Visionary or Villain?: Colorado’s Infamous Aristocrat, Lord Dunraven

Scoundrel or gentleman? Land grabber or preservationist? An Irish aristocrat, the Earl of Dunraven came to Colorado as a hunter in 1872. Before his departure, he would control more than 6000 acres of the pristine Estes Park valley—only to find his name besmirched amid the village’s first and still-unsolved murder. But to a larger world, Dunraven was an illustrious adventurer: Yellowstone’s Dunraven Pass bears his name—he sailed his yacht in the America’s Cup—and his trans-Atlantic criss-crossing earned him the name, the “American Earl.” Hear Dunraven’s own story firsthand and you can be the judge.