Chico Basin Ranch

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The Chico is an 87,000 acre cattle ranch on the eastern plains of Colorado. Its sprawling ranges of short grass and sandsage prairie, spring-fed lakes, and creeks are home to diverse populations of birds, pronghorn, deer, fish, prairie dogs, coyote, badgers, and much more. Owned by the Colorado State Land Board and managed by Ranchlands, the Chico also offers education, farming, recreation, sporting, arts, and hospitality programs.

May 29, 2014

Steve Earle and the Dukes

With less than 3 weeks until the Steve Earle & The Dukes concert at Chico Basin, we are busy tidying up the venue. The first of this year’s Ranchlands Concerts will take place in the stunning Bell Park on the north part of Chico Basin Ranch in a grassy meadow surrounded by cottonwood trees with perfect views of Pikes Peak. The concert is a benefit for our education program and will include a bonfire, food by Western Daughters, American Grind

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May 27, 2014

Prairie Dog Pups

Our prairie dog town in the south part of the Chico Basin Ranch is currently overflowing with pups.

May 26, 2014

Down Heifer

This heifer has been getting breakfast in bed for the past several days, although I’m sure she would rather be out enjoying grass with her fellow herd mates.

May 20, 2014

Much Surprise

It was just a normal Sunday morning. I slept in for an extra hour and enjoyed breakfast with friends before checking heifers.

May 15, 2014

Prairie Primrose

I’ve spent the last couple of days at the Chico in meetings. Yesterday during a break we took a walk out into the pasture and came upon a small group of Prairie Primrose. It’s one of my favorite flowers as it’s such a contrast to the just greening grass and gray soil. The grove we came upon was premature, just a couple of flowers.

This picture taken by Steve Weaver (, shows how the flower can truly blanket the land when

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May 12, 2014

Rose Pasture

This is a view of the Rose pasture from the dam at the Headquarters Lake. The picture doesn’t show it very well, but we had a bit of fog and an early morning frost. With the sun just coming up, the colors were incredible…new green grass mixed with the gold of last year’s growth. It was the kind of light that makes you feel like you might be in some kind of fairyland. 

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May 7, 2014


OK, I know this is not a great picture, but I have been trying so long to get a photo at one of these critters that I had to post it.  We see sign of Badgers all over the ranch, so we know they are not uncommon.  There is something about their toughness and willingness to face down any foe that has always appealed to me.  They are busy little carnivores, who can dig a foot wide hole in rock

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May 5, 2014


Here, Juliette is loading tubs onto the flatbed with the tractor, careful not to bump anything in the process. Juliette first came to the Chico 5 years ago, but returned to stay with us this February. She was only able to stay for 3 months, and time sure flew by, as this was her last week before she heads to travel in Peru. She has been a big help since Day 1, always providing a level of care we could

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