Lulu City Site

Estes Park, Colorado 80517

Lulu City Site

Lulu City Site Professional Review and Guide

"Faint remnants of failed dreams of mining fortunes rest along the peaceful headwaters of the Colorado River. Colorado contains many history fanatics eager to explore the state’s mining past. But even this mining multitude finds few structural remnants of the search for silver at the site of Lulu City, which disappointed humans abandoned in the 1880s, about ten years after it was founded.

Very common, however, along the Colorado River Trail through the long-ago hopes of seekers of riches are structures built by even older contributors to American capital: the nation’s largest rodent, the beaver. In the 1830s, when most of the American economy depended on agriculture, bold mountain men of European ancestry ventured into the Rocky Mountains to kill beavers and peel their hides, which had miniscule barbs on their hairs. Thus beaver pelts were particularly suited for felting to make water-repellent hats."

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Trail Information

Estes Park
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
7 hours
9,010 feet
Trailhead Elevation
9,360 feet
Top Elevation
Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242; www/
Local Contacts
USGS Fall River Pass; Trails Illustrated Rocky Mountain National Park
Local Maps

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Jul 2018