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The Spanish Peaks loom to the south; Pike's Peak lies to the west. And in every direction you can see the vast, open prairie reminiscent of the state before it was settled.
The high-quality sandsage prairie supports numerous grassland bird species, reptiles, a healthy prairie dog town and a diverse array of other wildlife.
In addition to having been protected for its ecological value, Bohart is a working cattle ranch - an excellent example of how agriculture and conservation can prosper together.
In an innovative partnership with the Colorado State Land Board, The Nature Conservancy of Colorado identified a conservation-minded rancher to sublease the Bohart Ranch. The lessee is Dick Tanner. As ranch manager for many years, he had been responsible for the ranch's excellent stewardship practices.
Under this arrangement, The Conservancy and Mr. Tanner jointly maintain the ranch's unique prairie ecosystem and manage its agricultural activities.
Southcentral Colorado: south of Ellicott
Bohart Ranch harbors a large, unfragmented example of high-quality sandsage prairie. Due to a long history of excellent land stewardship, this sandsage prairie is some of the best known in the entire Central Shortgrass Prairie Ecoregion. (This ecoregion is a Conservancy-designated area characterized by common grassland features. It includes parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas.)
We have conducted many stewardship, education and outreach activities on the Bohart Ranch and in the greater Chico Basin. Activities include the following:
Bohart Ranch is an operating cattle ranch featuring great examples of sandsage prairie and tallgrass prairie - some grasses grow as high as four feet!
This site is a great place for birdwatching. Among the species you might see:
Because this is an operating ranch, it is not open for drop-in visits. During the summer months, you may join a volunteer workday at the preserve.