A popular Colorado summer past time is heading to the mountains to camp out in God’s country. The temperatures are cooler. The creeks and rivers are slowing down from their spring fury. And the wildlife is plentiful. This was no less true back in the day than it is now.

Of course, back in the day there was no Jax Mercantile. There was no R.E.I. or Sierra Trading Post. People made do with lean-tos and other simple structures.

Fort Collins and Loveland were both still fairly small towns back during the time that these photos were taken. And still people wanted to get away from it all. Some things never change.

Camping in 1894 (Photo from the Denver Library  Z-7642.)

People pose near tents, horses and a horse-drawn carriage probably in Larimer County, Colorado. Two people eat at a makeshift table while a woman prepares food on a cook stove with a stovepipe. A man sits on a boulder that has an inscription: “Fort Collins 1894” and “Clara Kern.” (Photo and text from the Denver Library Z-7642.)

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Four men and 1 boy sit in a semi-circle next to the camp stove, in front of their sleeping quarters. Camp Umanit, 1931. (Photo and text from the Colorado State University Archive – Negative #S2349.)

Two women and a man cook trout over an open campfire. Undated. (Photo and text from the Colorado State University Archive - Negative #S2069.)

Two women and a man cook trout over an open campfire. Undated. (Photo and text from the Colorado State University Archive – Negative #S2069.)