Vernon Summer Revolving Loan Fund Ropes in New Conservation Projects in Routt County


Anyone who knew the late Vernon Summer knew that he loved the Yampa Valley.

A lifelong resident of Routt County – Vernon was born, raised, and lived his entire life on a Centennial Ranch just south of Steamboat Springs – he appreciated the value that open space and working agricultural lands brought to our community, culturally as well as aesthetically.  Vernon knew how different the Valley would be without its open hay meadows and rolling pastures.

This led Vernon – a rancher, local historian and veteran ski patroller during his storied lifetime – to conserve his family’s 152-acre home ranch with YVLT. 

Further proving his dedication to preserving the unique composition of the Yampa Valley, he left YVLT an endowment to establish the “Vernon Summer Revolving Loan Fund.”  The Fund was created to help Routt County ranchers who wish to conserve land by assisting with transactional costs.

Vernon’s legacy lives on – his Revolving Loan Fund has been a tremendous assistance in bringing more land conservation to Routt County, most recently with YVLT’s latest conservation project, “Glas Deffryn Ranch on the Yampa River” (read about it here). 

Thank you, Vernon, for your dedication to preserving open space, working ranches, wildlife habitat and other slices of life throughout the Yampa Valley.


Vernon Summer practicing his roping skills at his family’s Centennial Ranch with the iconic Mt. Werner in the background.

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