Rio Grande - Freemon's

Conserving habitat and securing recreational access along the upper Rio Grande

Near the old Freemon General Store, just off the Silver Thread Scenic Byway, WRC has conserved a 91-acre property to preserve habitat and create new walk-in access to a stretch of the Rio Grande with excellent trout fishing and little public access. Photo by Russ Schnitzer.

Since 2016, WRC has been working along Colorado’s upper Rio Grande to conserve fish and wildlife habitat and improve recreational access in the San Luis Valley. We recently created much-needed public river access along this stretch of the Rio Grande, near the town of Creede. Photo by Russ Schnitzer.

The 91-acre Freemon property contains Critical Habitat for endangered southwestern willow flycatcher and important habitat for a variety of songbirds and big game. Photo by Kelly Colgan Azar.

The headwaters of the Rio Grande are a plethora of unruly streams that tumble from above treeline to gather and meander through perched mountain meadows before exiting to the floor of the San Luis Valley. These meadows and riverlands are important habitat for the imperiled southwest willow flycatcher and a variety of songbirds and terrestrial wildlife. Photo by Russ Schnitzer.

The 91 acres that WRC conserved along the Rio Grande lie at the eastern edge of the Weminuche Wilderness. The Rio Grande National Forest will now manage these lands for conservation and compatible recreational access. Photo by Russ Schnitzer.