The first resident settled at Homestead Meadows in 1889. Several old buildings remain. The area was used for farming and lumber. A hike is required to reach the town sites. The trail is well marked throughout the trek. Each different homestead is listed, with many trails managed by the Forest Service.
History: Unlike other ghost towns, this one was not founded for mining. It was a result of the Homestead Act of 1862 where a person could settle on 160 acres and after five years of improving the land, they would gain the title. Both men and women staked claims.
Men of Homestead Meadows often worked in nearby Lyons. They made the walk along the creek into town, and stayed for the work week while the women tended the land.
The town never even had a post office or school. It was just a collection of ranches. The last of the residents left in 1952.
Getting There: The trail-head is at Lion Gulch 8 miles east of Estes Park on U.S. 36 in the Roosevelt National Forest. Hike 2.5 miles up the gulch to arrive at Homestead Meadows. There are several trails leading to six different homesteads.
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A cabin in Homestead Meadows ghost town near Lyons.