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golden cliffs preserve
The Access Fund acquired Golden Cliffs in 1994 to conserve this unique climbing area and keep it open to public, passive recreation for generations to come. Golden Cliffs is climber-owned and managed. Golden Cliffs is undeniably one of the most popular climbing and hiking destinations along Colorado’s Front Range. The property is visited by more than 30,000 climbing enthusiasts, hikers, and nature viewers annually.
For nearly 30 years, the landowner, Mayford Peery, allowed public access and climbing on the cliffs. In July 1994, Peery became concerned with liability issues and temporarily closed the area. The Access Fund contacted Peery and negotiations to re-open climbing and hiking access began. Peery soon agreed to allow public access while a long-term plan for the area was developed.
Peery offered a donation of the 29-acre property and the Access Fund accepted the donation under ownership of the Access Fund Land Foundation (AFLF). This complex, long term protection project involved two separate parcel donations, subsequent annexation of a portion of the property, extensive public planning and approvals including rezoning of the property, and eventual trailhead infrastructure construction. The result was the creation of the Golden Cliffs Preserve, a crucial open space preservation project.
In 2010, the property was transferred to (and is still held by) the Access Fund, upon dissolution of the Access Fund Land Foundation.