Rocky Mountain N.P.

Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial Celebration schedule of events

Rocky Mountain National Park 100th Anniversary Celebration Activities:
Sept. 3, 2014-Sept. 4, 2015

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 for ranger programs being offered right now.

Rocky Mountain Conservancy Centennial Seminar Series
Beginning in the Fall of 2014 and running through the end of 2015, the non-profit partner of RMNP, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy, will be offering full, half, and multi-day field classes through the RMC-Field Institute program to celebrate the Centennial. Visit and click on the “learn with us” tab to find out more about these classes.

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.

YMCA of the Rockies Centennial Hikes (Starting September 2014)
TheYMCA 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. Click here 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 fun GPS treasure hunt! Caches will be located throughout the Grand Lake area and will highlight many of the sights and attractions which have existed during the past 100 years of the park. These caches will contain 100th Anniversary wood coins for those who take on the challenge!

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.

On-going Activities
One Book, One Valley
September 1 – November 30, 2014
Location: Estes Valley Library, Estes Park, CO
The Estes Valley Library hosts this annual event to celebrate reading and civic dialogue through the shared community experience of a single book – the Big Burn by Timothy Egan. The year’s event is designed to tie-in with Rocky’s 100th Anniversary. From September 1 through November 30, the Library will host discussions, lectures, storytelling, films, and more – all inspired by the Big Burn and its connection to the 100th anniversary of RMNP. Please visit for details.

Paint Something Grand
September 21-30, 2014
Location: Grand Lake Village
An event for artists and art afficianados! Visitors can enjoy of week of plein air painters visting and painting in the Village. Artists can participate in a week of art workshops taught by area artists/teachers. The workshops will focus on the “Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder”. Contact Donna Lyons for information about painting workshops – 970-531-0299.

Rocky Mountain Plein Air Paint Out and Show
September 17-28, 2014
Location: Throughout the Park and Fall River Visitor Center
The Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters will be out painting all over the park September 17-24. Stop by and watch or ask them questions about their painting. Then stop by the Fall River Visitor Center the night of September 25 – 28 to view and/or purchase your favorite paintings you saw in the field. The Gala Opening of the show will be Thursday night, September 25. Click here for more information of this great event!

The Wonder of Art from the Park – an Art Exhibit
November 22, 2014 – January 11, 2015
Location: Village Center, 928 Grand Ave., Grand County, CO
Paintings, sculpture, and jewelry showcasing the Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder of the park. This art exhibit is open to all Grand County artists and is sponsored by Art Out of Thin Air. Please contact Lisa Alander at 970-531-3439 for more details.

Kauffman House Museum Centennial Exhibit
May 23, 2015 – September 4, 2015
Location: Kauffman House Museum, 407 Pitkin St., Grand Lake, CO
This exhibit highlights the history of the development of the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park and the related changes in Grand Lake. Come browse historic narratives, memoirs, photographs, and artifacts that will take you back up to 100 years!

Hot Sulphur Creative Arts Council Celebration of RMNP
June 1, 2015 – October 31, 2015
Location: Hot Sulphur Springs Town Hall, 513 Aspen St, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO
The Creative Arts Council celebrates the 100th Anniversary of RMNP by hosting a Historic Arts Show featuring photography of RMNP from local artists.

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