Little Ute Ranch Conservation Easement

230-acre easement donated on December 29, 2015.
Conservation Values protected:

  • Agricultural Open Space: The property, located in the Williams Fork Valley, has historically been and is currently used for grazing livestock. By protecting the property with a conservation easement, the open space ranching heritage of the property and part of Grand County are preserved in perpetuity.
  • Scenic Open Space: The public can view this scenic open property from County Roads 3 and 373 and from the adjacent Arapaho National Forest south of the property. The property, undeveloped ranch land with no structures, is also adjacent to the  Copper Creek Estate development and state land.
  • Wildlife Habitat:The property provides key wildlife habitat for a diversity of species, including the greater sage grouse and bald eagle (both Colorado-listed Species of Special Concern), mule deer, mountain lion, moose, elk, turkey,  black bear, red fox, coyote, snowshoe hare, ptarmigan, marmot, porcupine and other small mammals, birds of prey and wildlife.  Little Ute Ranch provides elk and mule deer summer and winter range, moose summer range, and overall range and a summer concentration area for black bear.