Mirr Ranch Group Sells 50,000-Acre Legacy Ranch to The Nature Conservancy

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The second largest acquisition of its kind in Colorado, working ranch with significant biodiversity to be protected and conserved

JE Canyon Ranch | Sold Working Ranch

JE Canyon Ranch | Photo Courtesy of Shattil/Rozinski Photography

Mirr Ranch Group has always sought a conservation-minded buyer for this property, and found the ultimate conservation buyer in The Nature Conservancy.

JE Canyon Ranch, one of Colorado’s largest private ranches and wildlife preserves, has sold to The Nature Conservancy. Centrally located east of Trinidad in the highest conservation priority landscape in Colorado’s grasslands, the nearly 50,000-acre working ranch was listed with Mirr Ranch Group of Denver and sold for $21 million.

“JE Canyon has been on The Nature Conservancy’s radar for almost twenty years, and we feel fortunate to have had such great partners including Mirr Ranch Group, Corwin Brown, our generous supporters and Conservancy staff who worked so hard on this project,” said Michael Higuera, Land Conservation Program Manager for The Nature Conservancy. “This nearly 50,000-acre ranch that is home to over 865 plant and animal species will be permanently protected as will some of the most iconic scenery in all of southeastern Colorado.”

The Nature Conservancy plans to move forward with placing a conservation easement on the entire property to prevent development and subdivision and to protect its agricultural, cultural, and biological values. A conservation easement with Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust currently protects the eastern part of the ranch.

“The seller of JE Canyon Ranch was an extraordinary steward and is truly leaving a legacy,” explained listing ranch broker, Ken Mirr of Mirr Ranch Group. “Mirr Ranch Group has always sought a conservation-minded buyer for this property, and found the ultimate conservation buyer in The Nature Conservancy. We thank everyone at The Nature Conservancy for making this happen and look forward to protecting more working ranches in the future.”

The property’s scenery includes 55 miles of sandstone canyons, nine miles of the Purgatoire River and six miles of Chacuaco Creek. It is one of the most biologically diverse ranches in the western Great Plains, has the largest herd of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep in the state, and has a rich history as evidenced by the enormous amount of archeological sites on the property.

The Nature Conservancy will partner with a local cattle rancher and use the ranch for research as a living laboratory to identify agricultural and land management best practices to improve ecological and economic sustainability. This is the second-largest acquisition of its kind in Colorado and will be used to positively influence ranchland conservation throughout the region.

About Mirr Ranch Group:
Mirr Ranch Group offers marketing and buyer acquisition services for fine sporting properties and legacy ranches for sale throughout the American West and Patagonia. Brokers for the company are known for their expertise in agriculture, hunting, fly-fishing, public lands and conservation, in addition to their unsurpassed knowledge of ranch and land transactions.

For more information, contact:
Mallory Boyce, Director of Marketing
Mirr Ranch Group
915 South Pearl Street
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 623-4545

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