“Under the rough and ridiculous circumstances of life in the Rocky Mountains there was something exciting and vital, full of rude poetry: the heartbeat of the West as it fought its way upward toward civilization.” — Wallace Stegner
105 years ago today, United States President Woodrow Wilson signed the Rocky Mountain National Park Act, officially establishing more than 265,000 acres of Colorado’s pristine mountains, forests and alpine tundra as protected land. Rocky Mountain National Park is the third most visited national park in the United States, visited by more than 4.5 million Outdoor Enthusiasts every year. If you’re planning on making the trek to this national park, be sure to drive up Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuously paved road in America. This “highway to the sky” will get you Rocky Mountain high, offering a sweeping view of Colorado’s untouched natural beauty.