As heavy mist rises from the lush, valley floor of Colorado’s North Park, a flaming Western sun gently layers the “360” horizon with pinks, reds, purples, and shimmering golds. As a large bull moose appears, disappears, and reappears along one of many river paths, a playful otter splashes ducks intent on finding breakfast in a nearby beaver pond.
And, as passing moments become priceless memories, the RAW nature of North Park and Jackson County awakens the frontiersman in us all and leaves us wanting more.
North Park is truly a land of wonders, where your mind can rest, while your spirit soars.
JACKSON COUNTY ATTRACTION SUMMARY
Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge
Mountain Bike Routes
a) Great Parks Bicycle Route
b) TransAmerica Trail Bicycle Route
Cache La Poudre-North Park Scenic & Historic Byway
Colorado State Forest State Park
Continental Divide Scenic Trail
Headwaters of North Platte River & North Platte River (main tributary rivers – Michigan, Illinois, Canadian, Grizzly)
a) Hidden Lakes
b) Lake Teal & Lake Tiago
c) Rainbow Lakes & Agua Fria Lake
d) Big Horn Lake
e) Big Creek Lakes (claiming 2nd largest natural lake in Colorado)
f) Lake John
g) Delaney Butte Lakes
h) Cowdrey Lake
i) Michigan/Meadow Creek Reservoir
j) Seymour Reservoir
k) Slack Weiss Reservoir
a) Park Range
b) Rabbit Ears Range
c) Never Summer Mountains
d) Medicine Bow Mountains
Mountain Passes of note
a) Arapaho Pass
b) Ute Pass
c) Cameron Pass
d) Rabbit Ears Pass
e) Willow Creek Pass
f) Milner Pass
Northgate Canyon/North Platte River and Nature Trail
North Michigan Reservoir – reservoir/campground in Colorado State Park
North Park Pioneer Museum
North Sand Hills Recreation Area
Routt National Forest
Teller City Ghost Town (near Rand)
a) Walden – from Walden Wikipedia page: Walden is a Statutory Town that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Jackson County. It is located in the center of a large open valley called North Park. The town population was 608 at the 2010 census. The town sits at an elevation of 8099 feet (2469 meters). It was established in 1889 and was incorporated December 2, 1890. It briefly was known as Sagebrush, but was renamed Walden to honor Marcus Aurelius Walden, a local area postmaster.
b) Coalmont – an unincorporated community in Jackson County. The area is named for the strip mine located there. Soft coal was shipped out on the Union Pacific Coalmont branch to the mainline at Laramie, WY.
c) Cowdrey – an unincorporated community in northern Jackson County, Colorado, with an elevation of 7917 feet.
d) Gould – from Gould Wikipedia page: a small unincorporated community in southeastern Jackson County, located on State Highway 14, southeast of Walden in North Park. The community is situated in the valley of the Middle Fork of the Michigan River between Owl Mountain and Gould Mountain. The landscape is a patchwork of wetlands, pine forest, aspen groves, and sagebrush. A tavern, campgrounds, community center, and several other businesses cater to local residents and sportsmen. The largest public attraction is the Colorado State Forest Headquarters and Moose Visitor Center. The community lies at an elevation of 8913 feet. In the 1930s, two Civilian Conservation Corps Camps were built on the state land. The camp south of Gould was converted into a Prisoner of War Camp during WWII for Germans and American conscientious objectors. In the 1950s the Colorado State Forest was created and headquarters were built on the grounds of a former fish hatchery.
e) Rand – from Rand Wikipedia page: an unincorporated community in Jackson County, with a U.S. Post Office established in 1883. The first postmaster was Jack Rand. A ranching community at the southern end of North Park south of Walden, Rand consists of several homes and businesses, the post office, and ranching facilities. Its elevation is 8627 feet (2630 meters).
f) Former and/or Ghost Towns – Brownlee, Hebron, Old Homestead, Owl, Pearl, Spicer, Teller City, Zirkel
a) Mount Zirkel Wilderness
b) Never Summer Wilderness
c) Platte River Wilderness
d) Rawah Wilderness