Website Maintenance October 17

 Certain applications on our website will be unavailable between 6 and 10 p.m. Wednesday for scheduled maintenance.

Maintenance on Eagle County's website will occur Wednesday, October 17 from 6 - 10 p.m. The following web applications will be unavailable during that time:

  • Main Eagle County website
  • Property Records Search
  • Foreclosure Search
  • Property Tax Search/Pay
  • GIS Map Viewer
  • Recorded Document Search
  • Building Inspection Requests/Status

Open Space

Contact Us

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

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



Hardscrabble arial

Hardscrabble Ranch Open Space Planning Effort

The Draft Management Plan is available for review. 

Draft Management Plan

Baseline Report

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 Dec. 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
Eagle County recognizes the need to seek public input into the management plan due to the unique nature of Hardscrabble Ranch and the many potential uses and users that wish to visit the property. Eagle County has retained ERO Resources and Amy L Cassidy Consulting to assist with implementing the process and preparing the plan.

A public management planning process for Hardscrabble Ranch began in March 2018. Eagle County Open Space and the management planning team solicited input and direction from key stakeholders, experts and specific user groups with an interest in the property. The team then hosted two Open House sessions in May 2018, to gather input from the community at large about what they would like to see happen, or not happen, on the property.

Following the community, stakeholder and expert outreach process, the management team began field-testing concepts on the property, and circled back with stakeholders and user groups for their input on the management concepts that form the basis of the Management Plan. The first draft of the Management Plan has now been completed, and will be available for the community to comment from Sept. 19 until Oct. 10, 2018.  

How can I participate 

The Eagle County Open Space Department will host a community presentation and public comment session on the Draft Management Plan for Hardscrabble Ranch on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. The presentation will take place in the Garden Level Classroom of the Eagle County offices at 500 Broadway in Eagle. The presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Following the Draft Management Plan overview presentation, community members will be able to break into smaller groups to get more detail and ask questions about specific areas of the Management Plan, including agricultural management, habitat management, and public access, programming and recreation. These smaller groups are designed to encourage attendees to delve deeper into a particular area or areas of interest, and to provide an opportunity to ask questions and provide input.

The session will conclude at 7:30 p.m. 

The Draft Management Plan will also be available online from Sept. 19 through Oct. 10, 2018, allowing the public to view the plan and make comments directly online. 

March 2018 - Meetings with funding partners and experts
April 2018- Meetings with potential user groups and affected parties

May 2018 - Community Open Houses and opportunity to comment on-line 

  ● 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 – Field Testing and Concept Review

Aug. to Sept. 2018 - Prepare Draft Plan

 ● Sept. 19, 2018

    ● 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Draft Management Plan Presentation and Public Comment

Sept. 19 – Oct. 10, 2018- Draft Management Plan available for public comment

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

Dec. 2018 - Management Plan submitted to Great Outdoors Colorado

Vote on new ranch name

The Eagle County Open Space Department is seeking the community's input on a new name for the Hardscrabble Ranch Open Space property, which is located along Brush Creek Road just south of the town of Eagle. There are two names being considered for the property:

● Brush Creek Open Space and Ranch

● Brush Creek Valley Ranch and Open Space

Please help us rename the property by voting on one of these names. Voting will remain open through Oct. 10, 2018. The Board of County Commissioners will announce the name when it approves the Management Plan for the property. 

Hardscrabble Ranch Property Boundary

Hardscrabble Ranch Vicinity Map 
Hardscrabble Ranch Public Access Summer 2018

Frequently Asked Questions