Why Does the Backcountry Wilderness Area Matter?
Updated: Mar 4
Our team believes wild places embody the goodness of the world.
You know that feeling when you are in the place you love most? The connection. The energy. The optimism. The swell of fierce mama-bearness to protect and preserve it not only selfishly, but for the next generation and for the goodness of the place itself. That’s how the Backcountry Wilderness Area team feels when they are out in nature … in their favorite wild places. For some it’s hiking between remote peaks or fly-fishing on the South Platte, for others it is paddling through unruly rapids or searching for best powder stash. We want nothing more than to share the feeling of enjoying wild places with others.
The Backcountry Wilderness Area, a 13-square-mile wildlife habitat conservation property encircled in vast development and population growth, is wild. The largest piece of this area remains unspoiled by human impact … on purpose. It’s for the elk herd, the wild turkeys, the coyotes, the bluebirds, the Golden eagles, the bats, and every animal that calls the Backcountry Wilderness Area home. These wild animals rely on the seclusion from development for survival. And yet, we want you to feel at home in the Backcountry Wilderness Area, too. On its perimeter, there are distinct recreation spaces—like trails, our Base Camp, horse corrals, and archery ranges—created to encourage people to nurture a connection with the outdoors, to discover their nature.
2020 marks the start of the Backcountry Wilderness Area’s second decade being managed through the Highlands Ranch Community Association. This timestamp, along with a desire by our team to dive deep into the values and mission of the Backcountry Wilderness Area, manifested in five beliefs we stand behind. Our hope is that supporting this wild place through these beliefs will unite the community to move forward on this path that provides a healthy balance of conservation and recreation. This is our invitation to you to read, digest, and join us if these values meet yours.