The Bluff Park is one of the most beautiful locations to walk in Colorado. Located at the west end of Main Street in Westcliffe, Colorado, the Park is one block west from the heart of the downtown district.Continue Reading
Moritz Brandenburg, my grandfather, arrived in America from Germany in May, 1880. He homesteaded his 160 acres in Custer County the same year, acquiring a patent to the land November 20, 1884. There were three requirements for homesteading: “fence, plow and construct”, all to be completed and pass inspection within five years time from application.Continue Reading
Humboldt Peak Ranch is a working hay and cattle ranch dating back to the late 1800’s. Originally settled by Elisha Horn in 1869, and later consolidated with several other homesteads, this 400-acre ranch is known for its #1 priority water rights, productive pastures, and elk breeding habitat.Continue Reading
Located along Highway 69 North outside of Westcliffe, M66 Ranch is part of an original homestead dating back to the late 1880s. Composed of 199 acres situated at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the property boasts glorious pastureland and multiple buildings constructed of rough-cut lumber dating back to the early 20th century.Continue Reading
Situated in the southern Wet Mountain Valley abutting the dramatic Sangre de Cristo Mountains is the beautiful Music Meadows Ranch. This 3,800 acre working cattle and horse operation was originally homesteaded in the late 1800’s by the Beck family, a German colonist family whose heirs owned the property until the 1960’s when Bill Parker purchased it.Continue Reading
High in the Wet Mountains of Pueblo County near Rye, Boy Scouts and their families travel from over a dozen states to camp, hike, climb, boat and explore the San Isabel Scout Ranch each summer.Continue Reading
For nearly 100 years, Spring Valley Ranch has been a productive hay and cattle ranch, complete with 5 beautiful springs, lush meadows, including 65 acres of sub-irrigated pasture, forestland and scenic views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Texas Creek Ranch, a premier cattle ranch in the Wet Mountain Valley with productive hayfields and pastures, senior water rights, and picturesque location close to Westcliffe, was permanently protected with a conservation easement in 2012.Continue Reading
"My family put 720 acres under conservation easement in 2009. We did it to protect the integrity of the property and to help secure the water rights to the irrigated hay land in perpetuity. In this age of agricultural and economic uncertainty, conservation easements are the thing to do."
- Larry Vickerman, Executive Director, Denver Botanic Gardens - Chatfield