The Colorado Division of Wildlife has purchased a 940-acre tract in Grand County to protect wildlife habitat and provide hunting access.
The department said Tuesday the $2.2 million purchase was funded by state lottery proceeds and by a $5 habitat fee on hunting and fishing licenses.
The land was part of the Grand View Ranch. State officials say housing construction had been proposed there.
The ranch includes a deer and elk migratory route and habitat for the greater sage grouse. It also provides hunting access to thousands of acres of public land.
Officials say the purchase will keep residential development away from the Byers Canyon shooting range, a free facility operated by the Wildlife Division.