The Master Plan
Rocky Mountain National Park
Road System Plan
Index to Master Plan
Special and Developed Areas
Trail System Plan
The Master Plan, Rocky Mountain National Park, 7th Edition 1938 (selected pages)
RG 79 Master Plans of Parks and Monuments, 1931 – 1941 NAID 591991
On January 26, 1915, President Woodrow Wilson signed a law that established Rocky Mountain National Park. That legislation laid out the coordinates of the park, and set aside the land for the “benefit and enjoyment of the people of the United States.” In recognition of the centennial anniversary, our colleagues at the National Archives’ Special Media Division have gathered records related to the iconic landscape.
In addition to a substantial collection of park photos by Ansel Adams, the Cartographic division at the National Archives maintains the master plans for parks and monuments. These plans are often original pen-and-ink, crayon, wash, and watercolor drawings of area plans. The maps often show potential roads, trail plans, fire-control plans, vegetation maps, and utility areas.