Our mission is to save scenic vistas, natural areas, wildlife habitat, 

water resources, working ranches and historic lands, 

for the benefit of the community and as a legacy for future generations.

From Denver to the Divide

From the trout-filled waters of the South Platte River to the wide-open spaces of the 1,000-square-mile South Park basin in Park County, the Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) for more than 23 years has worked collaboratively with private landowners, local, state and federal agencies and the business community to make a lasting difference for the people of Colorado.

MALT’s focus is conserving the lands and waters of the foothills and mountains that define our communities and drive our economies. From the lofty perches of Pikes Peak near Colorado Springs to Longs Peak in Boulder County, and from Denver to the Continental Divide, MALT’s dedicated conservation team is working hard to engage Coloradoans in conserving our natural heritage.

MALT produces results that are tangible and lasting. Stand atop Mt. Falcon, a Jefferson County Open Space park, minutes from Denver, and soak in some of the wide open vistas that surround the park and will always remain that way thanks to MALT and forward-looking private landowners. Visit Pennsylvania Mountain, near Fairplay, where MALT purchased land in 2013 and explore the property’s beaver ponds, wildflower meadows and stands of ancient bristlecone pines. Drive along the South Platte River near Deckers and look up at the historic ranch lands MALT has protected. Hike the trails of the Beaver Brook Watershed in Clear Creek County, lands MALT helped protect that are now part of the Arapaho National Forest. Gaze up Noble Meadow from Evergreen Parkway and watch elk graze on this beautiful property and consider that this landscape, which borders Jefferson County’s Elk Meadow Open Space on the north, will forever be as it is today.

These projects, and so many more, are the legacy of the collective vision of MALT’s early volunteer leaders, dedicated private landowners, committed local, state and federal agency partners and the many private donors, businesses and foundations that since 1992 have invested in MALT and in conserving Colorado’s future.

Mountain Area Land Trust has protected 20,764 acres of land since 1992, including:


14,707 acres conserved in 68 private conservation easements through December 2014.

5,965 acres protected through facilitated public projects.  Examples include Noble Meadow, Blair Ranch and Beaver Brook Watershed. 

92 acres as part of the 500+ acre Pennsylvania Mountain Natural Area owned by Mountain Area Land Trust.


Mountain Area Land Trust currently has 9 active conservation projects in progress.