- Glade Park, Colorado
official_name = Glade Park, Colorado
settlement_type = Town
dot_x = |dot_y =
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = USA
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = flag|Colorado
subdivision_type2 = Counties
subdivision_name2 = Mesa
unit_pref = Imperial
timezone = MST
utc_offset = -7
timezone_DST = MDT
utc_offset_DST = -6
elevation_m = 2134
elevation_ft = 7000
postal_code = 81523
area_code = 970
Glade Park is an unincorporated
townand a U.S. Post Office located in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. The Glade Park Post Office has the ZIP Code81523.
Glade Park is located at coor dms|38|59|37|N|108|45|00|W|city (38.993572,-108.749886), and is convert|16|mi|km west of downtown
Grand Junction, Colorado, the largest city on Colorado's western slope. To access Glade Park, one must drive up the Colorado National Monument, gaining approximately convert|2500|ft|m elevation over convert|4|mi|km of hairpin curves. The views on the drive are spectacular, encompassing red sandstone canyons and sheer rock faces. The elevation of Glade Park is approximately convert|7000|ft|m. Due to the higher elevation, often the temperature in Glade Park is 10-20 degreesvague|which degrees? lower in summer than the temperature in Grand Junction. In wintertime, temperatures can be significantly warmer than in Grand Junction because of an inversion layer present in the Grand Valley below.
Glade Park is a former western Colorado ranching and farming community. As precipitation has declined, much of the ranch land has been split up into 35-40 acre parcels on which homes now stand. Area zoning permits a density of one house per 35 acre parcel. There is no municipal water system available in Glade Park; most houses have water wells. The water table is approximately convert|500|ft|m below the ground surface. Some homes harvest their own water off the roof.
The remoteness of the area and the creativity of its residents, has made Glade Park home to an unusually high number of alternative and sustainably-constructed homes, including
Earthships, rammed earthconstruction, straw bale, geodesic dome, earthen berm and log construction. The distance of many of the building lots from electrical infrastructure has stimulated construction of a number of energy self-sufficient homes.
* [http://www.glade-park.com Community website]
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