Free Book! See Special Offer Below

Hiking/Snow Trail Guidebooks


Colorado Gold and Silver Rush History

in Summit County and the Vail Valley, Colorado 

New! 2013 edition of The Summit Hiker. Now in full color! New trails. All new maps. All new photos. New features, such as "Hikes for Tykes" and "Fishing Lakes for Anglers."

Also, 2012 edition of The Vail Hiker. Now in full color!  New trails. New maps. New photos. New features, such as "Hikes for Tykes" and "Fishing Lakes for Anglers." 

Get a personalized author-autographed copies on this website!

Order Online Now

Hikers Please Note:  A landslide has covered the Rock Creek Trail near its highest point, just below the mine at trail's end. While the hike is still enjoyable and rewarding, the access to the final destination is blocked. Some hikers have scrambled beneath a few fallen trees to continue. Also hikes around Montezuma remain affected by the flooding which washed out the road. Vehicle access is still possible and trailheads are still accessible; access involves crossing a one-lane bridge.


Cover Image: SUMMIT, Gold Rush HIstory
The Summit Hiker, full-color revised edition with new trails and all new photos, plus all new maps. Over 80,000 sold in Summit County alone. Visit high lakes, waterfalls, ghost towns, narrow gauge railway sites. History of trailside ruins.

 Summit County's top-selling book, year round. Award-winning book by noted Colorado author.

Please note: The Summit Hiker is back-ordered. New edition available 1-30-2016 More info 
 To order

The Vail Hiker, featured on National Public Radio with Linda Wertheimer: "Best selling summer book in the Vail Valley."
New full-color edition available June, 2012. New hikes, new maps and photos. Fully revised.
The Vail Valley's top-selling summer book, year after year!

More info
To order

SUMMIT, A Gold Rush History 25th Ann'y Edition
512 pages; 30 history-packed chapters. 250 images. Untold Ranch history, cowboy tales.
Then & Now photo section. Bumpy beginnings of summit ski mountains.
Winner of two prestigious book awards!

More info 
 To order

Prospectors’ 1859 arrival  routes revealed. Spotlight on unknown              pioneers. 1920s skiing on Shock Hill. Tonopah dredge gobbles up town. A first: the town’s folksy years, 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s. Ski Resort history.

More info
 To order


Rascals, Scoundrels & No Goods
  Meet the high-spirited miscreants of Colorado mine camp history: shyster lawyers, shady ladies, high graders, swindlers,  moonshiners and bootleggers. Laugh at the lightweight  misdeeds of history. Legacy Award winning book. More info
To order


Special Offer! 2015
 Order Any Historical Book (SUMMIT, BRECKENRIDGE OR RASCALS SCOUNDRELS & NO GOODS) And You Will Receive a Free Copy of  BRECKENRIDGE ($17.95 Value)

Order Information

Contact Us:

1-970 468-6273


Top-Selling Historical Books by the Region's Best-Loved Author

Mary Ellen Gilliland

Colorful histories of Breckenridge, Frisco, Dillon, Silverthorne, Keystone and Copper Mountain, Colorado

Grandma Recen photo  Old Building in Montezuma, Summit County, Colorad  1900 climber on peak, Summit County, Colorado


Breckenridge, 150 Years

Summit Gold Rush History

Rascals, Scoundrels & No Goods

Hiking Summit County

Hiking Vail 
Author Speaker Engagements
How to Order 


Alpenrose Press, has since 1979 published regional books on Colorado high country history and hiking/ski trails. The beautiful alpine scenery of historic Summit County Breckenridge, 
Keystone and 
Copper Mountain

Author Speaking Engagements


Mary Ellen Gilliland is also a popular local speaker, specializing in the colorful history of gold rush days and early ski escapades. Having spoken to over 100 local meeting, educational and dinner groups, she delivers local history with punch and humor.


Top of Page

Updated July 7, 2014
Copyright © 2014 by Mary Ellen Gilliland. All rights reserved.