Preserve Rollins Pass

Preserve Rollins Pass encourages the responsible visitor to take care of the pass along with its vast 12,000 years of history for the next generation; we also safeguard Rollins Pass chronology, photographs, stories, and landscapesread more.

“Placemaking can be enormously entertaining, but you have to get the vision and you have to get a sense of the soul of the place. Think of it as you have a little spotlight and if you can shine a light on the soul, you have accomplished something.”
Dana Crawford

B. Travis Wright, MPS was recognized and celebrated with a State Honor Award for excellence in historic preservation and preservation leadership for over a decade of work on Rollins Pass in Colorado. Read more.

The wait is over—introducing our newest book!

Order your autographed copy today!

What’s the difference between your first book, Rollins Pass: Images of America (2018) and your second book, Rollins Pass: Past & Present (2022)?

While our two books cover the same core topics of Rollins Pass and the Moffat Tunnel, the 2022 book is not a republication of our 2018 work—in fact, there’s very little that’s duplicated between the two books. Our 2022 book discusses completely new details and information about Rollins Pass that transpired in the four years between publications. The 2022 work has never-before-published and extraordinarily rare imagery meticulously restored from the originals: all historic photographs are printed in black and white with modern counterparts are in full color. While our first book involved two dozen people, our second book involved the efforts of more than six dozen experts to help tell this area’s vast story.

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N76 (Riflesight) is open every summer and early autumn for hikers and bicyclists

Read more on our road and trails status page.

World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Season 4, Episode 5) debuts on Channel 5 in the United Kingdom

The episode showcases the Rocky Mountaineer. Moffat Tunnel Historian B. Travis Wright discusses how the tunnel is a cathedral to engineering and a realization of David Moffat’s dream—as well as a uniquely American achievement from nearly a century ago. The East Portal Company Town and Rollins Pass are also mentioned.

The episode above builds on the foundations laid for the 2020 Endangered Places Program Announcement for the East Portal Camp Cabins, below:

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Track the centennial of the construction and opening of the Moffat Tunnel!

Our five-year story begins in earnest later this summer exclusively on this Facebook page and concludes February 26, 2028—the opening ceremony centennial of the Moffat Tunnel. We’ll share never-before-seen imagery, video, and items—along with stories and perhaps some special guests along the way as well.

Due to exceptionally popular demand, our award-winning first title entered its third printing within a year of publication!

Order your autographed copy today!

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Preserve Rollins Pass: You can help preserve 12,000 years of history atop Rollins Pass in Colorado.

You can help preserve 12,000 years of history atop Rollins Pass in Colorado

We acknowledge and honor the indigenous peoples of the land upon which Rollins Pass stands.

Preserve Rollins Pass strives to fulfill a Native American adage: “In every deliberation, consider the impact of decisions on the next seven generations.” As one of Colorado’s Most Endangered Places, prehistoric and historic preservation of Rollins Pass are paramount.

Through partnerships with state and federal representatives, Native American tribes, special interest groups across the nation, archaeologists, historians, and university professors, Preserve Rollins Pass applies strategic pressures to protect the integrity of this national historic district. Credited for their professional facilitation, negotiation best practices, and ability to deliver a “master class on how to make a point,” Preserve Rollins Pass makes the case for preservation, delivered through breathtaking videography and photography, modern marketing, technology, and presentation skills. These efforts—combined with active volunteer and public outreach, education, and field archaeology—have culminated in the collapse of significant threats to the area, including a proposed federal land exchange involving Rollins Pass.

Co-founder, B. Travis Wright, MPS is a 2022 Colorado Preservation Inc. State Honor Award recipient for his advocacy of Rollins Pass, is President of the Board of the Grand County Historical Association, and is Vice Chair of the Gilpin County Historic Preservation Commission.

To learn how to help advance historic preservation of this incredible and non-renewable resource containing 12,000 years of history, please email [email protected].

Thank you for your help, time, and support!

B. Travis Wright, MPS and Kate Wright, MBA

Colorado Preservation, Inc. 2022 State Honor Award | B. Travis Wright (Preserve Rollins Pass)
Colorado Preservation, Inc. 2022 State Honor Award
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