Our mission

Our mission

Wide open ranch lands, breathtaking views, lush fields of wildflowers, and epic single-track…just another day in the office!

Our mission is working with you:

to forever protect and steward open lands for vistas, recreation, wildlife, and ranching, thus contributing to Gunnison County’s unique heritage and quality of life.

Our vision is protecting your way of life:

We envision Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley’s quality of life protected and preserved into the future. Our community enjoys access to superior year-round recreation opportunities through an incredible network of trails, and, we have a thriving agricultural base. We value our breathtaking views and we care about the wildlife that share our peaks and valleys. The community values the Crested Butte Land Trust as a vital institution which protects and contributes to the quality of life of our area.

Our work is preserving the present for the future:

The inspiration for the Crested Butte Land Trust came from local builder and avid environmentalist, Norman Bardeen, who served on its first board of directors. The Land Trust is a vital asset for the community: our clean waters, scenic vistas, and healthy habitats are valuable to our way of life.

We are a non-political, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that works on a voluntary basis with private landowners in Gunnison County. In the words of former board member, Jackie Ingham, our purpose is “preserving the present for the future.”

Contact us


PO Box 2224, Crested Butte, CO 81224

“My kids and grandkids love the outdoors, and I wanted there to be a place for children in the future, where they could experience the wonders of nature. I protected my land to give me and my family a peace of heart. I’m so glad I did.” – Glee Biery

Watch our video that tells the story of the Crested Butte Land Trust and our mission to protect and steward open space for recreation, ranching, scenic views, and wildlife. This is a story told through the seasons by the people who embody our community’s connection and commitment to protecting the land we all love.




The Gunnison Valley is such a special place.