Indian Hills, Colorado

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Indian Hills, Colorado
Indian Hills in 2014.
Indian Hills in 2014.
Location of the Indian Hills CDP in Jefferson County, Colorado.
Location of the Indian Hills CDP in Jefferson County, Colorado.
Indian Hills is located in the United States
Indian Hills
Indian Hills
Location of the Indian Hills CDP in the United States.
Coordinates: 39°37′46″N 105°15′03″W / 39.6294448°N 105.2508700°W / 39.6294448; -105.2508700 (Indian Hills CDP, Colorado)Coordinates: 39°37′46″N 105°15′03″W / 39.6294448°N 105.2508700°W / 39.6294448; -105.2508700 (Indian Hills CDP, Colorado)[1]
Country United States
State Colorado
CountyJefferson County
 • Typeunincorporated community
 • Total5.429 sq mi (14.060 km2)
 • Land5.425 sq mi (14.051 km2)
 • Water0.003 sq mi (0.009 km2)
Elevation7,211 ft (2,198 m)
 • Total1,280
 • Density236/sq mi (91/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP Code[3]
Area codes303 & 720
GNIS feature[2]Indian Hills CDP

Indian Hills is an unincorporated town, a post office, and a census-designated place (CDP) located in and governed by Jefferson County, Colorado, United States. The CDP is a part of the Denver–Aurora–Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Indian Hills post office has the ZIP code 80454.[3] At the United States Census 2010, the population of the Indian Hills CDP was 1,280, while the population of the 80454 ZIP Code Tabulation Area was 1,224.[4]


John D. Parmalee (1813–1885) came to Colorado in 1860 and settled in Mount Vernon. In 1866, he was granted a charter for a toll road between Morrison and Bradford Junction (Conifer); the Denver and Turkey Creek Toll Road opened in 1870. Parmalee also operated sawmills and shingle mills in the area. He was later commissioned to build a road from Turkey Creek to Bergen Park, along what is known as Parmalee Gulch.[5][6]

In 1885, Parmalee sold his interest in the toll road to Benjamin F. Eden (1848–1932), who became tollgate keeper from 1877 to 1883. In 1886, Eden sold the road to Jefferson County. Eden bought properties in the northern end of Parmalee Gulch, which became known as Eden Park. In time he acquired more than 1,000 acres (4.0 km2), attracting the interest of developers. With the Panic of 1893 and crash in silver prices, the development foundered and Eden recovered the property. He continued to farm the area, raising cattle, horses, hay, and potatoes.[6]

George W. Olinger, son of mortuary founders John and Emma Olinger, became interested in the area in 1918, and purchased the Eden property in 1921. Olinger planned a development to be called "Indian Hills," and built a golf course on part of Eden's land. The first filing was recorded at Jefferson County in June 1923, making Indian Hills the community's official name. Filings were named to recall the association with original inhabitants: Arrowhead Park, Ute & Cherokee Village, and Shawnee Village. "Eden Park" became the fifth filing of Olinger's development, and was platted in 1926. Models of summer cabins were built of logs, and small lots were sold to Denver residents seeking summer homes in the mountains.[6]


Indian Hills extends along the Parmalee Gulch and Myers Gulch Roads between State Highway 74 at Kittredge, Colorado, and U.S. Highway 285 at Turkey Creek.

The Indian Hills CDP has an area of 3,474 acres (14.060 km2), including 2.2 acres (0.009 km2) of water.[1]


The United States Census Bureau initially defined the Indian Hills CDP for the United States Census 2000.

Indian Hills CDP, Colorado
Source: United States Census Bureau


Indian Hills is served by the Jefferson County Public Schools.[7] Schools serving Indian Hills include:

Humorous sign[edit]

The sign at the Indian Hills Community Center features a changing display of humorous wordplays, and has its own Facebook page.[11]

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  1. ^ a b c "State of Colorado Census Designated Places - BAS20 - Data as of January 1, 2020". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 18, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "U.S. Board on Geographic Names: Domestic Names". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved December 18, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Look Up a ZIP Code". United States Postal Service. Retrieved December 18, 2020.
  4. ^ "2010: DEC Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 20, 2020.
  5. ^ "Brief History of Indian Hills". Indian Hills, Colorado. Archived from the original on March 22, 2012. Retrieved 2011-10-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  6. ^ a b c Indian Hills History Calendar, 2008, "The People." Published by the Indian Hills Improvement Association.
  7. ^ "Indian Hills Map" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2020-03-29.
  8. ^ "Elementary Schools". Jeffco Public Schools. Retrieved 2020-03-28. - Detail map
  9. ^ "Middle Schools". Jeffco Public Schools. Retrieved 2020-03-28. - Detail map
  10. ^ "High Schools". Jeffco Public Schools. Retrieved 2020-03-28. - Detail map
  11. ^ "Indian Hills Community Center and Sign". Facebook.

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