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Red Feather Lakes is a census-designated place (CDP) in Larimer County, Colorado, United States. The population was 525 at the 2000 census. The Red Feather Lakes Post Office has the ZIP Code 80545. Located in the Rocky Mountains northwest of Fort Collins, this is a rustic mountain village surrounded by the Roosevelt National Forest. The Red Feather Lakes area offers beautiful scenery, diverse wildlife, hiking trails and cozy mountain retreats.Presently, the village has three small general stores with gas pump, groceries, ATM and gift shop, an Ace hardware store, an outdoor sports shop, a coffee shop, a community library, small antique store, and post office. Several rustic mountain restaurants are located in the community.Gnome Road (aka, “Elf Lane”) is mountain dirt road in the village. Hikers strolling and cars cruising the scenic road will find ceramic elves and gnomes as well as fairy doors and faces among the trees, boulders and bushes.GeographyRed Feather Lakes is located at .According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 37.2sqmi, of which, 36.7sqmi is land and 0.6sqmi is water.HistoryOther than native Americans, only occasional hunters and trappers passed through the Red Feather Lakes area until the middle of the 19th century. The first known settler was John Hardin, who built a cabin about two miles from the current Red Feather Lakes village in 1871. Other settlers, many of them families of Hardin's eleven surviving children, homesteaded and built nearby. In these early years, the settlers were primarily ranchers, but another important activity was lumbering. The trails in the area, some of which eventually became roads, were built by tie hacks, who hauled their ties down to what is now Tie Siding, Wyoming, where they were used in building the transcontinental railroad.Red Feather Lakes is in Colorado. Plan your visit to Red Feather Lakes and other destinations in United States using our United States visit planner.
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