For generations, people have recognized that there is something special in the Estes Valley…The core purpose of Estes Valley Land Trust is to preserve that special quality…
The landscape in which we live is an invaluable, non-renewable resource…The pressure from population growth and human development over the last quarter century has been relentless and will continue…
As of July 2013 approximately 9,600 acres are under protection through 159 conservation easements with the Estes Valley Land Trust.
Preservation happens one piece at a time…one decision at a time…one commitment at a time. Our goals of land conservation can only be reached through the combined efforts the entire community of people who love the Estes Valley.
A Treasured Conservation Easement in Downtown Estes Park
How does a conservation easement occur on a valuable property right in the middle of town? The simple answer to that question is - it’s not easy.
Estes Park is blessed with a number of protected parcels of land within its city boundaries. One of the most prominent of these easements is called Knoll/Willows, placed under conservation easement in 2002. This property consists of approximately 20 acres of contiguous natural open space located behind Town Hall and the library between the Highway 34 bypass and MacGregor Avenue. It includes the historic stone ruins of a house, built in 1904 and destroyed by fire shortly thereafter, on a promontory (The Knoll) overlooking downtown Estes Park. Also, a log cabin, built in 1908 after the fire, is located on the lower western portion of the property facing Black Canyon Creek (The Willows).