Estes Valley Open Space and Outdoor Recreation Plan

More than 200,000 people move to Colorado each year, and like the rest of the state, the Estes Valley is growing. We aim to protect lands that are important to wildlife, residents, and visitors to keep the valley healthy and beautiful.

To more strategically preserve land, the Estes Valley Land Trust is partnering with many local organizaitions to develop the first Open Space and Outdoor Recreation Plan in the Estes Valley! This plan is meant to serve all residents of the valley, and we want your input.


Join us on February 13th at 5 PM in the Community Center for the Love Our Land Social, and help define the future of the Estes Valley!

The Estes Valley community treasures and is committed to protecting natural resources and expanding outdoor recreation, where appropriate. That is why the Estes Valley Land Trust is spearheading the Open Space and Outdoor Recreation Plan. The Plan will identify conservation and recreation priorities based on public input.

The Plan will provide a unified vision, priority land conservation areas, and strategies. Utilizing the best available science and community input, the Plan will guide our collective efforts in conserving land with the highest scenic, wildlife habitat, historic, and outdoor recreation values. The planning process will involve a broad spectrum of residents and visitors who are passionate about nature and love to recreate in the outdoors, and who also are invested in the valley’s economic vitality. At the end of the process, the EVLT Board of Directors will approve the Plan and, in conjunction with partners, work to implement the Plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the geographic extent of the “Estes Valley”?

For the purposes of this survey, we consider the Estes Valley to be the lands as far north as Glen Haven, as far south as Allenspark, as far west as the National Park, and as far east as Drake and Pinewood Springs. Anyone living between Estes Park and these areas may participate in the survey. Click the map to enlarge.  When can I take the survey?

The survey will be open from February 13th until April 19th, 2020.

Where can I take the survey?

You can take the survey three ways:

  • At the kickoff event (see below)
  • Online by clicking the link at the bottom of this page
  • In person at the EVLT office: 1191 Woodstock Dr, Estes Park, CO 80517

How will my answers be used?

Your answers will be pooled together with the rest of the community and the data will be sorted to show what the community wants most in the future of open space. This data may help inform where the land trust focuses their conservation efforts, as well as Town and Recreation District decisions.

Why are you asking about my age and race? 

These data help us ensure that we have reached a cross-section of the community and that all members have been able to have their voice heard.

Will you share the results with the public? 

Yes. On June 18th, the Estes Valley Land Trust will host an event to share the results of the survey with their members and the broader public. More information on that event will be available at a later date.

Steering Committee Members

The steering committee is made up of leaders from across the community with varying interests in the future of open space in the Estes Valley:

Jeffrey Boring, Estes Valley Land Trust

Tom Carosello, Estes Valley Recreation and Park District

Geoff Elliot, Rocky Mountain Conservancy

Larry Gamble, community member

Naomi Hawf, Estes Park Housing Authority

Travis Machalek, Town of Estes Park

Sarah Metz, Coldwell Banker

Estee Murdock, Rocky Mountain Conservancy

Ward Nelson, Estes Valley Land Trust

Amy Plummer, EVRPD Trails Committee, Estes Valley Land Trust

Todd Plummer, Estes Park Cycling Coalition

Chase Rylands, Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Adam Shake, Estes Valley EDC

Ernst Strenge, Boulder County Parks and Open Space

Jan Swaney, Estes Park Trail Trekkers

Zac Wiebe, Larimer County Natural Resources

Our Process

Events and Engagement

Love Our Land Kickoff Event! 

February 13th, 5-7 PM

Estes Valley Community Center

All are welcome, drinks and food provided!

Estes Valley Land Trust Summer Cookout/Survey Results

June 18th, 4-6 PM

Estes Park Hydroplant/Fish Hatchery

All are welcome, cookout dinner and childrens activities provided.