Western Dreams Ranch Conservation Easement

Western Dreams Ranch Conservation Easement

110 acres donated May 25, 2007.
Conservation Values protected:

  • Agricultural Open Space: The property has been used for cattle and sheep grazing since the earliest settlements on the lower Troublesome River Valley in the early 1870’s. The current owners graze horses and lease the property for grazing cattle when the forage production is adequate.
  • Scenic Open Space: This public can see this scenic easement property from the Colorado Headwaters National Scenic and Historic Byway (US Highway 40), the Colorado River, and BLM lands bordering the property on its southeast, south and northwest boundaries. The BLM lands are used on a regular basis for mountain biking, hiking, camping and hunting. This property is directly west of another conservation easement held by Colorado Headwaters Land Trust, together creating 180 acres of preserved land. The property itself is very scenic and is surrounded by views of mountains and valleys. Views from the property include Haystack Mountain, Parkview Mountain, Indian Peaks Wilderness, Byers Peak Wilderness, Eagle Next Wilderness, the Gore Range, Troublesome Creek Valley and the Colorado River Valley.
  • Wildlife Habitat: Colorado Parks and Wildlife has identified this property as severe winter range for greater sage grouse, pronghorn and mule deer. Sagebrush habitats are some of the most jeopardized, yet critical wildlife habitats in Colorado. The landowners report observing up to 500 head of antelope throughout the year and 300 elk in the winter. The property lies along a wildlife access route to the Colorado River, and along a migration corridor from Wolford to Elk Mountain. Big game species depend on lower elevation areas, such as this property, that have less snow accumulations in the winter and ample sagebrush forage resources.