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Protecting Public Lands & Sustainable Recreation Opportunities

Through advocacy and stewardship, CMC Conservation works to preserve and enhance human-powered recreation in balance with natural resource conservation on Colorado's public lands.

National Public Lands Day

Buena Vista Trail Construction - September 22

More Events Around the State HERE


Conservation Hike Series

Upcoming trips highlight areas with important conservation values

Rampart Range Ramble  September 7

South Peak  September 21

Grand Junction Wilderness Study Areas  September 28

French Pass  October 12

New CORE Act aims to protect 400,000 acres of Wilderness and Recreation in Colorado

Thank Congress TODAY!

Conservation Programs

PUBLIC LANDS ADVOCACY  We work with state and federal land managers to build processes, directives and plans that support sustainable recreation, create access to important recreation areas and protect ecologically significant wildlands across Colorado.  Learn more...

BACKCOUNTRY SNOWSPORTS INITIATIVE (BSI)            We unite winter organizations and enthusiasts in the important goal of maintaining snow, mountain town and winter recreation culture and opportunities in Colorado.  Learn more...


STEWARDSHIP  We perform land conservation and trail rehabilitation projects within the Southern Rockies to give back to places that we love.  Learn more...

Volunteer Today!



  • On April 22, 2019, the Colorado Mountain Club recieved the National USFS Volunteer & Service Award for its work in the Salida and Leadville ranger districts. Read More Here>>
  • A Letter from our Conservation Director, Julie Mach, on the legacy of conservation at the CMC: read here.




  PARTNERSHIPS - Conservation Department staff sit on these action bodies


  • Environmental Law Review - learn about the bedrock conservation laws that impact public land managment, natural resources, recreation and more!


A Legacy of Conservation

From our beginning, the Colorado Mountain Club has worked to create, define and protect the Colorado experience. In 1912, 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 CMC's conservation legacy and changed millions of lives. This is the very heart of the Club – a combination of experience, belief, and action.

Today, CMC Conservation continues this tradition by promoting sustainable recreation, protecting wild lands, creating and maintaining access to Colorado’s best places for recreation, 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 2016 and beyond.


Sign up for Action Alerts


CMC's monthly Conservation E-Newsletter will keep you up to date on all the latest Advocacy Campaigns, Stewardship Projects and Conservation Events across the state

Contact CMC Conservation Department Staff


Julie Mach, Conservation Director  (303)996-2764


Todd Loubsky, Stewardship Manager


Allison Stewart, Partnership Coordinator


Brink Messick, Outreach and Projects Manager


Stewardship Team


Help us amplify our voice:

CMC relies on individual donations and grant to run our advocacy and stewardship programs.


Will you help us build our Conservation power?


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