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Placer Valley | Alma, Colorado

The Placer Valley is situated at the base of the Mosquito Range, about 15 miles from the town of Breckenridge. It is located near the Continental Divide, at the junction of Summit and Park County, making for the ideal mountain retreat. With Breckenridge Ski Resort, popular 14er hiking trails and Colorado Headwaters fishing all within reach, it is no wonder that the Placer Valley attracts visitors seeking the authentic mountain experiences all year round.

Features of the Placer Valley
Mosquito Range

Wildlife, wildflowers and wild adventure beckon from the infamous Mosquito Mountain Range that towers above the Placer Valley hillsides.  The mountains are loaded with hundreds of miles of hiking, jogging, mountain biking, motocross and jeep trails.  The range is best known for its high peaks at over 14,000′ plus in elevation:  Mountain Lincoln, Mount Cameron, Mount Democrat and Mount Sherman.

Mosquito Range Heritage Alliance

The Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative is a non-profit partnership with Patagonia to conserve natural areas, preserve historic and cultural sites, promote diverse recreation and develop community business opportunities.  You can participate as a volunteer and participate in adopt-a-trail programs.  The Mosquito Range Heritage often hosts fun events that you can follow on their Facebook Page and via their website at:

South Platte River & Creeks

Anglers will love the local South Platte River, a gold medal western trout river that begins at these Colorado Headwaters of the Continental Divide right here in Placer Valley. Throughout the Placer Valley, there is wonderful brook trout fishing. To name just a few of the community’s local creeks, there are the Moose Creek and the Quartzville creek which flow into the Middle Fork of the South Platte River. The South Platte River is located at the base of the community, stretching along the beautiful River Road. The South Platte River is a principal tributary of the Platte River and a major river of the American Midwest.

Montgomery Reservoir & Waterfalls

Colorado anglers boast about the great fishing at Montgomery Reservoir, which is permitted from the shoreline. A favorite among hiking enthusiasts are the Montgomery Waterfalls, which are best observed in early to mid Summer, as the snow melts off the surrounding 14,000′ peaks above. The reservoir provides a unique alpine ecosystem with loads of water which attracts diverse birds and wildlife like marmots, deer and moose. While camping is not permitted, there are dispersed and developed camping stations in the nearby White River National Forest.

Alma State Wildlife Area

Over 250 acres of State Wildlife is reserved near the Middle Fork of the South Platte River.  Wildlife viewing, fishing and camping are available in accordance with local regulations and restrooms are provided.  Directions:  Travel 1.5 miles north from Alma on Highway 9, then left onto County Road 4.  The area will be .25 miles down the road on your left.

Placer Valley Art & Literature

Placer Valley is featured in local publications and arts like those produced by Linda and Bernie Nagy.  They live in the high alpine country and are dedicated to creative arts that interplay with the native landscape of the valley and surrounding Mosquito Mountain Range.  Their latest arts can be found at:  Consignment and local shops along Fairplay front’ street are also a great way to check out eclectic art by the nearby community.

Interested in more information about the local area or do you have questions about Summit County real estate?  Contact Taryn Brooke at: 970.333.8297 or

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