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Colorado River and Red Dirt Creek Open Space (Aerial View), Autumn, Eagle County, Colorado

Horn Ranch I and II

Horn Ranch is one of the most visible and stunning landscapes along I-70 and the Eagle River corridor. There are two adjacent properties: Horn I (south of I-70) and Horn II (north of I-70).

This iconic piece of land is in the heart of the Red Canyon Valley, the beautiful landscape of crimson cliffs, hillsides, and meadows between Wolcott and Eagle. It features stunning access to the Eagle River and serves as a natural visual buffer between developed areas to the east and west. The Red Canyon Valley is a “Classic Colorado” landscape, and the conservation of Horn Ranch forever protects the stunning views enjoyed by tens of thousands of travelers along I-70 every day. The permanent conservation easement on the property also protects riparian habitat and provides 288 acres of public open space. Over one mile of the Eagle River is accessible for fishing and floating.

Horn Ranch is an important historical site in Eagle County. Rupert Sherwood, a local prospector from Fairplay, laid claim to the land in 1883 and started a cattle operation. From 1895 to 1915, the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad had a key stop on this land. The bridge was the major crossing point on the Eagle River between Wolcott and Eagle, and the property boasted a lumber mill and saloon. Famous stallion Sooner Leo, one of a well-known pedigree of American quarter horses, was a resident of Horn Ranch. The area was also an important stone quarry; its brownstone was used in the construction of the historic Hotel Jerome in Aspen, the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, and the 1890 Opera House in Pueblo.

Protecting iconic landscapes and historic areas contributes to our quality of life and our tourism-based economy. The amazing alpine views that we all know and love are part of what keeps us locals here and our visitors coming back. Eagle Valley Land Trust is proud to have conserved this valuable open space for our community forever.

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. Please respect CPW’s fishing closures when using this property

Species you may see:

Mule Deer

Photo Gallery

Conservation Easement Signed:

Sustaining Council Level Underwriter:
Barbara Krichbaum and Kent Erickson

Lands Protected:
403 acres (288 public, 115 private)

Conservation Values:
Scenic open space, agricultural heritage, public recreation

Public Access:
Parking area, river access on the south side of I-70, Eagle Valley Trail

Not Permitted
North of the I-70 bridge or south of US-6

Eagle County and private landowner

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