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per night, $20 per vehicle - 7 Days
Daily Entrance Fee - Passenger
Cars - $20.00 - 7
Days, $35.00 - Annual
Congress passed the Rocky Mountain National Park Act in
1915, the legislators focused on Rocky's scenic and
natural wonders. Still, what became the park held many
cultural treasures including ancient trails, game drives,
cattle ranches, and lodges. Early Superintendents tried to
develop roads, backcountry cabins, and trails to blend
with the surroundings. Rangers manipulated the landscape
to look more "natural;" they suppressed fires,
planted seedlings, and controlled predators. The National
Park Service purchased private lands and removed
buildings, roads, post offices, driveways, irrigation
ditches, and fences.
World War II, with park visitation increasing across the
country, the National Park Service implemented Mission 66,
a nationwide development and improvement program. Rocky,
like many parks, suffered from outdated facilities.
Mission 66 brought new comfort stations, overlooks,
employee housing, campgrounds, and visitor centers to
Rocky Mountain National Park.
park has since grown to more than 415 square miles. In
1990, it gained an additional 465 acres when Congress
approved expansion of the park to include the area known
as Lily Lake. The National Park Service, the Conservation
Fund, and some diligent legislators successfully halted
land development in this area adjacent to the park's
boundary. It now is an important buffer zone that helps
protect the migratory routes of wildlife in the park.
the park stands as a legacy to those pioneers who looked
beyond its harvestable resources to its more lasting
values. A complete
history of Rocky Mountain Nation Park can be found at the
National Park Service's website, "National
Park Service - Rocky Mountain National Park"
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