We are Southern Colorado

From the summit of Pikes Peak to the rolling grasslands of the lower Arkansas Valley, we are one region connected by water and a beautiful, diverse landscape.

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Our mission is to guarantee that open lands, agricultural heritage, and recreation remain a part of southern Colorado’s heritage. We work at the landscape level to protect the beauty, identity, and heritage of our unique region.

Palmer By the Numbers acres preserved 103,178
Palmer By the Numbers public parks and openspaces protected forever 15
Palmer By the Numbers largest land trust in USAbased on acreage under conservation easements 13 th


Open spaces like Ute Valley Open Space, Red Rock Canyon, Stratton Open Space and Bear Creek Park provide recreational opportunities for city residents and tourists alike. Palmer Land Trust’s work to preserve public open spaces ensures a quality of life that residents and local businesses value. Our efforts also support tourism, which is one of the region’s leading economic sectors.

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Signature Landscapes

Our signature landscapes define not just a community, but an entire region. They form our collective identity as Coloradans. As core community assets, they are the very heart and soul of our region. This is why Palmer Land Trust is working to ensure that these properties and the scenic viewsheds surrounding them remain protected forever.

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Working Farms & Ranches

Palmer Land Trust’s agriculture effort has two core focuses: preserving working farms and their water resources; and preserving large-scale working ranches. This multi-faceted effort is based on the premise that by using conservation as a tool for maintaining a strong agricultural base, native prairie is left intact, regional water resources are preserved, and resilient rural communities are sustained.

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Apr 14th, 2016

Meet the pasqueflower, a sign that spring is near! 

Mar 31st, 2016

On March 17, 2016, the Palmer Land Trust’s Land Committee of the Board of Trustees voted to approve the conservation values for the property known as Strawberry Hill.

Mar 31st, 2016

In discussions concerning a proposed conservation easement on Strawberry Hill, Palmer Land Trust has received inquiries from the community regarding when a conservation easement can be extinguished.