CAPULIN — Two years ago, no one had probably ever heard of Cactus Hill Farm or el Viejo Ditch. If one did, it was likely only due to driving through Capulin a couple of times ... probably by accident.
Yet, getting to know this special place is highly recommended. The land has a rich history of agriculture and stream restoration; a beautiful stretch of the Alamosa River with cold, clean springs and deep pools; an awesome family working it; and a very, very important water right.
Cactus Hill is Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust’s (RiGHT) first project that includes a wet water “alternative transfer method,” and it’s also RiGHT’s first conservation easement on the Alamosa River. All involved brought so much creativity and energy to secure a balanced water future for the people of Alamosa, farmers and ranchers in Conejos County and the Alamosa River. The hope was that this project would serve as an inspiration and model for other land trusts, landowners and water agencies; as RiGHT continues to make progress on the goal to provide alternatives to agricultural “buy-and-dry” in Colorado’s Water Plan.