Eastern Mojave Vegetation Vidler's Gulch, Jefferson County, Colorado.


Named location near Golden.

In 1904, British real estate developer Rees C. Vidler owned the land as part of his Lookout Mountain Resort Company. He donated 56 acres to Denver Encourage development of a "scenic" park adjacent to his residential plat. Vidler built a funicular from Golden to his real estate office on Lookout Mountain and endorsed Golden resident William William for construction of the Lariat Trail (Jefferson County Historical Commission, 2013) .

The Lookout Mountain Botany Trip, June 23

This trip was made by a party of twenty-five, of whom twenty-three traveled to Golden on the street car and rode to the top of Lookout Mountain by automobile. The leader, Miss Katharine Brudeline, furnished each member of the party with a manifolded list of trees, shrubs, and flowers which were likely to be encountered. Nearly all of these and a number of specimens not on the list were identified and duscissed in the course of the day. The total number of specimens identified was one hundred and twenty-eight. The route taken was from Lookout Mountain through Vidler's Gulch, across Mountain Parks road, and down the valley running on the south side of Colorow Point into Rilliet's Gulch, and thence to Sprucedale Park, where lunch was eaten by the well near Harvey Cottage. The return journey was made over Colorow Point and by trail thence to Golden (CMC, 1918).

Elevation: 0ft, 2145m.

Literature Referring To This Location:

  • Colorado Mountain Club. 1918. The Lookout Mountain Botany Trip, June 23. Trail and Timberline. No. . Denver, Colorado: Colorado Mountain Club, August, 1918. (https://books.google.com/books?id=8hRBAQAAMAAJ, accessed 9 December 2014.)
  • Jefferson County Historical Comission. 2013. Lariat Trail Scenic Mountain Drive. (http://jeffco.us/placenames/search3.cfm?ps_oid=71381179&search=, accessed 9 December 2014)

Area Plant Lists that contain this location:

Species collected at or near this location.

This list summarizes plants collected or observed at this specific, named location. It does not include plants collected or observed at nearby named or unnamed locations. It may be more instructive to use the Area Lists that contain this location.

  • TAS – The plant was collected by Tom Schweich.
  • Oth – The plant was collected by someone, but not Tom.
  • Obs – The plant was observed, but not collected.


Harbouria trachypleura (A. Gray) J.M. Coult. & Rose. Whiskbroom Parsley (Oth)


Aralia nudicaulis L. Wild Sarsaparilla (Oth)




Erigeron divergens Torr. & A. Gray. Spreading Fleabane (Oth)


Dodecatheon pulchellum (Raf.) Merr. Beautiful Shootingstar (Oth)


Rosa acicularis Lindl. sayi (Schwein.) W. H. Lewis. Say's Acicular Rose (Oth)

Rosa woodsii Lindl. Mountain Rose (Oth)

Total number of taxa: 6
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Date and time this article was prepared:8:16:00 AM, 7/13/2024.