Democracy’s Mountain: Longs Peak and the Unfulfilled Promises of America’s National Parks


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Softcover. Published in 2023 by University of Oklahoma Press. By Ruth M. Alexander. Volume 5 in Public Lands History Series.

In telling the history of Longs Peak and its climbers, Ruth M. Alexander shows how Rocky Mountain National Park, like the National Park Service (NPS), has struggled to contend with three fundamental obligations—to facilitate visitor enjoyment, protect natural resources, and manage the park as a site of democracy.

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