Rampart Range Wildlands Project
Conserve wildlife habitat and quiet-use recreation opportunities in one of the last wild places along Colorado's Front Range corridor
The Rampart Range Wildlands Project is an initiative of the Colorado Mountain Club's Denver and Pike's Peak chapters. We aim to work with a diversity of stakeholders to determine the most appropriate level of protection for this unique and special area. By increasing the area's level of protection we will preserve quiet-use recreation opportunities, opportunities for solitude, and conserve a crucial wildlife corridor along the Front Range corridor for generations to come. Although federally designated a Roadless Area, threats include encroaching motorized recreation as well as oil and gas development. This mid-elevation mountain range (located just 40 miles south of Denver and 20 miles northwest of Colorado Springs) offers exceptional recreational opportunities year round but especially during the shoulder seasons when other places are still inaccessible due to snow cover.
A higher level of protection will conserve wildlife habitat thus increasing hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing opportunities.
A 2012 Outdoor Industry Association Report suggest quiet-use recreation contributes $10 billion a year to the state's economy, generates nearly $500 million in state tax revenue, supports 107,000 jobs, and produces $7.6 billion in annual retail sales and services.
The Headwaters Economics suggests federally protected lands result in increased economic activity for nearby communities and an increase in per-capita income.
A rare opportunity to permanently protect a mid-evelation ecosystem containing at least 3 federally listed threatened species.
Provides a chance to protect the last truly "wild" place along the Front Range Urban Corridor.
“Wilderness is not only a haven for native plants and animals but it is also a refuge from society. It’s a place to go to hear the wind and little else, see the stars and the galaxies, smell the pine trees, feel the cold water, touch the sky and the ground at the same time, listen to coyotes, eat the fresh snow, walk across the desert sands, and realize why it’s good to go outside of the city and the suburbs. Fortunately, there is wilderness just outside the limits of the cities and suburbs in most of the United States, especially in the West” – John Muir
The Colorado Mountain
Club and its partners will be talking to local communities, user groups, and other stakeholders to
determine which parts of this area are most suitable for higher levels of protection.
To learn more please contact Josh Kuhn the Colorado Mountain Club's Wildlands Advocate.