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Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center

Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center provides a backdrop where artists and scientists can integrate and renew their work within the beauty and inspiration of a unique high alpine desert setting in Southwest Colorado.As part of our core mission, Willowtail offers a variety of residency programs to those in the arts and sciences. We support emerging, established, practitioners creatives dealing with the integration of The Arts, Ecology and Natural Sciences, and the organic flow between them.Willowtail provides a protected time and space environment, allowing residents to pursue their vision through exploration, reflection, research, collaboration and creative endeavors. Artists can apply for full or partial fellowships to cover cost of program.

See more about residencies at Willowtail here:


Mancos, Colorado: United States

Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center resides on 60 pristine acres in the high desert near the town of Mancos, Colorado. The land is comprised of sweeping meadows, ancient forests of Pinon and Juniper and a private lake. Within this nature preserve exists the long standing Willowtail Springs Bed & Breakfast which offers comfortable and eco-friendly accommodations with a light footprint on the surrounding natural sanctuary.


  • Residency Length: 1 week to 2 months
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 3


  • Artist Status: Mid-career Artists
  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Residencies and retreats are available to visual artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, performance artists, screenwriters and natural scientists from around the world.

  • Application deadline: August 20
  • Application Ongoing: Yes

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
“Obviously, art is not created in a vacuum; one needs a truly balanced and experimental life to eventually become creative. by the quiet, peace, and permission I found while spending my week at Willowtail."
“Such a place is exactly what an artist needs to incite fresh creativity, a new perspective, and a natural inclination to push work further. All other things fall to the side in the present moment, birds flutter from tree to tree, chime out their melodies. I am reminded of what is truly important in life.”
— Elizabeth Kinahan, Painter
— Jane Pedersen, Handmade Paper and Book Artist

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house), Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    Participants will have a choice of one of three available living spaces, all with wifi, fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens, and outdoor decks overlooking the lake.
  • Meals: Residents make own meals/groceries provided
    Breakfast items are provided (homemade bread, cherry/raspberry jam, organic juice, butter, cream, milk, eggs, fruit, fresh ground coffee, tea, homemade granola, fruit, olive oil and spices). Residents are responsible for other food/meals.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in living or studio area (private), Wireless Internet, Ethernet provided in living or studio area
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
  • Studios/special equipment: Painting, Sculpture
  • Additional studio information: 
    We can accommodate painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, sculpture, performance art, film making, composers, songwriters and practicing musicians. The Working Studio space is 600 sq. ft, and can hold up to three people per day for self directed work. It is a separate building nestled in the gardens next to the Lakehouse and looks out to the lake, gardens and small pool with fountain.

Residency Fees


Stipends / other support


Additional expectations / opportunities

Residents are required to present lectures or programs for the enrichment of the local community members and its children. The program itself will develop from the residents and their particular fields of expertise and interest. This will be an important piece of the Application process.

Contact Information

PO Box 89
10451 Co Rd 39, physical address
Mancos, Colorado 81328
United States