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Hidden Valley

The Opening of Hidden Valley

Local lore has it that the valley was used by horse thieves to hide horses during the great horse raids of the early-mid 1800's. The single entrance to the valley wasn't obvious, and it made a great natural corral. From a distance, and even up close, the valley did not appear as a valley.

In 1936, nearly one hundred years later, Bill Keys blasted a wider opening through to the valley. The bunch grass was lush and plentiful, and the valley made an excellent, naturally fenced pasture for his cattle.


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At several places along the trail, blast marks widening the entrance can be seen.


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