Ward is a former mining settlement founded in 1860 in the wake of the discovery of gold at nearby Gold Hill. Once one of the richest towns in the state during the Colorado Gold Rush, it is located on a mountainside at the top of Left Hand Canyon
Ward is not just a town, it’s a tribal community.
In and around Ward are a group of people living within physical distance of one another who above-all value freedom and individuality, who love the mountains, identify with each other, interact frequently on a personal basis.
Today the town is most popular for its surrounding natural wonders. Endless trail networks in the Roosevelt National Forest, including pathways at Brainard Lake, a popular hiking, camping and snowshoeing area, lie just west of the rustic town.
In the 1960s, the town’s population jumped from between 10-20 year-round residents to well over 100 due to the town’s interest to hippies.
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