Wilderness and Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years

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News Release Date: August 6, 2014

Contact: Kyle Patterson, (970) 586-1363

Get a sneak peek of the park's upcoming 2015 centennial with Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years by award-winning author Mary Taylor Young. Ms. Young will be speaking at 8:30 p.m., Monday, August 11, in the Moraine Park Campground Amphitheater.

Witness the rise, fall, and rise of mountains. Meet ancient people who built rock game drives. Discover explorers lured by the mountains' call, and adventurers consumed with conquering Longs Peak's soaring summit. Meet engineers sculpting Trail Ridge Road and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) crews building trails, intrepid rangers rescuing lost hikers and researchers preserving the fragile tundra. Learn how the park's elk were nearly wiped out, than restored to become one of America's premier wildlife sights. Relive the visits of millions of Americans who flocked to this beloved national park through the 20th century, forming lifelong connections to this special place. Discover how a changing climate may alter Rocky in its next 100 years. Experience all of this while celebrating the role of Wilderness in the park and what it means to all of us.

Award-winning writer and naturalist Mary Taylor Young has been writing about the landscape and heritage of Colorado and the American West for more than 25 years. Mary's 15 books include Land of Grass and Sky: A Naturalist's Prairie Journey and The Colorado Wildlife Viewing Guide. Many readers know her "Words On Birds" column, which ran in the Rocky Mountain News for 16 years. Her most recent book, Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years, highlights the park's centennial history.

Last updated: February 24, 2015

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