In geographical terms, a “park” is a high-mountain basin or valley surrounded by mountains on all sides. Colorado contains four of these major inter-montane regions and they comprise some of the highest elevated, large areas of year-round agricultural settlement in North America. As the name implies, North Park (Jackson County) is the northern most one. It lies in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in north central Colorado and is bound by the Continental Divide along the southern and western edges, and the state of Wyoming to the north. Rocky Mountain National Park and the Rawah Wilderness frame its eastern border. In driving time, North Park lies approximately 3.5 hours northwest of Denver, 2 hours west of Fort Collins, 45 minutes east of Steamboat Springs, and 50 minutes southwest of Laramie, Wy.