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Park County is included in the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. A majority of the county lies within the boundaries of the South Park National Heritage Area. National protected areas include Buffalo Peaks Wilderness, Lost Creek Wilderness, and Pike National Forest. Take a hike on trails such as the American Discovery Trail, Colorado Trail, and Great Parks Bicycle Byway.
Hartsel is an unincorporated community in Park County, Colorado. Hartsel, in historic South Park, is close to the geographic center of the state, and is often referred to as "The Heart of Colorado." Samuel Hartsel, who founded the community, came to the area in 1860 for mining and soon found farming and ranching to be more lucrative. His 160 acre homestead grew to 10,000. He developed the now closed Hartsel Hot Springs, a blacksmith shop, a sawmill and trading post. The Colorado Midland Railway built the depot in 1887; the old depot and railroad beds are still visible today. While fishing and other outdoor activities bring visitors to the area, ranching remains the major industry.
Ranch of the Rockies is a rural residential community located in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado also known as “South Park.” This portion of Park County, Colorado is at an elevation of approximately 9,500 feet. Lots in the community range in size from approximately 2-50 acres. Ranch of the Rockies is your gateway to endless hiking, biking, rafting, camping, fishing, hunting and four-wheeling. It is also located near Breckenridge Ski Resort. Ranch of the Rockies is located 9 miles west of Hartsel, 24 miles southwest of Fairplay and 15 miles east of Buena Vista, Colorado. The community is approximately a one and a half hour drive from downtown Colorado Springs.
The town of Lake George was established in 1891 as a railroad stop for the Colorado Midland Railway which had been completed in 1887. To its west and fed by the South Platte River, the man made lake was built by George Frost for the purpose of supplying ice to the railroad. At an elevation of 7,992′, Lake George is known for it's world class trout fishing.
Como is an unincorporated, tiny former railroad community in Park County in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado. It was named after Lake Como in Italy, by the many Italian mining prospectors seeking to claim gold during the 1859 Gold Rush. By 1881, the booming town had 500 residents as it grew to be the center of the Denver, South Park, and Pacific Railroad that linked passengers from Denver to Como. At its height, the railroad had 335 miles of narrow-gauge line, making it the largest narrow-gauge railroad in the state. At an elevation of 9,813', Como has many historic weathered structures, including the only narrow-gauge roundhouse still standing in Colorado, hotel, and depot and has the air of a ghost town.
Fairplay is the statutory town that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Park County, Colorado. A historic gold mining settlement, the town was founded in 1859 during the early days of the Pike's Peak Gold Rush. The town was named by settlers who were upset by the generous mining claims given to the earliest prospectors and promised a more equitable system for its residents. Fairplay is located in South Park at an elevation of 9,953 feet (3,034 m).