- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

ESTES PARK, Colo. (AP) - Nonprofit groups and local governments say they’ve raised enough money to buy the largest privately owned land parcel inside Rocky Mountain National Park and will turn it over to the park.

The groups said Wednesday they paid $3.4 million for the 42-acre Cascade Cottages site on the park’s east side.

The Rocky Mountain Conservancy contributed $1.75 million. The Larimer County Open Lands Program, the town of Estes Park and the Estes Valley Land Trust also contributed.

The conservancy supports the park with fundraising and other activities. Most of the park is in Larimer County. Estes Park sits outside the park’s eastern boundary.

Park officials say they haven’t decided what will become of the cottages.

The same family had owned the land and cottages since 1941, offering them for summer rental.

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