Conifer – Colorado
Conifer is an unincorporated community in Jefferson County, Colorado, with a population of 19,683(as of 2009). It is nestled in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, 35 miles southwest of downtown Denver.
Conifer, now sprinkled with new homes, was first occupied by Arapaho, Ute and Cheyenne tribes who used the area as a hunting ground. American Indians were followed by merchants, trappers, ranchers and miners. Historic Reynolds Park, about five miles outside Conifer, stands as a memorial to Conifer’s pioneer era, and the trails originating here range from rolling to rugged.
In the late 1800s, roads carved into the foothills opened Conifer and surrounding areas to those in search of adventure and wealth. Today, a mix of rustic cabins and new, state-of-the-art homes peek from behind expanses of blue spruce, pine, fir and aspen trees. What does stand out is this town’s abundance of natural beauty. The Pike National Forest, which runs right through town, provides a home for deer, elk, foxes, birds and rabbits. In the spring and summer, seasonal wildflowers carpet Conifer’s hills. The city also maintains multiple parks.