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2017 Headwaters Hoedown

September 23, 2017

840 Grande Ave., Del Norte, CO


The Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust (RiGHT) invites the whole community to the conservation celebration of the year: the sixth annual Headwaters Hoedown, on Saturday, September 23rd from noon to 4 pm. This year the Hoedown will again be at the beautiful La Garita Creek Ranch, on the west side of the Valley, just south of Penitente Canyon and west of the La Garita Store.

Hosted by the ranch owners, the Carruthers Family, and manager, Mike Spearman (also RiGHT’s Board Chairman), the La Garita Creek Ranch is locally known as the “Balloon Ranch”, thanks to its history of holding ballooning events. This will be an opportunity for our friends and supporters to enjoy the beauty of this private ranch that is on track to be conserved. As always, kids are most welcome.

Weather permitting, we’ll be enjoying the afternoon in a meadow tucked between the creek and the fascinating canyon walls, framing the view across the valley to Mount Blanca and the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. And the ranch’s guest lodge is available for backup, if the weather is not so favorable. Either way, it will be a lovely place to gather, to listen (and dance!) to the fabulous music of Don Richmond and the Rifters, and to enjoy a barbeque from Pepita Catering, with plenty of fine wine and beer. The ever-popular Silent Auction will offer fabulous items from local artists, businesses and adventurers, from fishing float trips to dinners and theater tickets to ski lift tickets -- and more.

A highlight of the afternoon is RiGHT’s 2017 “Save the Ranch” campaign, with this year’s featured property being the Olguin Ranch just south of the confluence of the Rio Grande. This is a chance for the community to invest directly in conservation, helping RiGHT to complete conservation of the spectacular scenery and important wildlife habitat along both the Rio Grande and the Conejos River.

“Here at RiGHT, we are grateful to the landowners who choose to conserve their land with us,” said RiGHT’s Executive Director, Nancy Butler. “We continue to have tremendous interest and opportunities to protect important working lands, water and wildlife habitat. We’re working hard to meet the rising interest and work with the families that are reaching out to us. And we know that conservation can only be achieved with the help of our community and partners. We appreciate everyone who has been part of this effort since 1999 and we look forward to yet another worthy celebration of the conservation that has been accomplished with the help of so many. Along with our community, we think the Valley is a very special place - and we know that if we continue to work together, we can keep it that way!”

For more information, directions, and to get your early bird price of $30 (the price goes to $35 on September 12th and kids 16 and under are free), please visit our website at or call us at our Del Norte office at 719-657-0800. We look forward to celebrating with you!