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The Access Fund acquired Society Turn in 1995 to conserve this unique climbing area and keep it open to public, passive recreation for generations to come. Society Turn is an important local resource in the Telluride area of Western Colorado. As a popular year-round stomping ground for climbers of the area, the property sees more than 3,500 user days annually.
The parcel was originally an isolated US Forest Service parcel that the development company Aldasoro Ltd was forced to acquire as part of a separate land exchange related to residential development in their upper borders with National Forest. Aldasoro threatened to close Society Turn unless it could re-convey the property to a third party. Telluride Mountain Club looked into possible transfers to the Town of Telluride, San Miguel County, and School District, but none of these entities were willing to hold the parcel. In 1995, Aldasoro donated the 6.09 acre parcel to the Access Fund Land Foundation, with a utility easement for a water line running through the western portion of the property. The AFLF accepted the donation, protecting the popular local crag into perpetuity.
In 2010, the property was transferred to (and is still held by) the Access Fund, upon dissolution of the Access Fund Land Foundation.