Protected Forever: The Abell Ranch

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Protected Forever

The Abell Ranch

Thanks to the landowner's vision and commitment to conservation, Palmer is proud to share that this week we permanently protected a beautiful 500-acre gem on the South Platte River forever.

Highly visible from Highway 24 in Park County near Lake George, the Abell Ranch conservation project is two properties totaling nearly 500 acres. The Abell Ranch River Parcel boasts nearly three miles of the South Platte River, offering world-class recreational and fly-fishing opportunities that could arguably be considered the best private fishing property on the South Platte River. The Abell Ranch Homestead Parcel, located approximately three miles west of the river, contains portions of the historic farmstead of the former cattle ranching operation and is rich in wildlife, and features dramatic rock outcroppings and timbered hillsides. Both properties adjoin and buffer Pike National Forest and are a valuable addition to the conserved open space lands in Park County and the South Platte River watershed. With ponderosa pine woodlands as a backdrop and the Tarryall Mountains in the distance, the protection of the Abell Ranch is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to conserve an iconic Front Range ranch along the South Platte River forever.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime project that will be a part of Palmer's conservation legacy for generations to come. I am so grateful to the property's owner, John Gunn and his business associates, for conserving this special property."

Rebecca Jewett, President and CeO of Palmer Land Conservancy