Emerald Mountain North: 586-Acre Expansion of Howelsen Hill Open Space and Recreation Area

mountain bikers

Howelsen Hill and Emerald Mountain, the extraordinary gems creating the backdrop to the City of Steamboat Springs, are much loved by all of those that live, work, visit and play in the beautiful Yampa River Valley.  In an area where outdoor recreation is king and the protection of open land resources reigns as the top community priority, Howelsen and Emerald (aka Quarry Mountain) have provided the community a focal point of diverse recreational activities for over a century.  Continue reading “Emerald Mountain North: 586-Acre Expansion of Howelsen Hill Open Space and Recreation Area”

Redmond Ranch: A Colorado Centennial Ranch in the Making

Jack and Wanda Redmond
Jack and Wanda Redmond

Ten miles west of the town of Yampa, the 387.5-acre Redmond Ranch is graced by aspen, sagebrush and scrub oak on hillsides, overlooking irrigated hay meadows, open grazing and pastureland – the Bull Creek drainage.  The ranch headquarters denote a classic working ranch at the heart of a property important for historic, wildlife, agricultural and scenic values.


Jack and Wanda Redmond, working with the Yampa Valley Land Trust, which was awarded funding from a competitive grant process through the Routt County Purchase of Development Rights Program, created a conservation easement to protect the land.  Initially homesteaded by the William Boor family in 1890, the property was used by James Redmond (senior) in 1917 and purchased by him in 1920. Continue reading “Redmond Ranch: A Colorado Centennial Ranch in the Making”

South Howelsen Hill Recreation Area and Open Space Acquisition

Howelsen Hill Recreation Area

In December 2008, the City of Steamboat Springs acquired 35 acres straddling the Yampa River on the south side of Emerald Mountain, near Steamboat Springs.  Yampa Valley Land Trust, Routt County, the City of Steamboat Springs and Great Outdoors Colorado combined efforts to preserve this open-space for public recreation, including biking, hiking, and wildlife viewing and fishing from both sides of the Yampa River. Continue reading “South Howelsen Hill Recreation Area and Open Space Acquisition”

LK Ranch (Berryman Parcel)

2,905 acres of prime wildlife habitat located outside of Meeker, Colorado, was placed in a conservation easement in late 2007. The project was facilitated and sponsored by Yampa Valley Land Trust, its financial donors and supporters.  YVLT received a grant funding award from Colorado Division of Wildlife and the Klinglesmith Family of LK Ranch contributed a portion of the value of the conservation easement that YVLT holds on the property. Continue reading “LK Ranch (Berryman Parcel)”