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Open Space

Contact Us

  • Phone: 970-328-8698
    Fax: 970-328-7185

    Open Space
    P.O. Box 179
    500 Broadway
    Eagle, Colorado 81631

    diane.mauriello@eaglecounty.us

     


Overview

Hardscrabble arial

Hardscrabble Ranch Open Space Planning Effort

How Eagle County Acquired the Hardscrabble Ranch
The purchase of the Hardscrabble Ranch was the culmination of years of effort by local residents to preserve the Ranch. The Ranch was originally part of the plan to develop the Adam’s Rib ski area. A Denver based developer purchased the Ranch in 2015, along with Frost Creek Country Club Property.

Discussions about the possible purchase of the Ranch began in 2016, and Eagle County was able to purchase the land with significant support from the following partners:
• Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO)
• Eagle Ranch Wildlife Committee
• Eagle Valley Land Trust
• The Conservation Fund
• Town of Eagle
• Numerous public and private donors

On December 13, 2017, Eagle County acquired the 1540-acre Hardscrabble Ranch for $15.5 million and the property was placed under a protective conservation easement held by Eagle Valley Land Trust. The property is just south of the Town of Eagle along Brush Creek Road. 

Hardscrabble Ranch Property Boundary

Hardscrabble Ranch Vicinity Map

Hardscrabble Ranch Public Access Summer 2018

Management Planning Process
Now that Eagle County owns the Hardscrabble Ranch, a public management planning process will occur. This is important due to the unique nature of the Hardscrabble Ranch and the many potential uses and users that may wish to visit the Hardscrabble Ranch. Eagle County has retained ERO Resources and Take Aim Marketing to assist with implementing the process and preparing the plan.

The process will include meetings with experts, funding partners, neighbors, potential user groups and several public open houses. Public input will be solicited and considered. A draft plan will be prepared and distributed for further comment with additional opportunities for input from our partners and the public. 

How can I participate 

The public comment period for the Hardscrabble Ranch Management Plan scoping phase is now closed. We appreciate the comments we have received, both online and at our open house events.  The management planning team is currently working on the Draft Management Plan. This plan will be available for public comment in the fall.  We will again offer an online comment form as well as a public open house. Please see the timeline below for more detail.

Timeline
March 2018 - Meetings with funding partners and experts
 
April 2018 - Drop-in meetings with potential user groups and affected parties 
  ● April 9, 2018 
     ● All meetings on April 9, 2018 will occur at the Garden Class Room, Eagle County Building, 500 Broadway, Eagle, Colorado
     ● 9 to 11 a.m. Meeting concerning possible educational or event programming

  ● April 10, 2018 
     ● All meetings on April 10, 2018 will occur at the Brush Creek Pavilion, 909 Capitol Street, Eagle, Colorado.
     ● 9 to 11 a.m. Drop-in meeting with neighbors 
     ● 1 to 3 p.m. Drop in meeting with agricultural community 
     ● 4 to 6 p.m. Drop-in meeting with fishing community 

  ● April 12, 2018
     ● All meetings on April 12, 2018 will occur at the Garden Class Room, Eagle County Building, 500 Broadway, Eagle, Colorado
     ● 9 to 11a.m. Drop-in meeting with hunting community
     ● 1  to 3 p.m. Drop-in meeting with trail groups.

May 2018 - Community Open Houses and opportunity to comment on-line 
  All community open houses will occur at the Brush Creek Pavilion, 909 Capitol Street, Eagle, Colorado
  ● May 17, 2018
     ● 5 to 7 p.m. Community Open House #1  
  
  ● May 23, 2018
     ● 5 to 7 p.m. Community Open House #2  

June 2018 - Online comment period ends June 30, 2018

July 2018 – Draft plan is prepared

August 2018 - Draft Management Plan completed 

September – October 2018- Draft Management Plan available for public comment

November, 2018 – Management Plan is to be finalized and adopted by
  Eagle Valley Land Trust and Eagle County Board of County Commissioners

December, 2018 - Management Plan submitted to GOCO 

Maps

Hardscrabble Ranch Property Boundary

Hardscrabble Ranch Vicinity Map

Hardscrabble Ranch Public Access Summer 2018

Frequently Asked Questions