Did you know North Park has a Polar Bear? The legend told by the old timers was - if you could see the polar bear snow field on Mount Ethel in July - then there would be plenty of snow melt to irrigate the hay fields of the Park.
To find the polar bear: travel north from Rand on Colorado Highway 125 towards Walden - look to the northwest and find Mount Ethel on the southern end of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Range. If enough snow has melted - you should see the outline of a huge polar bear.
We left Rand on Monday for a day trip to Teller City, over Calamity Pass (high clearance vehicle recommended), into Gould, on to Walden for lunch then back to Rand. The trip was about 65 miles round trip and took about 4 hours with stops for photos and lunch. The goal was to retake the photo of Teller that's on display at the North Park Museum.
Even though the old town is all but gone, there is a one room cabin that has been kept in tact, a few building foundations, walking path and informational signs to give the visitor a sense of what the old town was like.
To get there: drive 2 miles south of Rand on highway 125, turn left onto county road 21 (near The Old Homestead Lodge) continue on for approximately 9 miles. The county road turns into forest service road 740. At the forest boundary there will be signs to guide you. Enjoy your visit!