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McGraw Ranch or the Indian Head Ranch was founded in 1884. The later owners of the property, The McGraws, operated it as a guest ranch, over the time it was sold several times and was finally taken over by the National Park Service. Currently, McGraw Ranch is located within the Rocky Mountain National Park.
The popular Fern Lake Trail is a path that runs over 4.8 miles (7.7 kilometers) through the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. An expedition to this lake and trail is a superb way to escape the suburban sprawl of Estes Park, Longmont and Boulder. Despite the steep elevation, the first couple of miles are comparatively simple and flat. The trail also provides great opportunities for swimming and skiing apart from hiking. If you're lucky, you may catch elk herds often grazing across the expansive meadows, a sight that only adds to the trail's natural beauty.
The Rocky Mountain National Park is a United States National Park located in the state of Colorado. Spanning 265,761 acres (107,550 hectares), here you can find geographically diverse features like towering mountains, dense forests and pristine blue lakes at the park. Visitors can chance upon a meeting with wildlife like moose, elks, black bears and mountain lions here or revel in the glory of the varied hues of the many wildflowers growing in the park. The park also features a number of hiking, biking and winter sport trails, picnic spots and campsites. Check the website for more information.
Even though the Calypso Cascades hiking trail is located within Rocky Mountain National Park it is far enough away from the main entrances so as to avoid the plagues of people that can ruin a hike. This 1.8-mile jaunt is moderate, with an elevation gain of 700 feet. It follows alongside the gin-clear waters of St. Vrain Creek and provides a good stop-off point, with plenty of picture opportunities, at Copeland Falls. The trail then continues gradually upwards through dense forests of aspens, firs, and pine before reaching the Calypso Cascades. From Longmont, head west on Highway 7. About two miles past Allenspark turn left at the big sign marked Wild Basin. At the Wild Basin Lodge turn right on to a dirt road and follow it for two miles to Wild Basin Ranger station. Signs leading to the trail head are well marked.
Comprising of two ranger districts; the Canyon Lakes Ranger District and the Boulder Ranger District, forms the Roosevelt National Forest. The historic national forest is primly is situated in north central Colorado. It encompasses a massive land area of 813,799 acres (3293.33 square kilometers). The monumental park was established in 1897. The area moreover constitutes distinct mountainous regions and is a scenic avenue. It boasts of as many as six wilderness areas within the park. Hiking, camping, wildlife viewing, fishing, horseback riding, fishing, skiing and some other winter sports are highlighted activities of this area.
Established in the Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, in 1913; the East Inlet Trail serves access from the Grand Lake to an array of lakes, 6 miles (9.7 kilometers) to its east. Commencing at an elevation of 8357 foot, it further climbs approximately 10,407 foot in 7.7 miles (12.39 kilometers), near the fourth lake. It occupies immense historic vitality and covers a rocky area and a few scenic streams across its way. The appropriate season for a visit herein is from June 15 to November 1, each year. In 2005, it was added to the National register of Historic Places.
If you are ready for a thrill, try skydiving with Mile-Hi Skydiving Center in Longmont, the closest skydiving operation to the Denver area. Jump from its twin-engine jet-propelled aircraft from 12,500 feet (3810 meters), free falling faster than 100 miles an hour. Beginners can try a tandem jump strapped to an instructor, with a parachute for two. You can even get your tandem jump videotaped for posterity. You must be 18 years old with a valid ID and weigh less than 200 pounds (90 kilograms) to tandem jump. Other jumps are available for more experienced skydivers.