New wildland park proposal 2017

If you’ve noticed the signs on the open land south of Buckhorn Valley, you’re probably wondering if you can still access this land.  The No Trespassing rules will be enforced by the land owner.  Click below to get a letter explaining the access restrictions and a form in order to get a pass.  Only Buckhorn Valley Community residents will be allowed access on this land.


The Buckhorn Valley Community enjoys the use of many park areas.  There are soccer fields, playgrounds, and open areas for homeowners to enjoy.

The Town of Gypsum owns, maintains, and schedules organized events in the park areas.  If you want to make a reservation for the Sports Complex or need information about the parks, please call Town of Gypsum 970-754-7514

Dog Information for Open Space Land: 

A letter from a concerned owner:

Just about everyone loves dogs. Lots of us have a lifetime of great dog memories. This is a message to help us all keep them happy ones.
Those of you who have signed up for a walking pass on the ‘Buckhorn backlands’ may recall that one of the terms is that dogs be leashed when traversing that 160 acres south of our neighborhood. There are some good reasons for this requirement and there’s one reason you can easily relate to: The safety of your dog.

If you have your pal leashed, he/she won’t be able to run off chasing wildlife. Sure, they all do it, even the most highly trained can ‘lose it’ when they see or smell wild animals.  Yes, there is a lot of wildlife very near us. Bears, deer, elk, mountain lions, and aggressive badgers are all within walking distance of your home.  Leashing your dog while walking/jogging is important for the safety of your dog. Trust me on this; I lost a beloved golden that had been my hunting partner for years and never broke unbidden until that one day.  Charley never came back, but two years later, I got his collar in the mail with a backpacker’s note: ‘bad scene, disarrayed skeleton’.

Last evening, a lady neighbor was out jogging with two unleashed labs on the open land south of Buckhorn. They took off after a herd of deer grazing in the pasture. It was getting dark, and she was still looking when we lost sight of her. What could have happened?  There are some possible bad scenarios, and we sure hope none came true:

  • The dogs came up on a mountain lion guarding it’s recent kill (yep, there are big cats back there, they’ve been seen even in the neighborhood). This never ends well.
  • Even in closed season, hunters trail and spot deer and elk, and yes, bad as it is, they will often shoot dogs chasing game. Wildlife officers can and will legally shoot dogs if the dogs are harassing wildlife
  • Owners get fined $275 from the DOW if their dog is found running after wildlife and could get fined thousands if there is a game kill Remember, leashing your pet is part of the covenant you made with the land owners.

Yeah, believe me, I know. But the land owners are hunters and sportsmen too. Originally, their insurance company said “no trespassing, under any circumstances”. After I raised unbridled turmoil, they got the insurers to agree to allow passage, but only under the terms of that agreement. If the insurers learn that the covenants are being broken, they’ll go back to ‘no passage, no trespass’. Seriously.  

Please, leash your pets for their safety and protection.  Our dogs will have just as great a time, and we won’t have to try to find them, or find them hurt, or worse. Thank you.

Buckhorn Valley Vicinity Recreation Lands
Spring 2019
Information provided by the Buckhorn Valley Metropolitan District No. 1

This map shows the location of recreation – public entity lands adjacent to BLM, and lying in or adjacent to Buckhorn Valley. Three parcels are represented: the Town of Gypsum’s 80 acres, BVMD’s 60 Ac., and the Town’s 3.8 Ac “Tract A” Park, herein referred to as “Gateway Park”.

Gateway Park will be improved in the Spring-Summer of 2019 with two purposes: (1) a neighborhood children’s play park, and (2) the gateway for the trails and recreation to be developed on Buckhorn Metro’s 60 Acres of open space anchored by the Buckhorn reservoir, shown on the map. Plans are being drawn now.

The Town’s 80 Acres may be used for a raw water storage impoundment, to hold ‘reserve’ water supply for drought years. In addition, BVMD and the Town have agreed at staff level to cooperate in this water reserves effort, and there may be some improvements or expansion at the Buckhorn reservoir in this regard.

BVMD has developed advanced plans for a wildlife centered recreation facility, including fishing opportunities on the ‘lake’. Also included is are enhancements to the trails and trailhead recreation improvements, as this is the Gateway to over 2,000,000 acres of public lands in Hardscrabble and White River public lands.  Preliminary work is being done now, and, depending on Colorado Parks and Wildlife funds availability, fishing may begin in the summer, 2019.

The BVMD-Town facilities are envisioned as wildlife, rather than car, friendly. For this reason, vehicle access is, and will be, strictly limited to service vehicles, ADA access, and other uses by permit. For this reason, only pedestrian access (dogs must be leashed) is allowed. There is limited parking available along the eastern end Buckhorn Valley Blvd. except when snow plowing operations are likely.

This area is one of heavy construction operations: there are numerous trucks bringing fill into the lake area. The operators may not be able to see you, so please be mindful and if you have an audio program playing , for your safety, please stay off the ‘main’ road to the lake area when walking. And again, leash your dog-this is wild country and there are big cats around this very vicinity. Buckhorn residents have lost big dogs to these cats; it is serious stuff.

As plans and development schedules firm-up, Buckhorn residents and neighbors will be advised through this community website.

Buckhorn Metro Moves Forward with Wildlife and Trailhead Plans

After over 5 years of negotiations and dealings with the failed golf course owners, BV Metro ‘got back’ the ownership of the 60 acre Buckhorn Valley open space on the hillside and around the lake. Also, Metro and the Town cooperated in the purchase of the 80 acres to the south of the lake, known as McHatton Homestead.

Here’s a view of the site; 

What Happens Next:

Your metro district has been at work to develop plans and funding for the Gypsum Wildlife Reserve park on this site, which will eventually total over 180 Acres in wildlife education, conservation, restoration and  observation. Activities will include:

  • our 5.5 acre lake which will be stocked by Colorado Parks and Wildlife for ‘catch & keep” fishing.
  • trailheads for in-park hiking and access to the 2 million acres of open space adjacent
  • nature trails throughout
  • lakeside pavilion with accessible facilities; later phases to have meeting accommodation and possibly serving kitchen
  • park Basecamp with Wildlife Education Center with wetlands laboratories along Alkali Creek
  • meeting spaces and classroom areas as the Reserve is further developed in coming years

Metro’s plan is to start construction in 2018, after using funds from sources outside of BV Metro for construction and operations of the Reserve. Right now, BV Metro is working with the Town, State and National funders to get the money for finalization of base camp land acquisition and construction.  Meanwhile, BV Metro is getting ready for residents to access portions of the site starting in the late spring/early summer.  We still have to develop and install some safety and access signage, and make sure our Metro residents are properly protected with insurance while in the park.

Look for maps and messages on this site, soon!