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Home Sweet Wilderness

by | January 11th, 2017

Home Sweet Wilderness

Elk, deer, coyote, red-tailed hawk, and black bearthese are just a few of the neighbors quietly going about their business in the rugged wilderness adjacent to BackCountry™. For the lucky humans living next door, the 8,200-acre Backcountry Wilderness provides breathtaking views, mind-clearing bike rides, memorable family hikes, and easy access to a year-round roster of nature programs hosted by the Highlands Ranch Community Association.

Each program is thoughtfully designed to connect people to nature, while protecting the space for wildlife, which is “the primary goal,” explains Lindsey McKissick, Backcountry Wilderness Area Representative. Indeed, it’s a rare thing to find such a vast wildlife sanctuary in the middle of suburbia

“I think the greatest gift of living in BackCountry is having all the wonders of nature to explore directly in your backyard—without having to battle traffic on I-70 and the people once you get there,” says Lindsey. A nearby nature refuge can be especially meaningful to children. “We adults may remember playing in the creek in our neighborhood, but today’s kids have such a lack of time in nature,” Lindsey explains. “The Wilderness Area gives them the opportunity to engage their adventuresome spirits, to enjoy ‘free play’ in nature with no plans and no agenda.” They can even hang out with the draft horses, ponies, and chickens at the wilderness “base camp,” where most of the programs take place.

HRCA’s programs are open to the public, but Highlands Ranch residents enjoy discounted prices. The winter schedule is more modest, but on Jan. 21, families can enjoy a mini-campfire hike with a campfire, s’mores, and free play—there’s a giant log fort and sandpit with horseshoes and more—all for just $5. (Think of it as a Saturday morning alternative to the playground.) Also, private hayrides through the wilderness area are available year-round, allowing you to see places the public simply can’t. Some programs take place indoors this time of year, such as archery lessons and a Feb. 4 Pizza with Pokémon event. Held at the Southridge Rec Center, live animals akin to those in the beloved game will come for a fun, educational visit.

Warmer months bring back an abundance of outdoor events. Summer camps are a favorite, offering special focuses on art, adventure, horses, and leadership. Keep your eyes open for more about spring and summer programs in future blogs, but in the meantime, check out the many ways you can experience nature-in-the-suburbs on the HRCA website.

A neighborhood for the ages. Every single one of them.

by | August 26th, 2015

Some neighborhoods are all about young families and kids. (You know, the ones with porches packed with strollers, bikes, and scooters.) Others cater to empty nesters, even requiring a minimum age of 55. But BackCountry is uniquely multigenerational, naturally attracting every age group—which creates an interesting and inclusive place to live.

BackCountry Parks and Trails

Why is this the case at BackCountry? Actually, a number of factors are at play. Families with children tend to choose BackCountry for its access to quality schools, the safety of a gated community, good-sized homes (with custom homes available), community center with pooland all the activities that come along with parks and trailsa wilderness areaand a very active HOA. But residents in middle and later stages of life appreciate the activity, community connections, and safety just as much—along with the Whispering Wind Collection of homes that feature main floor living and low maintenance.

Because of the diversity of homeowners, the BackCountry HOA is always brainstorming ways to reach out to all residents. For example, July’s Kids ‘N Canvas event offered a painting class for children ages 6-13, and this month’s Back-to-School Pool party spoke to youngsters’ hearts with snow cones and pool games. On the other hand, the book club, cooking classes, comedy nights, and wine tasting events appeal to the adults. And you’ll even find empty nester-focused events, including potlucks and mahjong and bridge games.

Summer concert series in BackCountry Colorado

But we have plenty of age group mingling, too. BackCountry’s year-round roster of community events brings together grandparents, parents, and children. Summer concerts truly earn an E for Everyone. Little ones love the face painting and other kid activities, while the grownups enjoy the music, food trucks, and socializing. (This summer’s first concert, Doobie Brothers tribute band, Black Water, earned especially high marks with fans from the 1970s.) The 250 or so all-age residents who attended the annual, July 4th-ish Patriotic Country Music Concert enjoyed music by Colorado legends Chris Daniel and the Kings, along with a cowboy performing rope tricks and a glitter tattoo “branding station.” Who could resist that?

Like BackCountry itself, the residents are anything but one-dimensional. And so, BackCountry amenities, events, and activities respond in kind.  

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