Pearl Lake State Park
Updated September 16, 2009
Cow Creek and Pioneer Sheep Companies Part II
Old time sheep wagon - horse drawn with iron rimmed wheels.Old time sheep wagon -
horse drawn with iron rimmed wheels.
The Hahn's Peak Basin was the summer
hunting grounds of the Ute Indians until gold
was discovered in the early 1860's.  For the next
forty odd years there were miners, logging
camps and a few scattered ranches.  By 1911,
the Cow Creek and Pioneer Sheep Companies
moved the summer headquarters from Baggs
Wyoming to Hahn's Peak Basin.  By the late
1950's the era of the large sheep outfits was
over and the US Forest Service turned it into
recreation areas.  Pearl Lake was built in 1962
and Steamboat Lake (in Hahn's Peak Village) in
1968.