Miller Ranch Community Open Space
by Jim Daus
Sustaining Council Level Underwriter:
Pam and Ben Peternell
Guardian Level Underwriters:
Barbie and Tony Mayer (2019-2021)
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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 kids or local sports teams training for their athletic endeavors, the Miller Ranch easement is one of the most-used parcels of open space in Eagle County’s mid-valley region. This beautiful property includes an approximately one mile border of Eagle River frontage. It is host to beavers, river otters, bald eagles, and is used by local elk herds as a winter forage range.
For years, the residents of Edwards and Arrowhead, along with the surrounding communities, have rallied for the permanent protection of this Miller Ranch open space. The 32-acre parcel on Edwards’ east side, just north of the RiverRanch and RiverDance neighborhoods in Arrowhead, is the last remaining undisturbed portion of the former Miller Family Ranch. This easement was once a much larger parcel of open space, however many acres were lost to recent housing development. Your local Land Trust is proud to have saved this last unspoiled parcel of the Miller Family Ranch for the enjoyment of our entire community.
The Miller Ranch property was previously a working cattle ranch and in recent years was home to our weekly summer rodeo; the on-site stables and pasture land were home for many steeds owned by Eagle County citizens. The protection of these 32 acres of Miller Ranch ensures that this much beloved stretch of land on the valley floor will remain undisturbed forever.
Thanks to the hard work of your local Land Trust in partnership with Eagle County staff members and the Eagle County Commissioners, local residents will forever have use of pristine and accessible open space right in the heart of the Edwards and Arrowhead communities.