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 a 501c3 in January, 2012 to support Residencies in the Arts and Ecology and its workshops and programs which 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 and community “give-back” provide a unique resource for this rural local community, the Four Corners of SW Colorado.

Willowtail is stewarded with alight hand. It abounds with protected natural beauty in many forms. The birds include hawks, eagles, owls and many species of songbirds that make their home on the Preserve, along with an abundance of flora and fauna.

Stewardship extends to the forest and 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.

Willowtail has an eye toward the future for ways to continue both the site and programs into the future. We hope in the next five years to strengthen the sustainability of this organization, encouraging curiosity and the love of learning. We would welcome your help by becoming a resident, supporter, volunteer or a guest.