Southwest Land Alliance

The Southwest Land Alliance is a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation dedicated to protect and preserve the wildlife, scenery, and traditional way of life of the extraordinary Upper San Juan Basin of Southwest Colorado through conservation easements.

The SLA is one of many regional land trusts dedicated to preserving open space, wildlife habitat, and the family ranching way of life.

We are headquartered in Pagosa Springs, in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, a region of outstanding scenic and recreational lands, productive ranches and forest, immense watersheds, and prime wildlife habitat.

We work to preserve, protect and enhance valuable regional attributes including:

  • wildlife habitat  
  • natural ecosystems  
  • open space  
  • watershed  
  • scenic vistas  
  • recreation areas  
  • historic & archaeological sites  
  • prime agricultural lands  
  • forest lands  

Our Mission
To be the leading voice for conservation of open space lands in the region, and to provide support to those who are willing to set aside future development of their land for conservation purposes. The main activities of the Alliance are to assist landowners in the development of conservations easements, and to function as the grantee organization for recorded easements.

 SLA Profile
The Southwest Land Alliance (SLA) was founded in Archuleta County, Colorado in 1981. Currently the SLA holds 35 conservation easements, protecting over 13,400 acres. The SLA is governed by a Board of Directors that meet monthly. The members of the SLA Board and staff live throughout the region and include local ranchers, business owners, and homeowners. The annual membership meetings are held in September.

Certified by the Conservation Easement Oversight Commission - Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Real Estate.

Contact Southwest Land Alliance

450 Lewis Street
Suite 2C, PO Box 3417
Pagosa Springs, Colorado  81147-3417
Phone: (970) 264-7779
Fax: (970) 264-5263


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Colorado

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