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    Historic Lodge at Pine Valley Ranch Park Reopens for Summer Tours

    Notice Icon 24x24 ConnectNotice: The Baehrden tours have been suspended until further notice to allow for pest management.

    The unique Colorado Alpine lodge called the Baehrden, located in Jeffco Open Space Pine Valley Ranch Park, will reopen for tours this summer. In 2013, Jeffco Open Space made a big push to open the building to the public and with the help of HistoriCorps volunteers, renovated the lodge's porch, great hall and dining room and began giving tours last year.

    The free tours start up again on June 1, and continue every Sunday this summer through August 31. Presented every 30 minutes, the first tour starts at 11 AM and last tour at 2:30 PM. Registration is not required but each tour is limited to the first 20 people. Visitors can meet outside the lodge to wait for the next tour.

    Designed by Denver architect J.J.B. Benedict as a mountain lodge for William A. Baehr of Chicago, Baehrden is a classic representation of the rustic Colorado Alpine style of architecture. It is listed on the State Register of Historic Places.

    After Baehr’s death in 1956, the lodge was sold to a group of affluent Denver families who turned the property into a mens-only fishing retreat and then the Pine Valley Country Club. A realty corporation purchased the grounds in 1975, adding an in-ground swimming pool, a sauna, cabins and a dining room to the renamed Pine Valley Ranch Conference Center and Family Resort. The resort operated for 11 years before Jeffco Open Space acquired the property in 1986.

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    The tours offer a glimpse of unique architecture and Colorado history. While at Pine Valley Ranch Park, visitors can also enjoy hiking, fishing and scenic views.

    For more information about the tours please contact the Hiwan Homestead Museum: 720-497-7650

    The Jeffco Parks Department is comprised of Jeffco Open Space, the Fairgrounds, CSU Extension, Boettcher Mansion and Weed and Pest. Open Space, the largest division, was founded as a land conservation organization in 1972 and preserves natural and cultural resources, provides quality outdoor recreation experiences and promotes sound environmental stewardship. Jeffco Open Space is funded with a one-half of one-percent sales tax that has protected over 52,000 acres and created 28 regional parks and 227 miles of trails in Jefferson County.

    Thea Rock
    Communications Manager

    May 5, 2014

    Last Updated: 7-28-2014