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Many of our conservation easements have some form of public access so we’ve organized them by popular recreational activities to help you explore them based on what interests you.  Look around, maybe you’ll find a new favorite fishing spot or new favorite walk to take the dog.  If you’re looking for a specific easement, scroll to the bottom for our alphabetical listing.

Here’s How to Enjoy All Our Conserved Lands

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Want to enjoy the natural beauty and scenery of the Rocky Mountains while taking a hike? These conservation easements offer a variety of hiking opportunities. Just click to read more about each easement.

ABRAMS CREEK

Abrams Creek

The Abrams Creek open space deal took 15 years, and was worth every minute, said John Staight, town of Eagle’s open space coordinator. After Eagle, Eagle County and the Eagle Ranch Wildlife Committee signed...

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BUFFEHR CREEK

Buffehr Creek

Tucked away behind a ridge on the north side of I-70 in Vail is the growing Buffehr Creek neighborhood. Here, developer/builder Ed Zneimer has creatively used a conservation easement on nine acres of land...

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CASTEEL CREEK EASEMENT

Casteel Creek

The 118-acre Casteel Creek easement demonstrates the creative use of conservation strategies to protect valuable open space parcels. Through this complex land exchange, the U.S. Forest Service received 148 acres of land along Independence...

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CONSTELLATION RIDGE AT BRIGHTWATER

Constellation Ridge at Brightwater

The 95-acre Constellation Ridge Easement, signed in August of 2008, protects a valuable scenic hillside immediately west of the Constellation Ridge housing development and golf course south of Gypsum, Colorado. This easement protects 3,900...

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DUCK POND RIVER ACCESS

Duck Pond River Access

55 acres of public land with over 4,000 feet of Eagle River frontage became a permanent conservation area for the enjoyment of people in our down valley communities on October 18, 2013. The land...

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EAGLE RIVER PRESERVE

Eagle River Preserve

The Eagle River Preserve, a 72-acre site, located in the heart of Edwards, has been heralded as the community’s “Central Park”. Surrounded on three sides by development and bordered by a beautiful quarter-mile stretch...

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EAST VAIL WATERFALL

East Vail Waterfall

In March 2001, the Town of Vail and the Eagle Valley Land Trust completed a $600,000 transaction to purchase the 4.8-acre parcel at the base of the East Vail Waterfall and protect it with...

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HOMESTEAD CONSERVATION AND PUBLIC RECREATION PROJECT

Homestead Conservation & Public Recreation Project

The “L” Date signed: 2012 Acreage: 322 Acquired Through: Purchase Type of Access: Public access with trailhead & parking lot Owner:  Eagle County Creamery Ranch Open Space Date signed: 2012 Acreage: 24 Acquired Through: Donation Type of Access: Public...

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HORN RANCH

Horn Ranch I and II

The Horn Ranch is one of the most visible and stunning landscapes along the I-70 and Eagle River corridor here in Eagle County. There are two adjacent properties. Horn I is south of I-70...

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MEADOW CREEK

Meadow Creek

Nestled between Stephen’s Park and the Meadow Creek condominiums in the Intermountain neighborhood in West Vail, is a 2.6-acre parcel that was, in 2005, destined to be developed. However, neighbors and friends who regularly...

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MILLER RANCH

Miller Ranch Community Open Space

An abundance of local citizens and local groups use this incredible tract of open space on a daily basis. Whether it is neighbors meeting for walks with their dogs, moms strolling together with their...

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PTARMIGAN

Ptarmigan

Owned by the Town of Vail, the 5.39 acre Ptarmigan Road property is located just east of Vail Village. Surrounded on three sides by Forest Service lands, it is covered almost entirely with aspen...

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SPUD CELLAR

Spud Cellar

Dubbed Spud Cellar in recognition of the structure that once neighbored this site (center, left of photo), this 35-acre parcel was once part of the expanse of working ranches that stretched south through the...

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WEST AVON PRESERVE

West Avon Preserve

Your local Land Trust, in partnership with the US Forest Service, Eagle County, Town of Avon, the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association and others, placed a permanent conservation easement on 478-acres of land just...

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Grab your mountain bike and head to any of these conservation easements for some great riding.

ABRAMS CREEK

Abrams Creek

The Abrams Creek open space deal took 15 years, and was worth every minute, said John Staight, town of Eagle’s open space coordinator. After Eagle, Eagle County and the Eagle Ranch Wildlife Committee signed...

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DUCK POND RIVER ACCESS

Duck Pond River Access

55 acres of public land with over 4,000 feet of Eagle River frontage became a permanent conservation area for the enjoyment of people in our down valley communities on October 18, 2013. The land...

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EAGLE RIVER PRESERVE

Eagle River Preserve

The Eagle River Preserve, a 72-acre site, located in the heart of Edwards, has been heralded as the community’s “Central Park”. Surrounded on three sides by development and bordered by a beautiful quarter-mile stretch...

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HOMESTEAD CONSERVATION AND PUBLIC RECREATION PROJECT

Homestead Conservation & Public Recreation Project

The “L” Date signed: 2012 Acreage: 322 Acquired Through: Purchase Type of Access: Public access with trailhead & parking lot Owner:  Eagle County Creamery Ranch Open Space Date signed: 2012 Acreage: 24 Acquired Through: Donation Type of Access: Public...

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HORN RANCH

Horn Ranch I and II

The Horn Ranch is one of the most visible and stunning landscapes along the I-70 and Eagle River corridor here in Eagle County. There are two adjacent properties. Horn I is south of I-70...

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MILLER RANCH

Miller Ranch Community Open Space

An abundance of local citizens and local groups use this incredible tract of open space on a daily basis. Whether it is neighbors meeting for walks with their dogs, moms strolling together with their...

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WEST AVON PRESERVE

West Avon Preserve

Your local Land Trust, in partnership with the US Forest Service, Eagle County, Town of Avon, the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association and others, placed a permanent conservation easement on 478-acres of land just...

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These conservation easements offer great fishing. We’ve even heard of some fishers bagging a cutthroat, but we’re not telling where!

CONSTELLATION RIDGE AT BRIGHTWATER

Constellation Ridge at Brightwater

The 95-acre Constellation Ridge Easement, signed in August of 2008, protects a valuable scenic hillside immediately west of the Constellation Ridge housing development and golf course south of Gypsum, Colorado. This easement protects 3,900...

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DUCK POND RIVER ACCESS

Duck Pond River Access

55 acres of public land with over 4,000 feet of Eagle River frontage became a permanent conservation area for the enjoyment of people in our down valley communities on October 18, 2013. The land...

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EAGLE RIVER PRESERVE

Eagle River Preserve

The Eagle River Preserve, a 72-acre site, located in the heart of Edwards, has been heralded as the community’s “Central Park”. Surrounded on three sides by development and bordered by a beautiful quarter-mile stretch...

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HORN RANCH

Horn Ranch I and II

The Horn Ranch is one of the most visible and stunning landscapes along the I-70 and Eagle River corridor here in Eagle County. There are two adjacent properties. Horn I is south of I-70...

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MILLER RANCH

Miller Ranch Community Open Space

An abundance of local citizens and local groups use this incredible tract of open space on a daily basis. Whether it is neighbors meeting for walks with their dogs, moms strolling together with their...

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If you’re looking for a portal to the extensive National Forest lands in Eagle County then look no further than these conservation easements.

BUFFEHR CREEK

Buffehr Creek

Tucked away behind a ridge on the north side of I-70 in Vail is the growing Buffehr Creek neighborhood. Here, developer/builder Ed Zneimer has creatively used a conservation easement on nine acres of land...

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CASTEEL CREEK EASEMENT

Casteel Creek

The 118-acre Casteel Creek easement demonstrates the creative use of conservation strategies to protect valuable open space parcels. Through this complex land exchange, the U.S. Forest Service received 148 acres of land along Independence...

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EAST VAIL WATERFALL

East Vail Waterfall

In March 2001, the Town of Vail and the Eagle Valley Land Trust completed a $600,000 transaction to purchase the 4.8-acre parcel at the base of the East Vail Waterfall and protect it with...

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HOMESTEAD CONSERVATION AND PUBLIC RECREATION PROJECT

Homestead Conservation & Public Recreation Project

The “L” Date signed: 2012 Acreage: 322 Acquired Through: Purchase Type of Access: Public access with trailhead & parking lot Owner:  Eagle County Creamery Ranch Open Space Date signed: 2012 Acreage: 24 Acquired Through: Donation Type of Access: Public...

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MEADOW CREEK

Meadow Creek

Nestled between Stephen’s Park and the Meadow Creek condominiums in the Intermountain neighborhood in West Vail, is a 2.6-acre parcel that was, in 2005, destined to be developed. However, neighbors and friends who regularly...

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PTARMIGAN

Ptarmigan

Owned by the Town of Vail, the 5.39 acre Ptarmigan Road property is located just east of Vail Village. Surrounded on three sides by Forest Service lands, it is covered almost entirely with aspen...

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WEST AVON PRESERVE

West Avon Preserve

Your local Land Trust, in partnership with the US Forest Service, Eagle County, Town of Avon, the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association and others, placed a permanent conservation easement on 478-acres of land just...

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Getting the family outside and enjoying the sun and fresh air for lunch couldn’t be easier. Just pick any one of these conservation easements, pack the basket, and go.

ABRAMS CREEK

Abrams Creek

The Abrams Creek open space deal took 15 years, and was worth every minute, said John Staight, town of Eagle’s open space coordinator. After Eagle, Eagle County and the Eagle Ranch Wildlife Committee signed...

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DUCK POND RIVER ACCESS

Duck Pond River Access

55 acres of public land with over 4,000 feet of Eagle River frontage became a permanent conservation area for the enjoyment of people in our down valley communities on October 18, 2013. The land...

0 comments
EAGLE RIVER PRESERVE

Eagle River Preserve

The Eagle River Preserve, a 72-acre site, located in the heart of Edwards, has been heralded as the community’s “Central Park”. Surrounded on three sides by development and bordered by a beautiful quarter-mile stretch...

0 comments
HOMESTEAD CONSERVATION AND PUBLIC RECREATION PROJECT

Homestead Conservation & Public Recreation Project

The “L” Date signed: 2012 Acreage: 322 Acquired Through: Purchase Type of Access: Public access with trailhead & parking lot Owner:  Eagle County Creamery Ranch Open Space Date signed: 2012 Acreage: 24 Acquired Through: Donation Type of Access: Public...

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HORN RANCH

Horn Ranch I and II

The Horn Ranch is one of the most visible and stunning landscapes along the I-70 and Eagle River corridor here in Eagle County. There are two adjacent properties. Horn I is south of I-70...

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MILLER RANCH

Miller Ranch Community Open Space

An abundance of local citizens and local groups use this incredible tract of open space on a daily basis. Whether it is neighbors meeting for walks with their dogs, moms strolling together with their...

1 comment
WEST AVON PRESERVE

West Avon Preserve

Your local Land Trust, in partnership with the US Forest Service, Eagle County, Town of Avon, the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association and others, placed a permanent conservation easement on 478-acres of land just...

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Take your equestrian friend along on your next trip to these EVLT conservation easements.

ABRAMS CREEK

Abrams Creek

The Abrams Creek open space deal took 15 years, and was worth every minute, said John Staight, town of Eagle’s open space coordinator. After Eagle, Eagle County and the Eagle Ranch Wildlife Committee signed...

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CONSTELLATION RIDGE AT BRIGHTWATER

Constellation Ridge at Brightwater

The 95-acre Constellation Ridge Easement, signed in August of 2008, protects a valuable scenic hillside immediately west of the Constellation Ridge housing development and golf course south of Gypsum, Colorado. This easement protects 3,900...

0 comments
HOMESTEAD CONSERVATION AND PUBLIC RECREATION PROJECT

Homestead Conservation & Public Recreation Project

The “L” Date signed: 2012 Acreage: 322 Acquired Through: Purchase Type of Access: Public access with trailhead & parking lot Owner:  Eagle County Creamery Ranch Open Space Date signed: 2012 Acreage: 24 Acquired Through: Donation Type of Access: Public...

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WEST AVON PRESERVE

West Avon Preserve

Your local Land Trust, in partnership with the US Forest Service, Eagle County, Town of Avon, the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association and others, placed a permanent conservation easement on 478-acres of land just...

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These private properties are also conserved forever by the land trust. Conserving our scenic ridgelines and outstanding wildlife habitat has incredible public value, driving our economy by preserving the rural character of our community and providing refuge for wildlife such as game fish, elk, and deer, to thrive. Whether people visit here because of its natural beauty or to hunt its outstanding fishing and hunting, our economy benefits from conservation of private lands. In 2010, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife stated that $28.7 million dollars in revenue was added to our local economy through hunting and fishing. While these private conservation easements do not offer public access, they do provide these other important public benefits.

TAYLOR CITY

Taylor City

The Eagle Valley Land Trust often has opportunities to visit remarkable open space properties in the more remote parts of Eagle County . Even with our strong commitment to conservation, our county-wide orientation usually...

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CORDILLERA RIDGELINE

Cordillera Ridgeline

This exciting landscape preservation project in the Lake Creek valley is another partnership between the Eagle Valley Land Trust, US Forest Service and Eagle County’s Open Space Department. A permanent conservation easement saves and...

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Dewey Park

Eagle Valley Land Trust and Eagle County Open Space partnered to complete the Dewey Park Conservation Easement on October 31.  This highly visible property lies along the east bank of the Colorado River, just...

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DIAMOND STAR RANCH

Diamond Star Ranch

Diamond Star I The 10,500 acre Diamond Star Ranch, located south of I-70 and several miles east of Eagle, stretches south along rolling hills above the Brush Creek Valley. Since the 1890’s, the property...

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GATES RANCH

Gates Ranch

The Ranch: A Living Legacy Lying in the heart of the great expanse of the Derby Mesa ranches in northwestern Eagle County is the 740-acre Gates Ranch. Its sweeping expanses can be seen from...

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GOLDEN BAIR RANCH

Golden Bair Ranch

Golden Bair Ranch offered a unique opportunity to protect the western gateway to Eagle County and the critical viewshed of the Glenwood Canyon along the Colorado River. In a single day, more than 15,000...

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JOHNSON

Johnson

The Johnson easement is a 25 ± acre parcel, located on the west side of Brush Creek Road. Providing a buffer between the road and the Eagle Ranch community, this easement features a portion...

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MCCOY SPRINGS

McCoy Springs

The McCoy Springs conservation easement covers 32 acres along McCoy Creek and the hillsides above Cresta Road in the Arrowhead neighborhood. The easement protects 2.7 acres along the pristine and scenic McCoy Creek and...

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POTATO PATCH

Potato Patch

Conservation easements can be used to define the character of a neighborhood as the Potato Patch Partners demonstrated in 2003. Located on the last switch-back near the top of Potato Patch Road on the...

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ROBERTS RANCH

Roberts Ranch

In 2009, Eagle Resident George Roberts decided to place a donated conservation easement on his 17+ acre property in the Terrace neighborhood of Eagle, Colorado. Instead of developing five previously approved home sites, Mr....

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WALDEN

Walden

The Walden easement on Yarmony Mountain consists of 75.6 acres north and east of Bond along Copper Spur Road, near the Routt County border. This beautiful site features a varied terrain. A band of...

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WEBSTER

Webster

In 1998, longtime Vail resident George Webster protected the 377-acre Webster Ranch with a conservation easement in order to maintain forever the open space, agricultural productivity, wildlife habitat and scenic qualities of the land....

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These private properties are also conserved forever by the land trust. Ranching families built the west and define the character of our community. Their stories inspire us and their lands support livestock and wildlife that feed us today. Ranchers are a dying breed and their lands are increasingly subject to buyout by land speculators seeking to build the next subdivision. By conserving these lands, we ensure continued agricultural use and conserve ranching culture, agricultural production, incredible scenic views, healthy rivers, and critical wildlife habitat. While these private conservation easements do not offer public access, they do provide these other important public benefits.

Dewey Park

Eagle Valley Land Trust and Eagle County Open Space partnered to complete the Dewey Park Conservation Easement on October 31.  This highly visible property lies along the east bank of the Colorado River, just...

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DIAMOND STAR RANCH

Diamond Star Ranch

Diamond Star I The 10,500 acre Diamond Star Ranch, located south of I-70 and several miles east of Eagle, stretches south along rolling hills above the Brush Creek Valley. Since the 1890’s, the property...

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GATES RANCH

Gates Ranch

The Ranch: A Living Legacy Lying in the heart of the great expanse of the Derby Mesa ranches in northwestern Eagle County is the 740-acre Gates Ranch. Its sweeping expanses can be seen from...

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GOLDEN BAIR RANCH

Golden Bair Ranch

Golden Bair Ranch offered a unique opportunity to protect the western gateway to Eagle County and the critical viewshed of the Glenwood Canyon along the Colorado River. In a single day, more than 15,000...

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JOHNSON

Johnson

The Johnson easement is a 25 ± acre parcel, located on the west side of Brush Creek Road. Providing a buffer between the road and the Eagle Ranch community, this easement features a portion...

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WEBSTER

Webster

In 1998, longtime Vail resident George Webster protected the 377-acre Webster Ranch with a conservation easement in order to maintain forever the open space, agricultural productivity, wildlife habitat and scenic qualities of the land....

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All EVLT Conservation Easements:

Below you can browse both our public and private conservation holdings.  To learn more about our easements, click on the easement name from the list below, or use the nifty interactive map to see more information for each project.

 Abrams Creek    Dewey Park   Gates Ranch   McCoy Springs   Spud Cellar
Buffehr Creek   Diamond Star Ranch I   Golden Bair   Meadow Creek   Taylor City
Casteel Creek   Diamond Star Ranch II   Homestead I   Miller Ranch   The "L"
Constellation Ridge
at Brightwater
  Duck Pond River Access   Homestead II   Potato Patch   Walden
 Cordillera Ridgeline   Eagle River Preserve   Horn Ranch   Ptarmigan    Webster
Creamery Ranch   East Vail Waterfall   Johnson   Roberts Ranch    West Avon Preserve

Click map for larger view.

MAP OF CONSERVATION EASEMENTS