Who We Are

The Montezuma Land Conservancy (MLC) is an innovative local land trust working to protect lands and reconnect community to our natural world in the stunning southwest corner of Colorado.

Learn more about our work and future direction in our newly updated Strategic Plan

Travis et al in front of the sleeping ute, black and white.


Founded in 1998, MLC has worked with 75 families to protect 46 thousand acres of open space, wildlife habitat, public access trails, and agricultural lands throughout Montezuma, Dolores , and San Miguel counties through the use of voluntary conservation easements. At MLC we realize the importance of connecting our communities to place and work with our community partners to develop innovative and inclusive youth and adult programs that ensure future generations have the opportunity to engage with the natural world, and build relationships in their community. Our Community Conservation programs use land as a canvas for positive youth development, building leadership skills, and exposing youth to careers in conservation helping to ensure that the next generation is ready to continue this critical work.

Jon Leibowitz and Child


Our programs focus on one key philosophy: When we learn to love land, we will protect it. We learn to love through connection. We hope you’ll JOIN US.


Cows in Front of the Sleeping Ute