The History of Conifer
With only 1 stop light between Conifer and DIA (Denver International Airport) the city of Conifer is truly tucked into some of the most beautiful mountains in our area. Conifer is close to Denver, only about 45 minutes to downtown and only 5-10 minutes to thousands of acres of hiking, biking and fishing. The Pike National Forest runs right through town and provides a haven for endless wildlife including deer, elk, foxes, turkeys, bears, mountain lions and endless birds. When the month of April arrives, homeowners and businesses begin to hang out hummingbird feeders in anticipation of their arrival.
Before the popularity of the community and the rise of homes being built in the area, the first inhabitants were Arapaho, Ute and Cheyenne tribes who used the area for hunting grounds. The Native Americans were followed by merchants, trappers, ranchers and miners.
Conifer’s classic yellow home known as Meyer’s Ranch offers a colorful history. The first road was carved into the foothills in the late 1800’s. In 1861, Major Robert Bradford built a toll road from the Ken Caryl area, west over the foothills and up to South Turkey Creek. This area was called Bradford Junction and today is where the Yellow Barn is located and Aspen Peak Winery. For a more complete history visit: http://www.coniferhistoricalsociety.org
The city is now home to numerous parks maintained by Jeffco Open Space…..Reynolds Park, Flying J, Beaver Ranch, James Q Newton Park, Staunton State Park, Meyer Ranch Open Space, and Pine Valley Ranch Open Space on the banks of the North Fork of the South Platte River just to name a few. Whether you want a tranquil and private day on the river or a vigorous hike through the mountains filled with wildflowers and meandering streams, Conifer welcomes you!