion, from kitten to adult: What does it need to survive? What are we learning about this fascinating animal? What effect are we having on it through our activities? Join Ranger Kathy for an evening of wild beauty!

March 4-5, 2015 Continental Divide Research Learning Center Research Conference
Time: 8am - 5pm
Location: Estes Park Municipal Building, 170 MacGregor Ave., Estes Park, CO
Details: This fascinating conference celebrates 100 years of research at Rocky Mountain National Park! Over 50 researchers, partners, park staff, and students will be presenting 20 minute seminars on a variety of topics including visitor use management, the history of fisheries in the park, new diatom species, Rocky Mountain geology, and forest recovery from bark beetles. There will also be poster presentations and discussions on emerging issues. These sessions provide a forum for researchers and park staff to share their discoveries and engage in dialogue about past, present, and future issues relevant to park management. If you are interested in the science behind the scenery in Rocky Mountain National Park, then this event is for you. Click here for more details.
March 5, 2015

One Park, Many Perspectives: An Exploration of Rocky Mountain National Park at its Centenary
Time:
Reception 4-4:30pm, Panel Discussion 4:30pm-6:00pm
Location: Norlin Library, University of Colorado Boulder
Details: Researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder in the fields of history, geological sciences, environmental studies, and linguistics, as well as representatives from the Libraries will speak as panelists about how their research relates to the history, environment, and ecology of RMNP, while also highlighting related library collections and services. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions of the researchers at the end of the session. Knowledge gained from a wide range of topics will inspire attendees to explore Rocky with a great appreciation of its historical, environmental, and cultural importance.
Participating panelists include: Dr. Thomas Andrews, Associate Professor in the Dept. of History; Dr. Andrew Cowell, a Professor in the Dept. of Linguistics; Dr. Phoebe Young, an Associate Professor in the Dept. of History; and Dr. Jim White, a Fellow and Director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), as well as a Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences. Dr. Sharon Collinge, a Professor and Director of the Environmental Studies Program, will moderate.

March 7, 2015 Centennial Saturday Night: an Evening of Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder
Bob Flame: Rocky Mountain Ranger
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: In the early 1930s, RMNP's first Ranger Naturalist was also an author. Many of his true adventures were creatively captured through a mythical character in his book, "Bob Flame - Rocky Mountain Ranger". Come relive these tales of adventure in a lively presentation by his daughter and, who knows, maybe Bob Flame himself will make an appearance.
March 6-8, 2015 4th Annual Grand Lake Catch and Release Ice Fishing Contest
Time:
7am - 1pm
Location: Grand Lake, CO
Details: Come try your hand at ice fishing and learn about the fisheries of Rocky Mountain National Park by participating in this fun contest! To celebrate the Centennial, there will be a $100 prize for the 100th fish caught in addition to prizes in Divisions for Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, and Brown Trout. The Welcome Party when you get your bib and Signal Flag is Friday night. Win door prizes and brag to your friends at the Fisherman's Feast on Saturday night. Prizes and Trophies are handed out on Sunday. Bring the kids along to help build Centennial wildlife snow sculptures on the ice. Fun for the whole family! Please visit www.grandlakeicefishingcontest.com for more details!
March 14, 2015

Centennial Saturday Night: an Evening of Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder
The Call of the Coyote

Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Join a ranger for a fun 45 minute program that highlights wilderness, wildlife, and wonder found in the park year round! This weeks program features a discussion of one of North America's most divisive wild animals, the coyote, and how living with wildlife will change in the next 100 years.

March 21, 2015 Centennial Saturday Night: an Evening of Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Join a ranger for a fun 45 minute program that highlights wilderness, wildlife, and wonder found in the park year round!
March 23, 2015

No Park is an Island - a Community Collaboration
Time:
4pm
Location: Estes Park Museum
Details: Rocky Mountain National Park has a history of partnerships and collaboration - with the Town of Estes Park, the Colorado Conservation Fund, the Estes Valley Land Trust, Universities, and the Rocky Mountain Conservancy. This presentation will review the value of this collaboration to the history and future of the park in regard to things like the acquisition of Lily Lake, hike and bike trails, the operation of Hidden Valley ski area, wildlife and plant research, operation of stables and horseback riding, and education events. This presentation will also review the goals that were envisioned for 2015 at the 75th Anniversary celebration.

March 24, 2015 Centennial Speaker Series: John Fielder
Time:
7-8:30pm
Location: Denver Museum of Nature and Science (2001 Colorado Blvd. Denver CO 80205)
Details: Limited Tickets available - $15 John Fielder camped 50 nights in the park during the summers of 19931994. With a special park permit he photographed almost every alpine lake at sunset and sunrise. Effectively, he hiked on trail and off the entire 400 square miles of the park. John will share these and other photographs of the park, backed by beautiful music, and tell stories funny, sad, dramatic of his life exploring Rocky Mountain National Park. To buy tickets click here.
March 28, 2015 Centennial Saturday Night: an Evening of Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder
Keepers of this Treasure - Inspirational Ranger Stories
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Join a ranger for a fun 45 minute program that highlights wilderness, wildlife, and wonder found in the park year round! Join our centennial celebration with this this interactive family-friendly program. From bear encounters, to rescues and plowing park roads, come join Ranger Jean and discover how rangers and park volunteers experience Rocky's wilderness, wildlife and wonder and the delights and challenges they face in caring for this national treasure.
March 30, 2015 Pioneers of the Peaks: Local Climbers Who Made History
Time:
7pm
Location: Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth Street, Estes Park, CO
Details: For several decades, a small group of men and women made history exploring and ascending the summits surrounding the Estes Valley. This hardy group paved the way for others to pursue the challenges of our alluring landscapes. In 2013 and 2014, the Estes Park Museum and the Estes Valley Library gathered their inspiring stories. This January through June, a monthly series will feature special guests from among the 18 local climbers and mountaineers who were interviewed for the Climbers' Oral History Project. These monthly talks will be held at the Estes Park Museum in conjunction with the museum's "Climb On!" exhibition celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park.
April 25, 2015

Earth Day/National Junior Ranger Day
Time:
TBD
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center

April 27, 2015 Pioneers of the Peaks: Local Climbers Who Made History
Time:
7pm
Location: Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth Street, Estes Park, CO
Details: For several decades, a small group of men and women made history exploring and ascending the summits surrounding the Estes Valley. This hardy group paved the way for others to pursue the challenges of our alluring landscapes. In 2013 and 2014, the Estes Park Museum and the Estes Valley Library gathered their inspiring stories. This January through June, a monthly series will feature special guests from among the 18 local climbers and mountaineers who were interviewed for the Climbers' Oral History Project. These monthly talks will be held at the Estes Park Museum in conjunction with the museum's "Climb On!" exhibition celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park.
May 1, 2015 Wild Inspirations
Time:
5-7pm
Location: Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, 356 E. Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, CO
Details: Art and artists throughout American history have discovered inspiration from wild places and played important roles informing the public about the wonders of lands now forever protected by law. Come join local artists at this event and hear one or more speak briefly about how Rocky Mountain National Park inspires their art. One piece of art will be presented for auction with 40% of the proceeds donated to Rocky Mountain National Park.
May 18, 2015 Pioneers of the Peaks: Local Climbers Who Made History
Time:
7pm
Location: Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth Street, Estes Park, CO
Details: For several decades, a small group of men and women made history exploring and ascending the summits surrounding the Estes Valley. This hardy group paved the way for others to pursue the challenges of our alluring landscapes. In 2013 and 2014, the Estes Park Museum and the Estes Valley Library gathered their inspiring stories. This January through June, a monthly series will feature special guests from among the 18 local climbers and mountaineers who were interviewed for the Climbers' Oral History Project. These monthly talks will be held at the Estes Park Museum in conjunction with the museum's "Climb On!" exhibition celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park.
May 19, 2015 Enos Mills and the Campaign for Rocky Mountain National Park
Time: 1pm and 7pm
Location: History Colorado, 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO
Details: On January 26, 1915, after a hard-fought seven year campaign, President Woodrow Wilson signed the bill creating Rocky Mountain National Park. At the center of it all was conservationist Enos A. Mills, the "Father of Rocky Mountain National Park". Historian Jim Pickering delves into the history of this Colorado icon and tourist magnet as we celebrate its Centennial. Tickets: members $8.50, nonmembers $10, students (with ID) $6.50. To buy tickets by phone, call 303-866-2394, or for more information email reservations@state.co.us. Tickets can also be purchased online at HistoryColorado.org.
May 29-31, 2015 Estes Park Western Heritage Art and Artisan Show and Sale
Time:
Friday, May 29: 6-10pm, Saturday, May 30: 9am-5pm, Sunday, May 31: 9am - 3pm
Location: Stanley Fairgrounds Pavilion Bldg, Estes Park, CO
Details: Come view the best in Western art! The Windows in the West Art Show will showcase the beauty of the mountains and wildlife that are found in Rocky Mountain National Park and the surrounding area. The Western Artisan Show will celebrate traditional cowboy arts, tack, and tools that have been in use since the park first was founded in 1915.
May 30, 2015 Centennial Speaker Series: Jill Baron
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
May 30-31, 2015 Rocky Mountain Chuckwagon Cook-off
Time: TBD
Location: Estes Park Events Complex
Details:Take a step back in time and enjoy the culinary art of 1915 and watch as several wagons serve up traditional meals and are judged for a "people's choice" award. Visit with cooks, check out their wagons, enjoy great western music, and hop into the western photo booth with western props and accessories.
June 5, 2015 Wild Inspirations
Time:
5-7pm
Location: Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, 356 E. Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, CO
Details: Art and artists throughout American history have discovered inspiration from wild places and played important roles informing the public about the wonders of lands now forever protected by law. Come join local artists at this event and hear one or more speak briefly about how Rocky Mountain National Park inspires their art. One piece of art will be presented for auction with 40% of the proceeds donated to Rocky Mountain National Park.
June 6, 2015

Rocky Mountain Conservancy Seminar: Centennial Celebration Series
Technology of Your Ancestors: Primitive Survival Skills
Details: $70. Limited to 14 participants.
Explore how the three innovations of creating fire, a sharp edge, and cordage from plant fibers changed the world forever. Through an overview of the peopling of the Earth, you'll learn how these innovations look in the archaeological record of Colorado. Then you'll create fire, stone, tools, and cordage for yourself! Visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/ for more details or to register.

June 6, 2015
Rocky Mountain Molecules: Chemical Storylines of Wonder
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Why do Ponderosa Pines smell like cheap ice cream? Why in some years do autumn aspen turn red rather than gold? Why are sunsets orange? Look beyond what you see into the wonder-filled world of atoms and molecules and explore often overlooked chemical storylines found in the Colorado high country. Learn what J.K. Rowling, Robert Frost, Laura Ingles Wilder, and Martin Luther King know about the chemistry of Rocky Mountain National Park and discover the connections between chemistry, nature, poetry, history, classic literature, popular culture, music and much more.
June 6, 2015 Celebrating Rocky Invitational Art Show Opening Reception
Time: 5-7pm
Location: Cultural Arts Council (423 W. Elkhorn Ave.), Estes Park, CO
Details: This invitational show highlights the work of former Arts for the Parks Top 100 artists and area artists who have participated in wildlife and landscape art shows. New work, celebrating RMNP's past and present will also be displayed.
June 6 - July 23, 2015 Celebrating Rocky Invitational Art Show
Time: 5-7pm
Location: Cultural Arts Council (423 W. Elkhorn Ave.), Estes Park, CO
Details: This invitational show highlights the work of former Arts for the Parks Top 100 artists and area artists who have participated in wildlife and landscape art shows. New work, celebrating RMNP's past and present will also be displayed.
June 12, 2015 The Oratorio Society of Estes Park presents a RMNP Centennial Celebration Concert
Time:
7pm
Location: Estes Park High School Auditorium (1600 Manford Ave., Estes Park, CO)
Details: This concert is devoted to celebrating the 100th Anniversary of RMNP. Two new works have been commissioned: an opening fanfare by noted local composer Jerry Brubaker and a 25-minute cantata for soloists, chorus, and orchestra by St. Louis composer and poet Robert Charles Howard entitled Wilderness Reflections. The program will also include the Spring section of Haydn's The Seasons.
June 12, 13, 14, 2015

FACE of Fiber in the Rockies 2015
Time:
June 12: 12-5pm, June 13: 10-5pm, June 14: 10-3pm
Location: The Village Playhouse @ The Other Side Restaurant, 900 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, CO 80517
Details: This special exhibition with highlight fiber arts that celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park and represent the wilderness, wildlife, and wonder found there. Fiber arts include weaving, spinning, quilting, knitting, basketry, felting, papermaking, embroidery, hand-dyeing, tatting, lacemaking, dolls, needlepoint, rug making, beading, and much, much more. Come check out this unique exhibition!

June 12, 13, 14, 2015 Rocky Mountain High Golf - Celebrate the Centennial with RMNP Views
Time:
All Day (8am - 6pm)
Location: Grand Lake Golf Course, Grand Lake, CO
Details: Celebrate the amazing views of RMNP as your play a round of golf with discounted green fees ($100 for 2 players and a golf cart) and 100th Anniversary memorabilia.
June 13, 2015 The Oratorio Society of Estes Park presents a RMNP Centennial Celebration Concert
Time:
2pm
Location: Estes Park High School Auditorium (1600 Manford Ave., Estes Park, CO)
Details: This concert is devoted to celebrating the 100th Anniversary of RMNP. Two new works have been commissioned: an opening fanfare by noted local composer Jerry Brubaker and a 25-minute cantata for soloists, chorus, and orchestra by St. Louis composer and poet Robert Charles Howard entitled Wilderness Reflections. The program will also include the Spring section of Haydn's The Seasons.
June 13, 2015

The Estes Institute presents Rocky Mountain National Park Student Art Celebration Reception
Time:
1pm - 3pm
Location: Fall River Visitor Center
Details: Celebrate art from students throughout the state of Colorado honoring RMNP's 100th Anniversary. The top entries in each of the categories will be honored at this reception.

June 13, 2015 Rocky Mountain Molecules: Chemical Storylines of Wonder
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Why do Ponderosa Pines smell like cheap ice cream? Why in some years do autumn aspen turn red rather than gold? Why are sunsets orange? Look beyond what you see into the wonder-filled world of atoms and molecules and explore often overlooked chemical storylines found in the Colorado high country. Learn what J.K. Rowling, Robert Frost, Laura Ingles Wilder, and Martin Luther King know about the chemistry of Rocky Mountain National Park and discover the connections between chemistry, nature, poetry, history, classic literature, popular culture, music and much more.
June 13-14, 2015

The Wonder of Local Crafts: A 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park Craft Fair Series
Time: TBD
Location: Grand Lake, CO
Details: Details to come....

June 17, 2015 Rocky Mountain Conservancy Seminar: Centennial Celebration Series
Art Adventures

Details: $15. Limited to 14 participants.
Children will learn about nature through various forms of art. Activities will include learning to view art in nature (leaves, butterflies, cones, rocks, lichens, etc) and to express appreciation of nature through sketching, painting, and making collages and sculptures. Children will be inspired by learning and creating in Rocky Mountain National Park. Visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/ for more information or to register.
June 17, 2015 Centennial Artist in Residence Program Presents: Through an Artist's Eyes
Time:
7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Discover the many ways that nature inspires art in these weekly presentations by one of the park's Artists in Residence. See the artist's work and discover how their residency in the park is influencing their art. During the Centennial year, Artists in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program.
June 18, 2015 Centennial Science Behind the Scenery
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: This series highlights scientific activity and learning in the park as it relates to the 100th Anniversary. Each week a difference scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
June 18, 2015

Rocky Mountain Conservancy Seminar: Centennial Celebration Series
Living History Tales of the West - Iron Thumb: A Fur Trapper's Life in the Mountains
Time:
7:30-9:00 pm
Details: $10. Limited to 14 participants.

People from the past come to life in this presentation about the history and adventures of several past residents and visitors to the Estes Valley. Join these characters as they recount tales of humor, exploration, and danger; learn what life was like for them during their stay here in and around Rocky Mountain National Park. Enjoy time for campfire questions and roasting marshmallows after the program. Iron Thumb is a fictitious character representation of a 19th Century fur trapper in the West. Participants will hear tales of hunting beaver, view what historical figures wore, and see the tools they used to get their job done. Visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/ for more details or to register.

June 18-21, 2015 Rocky Mountain Irish Gathering
Time: 10am - 10pm
Location: Stanley Park Fairgrounds
Details: Join a celebration of Irish culture and history in a festival atmosphere. Irish individuals who have made contributions to RMNP will be showcased at this event.Visit www.rockymountainirishfestival.com for details or www.facebook.com/RockyMountainIrishFestival for updates.
June 19, 2015

Sisters of Courage
Time: 7pm
Location:
Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: In 1896, Annie and Kittie Harbison homesteaded in the Kawuneeche Valley near Grand Lake, and the Harbison Ranch eventually became the west entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Enjoy a fascinating journey into the past as you hear the extraordinary pioneer experiences of the Harbison sisters and their family during this hour long program.

June 20, 2015

Art & Architecture Home Tour
Time:
12-5pm
Location: Grand Lake, CO.
Details: This exciting tour will focus on historic and/or artistic homes and structures related to the people and events that feature in the early days of Rocky Mountain National Park. Ticket prices: $20/adult
For more information visit www.grandartscouncil.com.

June 20, 2015

Saturday Night in the Park - Celebrating the Centennial
Time: 7pm
Location: Kawuneeche Visitor Center
Details: Join a special speaker in the auditorium every Saturday night to hear a new perspective on the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park.

June 20, 2015 Transformation in RMNP: The Effects of Climate Change and Human Intervention
Time:
7pm
Location: Estes Park Museum
Details: Learn from author and Ph.D. Thomas Gootz, how human interference has altered RMNP and the challenges that climate change presents to both flora and fauna. This talk highlights past changes such as overpopulation of elk as well as current trends toward a warmer and drier climate.
June 24, 2015 Rocky Mountain Conservancy Seminar: Centennial Celebration Series
Art Adventures

Details: $15. Limited to 14 participants.
Children will learn about nature through various forms of art. Activities will include learning to view art in nature (leaves, butterflies, cones, rocks, lichens, etc) and to express appreciation of nature through sketching, painting, and making collages and sculptures. Children will be inspired by learning and creating in Rocky Mountain National Park. Visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/ for more information or to register.
June 24, 2015 Centennial Artist in Residence Program Presents: Through an Artist's Eyes
Time:
7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Discover the many ways that nature inspires art in these weekly presentations by one of the park's Artists in Residence. See the artist's work and discover how their residency in the park is influencing their art. During the Centennial year, Artists in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program.
June 25, 2015

Rocky Mountain Conservancy Seminar: Centennial Celebration Series
Living History Tales of the West - Isabella Bird
Time:
7:30-9:00 pm
Details: $10. Limited to 14 participants.
People from the past come to life in this presentation about the history and adventures of several past residents and visitors to the Estes Valley. Join these characters as they recount tales of humor, exploration, and danger; learn what life was like for them during their stay here in and around Rocky Mountain National Park. Enjoy time for campfire questions and roasting marshmallows after the program. Throughout her life, Englishwoman Isabella Bird did something women of her time would rarely consider or be allowed to do - traveled the world by herself. During the 1870s, her journeys brought her to the West to find "the most beautiful place in all of the Americas" - Estes Park. Her delightful tales of travel and adventures which usually included surviving great perils made her a favorite author of travel articles and books. Visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/ for more details or to register.

June 25, 2015 Centennial Science Behind the Scenery
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: This series highlights scientific activity and learning in the park as it relates to the 100th Anniversary. Each week a difference scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
June 26, 2015

Images of RMNP Gallery presents Happy 100th!
Time:
4-8pm
Location: Images of RMNP Gallery, 203 Park Lane, Estes Park, CO
Details: Help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of RMNP. Visit the gallery for music, cake, and great art celebrating our national treasure!

June 26, 2015

Bob Flame: Rocky Mountain Ranger
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: In the early 1930s, RMNP's first Ranger Naturalist was also an author. Many of his true adventures were creatively captured through a mythical character in his book, "Bob Flame - Rocky Mountain Ranger". Come relive these tales of adventure in a lively presentation by his daughter and, who knows, maybe Bob Flame himself will make an appearance.

June 27, 2015 Golfing by the Wilderness: A 100th Anniversary Golf Tournament
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Details: Details to come....
June 27, 2015

Saturday Night in the Park - Celebrating the Centennial
Time: 7pm
Location: Kawuneeche Visitor Center
Details: Join a special speaker in the auditorium every Saturday night to hear a new perspective on the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park.

June 27-28, 2015 Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Local Art Commemoration
Time:
1-5pm (both days)
Location: The Old Gallery, 14863 Peak to Peak Highway, Allenspark, CO
Details: This fun weekend event will feature local art and artists. Art will be categorized and displayed in three Centennial-themed categories: Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder. The event reception will feature refreshments, a meet and greet with the artists, art demos, and art activities for children. Art will be displayed for the entire celebration year.
June 27-28, 2015 Rocky Mountain Conservancy Seminar: Centennial Celebration Series
100 Years, 100 Flowers: Wildflowers of RMNP

Details: $80/one day, $140/two day, Limited to 14 participants.
Explore the wonder and diversity of the park's wildflowers with a former RMNP Naturalist. The park's vertical topography allows for a variety of habitats; this class will search out lush wildflower displays from montane meadows to high alpine ridges. Get up close with the mountain flora to discover their adaptations for survival and interesting stories behind their beautiful faces. Hone identification techniques and gain confidence using a flower key. Day 1: montane and subalpine flowers. Day 2: alpine wildflowers. For more information or to register visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/
June 27-28, 2015 Rocky Mountain Conservancy Seminar: Centennial Celebration Series
Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years
Details:
$140, Limited to 14 participants.
Cover a billion years of park history....in a weekend! Roam the park with Mary Taylor Young, the author of the park's centennial history book, Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years. Discover traces of park history that lie beneath the surface and off the beaten path. See billion-year-old rocks, a game drive wall used by prehistoric hunters, Apache Fort, site of an early Indian battle, and the location of the 1915 Dedication Ceremony. Discover the "phantom" Big Thompson River park entrance and old entrance road. Explore early ranches, the remnant of a guest lodge, the site of the park's ski area, and a 1930s CCC camp. Witness the changes floods in two different centuries have left on the park. For more details or to register, visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/
June 29, 2015 Pioneers of the Peaks: Local Climbers Who Made History
Time:
7pm
Location: Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth Street, Estes Park, CO
Details: For several decades, a small group of men and women made history exploring and ascending the summits surrounding the Estes Valley. This hardy group paved the way for others to pursue the challenges of our alluring landscapes. In 2013 and 2014, the Estes Park Museum and the Estes Valley Library gathered their inspiring stories. This January through June, a monthly series will feature special guests from among the 18 local climbers and mountaineers who were interviewed for the Climbers' Oral History Project. These monthly talks will be held at the Estes Park Museum in conjunction with the museum's "Climb On!" exhibition celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park.
June 2015 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Paint Out
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
July 1, 2015 Centennial Artist in Residence Program Presents: Through an Artist's Eyes
Time:
7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Discover the many ways that nature inspires art in these weekly presentations by one of the park's Artists in Residence. See the artist's work and discover how their residency in the park is influencing their art. During the Centennial year, Artists in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program.
July 2, 2015 Centennial Science Behind the Scenery
Time:
7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: This series highlights scientific activity and learning in the park as it relates to the 100th Anniversary. Each week a difference scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
July 3, 2015 Wild Inspirations
Time:
5-7pm
Location: Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, 356 E. Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, CO
Details: Art and artists throughout American history have discovered inspiration from wild places and played important roles informing the public about the wonders of lands now forever protected by law. Come join local artists at this event and hear one or more speak briefly about how Rocky Mountain National Park inspires their art. One piece of art will be presented for auction with 40% of the proceeds donated to Rocky Mountain National Park.
July 4, 2015

Saturday Night in the Park - Celebrating the Centennial
Time: 7pm
Location: Kawuneeche Visitor Center
Details: Join a special speaker in the auditorium every Saturday night to hear a new perspective on the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park.

July 4, 2015

Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder Independence Day Parade
Time:
11am
Location: Mainstreet in Granby, CO
Details: Join in the fun at this Centennial themed Independence Day Parade in Granby, followed by a party in park!

July 7, 2015 Estes Park Rooftop Rodeo Parade
Time: 10am
Location: Downtown Estes Park
Details: This colorful entourage and kick-off to a week of rodeo festivities is themed: Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder.
July 7-12, 2015 Estes Park Rooftop Rodeo
Time: 6pm
Location: Stanley Park Fairgrounds
Details: Each night, guests will experience thrilling Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Women's Professional Barrel Racing events. For younger cowpokes, the rodeo features a crowd-pleasing mutton bustin' competition. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, there is a "cash catch" for those 8-12 years of age. One night (TBD) will be dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of RMNP.
July 8, 2015 Centennial Artist in Residence Program Presents: Through an Artist's Eyes
Time:
7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Discover the many ways that nature inspires art in these weekly presentations by one of the park's Artists in Residence. See the artist's work and discover how their residency in the park is influencing their art. During the Centennial year, Artists in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program.
July 9, 2015 Centennial Science Behind the Scenery
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: This series highlights scientific activity and learning in the park as it relates to the 100th Anniversary. Each week a difference scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
July 9, 2015 Rocky Mountain Conservancy Seminar: Centennial Celebration Series
Living History Tales of the West - Enos Mills
Time:
7:30-9:00 pm
Details: $10. Limited to 14 participants.
People from the past come to life in this presentation about the history and adventures of several past residents and visitors to the Estes Valley. Join these characters as they recount tales of humor, exploration, and danger; learn what life was like for them during their stay here in and around Rocky Mountain National Park. Enjoy time for campfire questions and roasting marshmallows after the program. For his tireless efforts, Enos Mills (1870-1922) is remembered as the father of Rocky Mountain National Park. Hear the dramatic story of Enos Mills in this first-person narrative evoking a time when grizzlies and wolves still roamed Colorado and a national park was an elusive dream. Visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/ for more details or to register.
July 11, 2015 Saturday Night in the Park - Celebrating the Centennial
Time: 7pm
Location: Kawuneeche Visitor Center
Details: Join a special speaker in the auditorium every Saturday night to hear a new perspective on the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park.
July 11, 2015 Centennial Speaker Series: Jim Disney
Time:
7:00pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Jim Disney is a mountaineer and artist that has been visiting Rocky Mountain National Park for decades. Come experience the inspiration that has allowed Jim to create his beautiful artwork featuring Rocky Mountain National Park and the surrounding Wilderness - including how he created the official poster of the Centennial. Jim will be on hand to sign posters after this talk.
July 11-12, 2015

The Wonder of Local Crafts: A 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park Craft Fair Series
Time: TBD
Location: Grand Lake, CO
Details: Details to come....

July 12, 2015 Grand Lake Yacht Celebrates RMNP Centennial
Time: 2-4pm
Location: Grand Lake Yacht Club
Details: Enjoy an Ice Cream Social at 1915 prices, five cents a scoop. Take a tour of the 102 year-old yacht club or participate in the horseshoe tournament.
July 15, 2015 Centennial Artist in Residence Program Presents: Through an Artist's Eyes
Time:
7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Discover the many ways that nature inspires art in these weekly presentations by one of the park's Artists in Residence. See the artist's work and discover how their residency in the park is influencing their art. During the Centennial year, Artists in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program.
July 16, 17, 18, 2015

Centennial Night Sky Festival
Time:
Schedule of events TBA
Location: throughout the park
Details: The night sky has seen many changes over the past 100 years, yet it's beauty has remained the same. During this 3 day event, special night sky programs and speakers will be offered at campground, and solar viewing will be available at select visitor centers during the day. Schedule of events to be announced.

July 16, 2015 Centennial Science Behind the Scenery
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: This series highlights scientific activity and learning in the park as it relates to the 100th Anniversary. Each week a difference scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
July 16, 2015 Rocky Mountain Conservancy Seminar: Centennial Celebration Series
Living History Tales of the West - F.O. Stanley
Time:
7:30-9:00 pm
Details: $10. Limited to 14 participants.
People from the past come to life in this presentation about the history and adventures of several past residents and visitors to the Estes Valley. Join these characters as they recount tales of humor, exploration, and danger; learn what life was like for them during their stay here in and around Rocky Mountain National Park. Enjoy time for campfire questions and roasting marshmallows after the program. F.O. Stanley was a visionary spirit who paved the way for future generations to share his joy of discovery in the Rocky Mountains. He provided financial support and encouragement to Enos Mills in the establishment of RMNP. He is also known for building the Stanley Hotel and bringing elk back to RMNP. For more details or to register, visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/
July 17, 2015 The Civilian Conservation Corps: Legend and Legacy in Rocky Mountain National Park
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: The Civilian Conservation Corps has left a legacy that goes beyond the work projects they performed. Come hear the story of how the CCC's accomplishments here advanced the development of Rocky Mountain National Park and impacted your experiences in the park today.
July 18, 2015 In Celebration of World Listening Day! The Sounds of Silence - a Celebration of the Ban on Commercial Air Tours Over RMNP
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: In 1998, the League of Women Voters organized a letter writing and phone call campaign to garner support from Congress to ban commercial overflights over Rocky Mountain National Park. Come hear the inspiring story of how this group "Banned the Buzz!"
July 18, 2015 Rocky Mountain Centennial 5K Run
Time: 8:30am
Location: Wild Basin Road to Olive Ridge Campground.
Details: This family friendly 5K run is not in Rocky Mountain National Park, but highlights the scenery in the Wild Basin area. This fun run will teach you about the history of the park as you run along! Check back for registration and route information.
July 18, 2015 Connecting to Rocky Mountain National Park's Wilderness through Geology
Time: 6:30am - 1pm
Details: This hike, led by local geologist Connor Newman, explores the geological history of the park and how the geology has led to the beautiful landscape we have celebrated for 100 years. This strenuous hike ascends 2,150' to the Andrews Tarn which lies at the base of the Andrews Glacier, one of Rocky Mountain National Park's largest, most active, and most accessible glaciers. Learn about the glacial history of the park and the different rocks that make up the mountains as you hike up to this beautiful spot. For registration information click here.
July 18, 2015

Saturday Night in the Park - Bob Flame: Rocky Mountain Ranger
Time:
7pm
Location: Kawuneeche Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: In the early 1930s, RMNP's first Ranger Naturalist was also an author. Many of his true adventures were creatively captured through a mythical character in his book, "Bob Flame - Rocky Mountain Ranger". Come relive these tales of adventure in a lively presentation by his daughter and, who knows, maybe Bob Flame himself will make an appearance.

July 18-19, 2015

Grand Lake's Historic Buffalo Barbecue Days - Celebrating 100 Years of Rocky Mountain National Park
Time: TBD
Location: downtown Grand Lake, CO
Details: Details to come...

July 19, 2015

Rocky Mountain Conservancy Seminar: Centennial Celebration Series
Native Americans and the Wickiups of Rocky Mountain National Park
Details: $70, Limited to 14 participants.
The first residents of the Rocky Mountains, the highly mobile Ute and Arapaho Indians, built shelters for themselves called "wikiups", conical wooden structures like small tipis. These expedient shelters primarily were sleeping places, rather than full time residences. A number of these fragile features can still be found in RMNP and elsewhere in Colorado. Spend the morning in the classroom learning about wickiups and the people who made them. In the afternoon, the class will go outdoors and build one of their own replica wickiups. For more details or to register, visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/

July 20, 2015

Rocky Mountain Conservancy Seminar: Centennial Celebration Series
Enos Mills' Wildlife: Then & Now
Details:
$70, Limited to 14 participants.
Enos Mills was known for many accomplishments, but one of his biggest contributions was his observation of wildlife in the Rocky Mountain region. This seminar will explore the park, looking at the changes the park has faced since Enos's time including: the extirpation of wolves and grizzly bears, the reintroduction of elk and their impact of the past 100 years, and bighorn sheep population declines. Then we'll share the stories of mountain bluebirds, pikas, and other animals that graced the pages of his works, including one of his favorites, the beaver. For more details or to register, visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/

July 22, 2015 Centennial Artist in Residence Program Presents: Through an Artist's Eyes
Time:
7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Discover the many ways that nature inspires art in these weekly presentations by one of the park's Artists in Residence. See the artist's work and discover how their residency in the park is influencing their art. During the Centennial year, Artists in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program.
July 23, 2015 Centennial Science Behind the Scenery
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: This series highlights scientific activity and learning in the park as it relates to the 100th Anniversary. Each week a difference scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
July 24, 2015

West Side Story
Time: 7pm
Location:
Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Enhance your knowledge of the West Side of the park from the beginning. Who was in the Kawuneeche Valley before 1915? How were lives changed after Rocky was established? Did everyone accept the new national park idea? Why wasn't the Kawuneeche Valley part of the United States? How does part of the Colorado River flow the wrong way? Hear how people have played a part in developing Rocky into a land of Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder. Join your guide, Dave Lively, as he leads you through the West Side Story of Rocky Mountain National Park.

July 24-26, 2015 Youth Conservation Corps Reunion
Location: Timber Creek Campground
Details:
From 1976 - 1983, hundreds of youths ages 15 - 18 participated in a residential work program at Camp Kawuneeche and Camp Eagle Cliff and performed invaluable work projects. While the program was scaled back in 1984, the significance of the work undertaken, as well as the environmental education and recreation experiences, were a life changing event for those who were given the opportunity to be a part of the YCC. The 100th Anniversary is an appropriate time to recognize and celebrate the value of the many young people who were committed to making Rocky Mountain National Park the treasure it continues to be today. This reunion will bring YCC members back together and provide opportunities to share experiences and stories. All interested parties must find there own lodging or camping sites. For more information please email magacnik@gmail.com.
July 25, 2015 Connecting to Rocky Mountain National Park's Wilderness through Geology
Time: 6:30am - 1pm
Details: This hike, led by local geologist Connor Newman, explores the geological history of the park and how the geology has led to the beautiful landscape we have celebrated for 100 years. This strenuous hike ascends 2,150' to the Andrews Tarn which lies at the base of the Andrews Glacier, one of Rocky Mountain National Park's largest, most active, and most accessible glaciers. Learn about the glacial history of the park and the different rocks that make up the mountains as you hike up to this beautiful spot. For registration information click here.
July 25, 2015

Saturday Night in the Park - Celebrating the Centennial
Time: 7pm
Location: Kawuneeche Visitor Center
Details: Join a special speaker in the auditorium every Saturday night to hear a new perspective on the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park.

July 25, 2015 Centennial Concert with Brad Fitch
Time: TBD
Location: Performance Park, Estes Park, CO
July 27, 2015 Rocky Mountain Conservancy Seminar: Centennial Celebration Series
Rocky Mountain National Park: A Centennial History
Details: $50, Limited to 14 participants
Beginning with a discussion of the "national park idea" and the strenuous six-year-long campaign to create Rocky Mountain National Park, this seminar will spend the day in the field visiting the sites and places associated with the themes that have shaped the Park's first century: early farming and ranching; the great lodges and resorts; in-holdings and famous summer visitors; the building of Old Fall River Road and Trail Ridge Road; the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Great Depression; and Mission 66. The seminar will also visit many of the historic places in the park with historic photographs to contrast between "then" and "now". For more details or to register visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/
July 29, 2015 Centennial Artist in Residence Program Presents: Through an Artist's Eyes
Time:
7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Discover the many ways that nature inspires art in these weekly presentations by one of the park's Artists in Residence. See the artist's work and discover how their residency in the park is influencing their art. During the Centennial year, Artists in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program.
July 30, 2015 Centennial Science Behind the Scenery
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: This series highlights scientific activity and learning in the park as it relates to the 100th Anniversary. Each week a difference scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
July 30, 2015 Opening Reception for People in the Park Exhibit
Time:
5-8pm
Location: Loveland Museum/Gallery
Details: This opening event will be held outdoors at the Museum and will feature live and recorded music, lectures, food booths, vendor booths, and hopefully a show by the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program. Free event (except for booths).
August 1, 2015

Vacation Races presents the Rocky Mountain Half Marathon
Location: Estes Park, CO
Details: Register with Vacation Races for this beautiful half marathon in the town of Estes Park. Even though the course is entirely outside the park, the entire run has spectacular views of Longs Peak and the Continental Divide to inspire you. To find out more information or to register visit www.therockymountainhalf.com

August 1, 2015

Saturday Night in the Park - Celebrating the Centennial
Time: 7pm
Location: Kawuneeche Visitor Center
Details: Join a special speaker in the auditorium every Saturday night to hear a new perspective on the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park.

August 1-2, 2015

The Wonder of Local Crafts: A 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park Craft Fair Series
Time: TBD
Location: Grand Lake, CO
Details: Details to come....

August 2, 2015

Images of RMNP Gallery presents Happy 100th!
Time:
4-8pm
Location: Images of RMNP Gallery, 203 Park Lane, Estes Park, CO
Details: Help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of RMNP. Visit the gallery for music, cake, and great art celebrating our national treasure!

August 5, 2015 Centennial Artist in Residence Program Presents: Through an Artist's Eyes
Time:
7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Discover the many ways that nature inspires art in these weekly presentations by one of the park's Artists in Residence. See the artist's work and discover how their residency in the park is influencing their art. During the Centennial year, Artists in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program.
August 6, 2015

Centennial Speaker Series: Dr. Patty Limerick
Time: 7pm
Location: History Colorado, Denver, CO
Details: Patty Limerick is the Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, where she is also a Professor of History. Limerick has dedicated her career to bridging the gap between academics and the general public and to demonstrating the benefits of applying historical perspective to contemporary dilemmas and conflicts. In celebration of RMNP's 100th Anniversary, Dr. Limerick will apply her unique perspective to the celebration of 100 years of history and the implications this history has for the future.

August 6, 2015 Centennial Science Behind the Scenery
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: This series highlights scientific activity and learning in the park as it relates to the 100th Anniversary. Each week a difference scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
August 6-8, 2015

Rocky Mountain Conservancy Seminar: Centennial Celebration Series
Photographing the "Small Wonders" of RMNP

Details: $250, Limited to 12 participants.
For the past 100 years, the park has provided majestic mountain vistas, stunning reflective lakes, iconic elk, and myriad wildlife in their natural habitat. The park also offers "small wonders" for its millions of annual visitors. Learn to look for and find and photograph the many, often overlooked, "small wonders" in Rocky Mountain National Park. For more details or to register, visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/page/2/

August 7, 2015 Wild Inspirations
Time:
5-7pm
Location: Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, 356 E. Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, CO
Details: Art and artists throughout American history have discovered inspiration from wild places and played important roles informing the public about the wonders of lands now forever protected by law. Come join local artists at this event and hear one or more speak briefly about how Rocky Mountain National Park inspires their art. One piece of art will be presented for auction with 40% of the proceeds donated to Rocky Mountain National Park.
August 8, 2015
Bob Flame: Rocky Mountain Ranger
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: In the early 1930s, RMNP's first Ranger Naturalist was also an author. Many of his true adventures were creatively captured through a mythical character in his book, "Bob Flame - Rocky Mountain Ranger". Come relive these tales of adventure in a lively presentation by his daughter and, who knows, maybe Bob Flame himself will make an appearance.
August 8, 2015

Saturday Night in the Park - Celebrating the Centennial
Time: 7pm
Location: Kawuneeche Visitor Center
Details: Join a special speaker in the auditorium every Saturday night to hear a new perspective on the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park.

August 10-16, 2015 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Exhibition and Show
Time: TBD
Location: Fall River Visitor Center, Estes Park, CO
August 10-11, 2015

Rocky Mountain Conservancy Seminar: Centennial Celebration Series
Sketchbook Journaling: Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder in Watercolor

Details: $140, Limited to 14 participants.
Toss your sketchbook and some simple tools into your daypack, and explore RMNP! Through guided exercises and free exploration, create a record of personal, authentic interaction. Learn (or sharpen) some basic sketching and observation skills, then go to various locations in the park to put these skills to work. Approaches will include simple sketches with pencil, ink, and colored pencil or watercolor. Guided activities for observing, sketching, and (brief) writing will help participants discover the many ways they interact with their environments. (Beginners are welcome and encouraged!) For more details or to register visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/page/2/

August 12, 2015 Centennial Artist in Residence Program Presents: Through an Artist's Eyes
Time:
7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Discover the many ways that nature inspires art in these weekly presentations by one of the park's Artists in Residence. See the artist's work and discover how their residency in the park is influencing their art. During the Centennial year, Artists in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program.
August 13, 2015 Centennial Science Behind the Scenery
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: This series highlights scientific activity and learning in the park as it relates to the 100th Anniversary. Each week a difference scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
August 13, 2015 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Reception
Time:
TBD
Location: Fall River Visitor Center, Estes Park, CO
August 13, 2015 Music of the Mountains: Centennial "After the Show" Cabaret
Time:10:00 pm
Location: Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater
Details: Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater performs songs about wilderness, wildlife, and wonder.
August 15, 2015 Kids Centennial Paint Out with Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters
Time: TBD
Location: Lily Lake, RMNP
August 15, 2015

Saturday Night in the Park - Celebrating the Centennial
Time: 7pm
Location: Kawuneeche Visitor Center
Details: Join a special speaker in the auditorium every Saturday night to hear a new perspective on the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park.

August 17, 2015 Rocky Mountain Conservancy Seminar: Centennial Seminar Series
There's More to This Place than Meets the Eye: 100 Years of Environmental Change in RMNP

Details: $70, Limited to 14 participants.
This course provides an overview of the history of environmental change in the park, emphasizing human-caused change. The course will discuss the history of mining, water engineering, recreational development and tourism, atmospheric inputs of dust and nitrates, wildlife management, and climate change in the context of protecting and restoring natural environments within the park. The objective is to understand how past human activities influence contemporary and options for management of natural resources within the park. For more details or to register visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/page/2/
August 19, 2015 Centennial Artist in Residence Program Presents: Through an Artist's Eyes
Time:
7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Discover the many ways that nature inspires art in these weekly presentations by one of the park's Artists in Residence. See the artist's work and discover how their residency in the park is influencing their art. During the Centennial year, Artists in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program.
August 20, 2015 Centennial Science Behind the Scenery
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: This series highlights scientific activity and learning in the park as it relates to the 100th Anniversary. Each week a difference scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
August 22, 2015 Code of the West
Time: TBD
Location: Polhamus Park, Granby, CO
Details: This event brings to life the "code" of western heritage and celebrates the 100th Anniversary of RMNP.
August 22, 2015

Saturday Night in the Park - Celebrating the Centennial
Time: 7pm
Location: Kawuneeche Visitor Center
Details: Join a special speaker in the auditorium every Saturday night to hear a new perspective on the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park.

August 24, 2015 Vintage Time Travelers Camp and Celebration at the Smith Eslick Cottage Court
Time:
TBD
Location: Grand Lake, CO

August 25, 2015 Vintage Time Travelers: Model T Tour of the National Park to Park Highway
Time:
TBD
Location: Moraine Park Campground, RMNP

August 26, 2015 Centennial Artist in Residence Program Presents: Through an Artist's Eyes
Time:
7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Discover the many ways that nature inspires art in these weekly presentations by one of the park's Artists in Residence. See the artist's work and discover how their residency in the park is influencing their art. During the Centennial year, Artists in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program.
August 27, 2015 Centennial Science Behind the Scenery
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: This series highlights scientific activity and learning in the park as it relates to the 100th Anniversary. Each week a difference scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
August 29, 2015

Sisters of Courage
Time: 7pm
Location:
Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: In 1896, Annie and Kittie Harbison homesteaded in the Kawuneeche Valley near Grand Lake, and the Harbison Ranch eventually became the west entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Enjoy a fascinating journey into the past as you hear the extraordinary pioneer experiences of the Harbison sisters and their family during this hour long program.

August 29, 2015

Saturday Night in the Park - Celebrating the Centennial
Time: 7pm
Location: Kawuneeche Visitor Center
Details: Join a special speaker in the auditorium every Saturday night to hear a new perspective on the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park.

August 30, 2015

Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder: God's Glorious Creation, a non-denominational church service
Time:
10am - 11am
Location: Timber Creek Campground
Details: This non-denominational, non-evangelical service with Pastor David Heil of Trinity Church in the Pines will celebrate the wonder of RMNP as part of God's creation. The service will be followed by a ranger led slide-illustrated program on Rocky Mountain National Park.

August 30,
2015
RMNP Centennial Celebration Concert
Time: TBD
Location: Estes Park Event Center
Details: A concert featuring the Colorado Wind Ensemble, a 45-member woodwind, brass, and percussion orchestra. The program will feature music reflecting the mood of the nation in 1915 and music that celebrates the outdoors.
August 31, 2015 Rocky Mountain Conservancy Seminar: Centennial Celebration Series
History of Stewardship in RMNP
Details: $70, Limited to 14 participants
The landscapes of RMNP have been visited and used by people for thousands of years. Whether it was ancient peoples hunting on the tundra, early settlers homesteading the mountain valleys, ski resorts developing the slopes, or conservation corps workers building camps, each of these uses has affected the landscape and modified the way in which the NPS manages the cultural and natural resources. Explore these areas and the ways in which each of these uses has shaped the philosophy and management plan of the National Park Service in RMNP. For more details and to register visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/page/2/
August 30 - September 5

100 Images for 100 Years Instagram Photography Exhibit
Time:
Daily 9am - 5pm
Location: Fall River Visitor Center
Details: For an entire year, RMNP collected images submitted to Instagram with the #RMNP with the hopes of collecting 100,000 photos for our Centennial Celebration. This exhibit is the culmination of that project, with 100 photos chosen from those that were submitted. Come experience these amazing images taken by photographers just like you.

September 2, 2015 Centennial Artist in Residence Program Presents: Through an Artist's Eyes
Time:
7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Discover the many ways that nature inspires art in these weekly presentations by one of the park's Artists in Residence. See the artist's work and discover how their residency in the park is influencing their art. During the Centennial year, Artists in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program.
September 3, 2015 Centennial Science Behind the Scenery
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: This series highlights scientific activity and learning in the park as it relates to the 100th Anniversary. Each week a difference scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
September 3, 2015 West Side Re-Dedication Ceremony
Time:
TBA
Location: Holzwarth Historic Site, RMNP
September 4, 2015 Centennial Re-Dedication Ceremony
Time: TBA
Location: TBA, RMNP
September 4, 2015 Wild Inspirations
Time:
5-7pm
Location: Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, 356 E. Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, CO
Details: Art and artists throughout American history have discovered inspiration from wild places and played important roles informing the public about the wonders of lands now forever protected by law. Come join local artists at this event and hear one or more speak briefly about how Rocky Mountain National Park inspires their art. One piece of art will be presented for auction with 40% of the proceeds donated to Rocky Mountain National Park.
September 6, 2015

Tombstone Tales
Time:
11am - 5pm
Location: Shuttle from Grand Lake, CO to the Grand Lake Cemetery in RMNP
Details: This spooky event will "visit" with 6 real characters who played a significant role in the early days of Rocky Mountain National Park and the Grand Lake Area. Tickets: $20/adult, $5/under 12.
For more information visit www.grandartscouncil.com

September 18-19, 2015

RMNP Employee/Alumni Reunion
Time: TBD
Location: YMCA of the Rockies


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