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True Colorado Wildlife Right Outside Your New BackCountry Back Door!

by | April 9th, 2012

For most of us Coloradoans, the idea of wildlife consists of our backyard pets, a pair of rambunctious squirrels, a smattering of robins and wrens and what we see on Friday nights at the local pub. If we’re lucky, we might spot an occasional coyote, pronghorn or falcon, but sightings are rare and usually distant. But those of us who are wild at heart crave something more from our Colorado living experience. Indeed, what we really want is to live as more of a participant in nature rather than just an observer of it. So then, where ought we to live? How about BackCountry in Highlands Ranch, Colorado’s 2011 Community of the Year, where true Colorado wildlife can be found every day, right outside your back door?

Perfectly situated at the gateway to 8,200 acres of Highlands Ranch’s exclusive Backcountry Wilderness Area—467 breathtaking acres of which are set aside for the private use of community residents–the BackCountry luxury home community is a nature-lover’s dream.

Residents of BackCountry take easy advantage of an extensive network of trails, parks, waterways and 240 acres of in-community open space to take in a wide variety of wildlife, including small mammals like White-tailed Jackrabbits, squirrels and chipmunks, water fowl and other indigenous birdlife such as Peregrine Falcons, American Kestrels, Western Bluebirds, Mountain Chickadees, and Colorado’s state bird, the Lark Bunting.

For the more adventurous nature seeker, the 467-acre private South Rim open space and the Backcountry Wilderness area beyond—accessible to BackCountry community residents via an extensive 7-mile trail system–offer a bounty of the wildlife any true Colorado resident would hope to enjoy. Although it’s not unusual to see them wandering or grazing within the community itself, the South Rim and Backcountry Wilderness Area are home to all the species mentioned earlier, as well as plentiful elk, deer, antelope, Red Fox, badgers, porcupines, wild turkeys and the captivating songbird known as the Western Meadowlark. To top it all off, there is nothing quite like watching a pair of majestic Bald Eagles soaring overhead on a balmy Saturday afternoon.

Set against the stunning backdrop that is the Rocky Mountain Front Range–where America the Beautiful’s phrase, “Purple Mountain Majesty” was first coined–BackCountry’s setting, amenities and nature-complimenting design makes living there a delight, especially for those who want to experience all that Colorado nature has to offer without having to drive away from the city to get it.

About BackCountry in Highlands Ranch – Colorado’s Community of the Year: With such stunning surroundings, BackCountry was planned to let the natural world influence the design of the homes and the community. From the community’s use of water management, preservation of open space and wildlife habitats, to the trail connections throughout, people who move to BackCountry move here to see nature, so that is exactly what the community provides. Although over 300 families call BackCountry home, when complete, approximately 1,250 will fill the community, as will 16 miles of trails and six parks. Currently eight distinct collections of homes are available including Richmond American’s from the $300s; Shea Homes from the mid $400s-$700s; Toll Brothers from the upper $500s; Paragon Homes’ semi-custom Sanctuary Collection from the $1 millions, and; the Custom Collection beginning from $1.2 million. BackCountry? Naturally!

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  1. Rim, the community’s private wilderness of 467 acres, you can walk, run, or ride bikes and spot all kinds of wildlife. Keep going and you’ll head straight into the Backcountry Wilderness Area, home to 26 miles

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