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Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years

 New in 2014!
Get a Sneak Peek at the Park's Upcoming 2015 Centennial!

100 years of history, that began a billion years ago...


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 100 years but a billion years ago.
Award-winning writer
Mary Taylor Young, author of 15 books on Colorado and the West, tells a story
that stretches from the dawn of time into the future. 

Journey back to witness the rise, fall, and rise of mountains. Meet ancient people
who built rock game drives still visible atop Trail Ridge. And Utes and
Arapaho who left behind only their names for many Park features. Discover
explorers lured by the mountains’ call, and adventurers consumed with
conquering Longs Peak’s soaring summit. Find out why life in the Park’s lush
valleys forced settlers like Joel and Patsey Estes and Abner and Alberta Sprague
to turn to tourism to survive. And how a young man named Enos Mills became
a passionate advocate for this mountain wonderland and devoted his life to
preserving it as a national park.

MMeet Meet engineers sculpting Trail Ridge Road and 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, then restored to become
 one of America’s premier wildlife sights. Relive the visits of millions of Americans, blessed with “money, kids,
and cars,” who descended on this beloved national park through the 20th century, forming lifelong attachments to 
this special place. Discover how a changing climate may greatly alter Rocky in its next 100 years.

RRocky Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years braids these stories and more into one grand tale,
exquisitely illustrated with more than 250 historical and landscape images, including photographs by
William Henry Jackson, John Fielder, and Erik Stensland, and paintings by Charles Partridge Adams and Birger Sandzén.


As America lights the candles for Rocky’s 100th birthday, discover why there is so much to celebrate!

I've been visiting Rocky Mountain National Park since I was 3 years old, so this book is a work of the heart for me. I credit those wonderful
summers spent in the Park as a kid with setting the entire direction of my life, my love of nature, and my career as a nature writer.
I hope you enjoy discovering the stories, wonders and mysteries of Rocky Mountain National Park, too!


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Look Inside!

Chapter Two Introduction


Chapter Seven, Inside Spread,

Chapter Five Introduction

Chapter Nine, Inside Spread

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