THE COMMUNITY OF GLEN HAVEN
In the late 1800’s, a family named Knapp settled in a remote mountain canyon which had to that point been familiar to only Native American hunters and a few wandering “Mountain Men”. At a wide spot in what is generally a steep, picturesque canyon, and near the clear mountain stream which runs its length, the Knapps set up a home and saw mill. Supplying homesteaders in the area of the growing town of EstesPark and customers down in the “flatlands”, the mill produced building materials from the abundance of native pine trees.
At about the turn of the century a traveling Presbyterian minister named Schurmann visited the Knapps to minister to the remote family and immediately fell in love with pristine mountain paradise. He and the Knapps decided to pursue the legal options to obtain ownership of a large tract of land in the area and then make parcels available for purchase by other members of his ministry up and down the front range of the Rockies. As the parcels sold, and folks from the Greeley, Ft.Collins, Cheyenne, Loveland and Longmont areas slowly learned of the area, summer cabins and a few year-round homes were built. The area was named Glen Haven, a name coined by the good Reverend in an effort to replace the former name “Devil’s Gulch”, which he despised.
Today, Glen Haven is accessed via Larimer County Road 43 at its junction with U.S. Highway 34 in the BigThompsonCanyon, or from EstesPark immediately north of the famous Stanley Hotel via MacGregor Avenue. “The Glen” is about 25 miles west of the City of Loveland, and 7 miles northeast of EstesPark.
Approximately 500 cabins and homes now inhabit the 5 mountain streamsides, meadows and hillsides in the area. The beautiful mountains surrounding Glen Haven provide locals and summer tourists remote camping, hiking and fishing opportunities. RockyMountainNational Park and the Commanche Peaks Wilderness Area are easily accessed from several trails in and around Glen Haven.
The Glen Haven Area is home to only about 300 to 500 year-round residents, but that number usually doubles or triples from May through October when summer residents come back. The National Park and EstesPark experience the influx of some 3 million visitors over the summer months, and a good percentage of them escape the crowds with a visit to Glen Haven.