Glen Haven, Colorado

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Glen Haven, Colorado
Unincorporated community
General store on the main street of Glen Haven, Colorado.
General store on the main street of Glen Haven, Colorado.
Coordinates: 40°27′13″N 105°26′56″W / 40.45361°N 105.44889°W / 40.45361; -105.44889Coordinates: 40°27′13″N 105°26′56″W / 40.45361°N 105.44889°W / 40.45361; -105.44889
Country  United States
State  Colorado
Counties Larimer[1]
Elevation[1] 7,200 ft (2,200 m)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[2] 80532
Area code(s) 970

Glen Haven is an unincorporated community and a U.S. Post Office in Larimer County, Colorado, United States. The Glen Haven Post Office has the ZIP Code 80532.[2]


Glen Haven is located at 40°27′13″N 105°26′56″W / 40.45361°N 105.44889°W / 40.45361; -105.44889 (40.453740,-105.448837). Situated in Roosevelt National Forest east of Rocky Mountain National Park, Fox Creek and West Creek join the North Fork Big Thompson River near downtown Glen Haven, which then flows through Devil's Gulch, receiving Miller Fork, and joins the Big Thompson River at Drake. Larimer County Road 43, the only road access to Glen Haven, takes a northeasterly route out of Estes Park, turning to the southeast near Glen Haven and then follows the North Fork downstream to Drake, where it terminates at US Highway 34. Many of the roads off County Road 43, called Devil's Gulch Road, are privately owned.[3]


In the early 1890s, the Knapp family from Illinois built a sawmill near Harding Heights, then moved it first to Miller Fork and then to the point now known as Glen Haven in 1897. The Boulder Presbytery, with assistance from the Knapp family, formed an association in 1903 and sold lots for a summer resort called Glen Haven. The association built the Glen Haven General Store in 1921.[4] Under the direction of Ira Knapp, a lodge-style hotel was built called The Homestead, and opened in 1938. The Homestead became known as the Inn at Glen Haven and was mentioned in a Los Angeles Times travel article in 1986.[5] The Trail's End camps of Cheley Colorado Camps are also located near Glen Haven.[6]

Glen Haven's location in a narrow valley puts the area at risk for flooding. The Big Thompson Flood of 1976 moved the town hall several feet off its foundation.[7] In September 2013, approximately 80 percent of Glen Haven's downtown was destroyed in the 2013 Colorado floods.[8][9] Access to the town was cut off by the destruction of Larimer County Road 43 on both sides of town; the section connecting to the town of Drake and US 34 was reopened on December 6, 2013.[10]

Further reading[edit]

  • Batie, Bunnie (1987). Glen Haven Memories. Glen Haven Historical Society. 
  • Dunning, Harold Marion (1956). Over Hill and Vale; in the evening shadows of Colorado's Longs Peak. Boulder, Colorado: Johnson Publishing. OCLC 3462957. 
  • Easterday, Robert C (1989). Between two rocks: true tales of early Glen Haven. OCLC 271540194. 
  • Knapp, Joseph Grant (1967). The Glen Haven Story. Boulder, Colorado: Johnson Publishing. OCLC 1969189. 


  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b "ZIP Code Lookup". United States Postal Service. December 15, 2006. Archived from the original (JavaScript/HTML) on November 23, 2010. Retrieved December 15, 2006. 
  3. ^ David, Olinger (1 Jan 2014). "Many Glen Haven homeowners still homeless months after flood". Denver Post. Retrieved 24 Mar 2014. But the seemingly insurmountable problem is access to the network of dirt roads linking hundreds of houses in the woods.... The town needs at least $2 million to rebuild private roads that ran along two creeks. 
  4. ^ Sumonia, Duke (16 Aug 1990). "The Inn of Glen Haven" (PDF). Estes Valley Library. Retrieved 24 Mar 2014. 
  5. ^ Hulse, Jerry (7 Sep 1986). "Memories Live On at Inns Gracing the Hillsides of Rocky Mountain Village". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 24 Mar 2014. 
  6. ^ "Program On Cheley Camp At Estes Park Museum". Estes Park News. 26 Jul 2013. p. 7. Retrieved 24 Mar 2014. Trail's End for Boys and Trail's End for Girls camps near Glen Haven began in 1937 and 1941, respectively, and are focused on horsemanship. 
  7. ^ Hughes, Trevor (24 Sep 2013). "Glen Haven community recovering after severe flood damage". The Coloradan. Retrieved 24 Mar 2014. 
  8. ^ David, Olinger (3 Oct 2013). "Three weeks after Colorado floods, tiny Glen Haven waits for help". Denver Post. Retrieved 24 Mar 2014. 
  9. ^ Dokoupil, Tony (18 Oct 2013). "Colorado floods: A month later, mountain towns 'spooky' and deserted". NBC News. Retrieved 24 Mar 2014. 
  10. ^ Young, Craig (19 Dec 2013). "Glen Haven chips away at obstacles after the flood". Estes Park Trail Gazette. Retrieved 24 Mar 2014. 

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