Ophir Valley

Ophir Valley, Colorado
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The purchase of 1,100 acres just outside of Telluride in 2010 completed our protection efforts in the Ophir Valley, an endeavor nearly 10 years in the making. The final piece of land capped the preservation of more than 9,000 acres of high country mining claims in the triangle of land between Ouray, Silverton, and Telluride. Working closely with a key landowner, the San Miguel Conservation Foundation, local governments, and the Forest Service, virtually all the private lands surrounding the tiny town of Ophir are now permanently protected.

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Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3 million acres and completed more than 5,200 park and conservation projects.