Native Americans were the first people who came through the pass centuries ago. They hunted in the area year round and built shelters that became their homes in the warm summer months to escape the valley heat below.
Later Spanish explorers and missionaries followed the Indian trails in search of converts. They were followed by the Mountain Men, most notably Jed Smith in 1826 - 1827, searching for the elusive but lucrative Beaver. Traders and Teamsters from Santa Fe brought goods…Continue