Central Colorado Conservancy

Protecting the Lands and Waters that sustain us

In Central Colorado, we enjoy an unmatched quality of life. Our wide open spaces, clean water, free-roaming wildlife, and chance to find quiet time on trails and rivers provide us a connection to the natural world and a rural lifestyle that feels wild and free. Yet the land is changing quickly as the region becomes ever-more popular. As the demand for additional space and water continues to grow, our ranches are being subdivided, wildlife cutoff from historic migration routes, and our Western heritage could disappear. Central Colorado Conservancy is committed to conserving the region’s land, water and wildlife to protect the values that make Central Colorado special.

Land Conservation

Central Colorado’s open valley bottoms help define our rural character and sense of place. These lands are critical to wildlife and they filter water to keep our rivers and streams clean. When these critical working lands disappear, through development or the transfer of water to metro cities, the community loses. As a nationally accredited land trust, we work with landowners to help keep local agriculture viable through conservation easements, to preserve our sweeping vistas, local food production and Western heritage.





To protect our resources also means to care for them. Through land restoration and watershed health programs, we steward our most important natural resources so that our commitment to conservation lasts for future generations.




We are committed to connecting you to conservation. We build relationships between communities and their land and water resources. Our programs work with landowners, land managers and the public so we are all working together to create a legacy of conservation.


Join us to help protect the values that make Central Colorado special!
Together, we can create a legacy of conservation that protects our land and water, forever.

DONATE to preserve the Smith property

Help protect this unique 8-acre gem on the outskirts of Cañon City. The beautifully irrigated hay meadow is home to a variety of wildlife.

Read more and find out how to help!

Conservancy partners in growth planning project

Envision Chaffee County is aligned with the Conservancy’s mission to protect the lands and waters that sustain us, while also exploring Chaffee County’s broader sense of community.

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2018 Nature Trip heading to Trinidad and Tobago!

The Conservancy's annual nature travel trip is going to the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, located off the northern coast of South America. The tour will include the Asa Wright Nature Center and Lodge and is scheduled for May 8-17, around leatherback sea turtle nesting.

Learn more about this trip!

Celebrating our Volunteers

The Conservancy hosts its first Volunteer Recognition Event on Sunday, Jan. 28 from 4-6 p.m. at the Boathouse Cantina in downtown Salida. Appetizers, cash bar, door prizes and fun.

Please join us!

Support Central Colorado Conservancy

We will use your donations for conservation projects and programs in Central Colorado.