Building a Headwaters to Plains Network

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The Bunkhouse & Cooks House at South Park’s Buffalo Peaks Ranch, the headwaters home of the Rocky Mountain Land Library.

The Rocky Mountain Land Library is like a gene bank for words, it’s our way of saving the past for the future.” — David Mas Masumoto, farmer and author.

Books are the tools we love best. They have a way of connecting people across the globe, and over the centuries. Books help us discover and celebrate the beauty of our improbable blue world. And books provide us with the tools we all need to live lighter on the land.

Our year-end Fundraising Campaign has officially launched. The funds we raise in December will fuel our ongoing efforts to establish a Headwaters to Plains Network — a network of library/learning centers focused on people and the land. Each library spans the urban/rural divide, and both are designed to encourage discovery, quiet thought, creative pursuits, and active community involvement.

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The Denver chapter of Outdoor Afro held their annual summer meeting at the Land Library’s Globeville branch in Denver.

This past spring we hosted our first Land Library programs in Denver’s Globeville neighborhood. Thanks to volunteers, Globeville’s Library Room is an inspiring book-lined space. We’ve already hosted several meetings & visits from groups such as Outdoor Afro and the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists.

Our adjacent warehouse/sorting room regularly houses a busy hive of volunteers who are getting over 40,000 books ready for the shelves at Globeville, and at Buffalo Peaks Ranch.

Amazingly enough, our Globeville site lies along the banks of the South Platte River, just like our headwaters site in South Park.


This past summer Ashley Rust led a spirited Stream Ecology class along the ranch’s stretch of the South Platte River.

This past summer at the headwaters was our best season yet. We had a very successful fifth summer of Ranch programs, including ten artists & writers workshops, natural history field classes, a Star Night, and our annual Ranch Book Club.

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The Land Library has ambitious goals for 2020, but we’ll need your support. We are excited about what we all can accomplish in the year ahead!

Step by step, book by book!

Feel free to click on our PayPal donation button below, or it you prefer to donate by check, our best address is:

Rocky Mountain Land Library, 2550 W. 39th Avenue, Denver, CO 80211.

THANKS SO MUCH for your Support!

Click Here for PayPal.

For more on the Rocky Mountain Land Library, we hope you enjoy this 3-minute video. In 2019, Colorado Preservation Inc awarded the Land Library their Preservation Edge Award, recognizing a historic preservation project that utilizes unique & creative means (for the ongoing renovation of South Park’s Buffalo Peaks Ranch). CPI also produced this short film, filmed at Denver’s Globeville branch, with footage of the ranch. You’ll also meet a few of the people behind the Rocky Mountain Land Library!

We find our place in the world through land and stories, and the Rocky Mountain Land Library unites our passion for both.” — Mark Fiege, author of The Republic of Nature: An Environmental History of the United States

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