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Welcome to the Lost Canyon

The Valley Housing Fund shares a piece of Gunnison Country history in the heart of the Lost Canyon.

You can reach our Cabin managers, Ben Chicoine and Erin Jacobs by email at

If you’re here it’s because you’ve known, are getting to know, or want to know more about the special slice of history known as the Clark Cabin (aka Governor’s Cabin, Jorgensen Cabin, Jorgensen/Clark Cabin). Please take the time to share the times you’ve spent at the Cabin here or make an inquiry to learn more about how to reserve a time to make memories here! Clubs, organizations, University departments, and adventurers all enjoy time here. We look forward to getting to know more #friendsoftheclarkcabin both near and far!

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The Clark/Jorgensen Cabin area was home to a community of miners and a limestone quarry in the 1860’s. This part of the Gunnison Country housed lime kilns that would process stone for construction materials and concretes.

Benjamin Jorgensen began construction on the cabin in 1932; he had a specific desire to have State decision makers and Western State Colorado to be involved with the Cabin. The Clark Cabin was also known as the Governor’s Cabin, and became the get away spot for States-people and those that Ben networked with.

The Cabin would eventually become the venue for “A Midsummer’s Eve” celebrations in the Gunnison Country; these Summer Solstice parties followed in the tradition of those in Casper Mountain, WY.


The Cabin is on 15 acres were subdivided off and will eventually be surrounded by National Forest Land. Its pristine setting in the heart of Gunnison Country have made it the site for research by Western State Colorado on the release of Lodgepole Pine Beetles. Research has also been conducted on soil pit studies in the area as well.

Your gift to GVHF helps support the operation of the Lost Canyon Cabin.



In January 2014, The Trust for Public Land helped conserve 331 acres of the Clark’s property. Proceeds from the sale will go to support the Gunnison Valley Housing Foundation. Explore more at

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