Fruit Grower's Reservoir in Austin was the first Important Birding Area designated in Colorado, and is listed on the Southwest Colorado Birding Trail. The annual Eckert Crane Days weekend (sponsored by Black Canyon Audubon Society) celebrates the Sandhill Crane migration in Hart's Basin.
Eagle Rock Shelter site in Austin is the oldest archaeological site in Colorado, and one of a few sites in the West that date back to around 13,000 BCE. The site name came from a rock formation above the overlook. The Ute Indian Tribe approved the site name and has also given the government permission to excavate the site.
Orchard City includes some of the finest land in the county and with the addition of pure mountain water under pressure for domestic use, no more desirable place for a rural residence can be found in the state.
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Orchard City sits beneath the southern slopes of the Grand Mesa below the town of Cedaredge in Surface Creek Valley. The community has farms, orchards and vineyards that grow apples, peaches, cherries, pears, wine grapes and much more.
Residents in Surface Creek valley were getting sick from drinking ditch water and (in order to raise enough money to build a water pipeline) three communities (Austin, Cory, and Eckert) agreed to consolidate — Orchard City was incorporated in 1912. Although, it's more common for people to refer to the specific communities.
Old Eckert is a community of historic buildings in downtown Eckert. It includes a church on the national register, a secret society lodge made of stone, an iconic local market, a brick creamery filled with antiques, and the old high school — now selling hunting supplies.
Looking to take some of Colorado with you? A local company offers gold pans filled with "Made in Colorado" products like food, skin care, household, pet products, candles, soaps, books, CDs, and greeting cards.
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