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East Inlet Trail

Grand County

The East Inlet Trail was one of the more difficult trails in Rocky Mountain National Park during the early part of the 20th century, but it still drew travelers due to the scenic beauty along the way.  The dangerous nature of the trail led to Depression-era funding for improvements with Public Works Administration labor.  Dry rock walls and intricate bridge abutments were constructed in the early 1930s and allowed for continued use by tourists to the Park.  In 1940, Civilian Conservation Corps crews made further improvements that sustained the trail through the rest of the 20th century.

A black and white photo of the trail with grass before some tall pine trees in the distance and mountains beyond them.

East Inlet Trail

Associated with the early resort industry and tourism in the Grand Lake area, the 6.9-mile East Inlet Trail is also representative of the Naturalistic Design philosophy of the National Park Service from the 1920s through the 1940s.  The property is associated with the Rocky Mountain National Park and the Historic Park Landscapes in National and State Parks Multiple Property Submissions.