A landscape shot of Carpenter Ranch in Hayden, Colorado.
Carpenter Ranch A mix of fall colors in the wetlands and Cottonwood groves of the Yampa River basin on The Nature Conservancy's Carpenter Ranch, west of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. © Mark Godfrey/TNC


Request for Proposals at The Nature Conservancy's Carpenter Ranch in Hayden, Colorado

The Nature Conservancy (TNC), a private not-for-profit 501(c)(3) conservation  organization, is requesting proposals from all interested parties for the purpose of leasing its Carpenter Ranch to a rancher for hay production and/or cattle grazing. The ranch consists of approximately 900 acres in Routt County, located 4 miles east of Hayden. The ranch has traditionally been used for cattle grazing and high-quality grass and alfalfa hay production. 

The Carpenter Ranch was acquired by TNC in 1996 with the goals of managing the ranch for conservation, historic and agricultural values, as well as demonstrating common ground between agriculture and conservation. TNC is seeking to engage communities and partners at Carpenter Ranch to apply and test land management practices that advance natural resource conservation, livestock production, irrigation efficiency, climate change adaptation, and economic outcomes on a working ranch. The ideal lessee will be a partner in all of these goals.

Current RFP:

Important Deadlines: 

  • Aug 20th: Answers to group questions will be emailed to applicants and posted online
  • Aug. 28th: Pre-proposals due
  • Sept. 9th: Finalists notified
  • Sept. 16th or 17th: Tours for all qualified applicants
  • Oct. 9th: Final proposals due 
  • Oct. 26th-30th: Interview finalists, either in person or virtually
  • Nov. 6th: Notify preferred candidate and begin lease negotiations 

If you are interested in obtaining more information on this opportunity please contact Matt Ross, Carpenter Ranch Manager at matthew.ross@tnc.org or 828-545-8456. 

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