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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
 

Conceived and designed by Salida architect and mountaineer Craig Nielson, the proposed Mountain Heritage Park (MHP) will highlight and celebrate the rich cultural and natural history of Salida's mountain heritage.  With commanding views of two distinct mountain ranges that have shaped the history and culture of Salida and south-central Colorado for generations, MHP will help tell the story of Salida's mountain heritage.  MHP is an initiative of The Chipeta Mountain Project, a local non-profit group which organized and hosted the Chipeta Rising Celebration in October, 2017.

Location:  The city owned crescent shaped flat just below the parking area/kiosk/gate on Tenderfoot Mountain, in Salida, Colorado (see location map).

Description:  A low maintenance interpretive 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: Shavano, Tabeguache Peak, Mount Antero 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.

Features:  The park will feature a central kiosk with 3 interpretive panels describing the above mountains, their human and natural history and modern context including mountaineering skiing rafting/boating and peak bagging as it relates to our "mountain heritage" and modern culture.  These panels will feature an over-head metal shade structure that frames the individual mountain views and view benches where visitors can take in the larger mountain panorama.  This park will be enjoyed by folks of all abilities and will be seen by thousands of locals and visitors throughout the seasons. A new pit toilet and rail fence is also planned adjacent to the existing parking area.   

Architecture:  Rustic modern structures made from locally fabricated rusting metal, locally harvested stone and milled rough-cut Douglas Fir lumber

Landscaping:  Landscaping will be existing preserved native flora and site specific Colorado/Salida natives, local stone, and locally sourced hardscape pathways

Time Frame:  Formal approval and development with City of Salida staff and partner organizations-winter 2018/2019; design, engineering and fundraising-2019; construction and dedication-2019-2020.

Contact:  Craig Nielson, Guide, Chipeta Mountain Project: 

719.221.2200
chipetarising@gmail.com
chipetamountain.com

 

Sponsorship

The Chipeta Mountain Project welcomes your sponsorship. We are a local group of community members who are organizing the efforts of the Chipeta Mountain Project. Our current initiative is the Mountain Heritage Park. We graciously thank all who sponsor and volunteer on this project.

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