Central Colorado Conservancy

A nonprofit organization

Through voluntary agreements with private landowners, Central Colorado Conservancy is working to protect the values that make Central Colorado special. Whether ranchland or farmland, wildlife habitat or headwaters, we aim to preserve the sweeping vistas and rural character of the area - now and into the future. We also care for our land and water resources through restoration and watershed health programs. And we connect our local communities to these causes so that we are all working together to create a legacy of conservation.


"I remember how it used to be around here and I wanted to keep some of my land the way it is, so that is why placing part of my ranch into a conservation easement was important. It needed to be preserved for the future." -Joe Cogan, rancher


Central Colorado Conservancy is committed to conserving the region's land, water and wildlife by partnering with landowners, agricultural producers and the community. We aim to protect the lands, waters and quality of life of Central Colorado as our communities face pressure and rapid growth.

Background Statement

Central Colorado Conservancy was established in 2001 and has been the leader in land and water protection in the Upper Arkansas Valley. The Conservancy has helped protect close to 10,000 acres in the region, including major wildlife corridors, historic ranches, scenic vistas, well-used open spaces and critical riparian zones. The relevance of our work can be seen in the open space and natural environment along the Collegiate Peaks Scenic and Historic Byway in each direction. We continue to reach out to our local communities, educating residents and visitors about conservation and encouraging them to join us in being stewards of our significant land and water resources.

Organization Data


Organization name

Central Colorado Conservancy

other names

Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)




Organization Size

Large Organization


128 East First Street
Salida, CO 81201


P.O Box 942
Salida, CO 81201

Service areas

Chaffee County, CO, US

Lake County, CO, US

Fremont County, CO, US

Saguache County, CO, US

Gunnison County, CO, US



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