Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years
Tuesday, November 1
In 2015, Rocky Mountain National Park celebrated its centennial, but the history of one of the premier parks of the West really began a billion years ago. Travel with award-winning author Mary Taylor Young, author of Rocky’s centennial history book, as she tells its story, a tale that stretches from the dawn of time into the future. Witness the rise, fall, and rise of mountains. Meet ancient people who built rock game drives still visible atop Trail Ridge. Discover explorers lured by the mountains’ call, and adventurers consumed with conquering Longs Peak’s soaring summit. 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 who flocked to 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.
Book signing immediately afterwards. Contact Severson Dells to register at 1-815-335-2915.