Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years

Date and Time: 
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Mary Taylor Young

Come celebrate the centennial of Colorado’s premier national park with Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years by award-winning author Mary Taylor Young. 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.


Award-winning writer and naturalist Mary Taylor Young has been writing about the landscape and heritage of Colorado and the American West for more than 25 years. Mary’s 15 books include Land of Grass and Sky: A Naturalist’s Prairie Journey and The Colorado Wildlife Viewing Guide. Many readers know her “Words On Birds” column, which ran in the Rocky Mountain News for 16 years. Her most recent book, Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years, is the Park’s centennial history. 


South Ridge Recreation Center
Upstairs Auditorium
4800 McArthur Ranch Rd
Highlands Ranch 80130 39° 31' 23.4984" N, 104° 56' 4.8912" W