Breckenridge History & Museums: Officers Gulch, Colorado

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Officers Gulch

Officers Gulch was named after a man with the last name of "Officer." He was an early-day Ten Mile Canyon local who carried out mining activities in the area. Read More

  • The stone hut community, numbering up to 50 structures, held 100-300 people.
  • Many structures were destroyed as highway development progressed into the canyon.
  • Visit the Officer's Gulch Pond at the mountain base for an afternoon of fishing.
  • This historical site is just a short drive from Frisco or Copper Mountain.


The stone structures at Officer's Gulch, a designated historical site, are a visual memory of the hardships faced by the immigrants who worked at this high mountain camp. Charged with building the railroad up to Ten Mile Canyon, the immigrants endured harsh living conditions. 

The shelters were little more than walls, composed of native stone mixed with packed earth, log and brush roofs, dirt floors, and a single hearth tucked in the corner. These were meant as temporary dwellings, not permanent structures that could properly protect one from the brutal Colorado winters at 9,500 ft.

A plaque at Officer's Gulch commemorates this late 19th century sight and the men that once called the stone huts their home. A trip to the gulch will help you imagine just what these immigrants endured.


The Officer's Gulch is at Exit 198 on the east side of I-70.  It is directly between Frisco, CO and Copper Mountain.


The stone huts are open year round. 


A fishing license is necessary for adults over 15 years old.  Please check with Colorado Division of Wildlife for different fee rates. Fishing licenses can be purchased year-round.


Fishing is a popular activity at Officer's Gulch Pond, which is just a short step away from the stone huts. Take your rod out with you to experience the history of the area and enjoy the outdoors as well.