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On January 26, 1915, Rocky Mountain National Park was established. Ninety-nine years later, Rocky Mountain National Park is pleased to announce that Senator Mark Udall has been named Honorary Chair of Rocky Mountain National Park's 100th Anniversary Celebration.
"As an avid outdoorsman as well as the chairman of the U.S. Senate National Parks Subcommittee, I'm thrilled to help mark the centennial of Rocky Mountain National Park. Countless international visitors, as well as generations of Coloradans — myself included — have come to Rocky Mountain National Park to take in the scenery along Trail Ridge Road, hike the Continental Divide, and see the hundreds of elk and big horn sheep that call the park home. Rocky Mountain National Park is a true treasure, and I encourage all adventurers, young and old, to participate in its centennial celebration by visiting the park," said Senator Udall.
Senator Udall's mother helped instill his great sense of adventure and love for the Colorado wilderness. Patricia "Sam" Udall, was a native Coloradan and avid outdoorswoman. Her father, Roe Emery, was the first concessionaire in Rocky Mountain National Park and part owner of the historic Stanley Hotel in nearby Estes Park. He played an important role in the growth of tourism and the promotion of Rocky Mountain National Park after its creation in 1915.
"Our parks are one of Colorado's best renewable resources, but we need today's youth to connect with places like Rocky Mountain National Park…to ensure they are there for future generations to enjoy," said Senator Udall.
The year-long Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial Celebration will kick-off on September 4, 2014, the 99th anniversary of its dedication as a national park. A Re-Dedication Ceremony will bring the celebration to an end on September 4, 2015. Special events and programs will be offered over the course of the year in the park and in the surrounding communities. For details on Centennial planning and events, please visit www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/100th_anniversary.htm