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Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative

Park County, Colorado

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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 line.

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.

Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative (MRHI) is proud to host the 1st Annual “Alma Mountain Film Festival,” April 29, 6:30 pm, Alma Town Hall.

All are welcome, and refreshments will be provided. Our feature films are “Schools Out!” a Forest Kindergarten and When Dogs Fly. We will also show several other short films.


Through the Wall- Tim Nackashi (5 minutes)

Abril and her 2 year old boy Julián are living undocumented in America. Julián's father Uriel was stopped by police for a minor traffic ticket and was deported back to Mexico, where he now lives. In order to see each other, Uriel, Abril and Julián must cross difficult terrain to reach the border fence where they spend time together through the wall.

When Dogs Fly- Dean Potter (18 minutes)

When Dogs Fly tracks Potter's inspiration to wingsuit BASE-jump with his beloved mini cattle dog Whisper. With little goggles over her eyes, a protective sleeve around her ears, and nestled beside her master, Whisper becomes the first ever wingsuit flying dog.

The Shadow Campaign//The Warmth of Winter- DPS Skis Cinematic (6 minutes)

The Cinematic dream has always been chasing deep storms, and 2015 delivered. Step into cold, relentless Hokkaido storms and old world Alps exploration. There is no warmth like the warmth felt in winter.


“Schools Out!” a Forest Kindergarten- Bullfrog films (46 minutes)

There's no classroom for these kindergarteners! In Switzerland's Langnau am Albis, a suburb of Zurich, children 4 to 7 years of age go to kindergarten in the woods every day, no matter what the weatherman says. This eye-opening film follows the forest kindergarten through the seasons of one school year and looks into the important question of what it is that children need at that age.

Important Places- Gnarly Bay (9 minutes)

The winter his father turned 70, filmmaker and photographer Forest Woodward found a poem his father had written in 1986, the year Woodward was born. The filmmaker decided to reunite his father, Doug Woodward, with the Colorado River for a 28-day rafting trip through the Grand Canyon in order to understand the man who’d written that poem so many years ago.

Photo Contest!

The Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative is holding our annual Photo Contest! We are seeking submissions of photographs taken in the Mosquito Range (extending from Hoosier Pass to Weston Pass and from Highways 9 and 285 to the ridgeline of the peaks). Thirteen of the best photos will be chosen to create our 2017 fundraiser calendar. Winners receive a MRHI membership and a free calendar.
Preference will be given to photos that promote our mission of working to conserve unique natural areas, historic and cultural sites, and to promote diverse recreation and community business opportunities within the Mosquito Range.

Photographers are asked to submit their entries as digital files. All digital files must be 10 MB or smaller, and must be in JPEG or JPG format. Photos should be high resolution of at least 300 DPI with dimensions of 12x12 inches. Typically this requires an 8 megapixel or better camera. Please don’t downsize files any more than necessary to meet the 10 MB file size. Be aware that some email programs will downsize images automatically. If you think you have a great photo that is less than 300 DPI, we can attempt to interpolate and increase the resolution. This may or may not produce a useable image so do not rely on this method.
With your photo submission please include the title and location of the photo, your name, address, and phone number.

Photo submissions may be emailed to or a CD may be mailed to: MRHI, PO Box 375, Alma CO 80420

Please submit your photos by April 30, 2016

Winners will be announced at the MRHI Annual Meeting on May 16, 2016.

Cost of submission is $5/photo, $10/3 photos or $25/10 photos. Please make checks payable to MRHI with a notation that it is for the photo contest.

No photos will be considered outside our study area of the Mosquito Range
The photos needs to be in landscape mode
If a check is received for photos outside the study area, the money will NOT be returned but instead be considered a donation.
If we do not receive the check by May 10, 2016, submitted photos will not be considered.
By entering the contest, all entrants grant an irrevocable, perpetual, nonexclusive license to MRHI, to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the entries (along with a name credit) in connection with the contest and promotion of the contest, in any media now or hereafter known.

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 following locations:

Alma Coffee House
Alma Town Hall
Coyote Creek Art Gallery
Fairplay Town Hall
High Alpine Sports
Java Moose
South Park Ranger District