Rowe Glacier is an alpine glacier in Rocky Mountain National Park in the U.S. state of Colorado. Rowe Glacier is 300 yd (270 m) north of Hagues Peak and is the source of the North Fork Big Thompson River. Rowe Glacier was the first glacier to be identified in Colorado.
The story of how Rowe Glacier was discovered is kind of fascinating, in a nerdy way: "Rowe Glacier is one of only five true glaciers in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was discovered in 1880 during the great grasshopper plague when millions of the pests flew over from Utah and lodged on high mountain snow fields. The grasshoppers attracted greedy bears, and the bears attracted hunters. One such hunter was a homesteader named Israel Rowe. He came upon the glacier while guiding guests of Lord Dunraven on a hunting trip. His name was later given to the glacier and Rowe Peak."
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