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    Rocky Mountain

    National Park Colorado

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  • Old Fall River Road will be closed in 2014 due to flood damage

    Damages on Old Fall River Road are extensive and the road will remain closed to vehicles through 2014. It is unknown at this time whether hikers and bicyclists will be allowed on the road. More »

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Schedule Of Events

The Centennial Calendar of Events is still in the planning stages. All events are subject to change. Keep checking back for updated event information.

 

A printable version of the Centennial Calendar of Events is also available.

 
Scheduled Events (updated 4/3/2014)

September 3, 2014

Picnic In the Park - Opening Ceremonies
Time: 1 pm - 3 pm
Location: Hidden Valley, RMNP
Details: Join us for a Picnic In the Park as we kick off our Centennial Celebration Year. Ticket Information TBD.

September 3, 2014

Wonder of the Wild
Time:
4pm-8pm
Location: Images of RMNP Gallery, 203 Park Lane, Estes Park, CO
Details: Take a night-time hike in the park simply by walking into the Images of RMNP Gallery! The interior of the gallery will be transformed into a small forest under a night sky and will showcase the diversity and beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park. In conjunction with this event, Erik Stensland will officially launch his new hardcover book, "Wild Light: A Celebration of Rocky Mountain National Park", and will be on hand to sign books. For more information, call Images of RMNP Gallery at 970-586-4352.

September 4 - 7, 2014 Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival
Time and Location: Click here for details.
Details: Many of the early 1900s settlers and promoters of Rocky Mountain National Park were of Scottish and Irish descent. Come celebrate the Centennial at this popular festival!
September 4, 2014 Kick-off Ice Cream Social - Opening Ceremonies
Time: 1 - 3 pm
Location: Holzwarth Historic Site, RMNP
Details: Come celebrate the park Centennial with ice cream and trip back in time at the Holzwarth Historic Site. Ticket information TBD
Throughout the Year

Celebrate our Centennial with the Colorado Mountain Club
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
Time and Location: Click here for details.
Details: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 Congress 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.

September 5, 2014

RMNA Centennial Celebration Seminar
Hike the Ute Trail with a Naturalist
Details - call RMNA at (970) 586-3262 or click here.

September 6, 2014 Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary Wilderness Walk
Time: TBD
Location: Lily Lake Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park
Details: Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the 100th Anniversary of RMNP by strolling around Lily Lake and learning from various presenters and exhibitors.
September 8, 2014 RMNA Centennial Celebration Seminar: The First 100 Years
Details - call RMNA at (970) 586-3262 or click here.
September 13, 2014 RMNA Centennial Celebration Seminar: Bighorn Sheep Ecology
and Management
Details - call RMNA at (970) 586-3262 or click here.
September 15, 2014

Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder Series: The Women of Wind Research in RMNP
Time: 7 pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium, RMNP
Details: Dave Glidden is a Field Specialist in Wind and Mountain Climatology, and has conducted studies for the NPS in RMNP where winds regularly gust to well over 100 mph on Trail Ridge Road in the winter. A strong advocate of women in the sciences, he has been fortunate to have many share in the excitement and rewards of field work.

September 17- 28, 2014 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Paint Out & Show
Time: TBD
Location: Fall River Visitor Center, RMNP
September 20, 2014 RMNA Centennial Celebration Seminar: Photographing the Wildlife and Wonder of Autumn with John Fielder
Details - call RMNA at (970) 586-3262 or click here.
September 26, 2014 - October 4, 2015

Climb On! - an Exhibit
Time: ongoing
Location: Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth Street, Estes Park, CO
Details: 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 in Rocky Mountain National Park that pushed the limits of gravity. Click here for more details.

September 26, 2014

Centennial Speaker Series: Mary Taylor Young
Time:
7pm
Location: Kawuneeche Visitor Center, RMNP (West Side)
Details: A century has passed since Rocky Mountain National Park was established in 1915. But the story of any park with "Rocky Mountain" is its name begins not just a hundred years but a billion years ago. Award winning writer, Mary Taylor Young, tells the story of her new book, "Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years".

September 27, 2014 Centennial Speaker Series: Mary Taylor Young
Time: 7 pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium, RMNP (East Side)
Details: A century has passed since Rocky Mountain National Park was established in 1915. But the story of any park with "Rocky Mountain"
in its name begins not just a hundred years but a billion years ago. Award winning writer, Mary Taylor Young, tells the story of her new book,
"Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years".
October 25, 2014

Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder Halloween
Time:
12pm
Location: Grand Lake Community House
Details: Come celebrate with a children's costume contest and community trick or treat! Prizes will be awarded for the best park, animal, and history themed costumes! For information contact the Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce at 970-627-3402.

January 26, 2015 Rocky Mountain National Park's 100th Birthday Party
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
March 2015 Centennial Speaker Series: John Fielder
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
March 4-5, 2015 Continental Divide Research Learning Center Research Conference
Time: TBD
Location: Estes Park Town Hall, Estes Park, CO.
June 2015 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Paint Out
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
July 2015 Centennial Speaker Series: Jim Disney
Time: TBD
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium, RMNP
July 25, 2015 RMNP Centennial Concert with Brad Fitch
Time: TBD
Location: Performance Park, Estes Park, CO
August 2015 Centennial Speaker Series: Patty Limerick
Time: TBD
Location: History Colorado. Ticket information TBD.
August 10-16, 2015 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Exhibition and Show
Time: TBD
Location: Fall River Visitor Center, Estes Park, CO
August 13, 2015 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Exhibition & Show
Time: TBD
Location: Fall River Visitor Center, Estes Park, CO
August 15, 2015 Kids Centennial Paint Out with Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters
Time: TBD
Location: Lily Lake, RMNP
August 24, 2015 Vintage Time Travelers Camp and Celebration at the Smith Eslick Cottage Coourt
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

September 3, 2015 West Side Re-Dedication Ceremony
Time: 1-3 pm
Location: Holzwarth Historic Site, RMNP

September 4, 2015 Re-Dedication Ceremony
Time: 1-3 pm
Location: Hidden Valley, RMNP

September 18-19, 2015

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


Did You Know?

Ptarmigan in summer camouflage

The ptarmigan is camouflaged perfectly in summer, with "mottled rock" color, and in winter, when it takes on the color of snow.