About Us


Summit & Grand counties are known for their ski resorts and summer activities.  However, there is another part of Middle Park where the real Coloradoans live: the Lower Blue River Valley.  Bordered by the rugged Gore Range to the west and the Williams Fork Mountains to the east, the beautiful Blue River Valley meanders down the Highway 9 corridor, north of Silverthorne, before merging with the powerful Colorado River near Kremmling.  The Valley includes unspoiled National Forest, two Wilderness areas, and several private ranches.

Friends of the Lower Blue River is volunteer group of dues paying Summit & Grand County residents, property owners, and other interested parties who share a concern for maintaining the rural character, quality of life, and the environment of the Lower Blue River Valley.


To sustain and protect the traditional agricultural character, promote the safety of the residents, livestock and wildlife, and maintain the environmental integrity of the Lower Blue River Valley through education, collaboration and community involvement.

Photo By Josh Richert of Blue Valley Ranch

Photo By Josh Richert of Blue Valley Ranch


FOLBR functions as a constructive forum on issues important to the Valley through education, communication, and membership participation.

We do so by…

  • Helping to maintain a reasonable approach to land use, including development, agriculture, open space, and wildlife issues, while supporting the ranching and agricultural lifestyle.
  • Addressing interests such as transportation (especially on Highway 9), recreation, emergency services, fire protection, livestock evacuation planning,  water matters, and cell phone services.
  • Collaborating  closely with Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, and the Lower Blue Planning Commission.
  • Gathering and disseminating information on studies, activities, and pending decisions of concern to members of FOLBR


photo credits: Unless otherwise noted, photos are taken by Bob Sweet, Long-time Resident and former FOLBR Board Member

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