San Isabel Scout Ranch

San Isabel Scout Ranch, Pueblo County near Rye, CO

High in the Wet Mountains of Pueblo County near Rye, Boy Scouts and their families travel from over a dozen states to camp, hike, climb, boat and explore the San Isabel Scout Ranch each summer.

This pristine 409-acre camp with rocky cliffs, lakes, hidden canyons and majestic vistas, is a young explorer’s dream. Trails wind through forests and along streams, across meadows and beyond the imagination. Rustic camps are clustered around the headquarters, where the Boy Scouts’ program of youth development includes land stewardship education and practices. Since 2012, thanks to funding from Great Outdoors Colorado, the Gates Family Foundation, the Frank Lamb Foundation, and numerous private donors, the San Isabel Scout Ranch is forever protected with a conservation easement and will continue to serve as a camp, providing life-changing experiences for youth, without risk of development.

  • "My family put 720 acres under conservation easement in 2009. We did it to protect the integrity of the property and to help secure the water rights to the irrigated hay land in perpetuity. In this age of agricultural and economic uncertainty, conservation easements are the thing to do."

    – Larry Vickerman, executive director, Denver Botanic Gardens, Chatfield

We have protected more than 42,000 acres through 134 conservation easements.

Conservation easements guarantee long-term protection – through generations of landowners.