“He who does not travel does not know the value of men.” – Moorish proverb
At an elevation 9,450 feet and with a population of 150, this former mining town is located on a mountainside on the Peak to peak highway between Estes Park and Nederland.
Formerly one of the richest settlements in Colorado during the gold boom, its population dwindled to almost nothing by the mid twentieth century, only to remain alive today by incoming hippies and others wishing to get away from it all up in the mountains.
The town is only an hour from Boulder, but feels a world away tucked away in its little mini valley with gigantic peaks towering all around. The area is ideal for hiking to one of the numerous natural alpine lakes in the area and with a 9 month winter, winter sport opportunities such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing abound.