Storm Mountain Ranch - Conservation
Development rights for the Meadows, Hillside, and Upper Canyon conservation areas of Storm Mountain Ranch were donated to the Yampa Valley Land Trust, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the agricultural, scenic, wildlife, and open space values of northern Colorado. The Conservation Easements on these three areas encompass 793 acres, and were granted in 1997, ensuring that these lands will be free from development forever. The easements that protect our land ensure that our children's children will enjoy this place in the same way we do today.
The Meadows Conservation Area
The conservation easement guarantees that over 200 acres of open hay meadows will stay in agricultural production forever, preserving the agricultural tradition of the Yampa Valley.
The Upper Canyon Conservation Area
The canyon is a wild and magical place, and brings us in sight of Walton Creek Falls, as it cascades from the surrounding Forest Service lands. The 276-acre stretch of Walton Creek Canyon, with its forests and granite outcroppings, extends on the ranch for over two miles. The canyon is a haven for numerous species of wildlife including moose, elk, mule deer, black bear, golden and bald eagles, porcupine, and ermine. The creek is an ideal habitat for brown, rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout.
The Hill Side Conservation Area
The 316 acre mountainside conservation area is home to the same wildlife habitat as in The Upper Canyon Conservation Area. Its old-growth forest is preserved forever from logging, with trails passing through the lush region. The mountainside is also the ranch's front door to the Routt National Forest.
"Storm Mountain Ranch is a model for protective development in a Colorado valley facing unprecedented growth pressure. Storm Mountain demonstrates there is a way to successfully marry environmental and agricultural protection with limited habitation by man. Homeowners on Storm Mountain Ranch are participants in creating a new model for the West, one based on stewardship, agricultural production, and environmental preservation."
- Lee Dusa, former president of Colorado Open Lands, and Land Use Consultant to Storm Mountain Ranch