Ranchers in Custer County live off land cultivated by the Wet Mountain Valley’s earliest settlers. With thousands of acres of pasture and hayfields, and miles of fencing, the ranches in and around our valley present scenic wonders of productivity.

Many families have ranched and lived on the same land for generations, preserving it for today and into the future. Some attach conservation easements to their land to safeguard it from a shifting economy and development.

Our ranchers look to the future. Through rodeos, county fairs, Future Farmers of America and 4-H clubs, they teach children to take pride in our valley—one of the last to preserve such a historically significant way of life.