During the month of September the National Park Service is bringing a series of 13 art quilts to Rocky Mountain National Park which were created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the NPS.
The exhibition will be in the Fall River Visitor Center from September 6th through the 25th. The art quilts were created by Fiber Works, a group of textile artists from the Lincoln-Omaha, Nebraska area to celebrate their favorite parks in the entire system.
The parks that inspired their artwork are each receiving the quilts throughout the centennial celebration. The artist who created the RMNP quilt is Marilyn Rembolt.
The other parks which are represented are the following:
- Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska
- Joshua Tree National Park in California
- Saguaro National Park in Arizona
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii
- Statue of Liberty National Monument in New York
- Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Virginia
- Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota
- Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota
- Glacier National Park in Montana
- Shenandoah National Park in Virginia
- Everglades National Park in Florida
- Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in Missouri.
Quilts represented: Saguaro NP (Upper left), Mount Rushmore NP (Upper right), Wind Cave NP (Bottom left), Joshua Tree NP (Bottom right)
The entire schedule for this exhibition can be found on the NPS website.
Rocky Mountain National Park is celebrating the National Park System's 100th Anniversary this year - and will be having FREE ENTRANCE to the park from Aug 25-28 ! There are several different things you can do during a trip up to the park.
If you've got kids, take them to one of the many visitor centers and pick up a free Junior Ranger activity booklet. They can earn a badge and become a Junior Ranger!
Or you can see the park movie at one of the visitor centers to introduce yourself to the park. You can also go on one of many ranger-led programs, including if you're there later in the evening, you can take advantage of the ranger-led night sky programs.
And last, but not least, you can go on a hike! There are over 300 trails you can hike on in the park, depending on what you're looking for. Be aware that pets are prohibited on ALL park trails, tundra and meadow areas, and weather conditions do change quickly sometimes, so always be willing to turn around.
There are many hidden gems of hikes that are not highly publicized, but which are well worth the experience!
Here are a few examples:
- Sandbeach Lake is in the area south of Estes Park. It is an intermediate trail as it is 8.4 miles round-trip. But it is well worth the hike in, with an amazing sand beach and great fishing once you get there.
- In the heart of the park, you can find Lake Haiyaha, an easy hike (4.2 miles round-trip) with spectacular views. Haiyaha is a Native American word meaning "Big Rocks" and there are plenty of these you can climb on to explore the shoreline and nearby pools.
- Bridal Veil Falls, which starts out at the historic McGraw Ranch in the north part of the park, is a great family hike (6.4 miles round-trip) with beautiful views.
- Up in the Alpine area of the park, there is an easy, just under 1 mile round-trip hike to Irene Lake. It is a great stop when you're driving over Trail Ridge Road.
- On the West side, there is the Valley Trail, an easy 5.5 mile loop through the Kawuneechee Valley.