MOUNTAIN HERITAGE PARK
A Chipeta Mountain Project Initiative
Mountain Heritage Park (MHP) will highlight and celebrate the rich cultural and natural history of Salida's mountain heritage and become a gathering place of rest, reflection, and connection, with commanding views of two distinct mountain ranges that have shaped the history and culture of Salida and south-central Colorado for generations.
Location: The City of Salida owned crescent shaped flat just below the parking area/kiosk/gate on Tenderfoot Mountain, in Salida, Colorado.
Description: A low maintenance interpretive mountain pocket park celebrating the rich history and culture of our mountain heritage and featuring three significant mountain vistas: 1.) The southern end of the Sawatch Range including the 14ers: Mount Antero, Mount Shavano, Tabeguache Peak, and 13ers: Taylor Mountain, Jones Peak and Mount White. 2.) The Ute Peaks: Centennial Thirteener Mount Ouray, the newly re-named Chipeta Mountain, and Pahlone Peak. 3.) The geographic northern end of the rugged and dramatic Sangre De Cristo Range including the hometown landmark, Methodist Mountain.
Park Features: The park will feature a central kiosk with 3 interpretive "peak view pavilions" with information panels describing the above mountains, their human and natural history and modern recreation context including mountaineering/peak bagging, skiing, hiking, hunting, rafting/boating, and off-road use as it relates to our "mountain heritage" and modern culture. With vehicle and human powered access, MHP will be enjoyed by folks of all abilities and will be seen by thousands of locals and visitors throughout the seasons. The pavilions will feature metal rectangular frames that will "frame" the individual mountain views and provide a vista out and up, while blocking the other mountain views to capture the viewer's attention. Over-head metal/wood structures on top of this frame will provide shade for more pleasant viewing and to reduce glare. View benches where visitors can take in the individual mountain panoramas will also be installed.
Architecture: Low maintenance rustic modern structures with historic overtones made from locally fabricated rusting metal, site sourced stone and locally milled rough-cut lumber. Post Phase II installations may include a picnic pavilion/shade structure (see site sketch design) .
Landscaping: Landscaping will include the existing native flora and site specific Colorado/Salida natives, site sourced stone, and locally sourced hardscape pathways. A native xeric garden that highlights the flora found in the featured mountain ranges will be one of the design elements at full build out(see site sketch plan).
For more information, please visit: chipetamountain.com