In Boulder County --- 62 miles northwest of Denver on Colorado 7 --8,450 ft in elevation

Allenspark, or more precisely the combined area of Raymond/Riverside, Allenspark, Wild Basin, Meeker Park, Cabin Creek
and Longs Peak, is one of the most beautiful areas of Colorado and arguably one of its best kept secrets. Located on the
doorstep of the Rocky Mountain National Park, it boasts stunning scenery, abundant wildlife and a wide choice of activities
to suit everyone's personality and lifestyle.

Allenspark has the advantage over the more well-known Estes Park in that it is not yet fully "discovered."  It has easy access
to Estes and its attractions, yet remains quieter and non-commercialized. We are a friendly community and love to have

Allenspark has two national park trail entrances. In the summer it is a perfect place from which to hike into the park or fly fish
in some of our pristine mountain streams and lakes. Horseback riding and mountain climbing are also very popular activities.
In the winter, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are a great way to see the park and experience its spectacular beauty.

Nearby is the Wild Basin area of the Rocky Mountain National Park which has excellent trails, leading to beautiful waterfalls
and lakes. Longs Peak, the highest peak in the area, attracts visitors all year round and is easily accessible. Several other
park entrances are located in Estes Park, which is a short drive away. Also located near Allenspark is the Indian Peaks
Wilderness area on 76,486 acres with 110 miles of trails and over 50 lakes. We think you'll agree that this is an amazing and
unforgettable place to vacation!


Established in 1896; incorporated in 1917, Allenspark is located just 17 miles northwest of Boulder at an elevation of 8,450
feet. The western edge of this small mountain community borders Rocky Mountain National Park. Named after explorer
Steven H. Long, you'll enjoy the grandeur views as Long's Peak presents its most dramatic face, at an elevation of 14,255
feet. Between 1922 and 1940, Allenspark was a hot spot for ski jumping, often holding tournaments during this time.

Allenspark is along the Peak-To-Peak National Scenic Byway that runs 55 miles from Central City/ Blackhawk to the south
and Estes Park to the north. Established in 1918, this is Colorado's oldest scenic byway. The drive will lead you to high
country lakes, trailheads, and campgrounds. Also, there are many aspen stands along this highway, so it is a "golden"
marvel in the fall. Estes Park, a gate-way community to Rocky Mountain National Park, is a scenic 12 mile drive to the north.

Residents enjoy a peaceful and rustic lifestyle. Cross country skiers, of all experience levels, will want to travel the Ski Road
to the Old Ski Area Trail. In addition, this small town has over 20 exceptional hiking trails. Finally, do not miss the popular
Hilltop Guild's Annual Bazaar, which occurs annually during the first week in August. It truly is a wonderful time!

With Allenspark's close proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park and Roosevelt National Forest, it is a natural choice for
excellent horse back riding. Enjoy an exhilarating ride to Long's Peak, Calypso Cascades, Ouzel Falls, Finch or Pear Lake,
and many other beautiful areas. You may also take in the view of meadows teeming with colorful wildflowers as you cross
sparkiling streams that flow into one of many pristine lakes, where the fishing is truly amazing. Fishing enthusiasts delight in
the quest for trout in this mountain country. If you are lucky, you may experience the "Rocky Mountain Grand Slam,"
achieved when you are successful in catching rainbow, brown, brook, and cutthroat trout in one day.

Ready for rest and relaxation from the big cities? Come visit this unique community soon...and stay for awhile!


      Eagle Plume's Trading Post

(The Story of the Clock)

Some folks have said this story is just something we made up. It’s not. If you are a skeptic, you may not appreciate it as
much as the rest of us, but please don’t doubt, because it is true…

The clock was given as a gift on August 26, 1881 to Katherine Lindsay’s family and is labeled inside as an Eight Day Brass
Clock manufactured by Seth Thomas. Nothing fancy. Katherine had painted her signature flowers on the glass front, and the
face has been re-painted somewhere along the way with an unsteady hand, it’s full of dings and dents.

The clock hangs on the wall behind Charles’ desk and the tradition is to wind it every Sunday. When Charles was alive, all
the workers would file in on Sunday mornings, ready to go, and like "clockwork" Charles would yell out at the top of his lungs
"Has anyone wound the clock!?". It was a pattern, one of those habits, just like stumbling to the kitchen and making coffee in
the morning. One of the men would say, "Yes Charles", and if they hadn’t already, they would dutifully open the glass front,
find the key in the dust and turn it so the two heavy weights on either side would climb to the top. This would happen every
week, without fail.

One Sunday morning I filed in along with all the other workers, ready to go. As expected, we heard from Charles at his desk,
"Has anyone wound the clock!?". I don’t know what it was that morning, but I needed to know why this clock winding ritual,
why such urgency? So I asked. Charles looked at me and said in a low voice, "Because when that clock stops, I die.". Now I
knew Charles fairly well and I knew he was serious about this. "Oh" I said, and never asked again. I just kept a mental note
to help keep that clock running. And it ran. Never stopped, at least as long as I had been around. Then as years past
Charles became progressively more ill, finally to the point that we couldn’t care for him at the shop any longer. He moved to
the local nursing home, but commuted daily to the shop. The old man worked seven days a week, nine to five. We kept that
clock ticking.

Finally Charles did have to leave us. He died on September 8, 1992 at 6:20 p.m. Everyone had left the shop at about 6 to
go out for dinner. When we returned, we noticed the clock had stopped at 6:20. The weights were still near the top.

Charles Eagle Plume- 1989 - (photo from Eagle Plume Trading Post's website)



The clock - (Photo from:

Eagle Plume’s
9853 Hwy 7
Allenspark, CO 80510

Established in 1917, this historic trading post specializes in the art and crafts of the American Indian. Contemporary works in
jewelry, textiles, basketry, ceramics, sculpture, beadwork, as well as historic pieces are available. Also housed at the trading
post is the Charles Eagle Plume Collection of American Indian art, a non-profit entity with over one thousand historic and
prehistoric pieces from Native North America, Alaska, and Canada. Off the beaten path, nestled at the base of Long’s Peak,
you’ll discover one of the wests best-kept secrets rich in the traditions and arts of the Indigenous American.

Open Daily 9-5

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