The Thompson Divide Coalition successfully secured twenty years of protection from oil and gas development of Federal lands in the Thompson Divide Area. It took a community, from all walks of life, to protect this place. Thank You!


The Thompson Divide Coalition is and was always intended to be a time-limited, single-issue organization focused soley on the conservation of public lands in the Thompson Divide area of Garfield, Pitkin, and Gunnison Counties. As a community, we have achieved meaningful protections for this landscape and, most importantly, for the men and women who rely on these lands for their livelihoods. We will continue to seek long-term permanent protections for these lands.


Colorado Outdoor Recreation & Economy Act (CORE) ACT

Senator Michael Bennet and Representative Joe Neguse have introduced the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act--a comprehensive public lands bill that both protects the landscape and safeguards existing outdoor recreation opportunities to boost the economy for future generations.  The Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Act included in in this bill withdraws 200,000 acres from future oil and gas development while preserving existing property rights for leaseholders and landowners. Please thank Senator Bennet and Representative Neguse for introducing this bill and including Thompson Divide permanent protection!

Please click HERE to send your letter of support to our representatives.

The Coalition is no longer active on a day-to-day basis, and no longer employs a full-time staff. Our Board of Directors are still hard at work implementing strategies for long-term permanent protection beyond the twenty year period of protection. Please feel free to contact us at


Our rural economies in and around the Roaring Fork Valley rely, in part, upon existing uses in the Thompson Divide area.  Collectively, hunting, fishing, ranching, and recreation in the Thompson Divide area support nearly 300 jobs and $30 million in annual economic output for our local communities.

Development in the Thompson Divide area is not a “game-changer” for Colorado’s oil and gas industry, but development in the area would seriously impact rich and vibrant rural economies built around existing uses in the Thompson Divide. 



This area remains the strongest enclave of traditional ranching and farming culture in the Roaring Fork Valley


Ranching, tourism, and outdoor recreation in the Thompson Divide provide valuable direct and indirect economic benefits to our local economy.


The Thompson Divide spans more than 15 watershed and provides clean water for agricultural & domestic use.


The Thompson Divide area is a place of adventure for hunters, bikers, skiers, hikers, fly-fisherman, and other visitors.