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Conservation Buyer Program

Property Listing

Lazy UO Ranch

Colorado, Las Animas and Baca Counties

Size: 10,785 fee acres and 640 state lease acres

Price: $3,700,000

Price will be established by an appraisal early in 2014.

The property is or will be encumbered by a conservation easement as described below.



The property is located in Las Animas and Baca Counties, Colorado, between Kim and Pritchett, quite close to the New Mexico and Oklahoma state lines. There are two modular homes, outbuildings, two cabins, two large water tanks, numerous stocktanks and windmills and corrals on the property. Over four and a half miles of West Carrizo Creek runs through the ranch and there is a state lease land totalling 640 acres.

Primary Conservation Objective

The project is within the Lower Purgatoire Conservation Area which includes the largest and most intact area of prairie in the Central Shortgrass Prairie Ecoregion. A conservation project in the area would add to the existing protected lands and form a large-scale core property on which to build conservation success.

Biodiversity Highlights

Conservation of the property will benefit declining grassland birds and will protect significant acreage of cliff and canyon, pinon-juniper woodland, cholla shrublands, shortgrass grassland, ponderosa pine sand barrens, and prairie streams and associated wetland and riparian areas. 

Restrictions and Easements

The ranch will be sold with an obligation to place a conservation easement on the property. Key terms of the easement prohibit conversion to crop agriculture, subdivision, and the construction of buildings outside of approved building envelopes. Cattle grazing, hunting and outfitting are permitted in accordance with the terms of the conservation easement and management plan. Copies of both documents are available upon request.


Additional Photos

West Carrizo Creek © Melissa Davis/TNC


Topo map of property  © TNC


For more information, please contact:

Mike Higuera
The Nature Conservancy
2424 Spruce Street
Boulder, CO 80302

Phone: (720) 974-7045

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