Project Update: Making Rocky Mountain National Park More Wild

(Pictured above: The property at Rocky Mountain National Park before (left) and after (right) the cabin was removed. Photo courtesy of David Kirk, The Wilderness Land Trust.)

Early this year we announced that National Park Trust (NPT) joined forces with The Wilderness Land Trust and the Rocky Mountain Conservancy to help make Rocky Mountain National Park a little more wild. As a result of this partnership, 12.5-acres located in the Wild Basin area were added to the park. The final piece of funding needed to purchase the private enclave was secured by NPT thanks to a $150,000 gift from The Barrett Family Foundation.

Recently, the house on the property was removed – completing the first stage on the path to returning this area to pristine wilderness!

Now, this popular hiking destination – with breathtaking views of wilderness and rushing mountain streams, numerous cascades, and waterfalls – will be protected in perpetuity. Having the “wilderness” designation means that by law, no mechanical devices (not even a bicycle), or power lines and cell towers can be used on the land. There are no roads, only trails for hiking or horseback riding. Without noise pollution, you can sit quietly with your eyes closed and hear what it was like to be in this park 200 years ago!

To learn more about our park projects and how you can get involved, visit our website or contact Phil Selleck, park projects director, at or (301) 279-7275 ext. 14.

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