Off the Grid  Retirement at our remote log cabin in Colorado

Friday, April 17, 2015

Around Sand Creek Park: “Abandoned Homestead”

Posted by: Lynne

This old homestead has always intrigued me. I don't know the history or story behind it, but in its day it must have been quite nice. Today I think only the pack rats live here. It's sad that whoever owns it has let it get into such a state of disrepair. You can see on the right hand side of the cabin the chimney for the outdoor fireplace/barbecue. This old place just begs to be photographed. I've tried several times, but I'm not sure I have gotten it right yet. Rick is really tired of stopping while I shoot photo after photo.  I would love to see inside.

They sure had a great view of Chimney Rock!

I like how the striations in the cliff face are repeated in the logs. At times it almost seems to blend in with its surroundings.

The out buildings are in even worse shape.

I hope it stands for many years to come.


A couple of notes on this post:

This homestead is just on the Wyoming side of the CO/WY state line. It is about a 6-7 mile drive from here up to the cabin site.

Also, the beautiful rock formation is called Chimney Rock by those that live north or south of it. But, it is called Camel Rock by those living to the east. (There are just bluffs to the west.) The ranch where these pictures were taken is called Chimney Rock Ranch. But, the road that is across the street from the homestead is called Camel Rock Road. (It really does look more like a camel from the east.)

It does certainly blend with the surrounding landscape! Immediately brings mystery and curiosity to my mind! I want to see inside this habitat so bad I’ll dream about it tonight!!!!

That second picture, especially, is terrific. Chimney Rock (or Camel Rock!) looks amazing. I’d love to see it someday. And you’re right—the house does appear to blend in with its surroundings.

Is that an old car in the last photo? What kind is it?

Kettie, it does that to a person!

Steve, thanks. That’s my favorite photo of the bunch too. You’re welcome to visit anytime. wink Yes, it’s an old car, purple in fact. I’m not sure what kind but I have another photo that is a closer shot of it. I’ll have to look.

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