Western Slope Conservation Center

Conserving the lands, air, water and wildlife of the Lower Gunnison Watershed since 1977!


Win a Hyside Mini-Max Raft and More!

ENTER TO WIN A HYSIDE MINI-MAX RAFT AND SUPPORT FUTURE CONSERVATION ON THE WESTERN SLOPE! *sharky not included* The Western Slope Conservation Center is raffling off a new Hyside Mini-Max Raft complete with Welfelt frame package and Cataract Oars; over $4700 for $20 per ticket or $100 for a book of 6!* All proceeds will fund future efforts to protect and enhance the lands, air, water, and wildlife of the Lower Gunnison Watershed. The drawing

Mike’s Hikes #2: GPS-ing on the Terror Trail with Russ Zick, Sunday July 12th

Terror Trail: Sunday, July 12th A GPS/Mapping Themed Hike Overview: Meet at the WSCC office at 204 Poplar Ave. at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 12th. Russ Zick will be the volunteer trip leader on this outing, which includes sharing and discussion of hiker’s GPS interests. So if your phone has a GPS/Mapping app, bring it to share what you like about using it. We will begin and end a track of our hike at

Stay Connected with our Mike’s Hikes

Podcast, Pictures, and More from Last Weekend! Last week our Mike's Hike crew went over to the Munsey Ruby Stock Driveway Trail #831. This trail has little traffic compared to its neighbor, The Dark Canyon Trail. Fewer people and beautiful views! Hikers on this trail enjoy a steady climb through aspens up to 360-degree ridge views before deciding whether to keep it short with an out and back or continue on to the North Anthracite

A Major Passing

A eulogy crafted by WSCC volunteer and close friend of Dr. Soulé, Robin Nicholoff, and posted on behalf of Board Member, Ralph D'Alessandro. Michael was a multiple-time member of the Conservation Center's Board of Directors and an active member of its Public Lands Committee. We share this with gratitude for his incredible contributions to the field of Conservation Biology and to the people who got to know him. He will be missed throughout the science



We formed in 1977 to disseminate information about regional energy development and its impacts on the region’s natural resources. Today, our mission is to build an active and aware community to protect and enhance the lands, air, water and wildlife of the Lower Gunnison Watershed.

As a result of our work, in 35 years the communities of the Lower Gunnison Watershed will be characterized by intact and functioning ecosystems, clean and abundant water resources, well-managed lands with the highest level of protection that they deserve, and an informed and engaged citizenry who understand the connection between the vitality of both its ecological and social communities.



Once an in-stream gravel mine, we have worked hard and received several grants to restore riparian habitat and make the Park a family-friendly recreation area.


The Conservation Center is dedicated to keeping a watchful eye on the quality of our water quality and public lands. Our stewardship program matches community volunteers with hands-on projects in the field


The data illustrated in our interactive maps tell the true story of conservation in Delta County. Layers represent oil & gas development, roadless areas, irrigation ditches and more.