Granite Peaks Ranch

A Living Laboratory

Granite Peaks Ranch is located in the heart of the San Juan Mountains in the Southern Colorado Rockies. The approximate 565 acres of great forest diversity is comprised of many different types of conifer including ponderosa pine, blue spruce, white fir, Douglas-fir, and Engelmann spruce.


Beautiful stands of quaking aspen color the landscape in the fall, and many types of shrubs thrive here including scrub oak, berries, sumac, skunk brush, red-berried elder…the list continues growing into a comprehensive inventory of learning opportunities.

Current Research

Wildlife, medicinal plants, mushrooms, moss, and the extensive ground cover that also make up the forest enable the study of Mycorrhiza – a symbiotic relationship between a fungus and the roots of a vascular plant.

Granite Peaks Ranch is interested in furthering knowledge of the forest health through the research and study of the forest utilizing tools such as observation (both visual and statistical), tree growth measuring instruments, and weather stations.
Soil content, tree growth, age, health and species, moisture content and health of the soil will be just some of the factors taken into consideration. Additionally, factors such as weather, topography, microbe experimentation, insect interaction and history of the forest are also seen as being instrumental in taking accurate measurements when studying and monitoring the forest health. Relevant data collected will be made available to educational institutions, research facilities, and to the public.
The main focus of Granite Peaks Ranch is to protect the forest and land. We are working with different educational groups and others in a research capacity. The current owners of granite peaks would like to manage it as an open conservation property, and are not in any way interested in development or exploiting the land. If you have any questions or concerns please feel to contact us. On this site you will find the data collected and offered, weather station information, maps, visual documentation on the history, health and species, ways to contact us to ask questions, or request more information.