Ward, Colorado

Ornery, beautiful, windy and cold in the winter, and winter lasts 9 months a year.

So why do people live here all year? Admittedly it takes a special kind of person to even want to live here. You have to be okay with isolation, cold, roads that don’t get plowed, the constant hyperawareness of the possibility of wildfire, power that goes out, internet service that is at the mercy of the elements, the occasional marauding bear, mountain lion, raccoon, 90 mph winds for 2 weeks in a row, snow drifts that bury cars, shovelling tons of snow, literally tons, spending 3 months collecting the firewood that you spend 9 months burning, and many more exhausting, exasperating, exhilarating activities.

And for what? Well, if you love winter and self-propelled winter activities like cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, you have it made in the shade. The lifestyle encourages simplicity and humility. And then there’s the 2 to 3 months of glorious, green summer during which we hold our breaths, praying not to get struck by lightning or idiots with campfires.

What it all amounts to is a population of people who some might describe as recluses or misfits, but who are our community, who do fit in here, and they are strong and quarrelsome, kind and opinionated, artistically gifted and emotionally ornery . They are who they are, nothing more and nothing less. And that’s why we live here.

Important Ward News

Recent Ward News

Shooting area discussion in Western Boulder County

There are open house meetings planned to discuss the 5 possible designated shooting areas that meet preliminary criteria as safe and sustainable. Open house meeting means that there is no presentation, just tables with information and people to talk to – so you can come and go as you please.

These possible areas include:

  • Ruby Gulch (in our Fire District)
  • West Magnolia
  • Allenspark Dump
  • Bunce School Road
  • Beaver Reservoir Road (also in our Fire District)

Meeting 1: Nederland Open House
Monday, July 20, 6-7:30PM
Nederland Community Center
Meeting 2: Boulder Open House
Tuesday, July 21, 6-7:30PM
Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Ofc
1750 33rd St. Boulder
Meeting 3: Allenspark Open House
Thursday, Aug 6, 6-7:30PM
Peaceful Valley Resort (between A’park and Ward).

This decision impacts our community, please plan to attend one or several of these meetings.

More info at USFS

Culvert and road rehabilitation in upper Lefthand Canyon starts June 23

Delays up to 30 minutes can be expected on June 23 and 24; Shorter delays necessary until work completed Boulder County, Colo. — Boulder County Transportation’s Maintenance Division will begin work to install a concrete culvert and conduct roadway and shoulder repair operations on upper Lefthand Canyon Drive just west of Sawmill Road on Tuesday, June 23. Construction… Continue Reading

Spring Clean up

June 27 Ward Spring cleanup is coming and it’s going to be different! Boulder County has changed their policy about providing trash pickup for community cleanups and will no longer provide free trash rolloffs for our Spring Cleanup. Instead they will provide several FREE rolloffs for recycling and diversion of the following categories of items: Appliances… Continue Reading