Preserving & Enhancing
the Mosquito Range
Whether resident or visitor, MRHI was
organized by and for those who are passionate about the beauty and
fragility of our Mosquito Range mountain resources.
Our mission: The Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative, through
cooperative efforts, seeks to conserve unique natural areas,
preserve historic & cultural sites, promote diverse recreation and
develop community business opportunities.
Our Continental Divide study area spans the Mosquito Range Mountains
north to south from Hoosier Pass to Weston Pass, and east to west
from the Middle Fork of the South Platte River to the Park County
Whether the issue involves access to 14ers (14,000+ foot mountains),
preserving sensitive wetlands, rebuilding a well-worn trail or
saving a historic mining structure, MRHI is there. These precious
resources are the reason we live here…and the incentive for
worldwide travelers to select this as their destination.
Come and enjoy the full moon. Listen to tales of days gone by
while being guided through the cemetery. learn about some of
those buried in the cemetery and the happenings of the day.
After the walk, there will be homemade cookies, cider and hot
chocolate! There will be a small gift bag for children as
$5.00 SUGGESTED DONATION--ALL DONATIONS ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED!
PLACE: ALMA BUCKSKIN CEMETERY
TIME: 6:30PM FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN, AND 7:00 TO 9:00 FOR
PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILDREN STAY WITH YOU ON THE TOUR ROUTE
If you have questions, please email:
Directions to the cemetery: From Highway 9 in the town of Alma,
go west on County Road 8 for 2 miles, then turn right.
All proceeds go to the non-profit, volunteer-based Mosquito
Range Heritage Initiative to conserve and enhance our mountain
MRHI pays tribute to JoAnn Dufty (1931-2013), an amazingly talented
and passionate woman whose interests in the environment have made a
lasting impression in Colorado.
A great supporter of MRHI, Mrs. Dufty was born in Pennsylvania and
graduated from Carnegie Tech. She moved to Boulder with her husband,
Robert Dufty, where she was involved in many philanthropic
activities, including serving on the Boulder Parks and Open Spaces
Advisory Board and the League of Women Voters Board. Mrs. Dufty
played a crucial role in designating the Switzerland Trail as a
National Historic Trail (the first of its kind in the United
States), and served as the coordinator for the Rock Creek Coal
After retiring and moving to Summit County in 1998, Mrs. Dufty
continued to be active as a member of the Continental Divide Land
Trust Board and later as an Emeritus Board Member, a volunteer Land
Steward for McCullough Gulch Open Space, and a volunteer guide for
the Over The Hill Gang at Breckenridge and Keystone. Mrs. Dufty was
an avid outdoor enthusiast, whose interests included skiing and
hiking. She was also a gifted artist, creating many illustrations
for the Continental Divide Land Trust’s publications.
In honor of Mrs. Dufty, her family and MRHI worked together to
establish a scholarship opportunity for South Park High School
seniors: the JoAnn Dufty Memorial Scholarship Fund. Thanks to a
generous donation from Mrs. Dufty’s daughter Kim, one student
annually will receive an award of $1000 towards their college
tuition. In the spirit of Mrs. Dufty, the qualifications of the
scholarship recipient should reflect Mrs. Dufty’s character: an
artist, explorer, and fanatic. The application is available on the
MRHI website each spring and through the South Park High School
Additional donations are strongly encouraged to honor
Mrs. Dufty and continue to benefit local students for many years to
come. Send your donation to MRHI, PO Box 375, Alma, CO 80420 and
clearly mark it JoAnn Dufty Memorial Scholarship Fund. Contact
firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
MRHI and Wildland Restoration Volunteers
pose for a moment at the Beaver Ridge Restoration Project Summer
2015. Our thanks to all for the dedicated effort.
MRHI’s 2016 Calendars are now available! Support your local nonprofit
and enjoy beautiful photos of the Mosquito Range all year long from
local photographers. Calendars are just $10 and available on our
website, at MRHI’s booth at Railroad Day,
the Moonwalk, and the Fairplay Holiday Bazaar, or at any of the
Alma Coffee House
Alma Town Hall
Coyote Creek Art Gallery
Fairplay Town Hall
High Alpine Sports
South Park Ranger District