Whose feet walked here first? As you walk this trail, imagine walking with you are other visitors, very different from those you would see today. They carry all their necessary gear: tools, food, clothing, and shelter. Rocky Mountain National Park . . . — — Map (db m162062) HM
Elk descend to this meadow and other lowlands when
higher elevations are blanketed by snow in fall, winter,
and spring. Preferring forests by day, elk are most often
seen grazing here at dawn or dusk.
By 1900, elk were hunted out of this area. . . . — — Map (db m164275) HM
The Beaver Meadows Visitor Center reflects the legacy of one the world's most creative architects, Frank Lloyd Wright. After Wright's death the firm he founded, Taliesin Architects, designed the building you see before you. Architect Thomas . . . — — Map (db m167993) HM
Over the years, Hidden Valley has been the site of many different kinds of human uses. Each has left its own changes on the face of the land - visible or invisible. Part of the forest was logged, and a sawmill operated here in the late 1800’s. Logs . . . — — Map (db m162486) HM
Hidden Valley Creek, below, once flowed directly
into Horseshoe Park before its course was
diverted by an Ice Age glacial moraine. Today,
beaver continue to alter the creek's course by
building dams that have created the chain of
ponds visible . . . — — Map (db m164184) HM
What is a “Park?"
In the early 1800s, French-speaking trappers
called broad mountain meadows “parques,'
meaning enclosures. Later, ranchers used these
large, open basins to graze livestock. Today,
Rocky Mountain National . . . — — Map (db m164185) HM
The mountain index on this rock is a memorial to Roger Wolcott Toll Superintendent of Mount Rainer National Park 1919-1921 *** of Rocky Mountain National Park 1921-1928 of Yellowstone National Park 1929-1935 Civil Engineer ** Naturalist . . . — — Map (db m162344) HM
Little Horseshoe Park was the site of the first Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp west of the Mississippi River. In May 1933, CCC workers set up a base in the meadow below to house about 200 men.
This camp’s laborers became known as the . . . — — Map (db m162063) HM
Drill, blast, then pick up the rubble. Drill, blast, then pick up the rubble. Workers repeated this process off and on for three summers to carve through these gneiss and shist layers and create Rock Cut. Trail Ridge Road, constructed from 1929 to . . . — — Map (db m163425) HM