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Chipeta Mountain Project: Mountain Heritage Park


A Chipeta Mountain Project Initiative: Mountain Heritage Park
Join the Chipeta Mountain Project in support of the proposed Mountain Heritage Park to highlight and celebrate the rich cultural and natural history of Salida's mountain heritage.

Chipeta Mountain Project thanks GARNA & Don Dubin for the use of his image, “The Winds of Chipeta”, winner of the winter category of the 2017 Greater Arkansas River Nature Association Nature Photo Contest.

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Chipeta Mountain Project: Mountain Heritage Park


A Chipeta Mountain Project Initiative: Mountain Heritage Park
Join the Chipeta Mountain Project in support of the proposed Mountain Heritage Park to highlight and celebrate the rich cultural and natural history of Salida's mountain heritage.

Chipeta Mountain Project thanks GARNA & Don Dubin for the use of his image, “The Winds of Chipeta”, winner of the winter category of the 2017 Greater Arkansas River Nature Association Nature Photo Contest.

MOUNTAIN HERITAGE PARK
A Chipeta Mountain Project Initiative
Salida, Colorado
Updated: October, 2019

Mountain Heritage Park (MHP) will highlight and celebrate the rich cultural and natural history of Salida's mountain heritage and become a gathering place of rest, reflection, and connection, with commanding views of two distinct mountain ranges that have shaped the history and culture of Salida and south-central Colorado for generations. 

MHP is an initiative of The Chipeta Mountain Project (CMP), in partnership with GARNA and The City of Salida.  CMP is a local all volunteer non-profit group which organized and hosted the Chipeta Rising Celebration in October, 2017.  The MHP project is formally sponsored by GARNA and has the support of many key community stake-holders, the public, and The Salida City Council.   

Location: The City of Salida owned crescent shaped flat just below the parking area/kiosk/gate on Tenderfoot Mountain, in Salida, Colorado.

Description: A low maintenance interpretive mountain pocket park celebrating the rich history and culture of our mountain heritage and featuring three significant mountain vistas:  1.) The southern end of the Sawatch Range including the 14ers: Mount Antero, Mount Shavano, Tabeguache Peak, and 13ers: Taylor Mountain, Jones Peak and Mount White.  2.) The Ute Peaks: Centennial Thirteener Mount Ouray, the newly re-named Chipeta Mountain, and Pahlone Peak.  3.) The geographic northern end of the rugged and dramatic Sangre De Cristo Range including the hometown landmark, Methodist Mountain.

Park Features: The park will feature a central kiosk with 3 interpretive "peak view pavilions" with information panels describing the above mountains, their human and natural history and modern recreation context including mountaineering/peak bagging, skiing, hiking, hunting, rafting/boating, and off-road use as it relates to our "mountain heritage" and modern culture. With vehicle and human powered access, MHP will be enjoyed by folks of all abilities and will be seen by thousands of locals and visitors throughout the seasons. The pavilions will feature metal rectangular frames that will "frame" the individual mountain views and provide a vista out and up, while blocking the other mountain views to capture the viewer's attention. Over-head metal/wood structures on top of this frame will provide shade for more pleasant viewing and to reduce glare. View benches where visitors can take in the individual mountain panoramas will also be installed.

Architecture:  Low maintenance rustic modern structures with historic overtones made from locally fabricated rusting metal, site sourced stone and locally milled rough-cut  lumber.  Post Phase II installations may include a picnic pavilion/shade structure (see site sketch design)

Landscaping:  Landscaping will be existing preserved native flora and site specific Colorado/Salida natives, site sourced stone, and locally sourced hardscape pathways.  A native xeric flora garden that highlights the flora found in the featured mountain ranges will be one of the design elements at full build out (see site sketch plan).

Project Phases:  CMP envisions two phases for the park construction:

Phase I: ADA compliant path excavation, installation of pavilion piers, heavy site work, Ute Peak Pavilion construction
Phase II: Sangre De Cristo and Sawatch Pavilion construction, Installation of interpretive panels,  installation of view benches
and permeable hardscape

Note: Shade structure/picnic pavilion may be installed after phase II construction as funding allows. 

Project Development Timeline:

2019: preliminary and final design, master plan process, fundraising, grant writing:

August 2019:  Monarch Community Outreach and GOGO grant applications, finish pavilion sketch design

September 2019:  Climax Foundation grant application letter of interest, City of Salida Parks Master Plan process, pavilion preliminary design, City Council presentation/grant resolution for GOCO grant

October 2019:  GOCO grant due, continuation of City Master Plan Process, Climax Grant writing, approval of City of Salida budget, Craft For A Cause fundraiser

November/December 2019:  completion of Parks Master Plan process, completion and submittal of Climax Grant

Late Winter 2020: Phase I construction
Spring 2020:  Phase I construction
Summer 2020: Phase II construction
Spring 2021: Phase II construction

Local and Regional Partners and Supporters:

City of Salida, site owner and project development partner
Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA), official project non-profit partner
High County Bank, premier corporate sponsor
Green Edge Design, no fee in-kind project architect
Partnership for Community Action, business support and fund raising
Salida Mountain Trails (SMT), stakeholder and project supporter
Chaffee County Heritage Area Advisory Board, stakeholder and project supporter
Guidestone Colorado, stakeholder, history collaborator, and project supporter
Hutchinson Ranch, history collaborator, project supporter
Sunrise Rotary, stakeholder and project supporter
The Rotary Club of Salida, stakeholder, project supporter and possible local funder
Colorado Mountain Club, program and project supporter
Roland McCook, Ute Tribal member, CMP partner and Ute Peak Pavilion stakeholder
Native American Cultural Programs, project supporter and possible funder

Timeline of Key Project Planning Events

June 2017:              park inception and initial design concept, Craig Nielson

October 2017:       Chipeta Mountain Dedication Ceremony held on the MHP site and led by Roland McCook, Chipeta's
great, great grandson

June 2018:              presentation to Salida Parks and Recreation Advisory Board

December 2018:    presentation to City Council and Mayor

January 2019:        presentation to Chaffee County Heritage Area Advisory Board   
presentation to GARNA, initial non-profit sponsorship meeting
initial meeting with City of Salida Parks and Public Works Director
presentation at Salida Soup

February 2019:      first meeting with High County Bank
planning meeting with GARNA
presentation to Sunrise Rotary Club
second meeting with City of Salida Public Works Director
presentation at Salida Soup

March 2019:          presentation to The Rotary Club of Salida
third planning meeting with City of Salida Public Works staff

April 2019:             second third planning meetings with GARNA
presentation to Salida Mountain Trails
meeting with Guidestone Colorado and Hutchinson Ranch
lunch with HCB, Roland McCook and CMP team

May, 2019:            presentation Salida Soup at Craft For A Cause
non-profit sponsor approval meeting with GARNA

Summer 2019:        sketch design updates and alternatives
awarded Monarch Community Outreach Grant
grant writing
pricing and sourcing of local metal fabricator

October 2019        City Council budget and resolution approval, GOCO grant submittal

Media

Mountain Mail Articles
1/1/19: pg. 3
4/30/19: pg. 3 
4/26/19: Photo of Licia & Craig after site walk on 4/26

Colorado Central Magazine Articles
April 2019: pg. 19
June 2019:  pg. 19

 Discovery Magazine Article 2019: pg. 95,  Article by Arlene Shovald

 4/26/19: KHEN Radio interview with Roland McCook; Dominique from GARNA and Craig with CMP


  Project Contact:  Craig Nielson, Guide, Chipeta Mountain Project:
719.221.2200
chipetarising@gmail.com
chipetamountain.com


Our Mission Statement: 

Chipeta Mountain Project (CMP) is an all-volunteer local non-profit group dedicated to preserving the cultural history of the lower Arkansas Valley through education, advocacy, special events and interpretive sites. CMP accomplishes this mission by:

  • Working with members of the Ute Tribes to help preserve Ute history in the valley

  • Advocating for reconciliation efforts that welcome Ute tribal members back to the valley they used to inhabit

  • Planning, designing, developing and advocating for interpretive sites that reflect the cultural history of the valley

  • Educating children and adults about pre-mining history in the valley