Rocky Mountain National Park turns 100

One of the region’s main tourism drivers, Rocky Mountain National Park, on Wednesday kicked off a yearlong celebration of its 100th anniversary.

The 415-square-mile park opened Jan. 26, 1915.

A kickoff ceremony on Wednesday afternoon is the first of many special events honoring the park’s history coming up over the next 12 months.

A kickoff ice cream social will be held Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Hidden Valley. Those who wish to attend will need to board a shuttle bus from the Fairgrounds Park-n-Ride at 1170 Manford Ave. in Estes Park. Buses will run from noon to 5 p.m.

The Longs Peak Scottish Irish Festival, from Thursday to Sunday in Estes Park, is another of the 20 or so events planned for September alone.

For more events and details about the centennial, visit www.nps.gov/romo.

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