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Lands Department


From the beginning, the Colorado Mountain Club has worked to create, define and protect the Colorado experience. In 1912, CMC charter members Enos Mills and James Grafton Rogers worked tirelessly to designate the Estes Park Valley and beyond as Rocky Mountain National Park.  Their success in 1915 marked the beginning of the CMC Lands legacy and changed millions of lives.  This is the very heart of the Club – a combination of experience, belief, and action. 

Today, the CMC Lands Department continues this tradition by promoting sustainable recreation, protecting wild lands, creating and maintaining access to Colorado’s best places, and engaging in stewardship in the places that hold so much meaning for members.  

Our work is unique in that it is bi-partisan, specific to Colorado, and leverages advocacy with results on the ground.  Follow the links below to learn what we are planning for 2015 and beyond.

  RECREATION We join with state and federal land managers to build processes, directives and plans that support sustainable and diverse recreation within the state.

  STEWARDSHIP We perform land conservation projects within the Southern Rockies to give back to places that we love.

  BSI We unite winter organizations and enthusiasts in the important goal of maintaining snow, mountain town and winter recreation culture and opportunities in Colorado.


WILDS We partner with entities throughout the region to protect ecologically significant wildlands in the Southern Rockies ecosystem.

  ACCESS We work to maintain and create access to important recreation areas across Colorado.




Join the RogersMills Team to connect with a network of your statewide peers and gain access to seasonal Lands events.


On Thursday, February 19, President Obama is expected to announce the designation of the Browns Canyon National Monument.  Check out our blog post to hear more about this decision and the CMC's role in it:


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Our work is 100% funded by grants and donations. Support our programs and campaigns by giving $25 today. Text LANDS 25 to 50155. Your gift is tax deductible. 

Lands Department staff sit on these action bodies: Outdoor Alliance; Colorado Outdoor Stewardship Coalition; Southern Rockies Conservation Alliance - Defense, Climate and Recreation Committees; Federal Forest Carbon Coalition; Climate Reality Check Coalition; Conservation Colorado Legislative Report Card Committee; Mountain Area Land Trust Board of Directors; National Forest Access Coalition and the Vail Pass Task Force.