This is a meeting ground for bird species from the eastern and western United States, many of which find themselves at the farthest extent of their ranges. Rare fish and amphibians, like the orange-throated darter and the plains leopard frog, reside in the Arickaree River, which flows through the ranch.
The Arickaree may be Colorado's last intact example of a relatively free-flowing plains river. Coaxed from deep underground aquifers, it is narrow, shallow and slow-moving.
The lush, green cottonwood forest along the riverbanks of the ranch provides a welcome oasis in the midst of an agricultural community. The surrounding prairie paints a landscape of diverse textures, shapes, and colors.
Northeastern Colorado, southwest of Wray, between the towns of Joes and Idalia
The Fox Ranch is home to high-quality examples of native prairie and streamside plant communities that support a diverse range of wildlife. Some examples include:
Aquatic Fishes and Frogs
The Conservancy acquired the 14,070-acre ranch in 1998. We manage the ranch for both conservation and agricultural values. We maintain cattle grazing leases on-site and use grazing management plans compatible with our conservation goals.
Conservation priorities include the following: