In 1915, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Rocky Mountain National Park Act, establishing park boundaries and protecting the area for the future.
For more than 11,000 years, people have lived in the area that would become Rocky Mountain National Park. Ute and Arapaho peoples lived on the land that would become the National Park. When white settlers came into the area in the mid-1800s, Native Americans were displaced, forcing many to leave in the 1860s and others made to move to reservations. Throughout the Park, there is still plenty of evidence of Native American settlement, such as stone and bone tools used for cooking, hunting, and processing hide.
The Park is one of the most visited national parks, topping over 4.5 million visitors in 2018. From hiking to rock-climbing to fishing, there is no shortage of activities. The views, even if you aren’t looking to hike uphill for miles, are stunning. The mountains, trees, and waterfalls are bountiful and with all there is to learn about the history, it’s almost impossible to not find something to enjoy.
Whether you want to plan a trip to a National Park or just want to know more about the absolute wonders that make up the National Parks, we’ve got the materials for you!
Rocky Mountain National Park: The Complete Guide by James Kaiser
Native American Archaeology in the Parks: A Guide to Heritage Sites in Our National Parks and Monuments by Kenneth L. Feder
National Parks of America by Amy C. Balfour
The Complete Guide to the National Parks of the USA
Accessible Vacations: An Insider’s Guide to 10 National Parks by Simon Hayhoe
Complete Guide to the National Parks: All 61 Treasures from Coast to Coast by Erika Hueneke
National Geographic’s Guide to the National Parks of the United States
100 Things to See in the National Parks: Your Guide to the Most Popular Features of the US National Parks by Stefanie Payne
Best Parks Ever: America’s National Parks
America’s National Parks: A Video Tour of All 55 National Parks