Rampart Range Wildlands Project
Conserve wildlife habitat and quiet-use recreation opportunities in one of the last wild places along Colorado's Front Range corridor
The Rampart Range Wildlands Project is an initiative of the Colorado Mountain Club's Denver and Pike's Peak chapters. Our goal is to work with all user groups in determining the most appropriate level of protection for this area. We are not attempting to exclude any existing legal forms of recreation, but aim to increase the area's level of protection. In doing so, we will ensure this island of quiet-use recreation provides opportunities of solitude remain along Colorado's Front Range corridor for generations to come. Although great year round, this mid-elevation mountain range (located just 40 miles south of Denver and 20 miles northwest of Colorado Springs) offers exceptional recreational opportunities during the shoulder seasons when other places are inaccessible due snow cover.
Protects wildlife habitat (increasing hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing opportunities) from developmental pressures associated with oil and gas extraction as well as pollution and erosion from motorized activities.
The Outdoor Industry reports quiet-use recreation contributes $10 billion a year to the state's economy, generates nearly $500 million in state tax revenue, supports 107,000 jobs, and produces $7.6 billion in annual retail sales and services.
The Headwaters Economics suggests federally protected lands result in increased economic activity for nearby communities and an increase in per-capita income.
Would be one of the only permanently protected ecosystems at this elevation and in such close proximity to the Front Range Corridor.
Preserves quiet-use recreation and opportunities of solitude for generations to come within an hour drive of downtown Denver and 30 minutes from Colorado Springs.
“Wilderness is not only a haven for native plants and animals but it is also a refuge from society. It’s a place to go to hear the wind and little else, see the stars and the galaxies, smell the pine trees, feel the cold water, touch the sky and the ground at the same time, listen to coyotes, eat the fresh snow, walk across the desert sands, and realize why it’s good to go outside of the city and the suburbs. Fortunately, there is wilderness just outside the limits of the cities and suburbs in most of the United States, especially in the West” – John Muir
The Colorado Mountain
Club and its partners will be talking to local communities and user groups to
determine which parts of this area are most suitable for higher levels of protection while ensuring that it remains open for multiple uses and is a healthy and pristine place for generations to come.
To learn more please contact Josh Kuhn the Colorado Mountain Club's Wildlands Advocate.