National and State Register

Lake Haiyaha Trail

Larimer County

The National Park Service (NPS) completed the first section of the Lake Haiyaha Trail to Nymph Lake in 1930.  Construction progressed in stages.  The next half-mile, up to Dream Lake, was completed in 1931.  Work on the final section between Dream and Haiyaha commenced in 1933, under the supervision of Rocky Mountain National Park’s first landscape architect to specialized in trail work - Allison van V. Dunn. 

A black and white photo of part of the trail over a crag and some trees in the background.

Lake Haiyaha Trail (2003 photograph.)

The extensive dry laid rock walls in the switchbacks south of Dream Lake utilized Dunn’s technical background.  Today, the rockwork in this section appears old (covered with lichen and settled into the surrounding dirt) yet is still very functional.  Like many of the historic trails in the park, this 2.1-mile trail manifests the application of the NPS Naturalistic Design philosophy as applied in 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 Resources Multiple Property Submissions.