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James Henderson

2014 Water Leaders Alumni

I am a 5th generation farmer and rancher from La Jara, CO (southern end of the San Luis Valley).  The original family ranch was established in the 1880’s. The ranch is 3054 acres and is all above 7400 feet in elevation. We are a cow/calf producer and run 200 head of Hereford and Angus cattle. The ranch uses water from the Conejos River, La Jara Creek, Alamosa River and the Rio Grande River. A portion of the ranch is located in New Mexico and is part of the upper watersheds for the San Antonio River which is tributary to the Conejos River System and for Brazos River which is tributary to Rio Chama. I enjoy the challenge (most days) of working with the weather and elements to carve out a living from the land.  I am very grateful for the sacrifices and work of previous generations that have brought our farm to this point in time. I feel that it is my role to honor them by not just preserving what they have accomplished but improve it for future generations.

I graduated Colorado State University in 2002 from the College of Natural Resources with a degree in Recreation and Tourism (I promise that’s a real degree). I worked as a fishing guide in the BWCAW and Quetico Provinical Park.  

I did about 5 years in Denver working inside suit and tie jobs before returning to the ranch. I was married to my wife Kiley, who is a 6th generation farmer, in 2009. We have two children, JR (2 years) and Troy (6 months). We enjoy staying at our mountain cabin, fishing, shooting and working. We are volunteer coordinators for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. We are very involved in our church and in the community.  

1750 Humboldt Street, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80218