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In April I visited the Rocky Mountain National Park located in northern Colorado. The week before our arrival over 3 feet of snow had fallen and the temperatures had remained cool. Very little snow had melted by the time I arrived. The park was only partially opened due to the snow but we traveled into the park as far as we could. The vistas were breathtaking and the snow covered mountains were beautiful.
The lands now known as Rocky Mountain National Park have been home to humans for at least ten thousand years. The landscape reflects the culture of the people who have walked it, from Native Americans to the modern visitor. The history and culture of Rocky Mountain National Park is dynamic and engaging. in the Organic Act of 1916, the legislation that created the National Park Service, nature and culture were to be protected side by side.
There are about 600 buildings in Rocky Mountain National Park, though there were once twice that many standing within park boundaries. For much of the twentieth century, the National Park Service considered Rocky Mountain a natural park, and therefore management decisions aimed to return the landscape to pre-contact conditions. In 1988 was the "natural" designation lifted and a new mandate towards historic preservation embraced. (source, National park service)
We found this building, one of the park's historic structures, in a large snow covered valley. The view was very scenic and we could see a cluster of buildings across the valley that were accessible only via cross country skis or snowshoes. We had hoped to visit them but it was not possible with all the snow. This building was close to the parking lot, about 20 feet out, surrounded by snow drifts. I was able to carefully make my way closer by following some snowshoe prints and snapped a few shots.
June 5th, 2013
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