Forbes Park is a gated community in the historic San Luis Valley of Colorado about 13 miles (21 km) east of Fort Garland and 130 miles (210 km) southwest of Colorado Springs. It is characterized by its alpine meadows, aspen, spruce and fir forests, and several alpine lakes. Forbes developed Forbes Park starting in the mid-1970s and sold all properties. The Homeowner's Association maintains roads, common areas and the club house. Only short-term camping is allowed, and covenants ensure that new construction fits into Forbes Park's natural, alpine setting. The Association has snow plows and many of these parcels are accessible year-round.