December Centennial Events

Year-round Activities

RMNP Centennial Ranger Programs
Starting in Summer 2014, these FREE talks, walks, and evening programs with a ranger are offered throughout the year. Please consult our park newspaper when you arrive for ranger programs being offered during your visit.

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:

  • 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)
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:

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.

December 2014 Events
December 6, 2014 The Wonder of Art from the Park - an Art Exhibit - Opening Exhibition
Time: 2-4pm
Location: Granby Library, 55 Zero Street, Granby, CO
Details: Come enjoy the Opening Reception for The Wonder of Art from the Park Art Exhibit.
December 6, 2014 - January 3, 2015

The Wonder of Art from the Park - an Art Exhibit - DATE CHANGED FROM 11/22
Time: Tues (10-6), Wed (10-6), Thurs (10-7), Fri (10-3), Sat (10-2), Closed Sunday and Monday
Location: Granby Library, 55 Zero Street, Granby, CO
Details: Local artists showcase paintings and photography highlighting the Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder of RMNP. This exhibit is open to all Grand County artistis and is sponsored by Art Out of Thin Air. Call Patricia Alander at 970-531-3439 for more details.

December 20-21, 2014 Home for the Holidays: The Wonder of Christmas in the Rockies
Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater - 800 Grand Ave., Grand Lake, CO
Professional musical theater performers present a festive and heartwarming holiday tribute to celebrate the wonder of the Rocky Mountains. Written and Directed by Artistic Director Michael Querio. Visit or call 970-627-3421 for more information.
December 26-31, 2014

Holiday Melodrama - This production is no longer a Centennial event.

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December 31, 2014

New Year's Eve Fireworks
Location: Grand Lake, CO
Details: Celebrate Rocky Mountain National Park's Centennial Celebration and ring in a new year in the mountains with this fantastic fireworks display!

Last updated: November 9, 2014

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1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park, CO 80517


(970) 586-1206
Through winter, the Information Office is open 8:00 am–4:30 pm Mon–Fri. Recorded Trail Ridge Road status: (970) 586-1222.

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