Historic character and critical wetlands
The South Park Basin is a 1,000-square mile grassland basin in the geographic center of the state that harbors many biological treasures – globally rare wetlands, high concentrations of wildlife, recreational opportunities for over three million visitors a year, and three tributaries of the upper South Platte River. Designated a National Heritage Area in 2008, South Park represents one of the most unique and highly valued collections of natural, cultural, and recreational resources in the country, all set in a striking scenic, rural, and open landscape.
South Park includes tens of thousands of acres of protected private land, dozens of designated historic sites, and a promising economic development plan which is based upon showcasing the area’s natural, historic and recreational amenities. Colorado Open Lands’ work in this landscape has been defined by partnerships and a willingness to explore new approaches to conservation, including stream and habitat restoration and the preservation of historic resources.