21. Colorado City: Colorado's First Planned Community

Lake Beckwith, Colordo City, Colorado

Mile marker 32, Highway 165

 Holland Duell, a local rancher introduce Colorado's first planned development concept at Colorado City in 1963. Roads were carefully laid out and planning was done for future growth. Colorado City today includes more than 1,000 residents, a golf course, shopping center, trails, a large swimming pool and Lake Beckworth for boating and fishing.

Lake Beckwith was named for Lieutenant (later Brigadier General ) Edward G. Beckwith. He was the leader of the Calvary escort for Captain John Gunnison’s ill-fated railroad surveying expedition. The group camped in the area in August of 1853. Paiute Indians near the Colorado-Utah border later killed Gunnison and seven other men. The attack was most likely in retaliation for an immigrant party’s needless murder of peaceful Paiutes.

Camping today in Colorado City is much less dangerous. Camping and recreational facilities include Greenhorn Meadows Campground, which is located between Rye Colorado City on Highway 165. It has  30 sites, electricity picnic tables, showers and a dump station. For reservations or information about this seasonal site call 719-676-3059 Lake Beckwith Walkway is located adjacent to the Colorado City Metro District offices off State Highway 165. The 1.4 mile trail is open year-round.
The Prairie Trail is located off State Highway 165 near the Colorado City Metro District offices. The signed .75- mile-long nature trail is open year-round.