Ouray Ranch Conservation Easement

Ouray Ranch Conservation Easement

229 acres transferred to Colorado Headwaters Land Trust from Trout Unlimited on May, 2014.  Trout Unlimited was the easement holder of this conservation easement from January 17, 1984 to May 2014.

 Conservation Values protected:

  • Scenic Open Space: The property is highly visible from US Highway 34, also known as the Colorado River Headwaters National Scenic and Historic Byway.  Grand County Roads 405, 620 and 627 pass through the property and Grand County Road 6204 is adjacent to the property, allowing additional public viewing of the property. The scenic property is also viewed from people recreating in the adjacent Arapaho National Recreation Area, which is part of the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest.
  • Wildlife Habitat: The property and surrounding area is moose summer range, and the property is less than 2 miles from moose concentration areas.  The property is also elk summer and winter range, an elk migration corridor, and an elk winter concentration corridor. The property is summer and winter range for mule deer, and there is a mule deer concentration area less than 1 mile from the property. The Colorado River flows through the property, and is characterized by wetlands associated with the river. The riparian/wetland habitat provides habitat for a variety of fish, birds and waterfowl, including, but not limited to eagles, osprey, hawks, herons, song birds, ducks and geese.