Phantoms: The Primordal, Prehistoric & Hidden History of RMNP

Jun 23, 2018 - Jun 24, 2018

What stories hover like phantoms behind the contemporary face of Rocky Mountain National Park? Roam the park with award-winning writer Mary Taylor Young, author of the park’s centennial history Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years. Discover traces of park history that lie hidden beneath the surface and off the beaten path, places and events that are generally not interpreted by the park, but are apparent when you know where to look.

See billion-year-old rocks, and discover a game drive wall used by prehistoric hunters. Find Apache Fort, site of an early Indian battle. Visit the location of the 1915 RMNP Dedication Ceremony. Discover the “phantom” Big Thompson entrance station, a main park entry that was obliterated in the 1960s. Explore early ranches, the last remnant of a guest lodge, and the site of the park’s ski area. Check out a 1930s CCC camp. Witness the changes floods in two different centuries have left on the park. Wander inside an elk exclosure, and see 21st century wildlife management in action.