Situated in Roosevelt National Forest east of Rocky Mountain National Park, Fox Creek, and West Creek joins the north fork of the Big Thompson River near the entrance to Glen Haven. Larimer County Road 43 (also called Devil’s Gulch Road) provides the only road access to Glen Haven, after taking a northeasterly route out of Estes Park.
Glen Haven is an unincorporated community with a U.S. Post Office in Larimer County, Colorado, United States. The town was originally conceived as a summer resort back in the early 1900s. The Trail’s End camps of Cheley Colorado Camps operate within the town during summer months.
Glen Haven’s location in a narrow valley puts the area at risk for flooding. The Big Thompson Flood of 1976 moved the town hall several feet off its foundation. In September 2013, approximately 80 percent of Glen Haven’s downtown was destroyed in the 2013 Colorado floods. Access to the town was cut off by the destruction of County Road 43 and was not reopened until December 6, 2013.
The town has recovered beautifully after years of excavating and repair. Destroyed houses have been torn down, roads reconstructed and streams diverted. The Town Hall has been rebuilt further from the Big Thompson River.
Glen Haven area is often referred to as ‘Devil’s Gulch’, which begins just at the base of two switchback turns outside of Estes Park on County Road 43. Heading this direction, Glen Haven gives travelers views of Lumpy Ridge and Eagle Rock. These areas are popular and protected nesting areas for large birds of prey. The meadows on both sides provide habitat for bobcats and coyotes. Elk are less common in this area but can sometimes be found! If sightseers continue past Glen Haven on Devil’s Gulch Road, there is a short section called ‘Cold Canyon’ by the old-timers. It got its name due to the sun not reaching that area for two full months during the winter.
Winter storms come from the west, but the high mountains of Rocky Mountain National Park protect the Estes Ealley and Glen Haven making our winters relatively mild. We average over 300 sunny days every year. Snow accumulation in the Rocky Mountain National Park, however, means skiing and snowshoeing, sledding and snow forts. Backcountry skiing is also a possibility near the former Hidden Valley Ski Area. If arriving in the area after a big storm, be sure to bring sleds and tubes for some fun in the snow! The lower reaches of the park are perfect for family snow fun.