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Ben Tyler Trail
This geocache is part of Colorado's South Park GeoTour, which means you can win prizes by finding 20 or more caches. Visit our website for more information and to download your GeoTour Passport!
Container Type: Lock & Lock
Code Location: Inside container
Access Info: This cache is located on USFS property.
Winter Access: Same, but special equipment may be required.
The Ben Tyler Trail is named for local rancher Benjamin Tyler, who came to Colorado from California with his brothers in 1876. The Tylers ran a freight line from the end of the railroad to Leadville in addition to ranching and timber businesses. Ben Tyler constructed his ranch just east of the trail and was reportedly running 300 head of cattle on its 640 acres when he was killed in a lumbering accident in 1907. The family sold the ranch in 1959, but the property returned to family ownership when one of Tyler’s descendants purchased the ranch headquarters in 1988. In 1996, the ranch was nominated to the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties and today is operated as a bed and breakfast and fishing resort.
Ben Tyler (right) and family in the summer of 1900, courtesy of the Park County Local History Archives
Park at the Ben Tyler Trailhead on Highway 285 and hike up the trail to cache.
(No hints available.)