Colorado Open Lands is excited to announce that we have protected nearly 1,500 acres in Costilla County in partnership with local landowners. The ranch consists of irrigated meadows and grazing land, and the water rights – critically important in this area – were protected along with the land. The ranch is known habitat for elk, mule deer, pronghorn, black bear, and mountain lion, as well as endangered and threatened species including southwestern willow flycatcher and burrowing owl. Huge numbers of sandhill cranes gather on the ranch each year as well!

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