01.26.15

Gardner Commemorates Rocky Mountain National Park’s 100th Anniversary

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) made the following statement today commemorating the one-hundredth anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park:

“Today commemorates the one-hundredth anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park. Rocky Mountain National Park is not only a state treasure, but a national treasure, and all Coloradans are extremely grateful for the legislation which has played a crucial role in preserving this beautiful territory.

“On January 26, 1915, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Rocky Mountain National Park Act into law and gave this land its special designation. Today, the Park encompasses 260,000 acres and includes 60 peaks which tower over 12,000 feet. It is home to a wide array of wildlife, including bighorn sheep, bears, beavers, marmots, moose, and mountain lions. Tourists who visit the Park in the fall are also likely to observe the hundreds of elk which reside in these protected lands. Visitors have access to hundreds of miles of hiking trails and can bicycle, climb, fish, and camp throughout the Park. For many Americans, Rocky Mountain National Park provides access to pristine wilderness and wildlife which they might not otherwise be able to experience.

“Rocky Mountain National Park also plays a vital role in Colorado’s economy. According to the National Park Service, nearly three million visitors traveled to the Park in 2013, and these individuals spent approximately $186 million during their stay. Nearby Estes Park, Colorado, has thrived as the citizens of the town work to meet the needs of the Park’s visitors. This economic development would not have been possible without the signing of the Rocky Mountain National Park Act one hundred years ago.

“Today, Rocky Mountain National Park and its nearby communities showcase the diverse natural beauty that abounds across our great nation. President Wilson’s legislation has protected this land for one hundred years, and it will continue to preserve these stunning peaks and meadows for many years to come. It brings me joy to think that my children and grandchildren will have access to the same views and experiences that I have had in my numerous visits to the Park. I am already looking forward to returning, and encourage all Coloradans and Americans to make a visit. It will be an unforgettable experience.”

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