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

YMCA of the Rockies Preserves 127 Acres of Land in Estes Park

The Estes Valley Land Trust and the YMCA of the Rockies partnered to protect over 127 acres of the YMCA’s Estes Park Center through a new conservation easement!

This land borders Rocky Mountain National Park and preserves the habitat along four streams, including the Big Thompson. It is also home to open space and trails that connect to the national park.

This conservation easement ensures that this land will forever stay in it’s natural state.

Continue reading about this special place!

Photo: Glacier Creek forms the boundary between the YMCA of the Rockies Conservation Easement and Rocky Mountain National Park.

New Video Inspires Land Conservation

The Estes Valley Land Trust released a new video that reminds us of why we live here and how this valley could change without support for more land conservation.

From 14ers to wetlands, forests to meadows, we have it all in Estes Park.

How do you highlight our beautiful landscape, charismatic wildlife, plentiful outdoor recreation opportunities and incredible people in less than 4 minutes?

Watch our video and find out!

We had so much fun making this video and want to thank everyone involved.

We hope the video inspires you to join the Estes Valley Land Trust and help preserve one of the most spectacular places on earth.

You can become a member today by joining more than 400 people that support the Estes Valley Land Trust each year.

The video was made possible through a grant provided by the Land Trust Alliance, an organization that serves nearly 1,000 land trusts throughout the nation.

Fall Newsletter Has Arrived!





Our Fall Newsletter is here!

This year has been incredible, because of you! Our summer breakfasts were more popular than ever and the picnic with raptors got us up close and personal with beautiful birds.

Our partners also had a remarkable year. Larimer County completed two new trailheads and an extension to the Limber Pine Trail. Now there are over eight miles of trail at Hermit Park Open Space, our largest conservation easement.

Check them out!

Speaking of partners, the Estes Valley Land Trust will soon partner with the Big Thompson Conservation District and landowners to thin (selectively cut) ponderosa pines on one of our conservation easements. See page 4 for more details on why forest thinning improves forest health.

We also want to thank all our members for their 2018 donations. See page 7 and 8 for details on who supports the Estes Valley Land Trust. It’s a long list!

Thank you all!


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.