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Walden, CO is working to attract new, younger residents
Original Published on Author: Allison Sylte
The sentiment “Colorado is full” is often used to talk about the unprecedented growth happening in Denver, along the Front Range, parts of the mountains, and even the Eastern Plains.

But drive three-and-a-half hours northwest and you’ll find a community that’s struggling just to maintain its population – despite being only an hour from popular resort towns like Granby and Steamboat Springs. In fact, if Jackson County’s residents were spread out evenly, they’d each have a square mile to themselves, making what’s known as “North Park” one of the least densely populated regions in the state.

Walden (population: around 800) is the biggest town in this vast basin, which is flanked by the Medicine Bow Mountains, Never Summer Mountains, Rabbit Ears Range and Park Range. Winters are harsh (the record low is -49 degrees) but the views of mountains in all directions and endless blue skies are astounding.

“This is God’s country,” said longtime Walden resident and former mayor Tootie Crowner. “Nothing stops North Park. We help ourselves.”

This was proven back in the 1990s, when Crowner helped with the creation of a gas pipeline from Laramie to North Park (for a while, trucks had to bring natural gas to the isolated community). And today, she’s part of a group of residents working to bring younger people to a region with some of the best opportunities for outdoor recreation in the state.

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