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Located high in the Rockies in the center of Colorado, Park County offers spectacular scenery, great recreational opportunities, and true mountain heritage.
Like many small towns in Colorado, it was the discovery of gold in 1859 that first brought prospectors to the area known as Park County today, encompassing the towns of Alma, Fairplay and South Park. The county seat started in the town of Fairplay and this town officially incorporated in 1867 and remains the largest city in the county.
Fairplay is located at an elevation of 9,953 feet. The town is the fifth-highest incorporated place in the State of Colorado, with an estimated population of 679. Fairplay has a number of fun and colorful local events to keep residents and visitors entertained. Free concerts, arts and crafts and of-course the famous Burro Days events are some of the local favorites. Hunters thrive in the area and fisherman call this the “fly fishing capital of Colorado”. Even motorcycle enthusiasts will call Park County one of their favorites for a scenic ride with true local flavor and friendliness. In 2009, the area around Fairplay were designated a National Heritage Area by the U.S. Congress for its distinctive landscapes, historic structures, and recreational abundance.
The historic town of South Park offers a glimpse into the past. Located on the edge of Fairplay, South Park is a living museum with 40 historic buildings. It was created in the late 1950s by a group of citizens concerned that the old mining and ghost towns of Park County were being dismantled and destroyed. The group recreated an 1800s gold mining town. Buildings were brought in from the high gulches of the Mosquito Range and from mining towns such as Alma, Leavick, Buckskin Joe and Montgomery. Most of these buildings showcase an array of period furnishings and equipment, and tours take you back in time to South Park’s early days.
Alma is the second largest “city” in Park County and boasts the title of the highest incorporated town in North America at 10,578 feet. Founded in 1873, the town has an estimated population of 275. Alma is home to my favorite coffee shop and a few small business keep Main Street alive. If you are passing through, you will want to check out the Bristlecone Pine Scenic Area, home to Bristlecone Pine Trees, which are native to the Rocky Mountains and are thousands of years old. Jeeping, hiking, and mountain climbing remain popular activities in the area year round.
There are five 14ers that rise above the town: Sherman (14,007), Mt.Bross (14,172 feet), Mt. Lincoln (14,286 feet), Mt. Democrat (14,148 feet), and Mt. Cameron (14,238 feet). There are many 12 and 13ers as well as numerous hiking and mountain biking trails. Many old mining claims crisscross the high mountains, with several that are still operational. Hiking is available to the Orphan Boy Mine, Dolly Varden Mine, Sweet Home Mine, Little Daisy Mine, and London Mine.
In winter, Park County is an outdoor haven for ski activities and winter sports. Just 30 minutes from Breckenridge and a quick drive over Hoosier Pass, and you can be in Breckenridge. Or enjoy cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice climbing and snowmobiling right out your back door. Park County is true Colorado appeal, conveniently located to Colorado’s ski resorts, yet quiet and affordable.
Let us help you find your Colorado Mountain home or cabin in the quaint towns of Alma or Fairplay.