2nd and Healing way., Lakewood, CO
~ CARIBOU RANCH OPEN SPACE ~ Caribou Ranch is located between Nederland and the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. The open space is dominated by Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir forests. The mixture of wetlands, meadows, streams, forests, and woodlands provides excellent habitat to dozens of species of mammals. Elk, black bear, mule deer, mountain lion, coyote, bobcat, beaver, bat and short-tail weasel live within or pass through the open space. One of the most striking sights at Caribou Ranch are the wildflowers. The old DeLonde homestead where the Open Space department recently completed the restoration of the DeLonde Barn and the Blue Bird Mine Complex make this a very fun and interesting hike. The trail system is 4.5 miles round trip from the main parking lot. Please bring water, snacks and appropriate gear and clothing. Any questions please send me a message. Thank you!
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HISTORY: Although the prehistoric period is not as evident on the land, it provided diverse resources for the nomadic lifestyle. Like many areas in Colorado, it was first occupied by nomadic Native American Tribes. Near the end of the 1800's however, the painted ponies that carried Native Americans began to give way to other forms of transportation.
The Switzerland Trail, is the former route of the Denver, Boulder & Western Railroad which ran from 1904 to 1919. In addition to trains hauling ore, popular excursion trains ran from Boulder during the summer months.
Blue azurite, often found in silver ore, gave the Blue Bird Mine its name. In the 1870's, miners flocked to work at this and other mines in the area.
The Blue Bird Mine Complex includes a bunkhouse, remains of a log building, mining company house, chicken coops, smoke house, the foundation of a mill, mine shafts, and tracks for ore carts.
Through the years the property changed hands. In 1936, Lynn W. Van Vleet purchased the ranch and established Colorado's first Arabian horse breeding operation.
In 1971 a music producer purchased the property and converted a barn into a recording studio, attracting the" who's who" of rock music of the 1970's including Chicago, John Lennon, Joe Walsh, Dan Fogelberg and Elton John just to name a few. The ranch was intended to be inspirational and less distracting to recording artists. The recording studio, located on private land, closed after a fire in 1985 destroyed the control room.
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