The free tour will ascend the Quartz Hill Road and pass through several historic mining sites before reaching Vipond Park. Vipond Park is a subalpine meadow that supports a diverse array of flowering plants, and also includes two rare plants that are local to the area. Forest Service botanists and Native Plant Society members will help to identify plants seen along the way.
For those who are traveling from the Dillon area, please meet at the Forest Service office in Dillon located at 420 Barrett Street at 8 a.m. to carpool. Otherwise tour participants will meet at the Divide School located along Highway 43 approximately one mile west of the Divide Exit on I-15 at 9 a.m. Participants may drive their own vehicle, or can car pool with others at Divide. Attendees are advised to dress for inclement weather and bring a lunch, water, bug deterrent, sunscreen and a camera. A wildflower field guide and hand (magnifying) lens is also encouraged, but will be available to share on the tour.
For more information, contact the Forest Service in Dillon at (406) 683-3900.