Protecting Colorado's Outdoors
The Colorado Mountain Club (CMC) is an unwavering advocate for the protection of Colorado's wild, remote, and quiet places. The CMC has been instrumental in landmark conservation achievements such as the designation of Rocky Mountain National Park, expansion of Dinosaur National Monument, and the passage of the 1964 Wilderness Act.
Today, CMC Conservation continues this tradition by working with stakeholders to permanently protect our remaining wild lands and the human-powered recreation opportunities they afford.
What we do:
Protect Wild Places
CMC supports wilderness and other protections for Colorado's remaining wild lands. We are currently working to pass wilderness for the Central Mountains, Browns Canyon, the San Juan Mountains, and Hermosa Creek. We fought for and won a stronger Colorado Roadless Rule, protecting over 4 million acres of national forests.
Defend Quiet Recreation
CMC works to make sure that human-powered, quiet recreation opportunities remain plentiful in Colorado. We work with land managers and a diverse set of stakeholders to create balance and understanding between different recreational user groups. We are involved in travel and recreation planning efforts on public lands, oversight of state trails funding and active at the Colorado state legislature on matters affecting recreation and public lands.
CMC acknowledges that our recreation has impacts and we have an obligation to give back and be stewards of our public lands. Our Stewardship Program is designed to offer unique service opportunities for CMC members and the public. We also serve as a resource to CMC local chapters seeking to increase their stewardship programs. Overall, we are committed to helping build a culture of service and stewardship in the CMC and the community at large.
CMC is an advocate for recreational access to priority peaks and trails. We are working with private property owners and other stakeholders to gain hiker access to the Cottonwood Trail in the Sangre de Cristo mountains and preserve access to Mts. Lincoln and Democrat. In 2011, we successfully helped secure public access to Mt. Wilson. CMC is also is working with partners on identifying and remedying issues with recreational liability in Colorado.