National Park Teas - Rocky Mountains
"The trail compels you to know yourself and to be yourself and puts you in harmony with the universe. It makes you glad to be living. It gives health, hope, and courage, and it extends that touch of nature which tends to make you kind." -- Enos Mills
Enos Mills, a naturalist, nature guide, and lodge owner, lived in Estes Park, and spent his free time writing books and articles promoting the area to tourists. He began to worry that the increase of tourism would also bring commercial business and industries, therefore destroying the land and mountains he came to love. Mills travelled the country using his speeches, photographs, and writings to lobby for a national park. In 1915, his efforts, and those of other conservationists, were successful and the Rocky Mountains were established as the 10th US national park.
In 1929, the same year as the incorporation of Simpson & Vail, the park had its final boundary expansion and construction on roads in the park began. With the rise of the automobile industry accessibility of the Rockies was crucial to its success. Trail Ridge Road construction began when millions of Americans became unemployed during the Great Depression. President Franklin Roosevelt created programs to employ people, such as the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). This work relief program offered jobs to unskilled workers to help conserve and develop natural resources on government lands. With their assistance, the National Park Service was able to complete construction on Trial Ridge Road, a road with world famous views of the park.
The Rocky Mountains, as of 2018, is now the 3rd most visited park in the US, partly due to the breathtaking views the park provides. Our black tea blend literally tastes like you're walking down a trail surrounded by tall pine trees. Warm and comforting, this tea makes you wish you could sit outside and view the snow-capped mountains. The amber colored cup has a light musky raspberry taste that perfectly complements the pine tree aroma of the sage.
Ingredients: Black teas, raspberry leaf, raspberry flavor, sage leaf, and raspberry pieces.
Brew tea at 212º - steep for 3 minutes.
4 Ounces of loose tea makes approximately 50 cups of tea.
Simpson & Vail donates 10% of all tea sales in this line to help preserve our beautiful National Parks. The percentage from the Rocky Mountains Tea sales goes to the Rocky Mountains Conservancy, the official non-profit of the park. The Rocky Mountain Conservancy promotes stewardship of Rocky Mountain National Park and similar lands through education and philanthropy.