Yampa Valley Land Trust

"Open lands forever - together!" YVLT is a Steamboat Springs-based land conservation organization working exclusively in Northwest Colorado. Its conservation projects safeguard scenic vistas, productive agricultural lands, recreation areas, forests, watersheds, critical wildlife habitat, and more.

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Yampa Valley Land Trust Inc​​​​​​​
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1201 Lincoln Ave.
PO Box 773014
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
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Mission Statement

Yampa Valley Land Trust is dedicated to the conservation and stewardship of open, scenic, agricultural and recreational lands, including their natural habitats, to the benefit of Northwest Colorado communities for current and future generations.

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With over 56,130 acres in Northwest Colorado permanently protected by Yampa Valley Land Trust, it's easy to see why people fall in love with this corner of the state!

For many, the draw is in its distinctly Western landscapes: the mountain beaks, hay bales resting in emerald green meadows, and the striking open scenery that fades into the distant horizon. For others, it's the sensation of casting a line into pristine trout-filled waters; the chorus of elk herds bugling at dawn; the exhilaration of banking smooth turns on a mountain bike; or witnessing the stunning seasonal change that crescendos in our aspen-covered hillsides before the snow flies each year.

Regardless of how you connect with the beautiful landscapes that define the Yampa River Valley and the four Northwest Colorado counties where YVLT's conservation work is based, you've made this area your home, playground, or vacation getaway for a reason.

Yampa Valley Land Trust has devoted a quarter-century to preserving all of these tangible and intangible elements. Just look around the Yampa Valley and you can see the lasting difference land conservation has made in our community in 25 short years. Your support will keep YVLT's momentum going for the next 25!

Every one of YVLT's 76 conservation easement projects is directly attributable to donors like YOU. These projects conserve agricultural landscapes, life-sustaining ecosystems, scenic vistas, watersheds and river corridors, forests, and other vital open land resources. The organization also works with other community leaders to provide new opportunities for outdoor recreation, opening more than 5,000 acres to the public to date through collaborative efforts. This includes portions of Howelsen Hill and Emerald Mountain Park - considered by many to be "the best city-owned park in the world" - and donors helped YVLT bring this incredible conservation and recreation area to the public.

These achievements would not be possible without your support, which has made land conservation a fixture in Northwest Colorado. Still, many areas have become increasingly vulnerable to development, threatening to fragment critical connections in ecosystems and scenic view corridors.

We have a limited window to act: land is a finite resource and opportunities to permanently protect this area will not always be here. YVLT needs your help to make it happen today.

If you love the Yampa River Valley and Northwest Colorado, support Yampa Valley Land Trust and we will continue to bring you the results!


"I really have to honor this community. Coming into this valley, you know that this open space is hard-won."

-Author Terry Tempest Williams, speaking at the Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs (July 28, 2016)

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