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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 of the Eagle River on the north, the property is owned by Eagle County. Its purchase in 2005 as community open-space was the vision of long-time area resident Harry Frampton and spearheaded by the Vail Valley Foundation that raised $12 million for its acquisition. The property is rich with history of the Eagle River Valley…as home for Native Americans, next as a stage stop, and finally as a working ranch. Now, because of tremendous community interest and financial support, it will forever remain green-space for residents — human and wildlife alike — to enjoy.

Things to do here:

Before you go:

Dogs must be kept on leash, except in the off-leash area on the eastern portion of the property Please respect Eagle County Open Space rules and regulations to ensure we’re able to protect this valuable resource and recreational opportunities. Please respect CPW’s fishing closures when using this property

Species you may see:

Elk
Bighorn Sheep
River Otter
Bobcat
Black Bear
Bald Eagle
Fox
Migrating Ducks
Mountain Lion
Moose
Mule Deer

Photo Gallery

Conservation Easement Signed:
2005

Sustaining Council Level Underwriter:
Molly and Jay Precourt

Lands Protected:
72 acres

Conservation Values:

Public Access:
Allowed

The upper parking lot is open from April 15 to December 1 or as conditions allow. A seasonal wildlife closure is applied to an area of the Preserve to reduce wildlife related conflicts. This closure is in effect from December 1st to April 15th each year.

Owner:
Eagle County

Click here to get an interactive look at our conserved land portfolio.