Incorporated in 1873 after the discovery of rich silver ore on the slopes of the surrounding Mosquito Mountain Range, the mountain community of Alma offers visitors many sites reflecting the early mining pioneer days, natural beauty, and recreational opportunities.
The town, at an elevation of 10,578 feet above sea level, holds the distinction of being the highest incorporated municipality in North America.
Below are worthwhile places to visit:
Listed on the State Registrar of Historic Properties, the 1925 Alma School is a rare local example of Mission-sytle buildings. It now serves as Alma's Town Hall and is open to the public during regular business hours. Also listed on the State Register, the 1936 Alma Community Church is a well preserved stone church of the Rustic Style.
The 1871 Clesson Cabin was one of the first permanent residences in Alma.
The Mosquito Range is graced with dozens of 19th Century mines that cling precariously to the steep slopes above each valley. It is also home to several rare plant species found few other places in the world. Eighteen heritage sites in the Mosquito Range west of Alma are interpreted in the Buckskin Gulch and Mosquito Pass historic auto tour brochures.
The Bristlecone Pine Scenic Area above Alma protects an unusual stand of wind-sculpted bristlecone pine trees, some of which are nearly 1000 years old.
Constructed in 1894, the Paris Mill (3 miles west of Alma), was once an important site for processing precious metals. A Gold Arrastra in the same area, employed one man and his donkeys to grind gold-bearing ore. The Magnolia Mill is a massive period structure at the inlet of Montgomery Reservoir near Alma. At the bottom of this reservoir lies the 1862 Montgomery town site.
The area offers hikers beautiful Fourteeners to enjoy, especially Mt. Democrat, Lincoln, Bross, and Cameron, where it is possible to hike all four in one day due to "saddles" that connect each mountain to the next. Mt. Bross is closed to the public.
Events in Alma
- 3/11/2017 - Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative's 10th Annual Poker Glide Family Ski & Snowshoe at the Alma Town Hall. Call (719) 836-3324 for more details.
- 7/15/2017 & 7/16/2017 - Alma Foundation's 20th Annual Festival In The Clouds. Art, Live Music, Beer Garden, Children's Activities and Dancing, and Bike Race. Annual Duck Race benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of the High Rockies. Fun for ALL. Call (719) 836-2712 for more details.
- 8/19/2017 - 37th Annual Ed Snell 10K Walk / Run from Fairplay to Alma
- 10/7/2017 - MRHI Moonwalk. Take a moon lit walk through the historic Alma Cemetery and listen to tales of days gone by. Hot chocolate, cider, & cookies. Call 719-836-7203 for more details.