Minturn, Colorado

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Town of Minturn, Colorado
Home Rule Municipality
Location in Eagle County and the state of Colorado
Location in Eagle County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 39°35′14″N 106°25′47″W / 39.58722°N 106.42972°W / 39.58722; -106.42972Coordinates: 39°35′14″N 106°25′47″W / 39.58722°N 106.42972°W / 39.58722; -106.42972
Country  United States
State  Colorado
County[1] Eagle
Incorporated (town) November 23, 1904[2]
 • Type Home Rule Municipality[1]
 • Mayor Gordon Flaherty[3]
 • Total 1.4 sq mi (3.6 km2)
 • Land 1.4 sq mi (3.6 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation[4] 7,861 ft (2,396 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,027
 • Density 762.9/sq mi (296.7/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[5] 81645 (PO Box)
Area code(s) 970
FIPS code 08-50920
GNIS feature ID 0176136
Website Town of Minturn

The Town of Minturn is a Home Rule Municipality in Eagle County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 1027 at the 2010 United States Census.


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Map of Eagle County
Minturn is on U.S. Highway 24 in eastern Eagle County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2), all of it land.[citation needed] Minturn sits on the Eagle River between the resort communities of Vail and Beaver Creek.

Minturn is surrounded on three sides by the Holy Cross Wilderness, a national forest, and the mighty Eagle River runs all the way through town. Whatever the season, make sure your visit to Minturn includes a trip into the great outdoors! Hiking, biking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing are only some of the year round recreation opportunities offered by the White River National Forest. Roughly 35 percent of the district is designated Wilderness and includes major portions of the Holy Cross and Eagle's Nest Wildernesses. Five huts operated by the Tenth Mountain Hut Association along with their associated trail systems are found on the district. Camp Hale, a World War II winter training site now on the National Register of Historic Places, is situated toward the south end of the district.

The Holy Cross District lies on the northern extent of the Sawatch Mountain Range and the western flank of the Gore Range, about 100 miles west of Denver. It includes the forest areas surrounding the towns of Vail, Minturn, Red Cliff and Avon. To the north, the district takes in much of the Piney River and Sheephorn Creek drainages.

The Eagle River The upper Eagle River provides a variety of scenic, outdoor recreation opportunities along its 20+ mile stretch from Tennessee Pass to Dowd Junction. For river enthusiasts, fishing, rafting, kayaking and canoeing are plentiful. Floating season generally occurs during late May through July. Access to the river is available from several public access points along the Highway 24.

Lionshead Rock Trail


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 241
1920 298 23.7%
1930 400 34.2%
1940 596 49.0%
1950 509 −14.6%
1960 662 30.1%
1970 706 6.6%
1980 1,060 50.1%
1990 1,066 0.6%
2000 1,068 0.2%
2010 1,027 −3.8%
Est. 2014 1,035 [6] 0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 1,068 people, 399 households, and 244 families residing in the town. The population density was 773.4 people per square mile (298.8/km²). There were 448 housing units at an average density of 324.4 per square mile (125.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 83.33% White, 0.28% African American, 2.81% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.47% Pacific Islander, 11.80% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 44.48% of the population.

There were 399 households out of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.6% were non-families. 20.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.2% under the age of 18, 12.8% from 18 to 24, 43.2% from 25 to 44, 18.5% from 45 to 64, and 5.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 116.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 121.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $51,736, and the median income for a family was $53,750. Males had a median income of $32,350 versus $26,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $23,135. About 4.3% of families and 5.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.9% of those under age 18 and 3.2% of those age 65 or over.

Town of Minturn
Minturn Summer Market


Roundhouse Crash 1913

The town is named for Robert Bowne Minturn, Jr., who was Vice President of the railroad that founded the town.[9] He was also a member of Grinnell, Minturn & Co.

Unlike their neighbors at Vail and Beaver Creek, Minturn’s oldest families settled at the confluence of Gore Creek and the Eagle River in the late 1800s. Some created homesteads and farmed the land, while others mined silver in the mountains high above town. With the arrival of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad in 1887, Minturn quickly developed into a booming crossroads for transportation and industry. By the turn of the century, a growing population of mining and railroad workers and their families raised the demands for business and services in town. In response, Minturn was incorporated on November 15, 1904.

Minturn has adapted to several major changes in the local economy over the decades, including the development of Vail and Beaver Creek ski resorts, the closing of the Gilman mine, and the abandonment of rail lines through Minturn. Despite this transformation from the Old West to the new, Minturn maintains its distinctive character, architecture and quality of life.

Minturn historical photos.

Historical timeline of Minturn's Mayors.


Minturn is served by Eagle County Airport near Gypsum, 25 miles to the west. Native Americans used to call the area near the airport the "hole in the sky" because storms seemed to avoid it.

Eagle County provides bus service from the Dowd Junction Transit Stop with service to Minturn, Vail, Leadville, Eagle-Vail, Avon, Beaver Creek, Edwards, Eagle, Gypsum and Dotsero.

Highways Interstate 70 runs east-west two miles north of Minturn. Highway 24 runs east/west through Minturn, and to the east leading to the towns of Red Cliff, CO and eventually Leadville, CO.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  2. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02. 
  3. ^ "Town History: Minturn's Mayors". Town of Minturn. Archived from the original on 2007-08-14. Retrieved 2007-11-23. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. Retrieved November 23, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ "Town History: Minturn's Timeline". Town of Minturn. Archived from the original on 2007-08-14. Retrieved 2007-11-23. 

External links[edit]

Minturn Market

Minturn pocket map

Minturn Fitness center

Minturn Community Fund