Ute Pass History Park
The Pikes Peak Museum is a group of six historic buildings at Ute Pass History Park in Woodland Park, Colorado, on the north side of the Woodland Park branch of the Rampart Library District. The museum’s displays tell the story of Ute Pass from the days of the nomadic Utes to the early settlers who founded our local communities. These communities along the northern face of Pikes Peak include Cascade, Chipita Park, Green Mountain Falls, Crystola, Woodland Park, and Divide. In our museum, you can learn about the Ute people, Ute Pass pioneers, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, the Colorado Midland Railway, and many other stories from the history of Ute Pass. We would be happy to give you a tour.
Tours begin in our office at the Museum Center and are available by request whenever our office is open. From May through September, we hold an open house at the museum from 1 to 4 p.m. on the second Saturday. Admission is free, but donations are welcome as we are a non-profit organization.
School field trips, scout troops, and other organized groups are welcome. If you would like to bring a group to visit the museum, please contact us in advance so we can schedule volunteers to host your tour. Docent-led group tours are $3.50 per person for adult groups and $3.50 per student for children’s groups, with no fee charged for chaperones. Students will receive a copy of “Ute Pass People,” a workbook about local history.
The Pikes Peak Museum includes the following buildings:
- The Museum Center, in the middle of History Park, is the UPHS Office and Gift Shop. We sell books on local and regional history, as well as historic photo reprints and unique gifts. UPHS patrons receive a 10% discount on all merchandise. This is also the location of our archives and historic photograph collection, which are available to the public for research.
- The Immer Cabin, built in the 1940s for the Immer family, features exhibits about the development of Ute Pass communities, including early schools, churches, hotels, dude ranches and rodeos, and the Pikes Peak Hill Climb.
- The Brockhurst Cabin, once part of the Brockhurst Riding Academy in Green Mountain Falls, depicts the lifestyle of early pioneers in a one-room log home that features a large collection of local household antiques.
- The Woodland Park Calaboose is the original, sturdily built town jail from 1891. This is a great place to photograph your family and friends, behind bars.
- The Steffa Cabin holds our collection of unique Ute artifacts, as well as exhibits that highlight the early industries that supported the fledgling communities of Ute Pass, including ranching, tourism, logging, ice cutting, and mining.
- The Carroll Den houses an exhibit of Colorado Midland Railway artifacts and art, including original paintings by Erwin Stock.
In addition to our exhibits at History Park, the Colorado Room on the top floor of the Woodland Park Library holds many history books on loan from UPHS and an exhibit on local history. The Colorado Room is open during library hours.
Traveling Photo Exhibit:
The traveling photo exhibit is a collection of framed images that are available for loan to local businesses and other community organizations free of charge, for public display. Contact us if you would like to host this exhibit.
The Ute Pass Historical Society hosts guest speakers to present programs on local history several times a year, including in January at our Annual Patron’s Luncheon and in October at the Potato Soup Supper in Divide. We are also a member of the Coalition of Historic Museums of the Pikes Peak Region, a group of 18 local museums and historical organizations. The coalition produces a quarterly calendar of events for its member museums. Please contact us if you would like to receive a copy.