Double door privy at the Salt Works Ranch.

National and State Register

Historic Ranching Resources of South Park, Colorado

Ranching operations represent a major component of the landscape and history of South Park.  The associated historic context, The History of Ranching in South Park, Colorado, 1859-1950, traces the development and evolution of ranching activities in the South Park portion of Park County.

South Park, a broad mountain valley, varies in elevation from 8,500 to 10,000 feet.  The short growing season made traditional farming difficult, but the abundance of native hay and grasses encouraged the raising of livestock.  (Cover documentation accepted by National Register in 2000.)