In exchange for Sapinero Mesa, Orchid Draw, permanent public access and land at Jumbo Mountain, donations to facilitate design and construction of 23 miles of the Crested Butte to Carbondale Trail, and a trailhead and permanent public access at Buck Creek Ranch, Bear Ranch will acquire title to four parcels of land from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and one parcel of forest service land adjacent to the ranch.
These five parcels currently receive very little public use. The strip of BLM land, which splits Bear Ranch, technically contains an access to the Gunnison National Forest. However, the trails are not a part of the National Forest’s trail system and the Forest Service recognizes no formal trailhead here. Most of the terrain on these parcels is steep and inaccessible, and hunting and fishing opportunities are highly limited. Bear Ranch owns a grazing permit on these BLM parcels and has been the most frequent user of these lands for many decades.
Bear Ranch wishes to acquire these parcels in order to consolidate their ranching activities, combine their ranch into a single contiguous parcel, and solve occasional trespass and poaching issues.
It is estimated that fewer than fifty (50) people visit these parcels in a typical year. Curecanti National Recreation Area welcomes almost 1,000,000 visitors per year.