Critical Wildlife Habitat and Forest Land Protected, Forever

At the end of 2015, San Isabel Land Protection Trust helped two families realize their dreams of protecting their land. Both properties lie on the forested eastern flank of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, adjacent to the San Isabel Forest in Custer County. Now, critical wildlife habitat and forest land will be protected, forever.


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Elk Crossings Ranch, a beautiful, 340-acre property is comprised of open park meadows and subalpine forests that top out at 9,880 feet in elevation. The pristine, densely vegetated and undeveloped land provides a natural extension and buffer to public land, further enhancing and protecting wildlife habitat and their migration patterns. Spring Creek naturally meanders through the property, providing a year-round source of water to mule deer, elk, mountain lion, black bear and others.

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Horn Mountain Ranch adds another 74-acres to over 8,000 acres of already conserved private lands in the southern half of the Wet Mountain Valley. This heavily forested property lies on the eastern slope of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and borders San Isabel National Forest and the associated Sangre de Cristo Wilderness. The property boasts beautiful parkmeadows as well as subalpine forests. Hennequin Creek flows through, along with several other small creeks, providing a year round source of water to wildlife. These water sources along with the abundant vegetation contrasting with the open parkland areas scattered throughout the property make it excellent wildlife habitat including native trout.

Together with landowners and with the support of our members, San Isabel has helped to protect 40,321 acres throughout southern Colorado. Founded in 1995, San Isabel is a nationally accredited 501(c)3 non-profit, non-political conservation organization working with landowners to protect land, water, and wildlife while there is still time. Their focus is to protect working ranches, agricultural and forest lands, water resources, wildlife habitat and scenic open spaces; and supports the communities they serve by also facilitating parks and trails. To join San Isabel or to learn more,


We have protected more than 42,000 acres through 134 conservation easements.

Conservation easements guarantee long-term protection – through generations of landowners.