Save the Slate River Valley

Slate River Valley
Xavier Fane

Our beloved view of Paradise Divide remains a community treasure, thanks to the generosity of the Stock family.

“We know that if this land isn’t conserved, it is at risk,” says John Stock. “That’s a risk that doesn’t make sense, because they aren’t making land like this anymore. It is surrounded by a great trail system and provides really good deer and elk habitat. We want to conserve it.”

Stretching from the top of Smith Hill and nearly skimming the valley floor below, this 100-acre property extends the Crested Butte Land Trust’s longest running conservation effort. It serves as an ecological bridge to the 322-acre Kochevar parcel and the 120-acre Gunsight Bridge parcel.


Slate River Valley

The Crested Butte Land Trust has secured the rights to purchase the Slate River Valley property for $792,426. We are grateful for contributions received thus far from individuals, Great Outdoors Colorado, and the Gunnison Valley Land Preservation Fund.

We need your help now!

The property will boast incredible recreational opportunities for hikers, bikers, and equestrians. Explore summer’s towering array of wildflowers and fall’s golden aspen leaves from a future singletrack trail.

Leased for grazing for more than a century, preservation of this high-altitude land protects our ranching heritage and prevents urban sprawl, something that has tragically been lost in other Colorado mountain communities.

The Stock family has owned this breathtaking piece of land in Slate River Valley for fifteen years. John, Karen and their son Joseph have enjoyed hunting, camping and hiking on the property and want to ensure that this land is available for future hunters and hikers.

While the Slate River Valley is truly one of our most iconic landscapes, mountain bluebirds, great-horned owls, and red-tailed hawks also call this valley home. Springs meander through conifer forests, and wetlands provide a crucial water source for wildlife including Rocky Mountain Elk, mule deer, black bear, and mountain lion. To learn more about this new Slate Rive Valley project, please contact Ann Johnston at 970.349.1206 or