Unforgettable Colorado Experiences

Unforgettable Colorado Experiences

Our Mission

Lincoln Hills Cares develops the next generation of young leaders through outdoor education and recreation, cultural history exploration and workforce advancement. Our programs empower youth who may not otherwise have the opportunity, due to economic, social or family circumstances.

Who We Are

Lincoln Hills Cares was founded by Robert F. Smith and Matthew Burkett, two entrepreneurs with the ability to envision a future of what was invisible to others. Based in Colorado, Lincoln Hills Cares is a charitable organization that strives to make outdoor experiences available to our extended communities. We aim to fulfill our mission through ongoing preservation practices and unique programming all across the Front Range. Learn more about our programs here.

Along with a history of being one of Colorado’s most cherished mountain areas, Lincoln Hills has maintained its accessibility and roots in the community by facilitating year-round programs for youth and young adults. Through extensive restoration efforts, Lincoln Hills has been restored from its tumultuous recent history as a mining property, and is once again able to provide some of Colorado’s most unique outdoor experiences, including a wide range of outdoor education and recreation programs.


Lincoln Hills Cares strives to provide unique and innovative outdoor experiences through focused programs and curriculum, delivered in our Youth Outdoor Education Programs, Nizhoni Equestrian Program and TeamWorks Service Learning Program for youth and young adults.


Lincoln Hills Cares enables life changing moments by creating true Colorado experiences for the extended community, nonprofit partner groups and underserved youth populations in the Denver Metro area. As Lincoln Hills Cares continues to grow, its mission will remain steadfast, sharing unforgettable Colorado experiences for many generations to come.

Fly Fishing

With some of Colorado’s most pristine wilderness and rivers also comes the state’s most acclaimed fly fishing water. The Lincoln Hills property is home to the private Lincoln Hills Fly Fishing Club where members spend their days on the river and restored watershed areas at Lincoln Hills creating unforgettable angling experiences.


Lincoln Hills traces its beginnings to 1922 when it was established as the country’s only western resort accessible to African-Americans. Lincoln Hills played an integral role in the African-American community throughout the 1900s leading up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Read More Here.