ESTES PARK – The year-long celebration of Rocky Mountain National Park’s 100th Anniversary continues in July. Please see below for events taking place during the first two weeks in July. This is just a snapshot of all the numerous events. Check the park website regularly, www.nps.gov/romo or follow us on social media @Rockynps for updates on 100th Anniversary events and programs. We hope you can join us for one of these fun events!
- July 1: Centennial Artist in Residence Program Presents: Through an Artist’s Eyes – Discover the many ways that nature inspires art in these weekly presentations by one of the park’s Artists in Residence. This week features percussionist, composer, improviser, and educator Cory Hills. Cory’s ability to translate park stories into music is not to be missed! 7:30 p.m. Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.
- July 2: Centennial Science Behind the Scenery – This series highlights scientific activity and learning in the park as it relates to the 100th Anniversary. This week Brittney Mosher discusses amphibian studies in Rocky Mountain National Park with “A Tale of Two Toads.” 7:30 p.m. Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.
- July 3: Wild Inspirations – Art and artists throughout American history have found inspiration in wild places and played important roles in informing the public about the wonders of public lands. Come join local artists and hear how Rocky Mountain National Park inspires their art. Enjoy appetizers, drinks, and live music. A percentage of sales will go to benefit the park. 5 to 8 p.m. Aspen and Evergreen Gallery.
- July 4: Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder – A Local Art Commemoration – This fun event will feature local art and artists; with art demos, a meet and greet with the artists, refreshments, and free art activities for children. There will also be historical displays, a scavenger hunt, and tours of the newly remodeled Old Gallery. The Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder art show will be displayed for the entire celebration year. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Old Gallery (14863 Peak to Peak Highway, Allenspark, CO)
- July 4: Saturday Night in the Park – Celebrating the Centennial – This week, join special speaker Dave Lively in the auditorium of Kawuneeche Visitor Center for “What’s in a Name?” Explore how the names on the west side of the park have changed or remained the same as cultures have traversed the area. 7 p.m. Kawuneeche Visitor Center.
- July 4: Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder Independence Day Parade – Join in the fun at this Centennial-themed Independence Day Parade in Granby, followed by a party in the park. Parade starts on Main Street in Granby at 11a.m.
- July 6: Estes Park Rooftop Rodeo Parade – This colorful entourage and kick-off to a week of rodeo festivities is themed: Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder! The parade starts through downtown Estes Park at 10 a.m.
- July 6-12: Estes Park Rooftop Rodeo – Each night guests will experience thrilling Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Women’s Professional Barrel Racing events. For younger cowpokes, the rodeo features a crowd-pleasing mutton bustin’ competition. Tuesday, July 7 will be dedicated to the 100th Anniversary!
- July 8: Centennial Artist in Residence Program Presents: Through an Artist’s Eyes – Discover the many ways that nature inspires art in these weekly presentations by one of the park’s Artists in Residence. This week features percussionist, composer, improviser, and educator Cory Hills. Cory’s ability to translate park stories into music is not to be missed! 7:30 p.m. Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.
- July 9: Centennial Science Behind the Scenery – This series highlights scientific activity and learning in the park as it relates to the 100th Anniversary. This week features Ben Lawhon speaking on Leave No Trace principles. 7:30 p.m. Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.
- July 9: Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Class: Enos Mills – $10/person. Enos Mills is remembered as the father of Rocky Mountain National Park. Hear the dramatic story of Enos Mills in this first-person narrative evoking a time when grizzlies and wolves still roamed Colorado and a national park was an elusive dream. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Visit rmconservancy.org to register.
- July 11: Saturday Night in the Park – Celebrating the Centennial – This week, join special speaker Kirk Oldham, Terrestrial Biologist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, as he speaks on Moose in the auditorium of Kawuneeche Visitor Center. 7 p.m. Kawuneeche Visitor Center.
- July 11: Centennial Speaker Series: Jim Disney – Jim Disney is a mountaineer and artist who has been visiting Rocky Mountain National Park for decades. Come experience the inspiration and process through which Jim has created his beautiful artwork, including the official poster of the park’s Centennial. Learn also about the artists that have found inspiration in Rocky Mountain National Park through time. Jim will be on hand to sign posters after this event. 7:30 p.m. Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.
- July 11: Trail Ridge Road: Highway to the Sky – Constructed from 1929-1932, Trail Ridge Road is one of the scenic wonders of the world. It is the country’s highest continuous paved road. Join author Amy Law on a tour across the Continental Divide and through the history of Colorado’s famous by-way. This program will also include a presentation by Allan Northcutt whose father worked on construction of the western half of the road. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Estes Park Museum (200 Fourth Street, Estes Park).
- July 11-12: The Wonder of Local Crafts: A 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park Craft Fair Series – Join us for the Grand Lake Chamber’s Arts and Crafts Festivals through the summer of 2015. Browse various local and national wares in the scenic beauty of Grand Lake’s Town Square Park on Grand Avenue.
- July 12: Grand Lake Yacht Club Celebrates the Centennial – Enjoy an ice cream social at 1915 prices! 5 cents a scoop! Take a tour of the 102 year old yacht club and participate in a horseshoe tournament. Fun for everyone! 2 to 4 p.m. Grand Lake Yacht Club.
Also, don’t forget about some of our special on-going events that celebrate Rocky’s Centennial year.
- Celebrate with the Colorado Mountain Club (through September 4): The Colorado Mountain Club (CMC) was instrumental in the formation of Rocky Mountain National Park 100 years ago. To celebrate, the public is invited to join the CMC in a special hikes and climbs of 100 of the 125 Named Peaks in the Park, Wildflower Hikes led by Colorado Native Plant Masters, and other special hikes. Visit www.cmc.org for more information.
- Across the Divide Geo-Tour, A Centennial Geo-Adventure (Year-round): Come experience this free family fun GPS treasure hunt! 50 Geocaches in Estes Park, Grand Lake, and the park relating to the Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder, and Centennial history take you from town to town and across the Continental Divide (when Trail Ridge Road is open). Whether you are new to geo-caching or are a geo-caching expert, this tour is a fun and challenging adventure for the whole family. Find out more at the Estes Park and Grand Lake Visitor Centers or visit the Across the Divide GeoTour Facebook page
- Vacation Races’ Rocky Mountain Half Marathon and 100th Anniversary Virtual Race (5K, 10K, and Half Marathon) Registration: Vacation Races is proud to sponsor the Rocky Mountain Half Marathon, a beautiful course outside Rocky Mountain National Park but with great views of the park on August 1. They are also sponsoring a 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon Virtual Race to be run anytime between September 1-7. A Virtual Race can be run anywhere. Celebrate the Centennial and collect a t-shirt and finisher medal. Visit www.therockymountainhalf.com for more details or to register for either race.
For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206.