For generations, people have recognized that there is something special in the Estes Valley…The core purpose of Estes Valley Land Trust is to preserve that special quality… READ MORE


The landscape in which we live is an invaluable, non-renewable resource…The pressure from population growth and human development over the last quarter century has been relentless and will continue… READ MORE


Approximately 9,750 acres of land are preserved through 165 conservation easements held by the Estes Valley Land Trust… READ MORE


Preservation happens one piece at a time…one decision at a time…one commitment at a time. Our goals of land conservation can only be reached through the combined efforts the entire community of people who love the Estes Valley… READ MORE

Award-Winning Documentary Highlights Land Trust Property

Wilderness inspires; and changes lives!

Please join Estes Valley Land Trust members at the screening of All Who Dare, an award-winning documentary. All Who Dare follows nine incoming Eagle Rock School students who leave behind their families, friends, and familiar environments as they surpass their limits in the Lost Creek Wilderness of Colorado. Check out the trailer for a glimpse of the movie.

The free film will be shown at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center at 7pm on Friday, March 16th.

All Who Dare – also Eagle Rock School’s motto – provides a compelling look at the unconventional approach of a nationally-acclaimed, innovative high school that provides hope for young people who are striving to turn their lives around.

The school’s mountain campus is preserved with a conservation easement held by the Estes Valley Land Trust. The easement preserves the craggy peaks and spectacular mountain scenery that continually inspire these amazing students.

We hope to see you there!


Adopt a Duck and Support Land Conservation!

Estes Park is one-of-a-kind. Where else can you celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a duck in a sombrero? Support the Estes Valley Land Trust by adopting a duck for this year’s Rotary Duck Race on May 5th.

And you just might win amazing prizes such as a trip to Costa Rica, Mexico, San Diego, Yellowstone or Glacier national parks; the list goes on!

Duck adoptions are $20 each ($22 if purchased online) and the proceeds go to non-profits throughout Estes Park. Adopting ducks is simple. You can also support the land trust and save processing fees by adopting a quack pack (3 ducks), flock pack (5 ducks) or paddling pack (10 ducks).

Stop by our office if you’d like to pay with check or cash; we are open M-F from 9-4.

See you at the Duck Race. Good luck, we hope you win your dream trip! And thanks for supporting EVLT!

What a Year! More Land Protected!




Our Winter 2017 Newsletter has arrived!

2017 was an incredible year. We celebrated our 30th Anniversary in quintessential Estes Park style, with a BBQ, live music and a great anniversary party. Our members are incredible and we wanted to thank you with a big outdoor party.

We were also busy finalizing our newest conservation easement. The Posey conservation easement has been in the works for quite a while. Check out our feature article to better understand how land conservation can be more like a marathon, than a sprint.


Crownover Conservation Easement Forged from 40-year Friendship

Estes Valley Land Trust is pleased to announce that it has closed on a second newly conserved property in late 2016. The Crownover Conservation Easement, located on Jacob Road near Little Valley, has been forty years in the making.

Leo Weber, Estes Valley Land Trust Vice President, first met Norris and Judy Crownover in 1976, as a young woodworker. “Norris was gracious and shared his cabin with me,” Weber said.

“I was a young guy and had just moved to Estes Park. I was living out of a van and Norris offered to let me stay in his cabin,” recalled Weber. “I couldn’t pass up the offer.”

Now the cabin, and the forty acres on which it sits, are permanently protected with a conservation easement held by the Estes Valley Land Trust. The easement closed on December 9, 2016.

The Crownover Conservation Easement has dramatic views into the East Fork of Fish Creek and Little Valley. Also it can be seen from prominent recreational areas, including Twin Sisters Peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park, The Crags, and Kruger Rock in Hermit Park Open Space.
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Pictured Left to Right: Leo Weber, Judy Crownover and Norris Crownover

Additional Land at Elk Park Ranch Conserved!

Another portion of historic Elk Park Ranch, a large, intact working ranch in the valley east of Twin Sisters Peaks, is protected forever, through a conservation easement held by the Estes Valley Land Trust.

The land trust closed on the new 35-acre conservation easement on November 22nd.

Elk Park Ranch was established in the late 1800s and has been owned by members of the Smitherman family since the 1960s. Since 1998, the land trust has worked with the Smithermans to protect more than 1,200 acres of the original ranch.

Donna Ellis, the daughter of Don and Ruth Smitherman and current Elk Park Ranch owner, expressed her gratitude to the Estes Valley Land Trust for protecting what she loves about the ranch: the incredible natural beauty. “Working with the Estes Valley Land Trust has allowed me to keep the ranch intact and in the family, while preserving its beauty and wildness,” Ms. Ellis said.

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Our mission is to preserve and protect open space, valleys, wetlands, streams, ranch lands, and wildlife habitat in the Estes Valley and surrounding area.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission first offered land trust accreditation in 2008, and EVLT was one of a prestigious first group of 39 land trusts (out of over 1,500) to be awarded this designation. The Commission awards accreditation to land trusts that demonstrate compliance with each of twelve accreditation indicator practices drawn from Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust.  More...

For generations, people have recognized that there is something special in the Estes Valley—something not found elsewhere, something intimately linked to the pristine beauty of the area’s natural landscapes.

Our role is to be good stewards and custodians of the land. Help EVLT uphold our promise to protect, preserve, honor and serve nature in our little corner of the Rocky Mountains. By working together we can share tomorrow.