Join Walking Mountains Science Center and the Eagle County Historical Society for a full day of hiking and history as we explore historic geological sites in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and Eagle County. Guides from Walking Mountains will lead participants to historic locations and speak to the geological formations that make these sites significant. Experts, locals, and fellow community members from the Eagle County Historical Society will be on hand to tell the story how American natives and settlers interacted with these sites throughout the years. Join us for stories from the past and a fun, educational day of learning about and from our special valley.
Hike Through History in Red Cliff, Colorado
Join Walking Mountains Science Center and the Eagle County Historical Society on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 as they take guests to one of Eagle County’s most historic living landmarks. Experts from theHistorical Society will be on hand to tell the stories of Red Cliff’s colorful and lucrative past. Guides from Walking Mountains are prepared to discuss the geologic formations that inspired the boom town.
Located along Turkey Creek and the Eagle River, Red Cliff was officially named by residents on July 25th 1879 after the quartzite cliffs and rust colored stains on the cliffs surrounding town. From brutal winters that left the population in the tens, to disastrous fires that nearly brought the whole town to the ground in 1882 and 1883, Red Cliff experienced many of the same growing pains and troubles that many other boom towns experienced during the turn of the 20th century.
Participants will get to meet some of Red Cliff’s colorful characters, past and present, and have the chance to experience the same beautiful Colorado outdoors that the early Red Cliff residents enjoyed. Hikers will travel the “Iron Mountain” 4×4 road as it passes through granite boulder fields, thinned lodgepole forests, and gorgeous aspen stands en route to Greenwood Cemetery overlooking Red Cliff.
At the cemetery, we’ll be joined by legends of the past as they describe early life in Red Cliff and discuss the tales, exploits, and lessons learned living in between a cliff and a hard place. Hikers will have the opportunity to visit the Red Cliff museum and walk through town with experts who will point out old forts and lovers’ leaps. The day will conclude with options for lunch at locally famous Mango’s Mountain Grill or picnicking in local parks.
*This event took place in 2017*