INFORMATION ABOUT THE SURROUNDING AREA
Nestled in the foothills southwest of Denver, Pine Grove is a picturesque mountain community with lots to offer outdoor enthusiasts, travelers and history buffs. Pine Grove was established in 1886 and has many historic homes and shops. Hikers and mountain bikers will discover miles of trails in the adjacent Pike National Forest and Pine Valley Open Space Park. Surrounding Pine Grove are some of the area’s most popular trails, which follow part of the Colorado Trail. A scenic dirt road leads to Pine’s most famed (and world renowned) dining and drinking establishment, The Bucksnort Saloon. Cozy country B&Bs and riverfront cabins with decks, grills and hot tubs are available for overnight guests. Explore Pine Grove’s shopping, fishing, dining, history and beautiful scenery throughout the year.
A charming small unincorporated community in central Colorado in the United States, Pine Junction is the first intersection with a traffic light on U.S. Highway 285 in the foothills. At this traffic light, you can turn left on Colorado Rd 126 to go to the historic Town of Pine Grove and continue to State Highway 67 to Deckers and Woodland Park. Pine Junction is situated in the foothills of the Front Range south of Mount Evans, approximately 37 miles (40 km) southwest of Denver along U.S. Highway 285. The community is situated at the crest of a hill on the highway, east of where the highway drops from Crow Hill down into the Platte Canyon near Bailey. The community consists of a strip of retail businesses along the highway, as well as nearby houses on either side of highway. It serves partially as a bedroom community for the Denver Metropolitan Area to the northeast.
STAUNTON STATE PARK
Please check with Lower Lake Ranch before visiting Staunton State Park. No horse trailer parking is available at the park, but you may park at Lower Lake Ranch for a fee. Ride your horses, bike or walk into the park for free from Lower Lake Ranch. From high grassy meadows at 8,100 feet to soaring granite cliffs over 10,000 feet, Staunton State Park’s varied geology, soils, water features, and climate support rare and unexpected plant communities and a rich diversity of wildlife. It has been almost 30 years since Frances H. Staunton turned over her 1,720-acre mountain ranch to the State of Colorado, stipulating that it was “to be preserved in perpetuity” as a state park. On May 18, 2013, her vision for the land became reality. Her namesake park, Staunton State Park, is open to the public with activities for all ages.
Conifer was known in the 1860s as Bradford Junction, a stop on the stagecoach road to South Park.
A few buildings were erected, including a tavern, rest house, and general store. Bradford Junction deteriorated by the 1890s when the stagecoach road was replaced by the Denver and South Park railroad. By the 1920s the area was simply known as Conifer, a destination known for its beautiful mountain scenery and abundance of wildlife. For decades, the area was primarily a cattle ranching area, and there is still some ranching in southern parts of the community. In 2006, Conifer was experiencing explosive retail growth. Conifer has several new areas of commercial development including retail, restaurants,and entertainment. Conifer remains one of the top places to live in Colorado.
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