Partnering with Trail River Ranch – a West Side Treasure
The Rocky Mountain Conservancy welcomes a working partnership with the Grand Lake-based Friends of Trail River Ranch (FoTRR) and Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). Beginning in 2014, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy has been exploring new opportunities to engage with Trail River Ranch as an education venue for the Field Institute program. Trail River Ranch, known by many as the Betty Dick property, sits in the Kawuneeche Valley astride the confluence of two tributaries of the Colorado River. Only four miles into the park from the west side entrance, the ranch offers breathtaking views of the valley and surrounding mountains inspiring a quiet, contemplative experience for those who visit the simple, rustic buildings.
During the past three years, the park has allowed the Conservancy to use the site under a year-to-year Special Use Permit for a variety of educational and community-based programs. Given the popularity of the programs and the site, the Conservancy was asked to join as a partner in promoting the ranch for educational purposes. As a result, Trail River Ranch officially has become integrated into the Conservancy.
The Conservancy is excited by this possibility to expand opportunities to provide in-depth educational experiences in the park. We are especially eager to partner with our friends on the west side of the park in perpetuating the inspirational use of this special place that is Trail River Ranch.