North Park is a high, sparsely populated basin, that goes from approximately 8800 ft up to 12,000 ft in elevation, in the Rocky Mountains in north central Colorado in the United States. It encompasses a wide valley in Jackson County rimmed by mountain ranges at the headwaters of the North Platte River and several smaller tributaries, including the Michigan River, Illinois River and Canadian River. The valley receives its name from being the northern most of the three large mountain valleys (or parks) in Colorado on the western side of the Front Range. The others are Middle Park and South Park respectively.
The basin opens out northward into Wyoming, in the direction of flow of the North Platte. On the east side it is rimmed by the Medicine Bow Mountains, the Never Summer Mountains and Rabbit Ears Range are to the south and the Park Range to the west. The continental divide rims the Park along the south and west sides. The valley floor of North Park within Jackson County is rich grassland that supports large ranches and a large selection of game animals, including antelope, deer, elk and moose. The primary economic activities in the valley are cattle ranching and timber harvesting, although the latter has declined substantially in recent decades. The largest community in the valley is Walden, the Jackson County seat, that sits near the middle of the valley near the confluence of the Michigan and Illinois rivers. Smaller communities in the valley include Cowdrey, Rand, Gould, and Coalmont.
Jackson County does not do the soil testing. It is done through Ward Labs in Kearney, Nebraska. You can come to the Jackson County Extension office and pick up the paperwork for both Farm/Ranch soil and also for Horticulture soil. You can also go to the Ward Lab Website and download the sheets.
Jackson County Extension does not do the water testing. Some of it is done through the Routt County Extension Office and some is done through Colorado State University. You can come to the Jackson County Extension Office and we will provide you with the water testing kits. For more information please contact the Jackson County Extension Office at 970-723-4298.
The Colorado AgrAbility Project promotes success in agriculture for people with disabilities or other physical challenges and their families. Colorado AgrAbility is part of a nationwide network of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs begun through the 1990 Farm Bill. The goal of the National AgrAbility Project is to inform, educate, and assist farmers, ranchers, farm workers, and their families with disabilities, so they can continue to have successful careers in agriculture.
Farming and ranching are physically demanding and hazardous professions. Colorado AgrAbility and modern technology can help men and women with disabilities continue to do what they love–farm and ranch. AgrAbility can help by:
- Assessing agricultural work sites and tasks.
- Recommending farm equipment adaptation, home modifications, and adaptive equipment.
- Referring families to local service providers.
- Providing informational and educational winter workshops from CSU Extension for farmers, ranchers and family members with disabilities and the professionals who work with them.
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North Platte Basin Roundtable
The North Platte Basin is located in north central Colorado in Jackson County and a small portion of Larimer County. The basin covers an area of roughly 2,050 square miles and has a population of 1,491. The largest town in the basin is Walden with a population of 727 people.
The North Platte is Colorado’s only basin with concern over lack of growth and economic development. The North Platte Basin is projected to increase in municipal and industrial (M&I) water demand between 200 acre feet (AF) and 300 AF by 2050 with passive conservation included.