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Buffalo Peaks Ranch

Established by Adolph Guiraud along the South Platte River in 1863, Buffalo Peaks Ranch is one of the oldest ranches in Colorado. The Denver, South Park & Pacific Railway stopped at Guiraud (now Garo) where portions of the 1879 rail bed remain intact. After his death in 1875, Adolph's widow increased the ranch holdings to 5,000 acres. Today this 1,840-acre property and numerous contributing structures are eligible for the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Five miles of river corridor on Buffalo Peaks Ranch are now part of the larger Tomahawk State Wildlife Area, affording opportunities to watch birds and wildlife. The ranch also protects a rare wetland similar to the High Creek Fen.

Colorado Highway 9 at Garo
FairplayCO  80440
(719) 836-4279


Hours of Operation
Daylight hours between May and October.
Directions
From Fairplay, drive eight miles southeast on Colorado Highway 9. Cross the South Platte River and turn left at the State Wildlife Area sign in Garo. A developed parking area is immediately on the left, overlooking the ranch and river. Buffalo Peaks Ranch extends up and down stream several miles from here. The rare wetland plant community is northwest of the parking area, across Colorado Highway 9.
Visitor Services
Parking
Picnic Area
Pet Area
Travel Tips
Bring binoculars for bird watching and rubber boots for walking along the stream. Be prepared for abrupt changes in weather.
Entrance Fees
Free




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