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Contact: Kyle Patterson, (970) 586-1363
Rocky Mountain National Park turns 100 in 2015! Want to start celebrating, but don't want to wait until next year? Rocky's 2014 Annual Pass features the 100th Anniversary logo and a pika, one of the park's most popular residents that relies on the protected tundra of Rocky Mountain National Park for survival. This pass, which will be issued throughout 2014, is a fun way to commemorate the park's Centennial, which kicks off September 4, 2014.
An annual pass to Rocky is a great purchase for anyone who enjoys visiting the park or would like to visit more often. Pass holders are able to enjoy all the beauty and adventure the park has to offer during all seasons, and the park benefits greatly from the purchase as well. From enjoying breathtaking scenery to hiking, viewing wildlife and wildflowers to snowshoeing, the park has something to offer everyone, depending on their interests and what season they visit.
In the past 16 years, over $60 million from fees has been spent on campground improvements, new restrooms, trail maintenance, an updated park film, enhanced trailhead bulletin boards, critical hazard tree mitigation and much, much more. Fees at the park have added approximately 30 percent to the park's annual budget for important repairs, renovations, improvements, and resource restoration. Park staff sell approximately 32,000 annual passes a year.
The annual pass is $40 and can be purchased at any park entrance station, or by calling (970) 586-1206 to make a credit card purchase. The Rocky Mountain National Park annual pass is a great deal. If you visit twice a year it pays for itself," said Superintendent Vaughn Baker, "plus, eighty percent of those fees stay right here in Rocky Mountain National Park."
For general information about Rocky Mountain National Park, please contact the park's information office at (970) 586-1206 or visit the park's website at www.nps.gov/romo
Information about the park's upcoming 100th Anniversary Celebration, how to host an event, or how to use the 100th Anniversary logo can be found at www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/100th_anniversary.htm