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Vail Valley: ‘What Colorado ranches are all about’

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily/John Fielder"Piney Peak Ranch," by John Fielder.

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – When David Gorsuch, of Vail, decided to protect his family ranch in southwestern Colorado and place the 2,000 acres under a conservation easement, he did it with his children and grandchildren in mind.

“When we purchased the Rivergate Ranch in 1994, it had already been subdivided into 35 acres lots. We reversed that,” he said.

The Gorsuch family has been around the Vail Valley for as long as anyone can remember and they are concerned about protecting working ranches in Eagle County.

“Just take a look at the valley between Glenwood and Aspen. Do we really want to make every available hayfield into a strip mall?” Gorsuch said.

Renowned nature photographer and avid environmentalist John Fielder features some of Colorado’s last special places in his beautiful new book the “Ranches of Colorado.”

Fielder will visit Edwards on Thursday to present a slideshow and talk about the importance of conservation. He will also sign books. A portion of the book sales benefits the Eagle Valley Land Trust.

In 2007 and 2008 Fielder traveled to photograph 50 of Colorado’s most beautiful, working cattle ranches, most already protected from development. The Gorsuch’s Rivergate Ranch is featured in “Ranches of Colorado.”

“When John came to us to ask about shooting the ranch, we were thrilled,” Gorsuch said. “John has been an icon in Colorado photography for years and he did a great job of recording our part of conserving what Colorado ranches are all about.”

Fielder’s landscape photos will be presented on the feature film size movie screen at the new Battle Mountain High School Performing Arts Auditorium on Thursday during the slideshow.

“Please join us for an evening of beautiful images, some great Christmas shopping and an opportunity to help save some land in Eagle County,” said New New Wallace of the Eagle Valley Land Trust.

For more information, call the Eagle Valley Land Trust at 970-748-7654 or visit

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