Bailey, Colorado: A mountain town along the North Fork of the South Platte River. From it's earliest years as a stagecoach stop to a railroad stop on the Denver & South Park Railroad. Resort hotels, fishing, timber and mining were major players then. As Hwy 285 was built and the railroad stopped more homes spread out from Bailey due the scenery and views. The history of the area is celebrated by the Park County Historical Society which has tours to historical sites and monthly history presentation dinners. McGraw Park is next to the river in Bailey and contains historical cabins, school house, train stops and a 100+ year old bridge across the river to reach trails on Morrow Mountain. Bailey and nearly residents have donated or funded many of these projects for over 50 years. Recently Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) had improved both McGraw Park and the trail.
Burland Ranchettes: A large development that includes a park and trail to the top of Mount Bailey. This short moderate hike gives fantastic views north to Rosalie Peak and south and west into Pike National Forest. Those with children take caution - there are cliffs at the top. Part of the top is private property so please stay on the trails. The homes in Burland range from older cabins to newer mountain homes and many are on 1-2 acre sites. There is a voluntary but active HOA that maintains the park and signs and meets the second Saturday of each month at Shepherd of the Rockies Church on Rosalie at 9am. Burland Meadows and Trails West are communities next to Burland Ranchettes.
Harris Park Estates: Harris Park has the benefit of Elk Creek which supplies two stocked reservoirs. The Harris Park Metropolitan District maintains and stocks the two reservoirs. Over 600 homes dot the valley and slopes of this mountain community. Campgrounds, National Forest and Trailheads to Rosalie Peak and Mount Logan are very close. The active community has several well-attended events through the year including Huck Finn Day with fishing contests for the kids. Some lots are small by todays standards and are priced quite low. Many have snowcaped views or lake views. For those wishing to fish there is an annual fishing badge fee and a Metropolitan District fee.
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