As we continue to monitor the situation with COVID-19, we are taking steps to help protect the health and well-being of our staff, partners, and volunteers. All preserve visits will be postponed until further notice.

Visit the Preserves

SPLT’s Heartland Ranch and Raven’s Nest Nature Preserves are bisected by several public county roads, which anyone is free to travel on at any time. From these roads, you can glimpse some wildlife and usually our bison herd, but off-road travel is not allowed.

For a more in-depth experience:

  • We conduct educational field trips for schoolchildren, college and university classes, and adult groups (such as senior centers, veterans groups, and historical organizations).
  • There are opportunities to visit the preserves for free in the course of SPLT service projects to improve the land, such as erosion control, fence removal, and wildlife surveys.
  • Sustaining members of SPLT who have donated $1,000 or more in the past 12 months can make a reservation to visit the preserves for free.
  • All others are welcome to participate in a guided tour of the property at $100 per person, with a minimum party size of 2 and maximum of 5.

For any of the above, please contact: Preserve Manager Jay Tutchton at or 720-301-3843.

Black-tailed Prairie Dogs – Photograph by Richard P. Reading


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Southern Plains Land Trust
P.O. Box 1016
Lamar, CO 81052


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