The Wood River Land Trust exists to create a lasting impact on our Valley for generations to come.
Since 1994, we've made critical steps to protect the Big Wood River and have preserved over 20,000 acres of open space in the Valley—creating wild spaces and happy places where our community connects and disconnects. Explore some of our projects below.
CONSERVATION & CREATING COMMUNITY
Quigley Canyon embodies the idea of community conservation. At one point, Quigley Canyon, which carves its way east from Hailey, was slated for a massive development complex. But then, the property’s developer, Hennessey and Company, came up with a new idea. Instead of 400 homes spread throughout Quigley Canyon, a variety of 51 homes – from large parcels to small – are now consolidated adjacent to the city limits. Land surrounding the development was donated to the school district and to BCRD, and the rest of the canyons - 1,278 acres - were placed under a conservation easement now held by the Land Trust. The conservation easement protects wildlife corridors for deer, elk, and other wildlife, conserves agricultural uses, and ensures public access for hiking, biking, Nordic skiing, and more.
As the property developed more of a community focus, other partners have come in like the Hunger Coalition’s Bloom Farm, a potential new campus for the Sage School, and much more in the works. There is so much to explore within Quigley Canyon and beyond – so get out and find your happy place!
RESTORATION & ENHANCED RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES
Located along Highway 75 just north of East Fork, Boxcar Bend Preserve got its name from the boxcars placed in the Big Wood River by Union Pacific Railroad in 1952 to prevent the tracks from being washed out. The attempt ultimately failed, but several decades later, the community came together to restore this section of river, and now this beautiful respite has become one of the most popular fishing access points within the Valley. Thanks to the Land Trust’s continued restoration efforts and management, the Boxcar Bend Preserve can be safely enjoyed by hikers, bicyclists, along with fishing and wildlife enthusiasts.
CONNECTING & PROVIDING ACCESS
The Hailey Greenway represents the most comprehensive and connected area of protected land along the Big Wood River between Bellevue and Ketchum. Consisting of Draper and Colorado Gulch Preserves and the City of Hailey’s Lions Park, the natural trails of the Hailey Greenway provide the community with a refuge and connection to our river and the surrounding natural environment. Whether you’re looking for a place to walk your dog, listen to the river, meet like-minded people, or cast a fly in search of hungry trout – the Hailey Greenway has something for everyone.
The Hailey Greenway stretches along 3 miles of the Big Wood River from the Bullion Street Bridge to Colorado Gulch Road, and encompasses approximately 350 acres. With easy access from downtown Hailey and surrounding neighborhoods, the Hailey Greenway is a favorite place for many in the community.