70 acres donated December 30th, 2004 and December 20th, 2005.
Water rights encumbered.
Conservation Values protected:
- Agricultural Open Space: This conservation easement is located on the larger Gold Run Ranch that was originally homesteaded in the early 1900s. The original owner, Ernest Ray, raised domestic sheep on the property until the late 1950’s. Gold Run Ranch is a working ranch, producing organic grass-fed beef that is hormone-free, pesticide-free and steroid-free. In the past, six head of buffalo have grazed on the ranch along Willow Creek.
- Scenic Open Space: The public can view this scenic open ranchland property from Colorado Highway 125. Four other conservation easements held by Colorado Headwaters Land Trust and owned by the same landowner are located nearby. This easement borders BLM land and is close to the Arapaho National Forest.
- Wildlife Habitat: Several mammals such as elk, mule deer, black bear, mountain lion, moose, red fox, porcupine and the pine chickaree all use this property. There is an elk migratory corridor that comes from the Trail Creek drainage and C Lazy U Ranch to the east, down Gold Run and then across Colorado State Highway 125 and into the hay meadows and riparian habitat of Willow Creek on the south side of the highway. Blue grouse and sage grouse are found on the property as well.