View from the Ypsilon Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park.

National and State Register

Rocky Mountain National Park Multiple Resource Area

Located in north-central Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park straddles the Continental Divide.  It encompasses the rugged Front Range and Mummy Range and contains several peaks above 12,000 feet, including Long’s Peak at 14,255 feet.  The park was created by Congress in 1915.

The historic resources in the park reflect the typical evolution of land use in the mountain West.  Mining was quickly followed by cattle and dude ranch development.  Tourism played a role in the area even before the establishment of Rocky Mountain National Park.  The structures, buildings and districts in this submission reflect this early development of the park area.  (Cover documentation accepted by National Register in 1988.)