Arboretum & Heritage Roses Gallery
From the very beginning, Fairmount was designed to resemble a lush park, a formidable challenge in this high plains desert that receives an average of just 15 inches of annual precipitation.
In 1891, the first year of Fairmount’s development, renowned landscape architect Reinhard Schuetze established more than 4,000 saplings, 100 large trees, 220 evergreens, 200 vines and creepers, nearly 2,000 shrubs, 380 roses and 585 herbaceous plants for a total of almost 7,500 plantings.
Today, Schuetze’s grand vision is as vibrant as ever—Fairmount remains Colorado’s largest arboretum. Designated a wildlife viewing area by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Fairmount is home to deer, fox and numerous other mammals, as well as diverse species of birds, including hawks, owls and Golden Eagles.