Texas Creek Ranch

Texas Creek Ranch, Wet Mountain Valley Colorado

Texas Creek Ranch, a premier cattle ranch in the Wet Mountain Valley with productive hayfields and pastures, senior water rights, and picturesque location close to Westcliffe, was permanently protected with a conservation easement in 2012.

As one of the Valley’s oldest productive ranches dating back to the 1870’s, the ranch boasts commanding views of the 14,000-foot peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the west and sweeping vistas of the Wet Mountain Range to the east. Pastoral hayfields are offset by aspen, willow and cottonwood stands, and vibrant meadows are thick with alpine wildflowers. With nearly 1.7 miles of Texas Creek running through the property, as well as several ponds, the property offers excellent wildlife habitat for elk, mule deer, antelope, turkey and more.

Texas Creek Ranch is part of a larger project that has been taking place in the Valley since 2002 – the Wet Mountain Valley Ranchland Preservation project. The WMVRPP is a collaborative effort of local ranchers, San Isabel Land Protection Trust, and other conservation organizations to protect more than 12,000 acres of working ranchland in the Wet Mountain Valley. Texas Creek Ranch added 600acres to the project.

  • "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.