Perhaps this will help some?
1870 Colorado census shows this for your Malone's:
Malone,Adolpheus-age 30;born VA;farmer
wife-Barbara-age 20;born NM
son-William-age 5;born CO
daughter-Ellen-age 2;born CO
son-James-age 7mo.;born CO
they are shown to be living in "the Valley of the Purgatorie River and it's tributaries East of Trinidad.