Estes Valley Land Trust

Our purpose

For generations, people have recognized that there is something special in the Estes Valley—something not found elsewhere, something intimately linked to the pristine beauty of the area’s natural landscapes. The core purpose of Estes Valley Land Trust is to preserve those special qualities of This Beloved Place so they may continue to bring a sense of awe to our children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren … forever.

Our Mission

The mission of Estes Valley Land Trust is to preserve and protect open space, valleys, wetlands, streams, ranch lands, and wildlife habitat in the Estes Valley and surrounding area. Lands adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park and the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest are of special concern.

Historical Highlights

At a dinner party in 1987 some local residents ardently discussed the need for an organized protection and preservation of the beautiful surroundings of the Estes Valley for future generations to see and enjoy. After several meetings, a land preservation nucleus took shape and Articles of Incorporation for Estes Valley Land Trust (EVLT) were filed with the Colorado Department of State on May 8, 1987. In August of that year, the Internal Revenue Service recognized the Land Trust as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation.

Accredited and Certified

EVLT is accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. This means that EVLT meets very high national quality standards, has proven to uphold the public trust, and makes every effort to ensure that conservation efforts are permanent, keeping its promise of permanent land protection. 


EVLT is a well-grounded organization. Prior to 2007, EVLT was managed entirely by volunteers. In its first 25 years, 56 individuals served on EVLT Boards, some of them donating many hours each week for many years. EVLT will always be in debt to those previous board members, the generous donors, and the hundreds of volunteers who gave EVLT its roots and developed its extensive base of conservation easements.

Contact Estes Valley Land Trust

Mary Banken
Executive Director
1191 Woodstock Dr #5
Post Office Box 663
Estes Park, Colorado  80517
Phone: (970) 577-6837


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Colorado

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