About Us

Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center [Willowtail.org] resides on 60 pristine acres in the high desert near Mancos, Colorado. Comprised of sweeping meadows, ancient forests of Pinon and Juniper, private lake, streams and lush gardens. Within this nature preserve is nestled the long standing Willowtail Springs Bed & Breakfast, Willowtailsprings.com which has offered luxury, eco-friendly accommodations with a light footprint on the surrounding natural sanctuary.

Willowtail.org was designated in 2012 to support residencies in the arts, enrich the community and preserve the diverse ecology of this unique land.The symbiotic relationship between the stunning physical landscape or “place” together with “the program” of residencies provide a unique an inspiring resource for the community both in the Four Corners of SW Colorado and beyond to the rest of the country.

Peggy and Lee Cloy founded the nonprofit organization of Willowtail.org. in order to develop a vehicle for awarding scholarships to emerging and mid-career practitioners to be residents working and creating in the arts for an extended time [currently a week – three weeks]. Through the Residency Programs plus  lectures, presentations and open studio events, which are required with an awarded residency, Willowtail encourages curiosity in the arts and nature.

Willowtail abounds with protected natural beauty in many forms. It has been registered with the State of Colorado and the Federal Division of Wildlife as a Soft Release Site for rehabilitated birds. These birds include hawks, eagles, owls and many species of songbirds that make their home in the Preserve.

Preservation extends to the forest and the water systems. Through considerable research, time, and focused effort more than 7,800 Ponderosa and Pinon Pine trees throughout the property have been saved on Willowtail from the devastating Ips Beetle infestation which have obliterated many ancient forests in Colorado over recent years.

Water use is employed with care and insight.

Willowtail has an eye toward the future for ways to preserve both the site itself and the programs already established into the future. We hope in the next five years to strengthen the sustainability of this organization which combines “place” and “program”. We would welcome your help by becoming a supporter, a volunteer, a member of a committee. Keep up with the latest happenings at Willowtail and the opportunities for participation.