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Alma is a small town in Park County, established in 1873. Less than 300 people call Alma their permanent home, but when the surrounding subdivisions are included, the population figure is tripled. Most Alma-ites make a living in nearby Summit County.
Many full-time residents like in town and the surrounding residential develpments, but many home buyers are finding Alma is a great place for a vacation home, as well. Real estate for sale in Alma is generally less per square foot compared to nearby Breckenridge. Access to national forest, trails and bikeways is easy from Alma, and the ski slopes at Breckenridge are a less than a half-hour away over Hoosier Pass. on a normal day. While the trip from Alma to Breck is a gorgeous drive, altitude and weather can cause unexpected delays .
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Alma properties boast stunning views of the mountains to the west of Alma - the soaring 14ers: Mt. Bross, Mt. Lincoln and Mt. Democrat. These and other mineral-rich mountains in the Mosquito Range attracted more than 10,000 people searching for gold in the late 1800s.
Nearly a ghost town by 1985, Alma revived in the late 1900s as a bedroom community for the bustling ski resorts of Summit County. Breckenridge can be as little as a 15-minute drive from Alma, but is separated from it by the Continental Divide and traversed via by Hoosier Pass. Property is significantly less expensive on this side of the pass, and the character is more rural, with significant amounts of undeveloped land and many large ranches in operation.
Alma, Colorado and Surrounding Placer Valley
While there is no alpine ski resort in Park County, every home in this area has easy access to skiing and hiking trails and spectacular views. For example, Placer Valley, an Alma suburb, was developed in tiers of homes that creep up the 14,000 foot peaks. The South Platte River begins in Alma. Placer Valley is just south of the top of Hoosier Pass at 11,542 feet in altitude, which separates Summit and Park counties.
From Placer Valley it is about 15 minutes into Breckenridge, weather permitting. From the road traversing the pass, there are dramatics views of both the Park County high peaks and the highest ones in the Tenmile Range. Quandary Peak, the only 14er in Summit County, is just over the north side of Hoosier Pass.
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Alma's Surrounding Neighborhoods
- Adventure Placer - along Mosquito Creek
- Alma Park Estates - north of central Alma
- Glacier Ridge - south of Alma
- Valley of the Sun - between Alma & Fairplay
- Placer Valley - just south of Hoosier Pass