Historic People & Places Centennial Tour: Estes Park, the Estes Valley, & RMNP

  • Rocky Mountain Conservancy
  • July 8, 2017
  • Location: 1895 Fall River Road, Rocky Mountain Conservancy, CO
  • Phone: (970) 586-3262
  • Price: $80 per adult
Details

Study the history of the Town of Estes Park, the Estes Valley, and Rocky Mountain National Park, all of which share a common ecosystem and an interrelated history. Following a brief overview using historic photographs, we will travel to Bond Park in downtown Estes Park where, in honor of the 2017 Centennial of the Town of Estes Park, we will talk about the platting and early development of “the Village.” From there we will visit the site of the Joel Estes-Griff Evans ranch on Lower Fish Creek, the sites of the Earl of Durnraven’s Estes Park Hotel and Horace Ferguson’s Highlands Hotel. Entering Rocky Mountain National Park, we will visit the site of the 1915 Dedication, the site of Fall River Lodge, and, further up the road, the site of the cabins where convicts spent the winter of 1913 while beginning construction of Fall River Road up and over the Continental Divide. The day will conclude with a visit to the site of Horsehoe Inn in Horseshoe Park, the site of Sprague’s/Stead’s ranch in Moraine Park, and the site of the Hondius Ranch in Upper Beaver Meadows.

Historic People & Places Centennial Tour: Estes Park, the Estes Valley, & RMNP