Saguache Creek Corridor - Saguache County by Colorado Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust

Saguache Creek is located in the northwest corner of southern Colorado’s beautiful and agriculturally significant San Luis Valley.  The corridor has a long history of sustaining productive ranches.  This area consists of a narrow ribbon of 19,000 acres of private ranch land stretching 25 miles west from the town of Saguache and surrounded by more than 350,000 acres of public land. 

In 1997, a small group of private landowners in the Saguache Creek corridor approached the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust about protecting their ranches and ensuring that they remained in the family for generations to come. The landowners were looking for a way to keep their historic ranching area intact and in agriculture in the face of growing development pressure.

Working with Great Outdoors Colorado, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Farm and Ranchland Protection Program, CCALT has protected over 11,000 acres of productive agricultural land on 15 ranches in the corridor and continues to work collaboratively with landowners to secure additional easements on more ranches.

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