Location: Clear Creek County Size: 160 acresDesignated: October 1980Land Manager: US Forest Service
Large virgin stands of bristlecone pine (Pinus aristata) intersperse with Engelmann spruce forest and alpine grassland on this 160-acre natural area located at timberline on the flank of Mount Evans. The gnarled and twisted pines on windswept granite ridges represent the northernmost occurrence of bristlecone in Colorado. One of the oldest known bristlecone pines in Colorado (more than 1,500 years old) is found here.
Colorado State Parks & Natural Areas by Frank WestonPublished September 1, 2008Click here to purchase.