Rocky Mountain National Park Debuts Centennial Logo

 RMNP Centennial Logo

In celebration of the park’s 98th birthday on January 26, Rocky Mountain National Park and Rocky Mountain Nature Association are pleased to announce the winning logo for the park’s upcoming 100th Anniversary celebration in 2015.  The designer is Carol Welker, a graphic artist based out of Dallas, Texas.

As a child, Welker spent summers in the Cedar Park area near Drake, Colorado.  She has many fond memories of exploring Rocky Mountain National Park with her siblings – hiking, backpacking, and summiting Longs Peak.  “As a result,” says Welker, “the iconography unique to the park was ingrained in my mind and my soul.”

“The logo design was certainly inspired by my past,” says Welker.  She incorporated the most memorable images from her childhood into her design, including aspen leaves, columbine, pine cones, and bighorn sheep.  “I wanted to give an overall majestic feel to the logo and make a bold statement about the respect the park deserves as well as the many reasons its preservation calls for celebration.”

Close to one hundred logo entries were received, including a great number of outstanding ideas, which made the selection process very difficult.  Officials wish to thank everyone who participated.

The 100th Anniversary will be promoted and celebrated throughout the park and surrounding communities.  The winning logo will be used for educational, promotional, and marketing pieces approved by Rocky Mountain Nature Association and Rocky Mountain National Park.

In order to accommodate the greatest variety of events possible, celebration of Rocky Mountain National Park’s 100th Anniversary will begin on September 4, 2014, and will continue until the 100th Anniversary of the dedication of Rocky Mountain National Park on September 4, 2015. 

Over the course of the year, a calendar of events will be offered by the park, local organizations, and surrounding communities to celebrate Rocky Mountain National Park’s natural and cultural history and the relationships that have developed over the last 100 years.

 Businesses and organizations may apply to have their programs and events included in the Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial Celebration.  Applicants should be able to show the connection between their program/event and Rocky Mountain National Park’s Centennial. Approved programs and events will be added to the Calendar of Centennial Events and may use the 100th Anniversary Signature with logo and slogan.

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Colorado - Trail Ride in January!

Sandy Point

Most people think of Colorado as snow covered in the winter, but in the Front Range we somtimes have January or February "thaws" where the temperature is in the high 50's or 60's for several days.  That's a perfect time to pull the horses off their winter pastures, dust off their furry coats and go for a trail ride!

This week (January 9th) was one of those "thaws", and a group of natural horsewomen took advantage of the sunshine and warmth to explore a private ranch trail owned by a descendent of Abner Sprague (Sprague Lake is named after him).  We rode to the edge of a ridge south of Carter Lake Reservoir to a spot called "Sandy Point" where a magnificent panorama of Longs Peak, Twin Sisters, and all of Rocky Mountain National Park awaited us.  All the riders would agree - this was Colorado winter trail riding at its best.