Just beyond Laramie’s city limits, foothills of shortgrass prairie rise to the summit of Pilot Hill at 8,860 feet in elevation.
This sloping land provides sweeping scenic vistas and important wildlife habitat, a place to experience the inspiring spaces of the Laramie Basin. The foothills are full of interesting natural features, from deep ravines to limestone cliffs and conifer forests. Crucially, this entire area overlies the Casper Aquifer, a unique geologic feature that naturally filters rain and snow to provide a primary drinking water source for the majority of Albany County residents.
For more than a century, about 5,500 acres of this area has served as a working landscape for the Warren Livestock Company. The Samuelson family, owners of Warren Livestock LLC, has offered to sell this property to the people of Albany County. In October 2017, Albany County Commissioners responded to overwhelming public support for the idea by signing an agreement to purchase this property, contingent upon raising $10.5M for it’s purchase, plus additional funds for future management.
To secure this land, our community needs to rally support. The Pilot Hill Project Committee will continue to move the project forward. The purchase of this land would directly connect Laramie neighborhoods to almost nine square miles of open space in the foothills. This kind of out-the-door public access to wild land improves quality of life and bolsters economic growth. We have a truly unique opportunity to secure this landscape as open space for recreation, and permanently protect a portion of our aquifer.
Join us in supporting the Pilot Hill Project by connecting with us, spreading the word, participating in public forums, or making a gift. Thank you for your interest in creating a better Albany County.
—Pilot Hill Project Committee
The objective for the Pilot Hill Project is to preserve 5,500 acres of undeveloped open space east of Laramie in order to protect the Casper aquifer drinking water resource, enhance recreational opportunities for residents and visitors, and promote economic development by providing a world-class natural amenity to attract and retain businesses and their employees.
Zoom, pan, and explore the area with different basemaps using this online map. The land is not accessible to the public under current private ownership.