Bailey, Colorado

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Bailey, Colorado
Unincorporated community
Downtown Bailey, Colorado
Downtown Bailey, Colorado
Bailey, Colorado is located in Colorado
Bailey, Colorado
Bailey, Colorado
Location within the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 39°24′18″N 105°28′20″W / 39.40500°N 105.47222°W / 39.40500; -105.47222Coordinates: 39°24′18″N 105°28′20″W / 39.40500°N 105.47222°W / 39.40500; -105.47222
Country  United States
State  State of Colorado
County Park County
Elevation 7,739 ft (2,359 m)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP Code 80421[1]
Area code(s) 303
Highways US 285.svg [U.S. Route 285
GNIS feature ID 204727[2]

Bailey is an unincorporated community and U.S. Post Office in northeastern Park County, Colorado, United States. Bailey's Post Office ZIP Code is 80421.[1]

The town community consists of several small businesses, restaurants and churches.


Glen-Isle Resort

William Bailey settled a ranch and built a stage station known as Bailey's Ranch in 1864.[3] Bailey also built a hotel at the station, and the town eventually became known as Bailey.[3] The Denver & South Park Railroad reached Bailey in 1878, and the Bailey Post Office opened on November 20, 1878.[4]

On March 18, 2006, the Coney Island Hot Dog Stand, a landmark building shaped like a giant hot dog was moved from Aspen Park to Bailey.

On September 27, 2006, a hostage crisis occurred after a lone gunman took seven female students hostage at a classroom in Platte Canyon High School and sexually assaulted them before opening fire after a SWAT team breached the room. One hostage was killed, while the remaining six escaped uninjured. The hostage-taker then committed suicide after being shot by police.

The rustic Glen-Isle Resort in Bailey, as well as the Estabrook Historic District northeast of Bailey, are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Location of Bailey

Bailey is located in the foothills of the Front Range, approximately 30 miles (48 km) southwest of Denver along U.S. Highway 285. It is located on the east side of Kenosha Pass and is one of the largest communities in the Platte Canyon region.

Arts and culture[edit]

Bailey Day street festival is an annual summer event in the city, featuring bands, vendors and family activities.

The Bailey HUNDO is a 100-mile endurance mountain bike race that begins and ends in Bailey. It has been an annual event since 2009, and money raised is invested in the construction of new bike trails and in youth biking initiatives in Colorado. Both the Buffalo Creek Trail System and the Colorado Trail are easily accessible from Bailey.

Tomahawk Ranch, a residential camp operated by the Girl Scouts of Colorado, is located near Bailey.

In 2004, Bailey was the location for Apogaea, an annual outdoor arts and music festival.


Bailey is served by the Platte Canyon School District #1.

Platte Canyon High School has approximately 300 students. In sports, they are a 3A school in the Metro League. The Girls' Cross Country Team was the Colorado State 3A Champion in 1986, and the Girls' Track Team was the Colorado State 3A Champion in 1996 and 2005. The Speech and Debate team holds the record for the most State Champions at the Festival Level.

Notable people[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

Bailey was referenced three times in South Park; in a season 6 episode parodying The Lord of the Rings, season 9 in "Bloody Mary", and in a season 12 episode entitled "Britney's New Look".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "ZIP Code Lookup" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. Archived from the original on 3 September 2007. Retrieved September 3, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Bailey". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  3. ^ a b Eichler, Geo. R. (1977). Colorado Place Names. 77-089726: Johnson Publishing Company. 
  4. ^ Bauer, William H.; James L. Ozment; John H. Willard (1990). Colorado Post Offices 1859-1989. 90-34759: The Colorado Railroad Museum. ISBN 0-918654-42-4. 

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