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Homestead Conservation & Public Recreation Parcels

The conservation of this publicly accessible land was the culmination of a year-long project led by Eagle County and Eagle Valley Land Trust to save land for our community and provide front door access points from local neighborhoods into the great outdoors. This project saved the Homestead parcels from further subdivision development and conserved 322 acres for passive recreation opportunities.

The centerpiece of this conservation effort is a 166-acre parcel known as the “Homestead L” for its shape. The “L” parcel was already master planned for up to 150 homes when Eagle County purchased it in 2011. This alone was a big achievement for local land conservation, but Eagle Valley Land Trust and citizen conservationists believed they could take it a step further. Two private homeowners associations – Homestead and Creamery Ranch – owned land adjacent to the “L” which was designated as open space. During the process to conserve the “L”, Eagle Valley Land Trust was successful in putting these private parcels of land under conservation easement as well. The interconnectivity of these parcels helped create a mosaic of conservation in the Lake Creek Valley.

Today, anyone can walk from Highway 6 into these lands south of Edwards using trails located on publicly accessible conservation easements. Public use is restricted to designated trails on the Homestead and Creamery Ranch properties, while on-trail and other uses are permitted on the “L”.

Things to do here:

Before you go:

Please respect Eagle County Open Space rules and regulations to ensure we’re able to protect this valuable resource and recreational opportunities.

Species you may see:

Black Bear
Bald Eagle
Migrating Ducks
Mountain Lion
Mule Deer

Photo Gallery

Conservation Easement Signed:

Sustaining Council Level Underwriter:

Lands Protected:
166 acres

Conservation Values:
Scenic open space, public recreation, wildlife habitat

Public Access:
Public access (Homestead “L”), no public access (Homestead I), public access trail through private property (Homestead II)

A seasonal wildlife closure is applied to the southern portion of the parcel December 1st through April 15th.

Eagle County (Homestead “L”), Homestead Homeowners Association (Homestead I and II)

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