Critical Portion of Gold Belt National Scenic Byway Protected

The Palmer Land Trust just completed the Larsen Ranch project and protected over 153 acres from development in Teller County, Colorado.  A treasured centerpiece of a 20,000-acre protected landscape and key parcel along the Gold Belt Byway is now preserved for current and future generations.

“This is a fantastic project for all of the partners who worked together to preserve an essential piece of ranch property and element of the American West,” said Josh Tenneson of the Palmer Land Trust.  “None of this could have been accomplished without the generosity and eagerness of the landowner, Carol Larsen, and her son, Jim.  Through thick and thin, Carol and Jim recognized the importance of protecting their property in perpetuity.”

The Larsen Ranch offers stunning views of Pikes Peak and a number of exfoliation domes, including Dome Rock and Dogs Head. The property is actively ranched and is part of an historic ranching area, which today is experiencing heavy development and subdivision pressure.  The property contains excellent wildlife habitat, senior water rights, and is adjacent to a large, contiguous conglomeration of protected private and public lands.  Two different legs of the byway (Teller County Road 1 and Teller County Road 11) converge near the northern tip of the Larsen Ranch, lining the property on both its east and west sides.  Because it is bound by two legs of the byway, it is one of the most visible properties along the Gold Belt.