The Thompson Divide is a 220,000-acre backcountry area in western Colorado. These public lands are beloved in their natural state – as a recreational playground, a renowned hunting area, summer range for 35 different ranching operations, and the source of the region’s agricultural and drinking water. The Divide has been leased for natural gas exploration and residents of nearby communities are raising their voices to conserve the Thompson Divide in its natural state. The issues in the Divide highlight a growing debate in the Rocky Mountain West regarding a balanced approach towards the development and conservation of public lands.
*The State of the Rockies Project seeks to increase public understanding of important environmental and socioeconomic issues throughout our beautiful yet fragile region*