I’m kind of picky about historic sites. If it’s been fully interpreted and restored, yay. But I probably won’t come back. And I won’t even go in if I have to buy a ticket and wait my turn.
I like sites that aren’t sites yet. Or that haven’t been fussed over much. And most of all, I like sites where staff leaves me alone but then give me immediate attention when I have questions.
And so it was that I visited the Arrowhead Lodge, 45 miles up the canyon (Poudre, that is. Colorado’s Trout Route). The lodge closed in 1984, and it’s a Visitor’s Station for the Forest Service now. It’s a few days before its official season opening, but the staff said I could look around, and then sent me off.
There are a dozen cabins around back. Most trashed, but two are restored to their rustic 1950s glory. The doors were unlocked …
…so I went in.
And I also hiked through the brush to the old fireplace and the wind power plant.
…which anybody would have told me, had I allowed anybody to accompany me, is an excellent way to draw ticks in May.
After my lookaround, I grilled a Forest Service guy about the economic outlook of resort lodges in mid-century Larimer County and the likely activities of anyone who visited there.
In short, it was my ideal perfect historic site visit. Don’t let the parasites and chain gangs deter you–Recommended.