Beginning in September 2014, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado will spend a year celebrating its 100th anniversary. Dedicated as a National Park on September 4, 1915, the preserve has allowed millions of Americans and tourists from around the world to experience the beauty of the Colorado Rockies. To commemorate Rocky Mountain National Park's heritage, rangers and park administrators are planning an array of special events, including speakers and activities, which will take place throughout the year.
Spanning 415 square miles, Rocky Mountain National Park houses several 12,000-foot peaks and more than 300 miles of hiking trails. Additionally, it is a year-round refuge for black bear, bighorn sheep, and American elk. While many visitors utilize the park for shorter day hikes, it also serves as a playground for rock climbers, alpinists, backpackers, and backcountry skiers.