Frequently Asked Questions

Questions on Events

Q: I am interested in displaying my products at the annual Folk Art Festival at Rock Ledge Ranch in September. Who do I contact for the application?

A: The information that you need can be obtained by contacting Kathy at the Holly Berry House 719-636-2752. Kathy is the organizer for this event and handles everything that needs to be done prior to vending of merchandise.

Questions on Donations

Q: Who may I speak to regarding special donations? I would like to donate an artifact to the ranch.

A: Please contact us through our web form or by phone (719-578-6777). We are humbly grateful for your generosity!

Q: What happens to the money donated if you are not successful in keeping the ranch open? My grandchildren enjoy the ranch activities very much. Thanks.

A: The Rock Ledge Ranch Living History Association has recently formed the LHA Foundation and will place all funds within this vehicle for use towards our Mission Statement. The LHA will manage these funds and they do not go into the community pot of the City of Colorado Springs. Your donation will be safeguarded and used specifically for ranch upkeep and historic preservation. We will not be dissolving as an Association. We are making strides and looking forward to the future but donations are still needed.

Questions on Visiting

Q: Your facility looks like great fun except I am afraid of certain roaming animals. Can you tell me if they are allowed to run free or contained in a specific location.

A: Some animals are contained, such as the horses and cows. Others are allowed to roam from one time to another, such as the sheep and chickens. This is to keep in lieu of the period times that the ranch represents. The sheep keep by themselves near the barn as do the chickens. There are many other areas of the ranch that can be visited without getting near the free roaming animals, such as the Historic Orchard House, the Blacksmith area, the Carriage House with Museum artifacts, the Indian grounds, the Heritage shop and the Galloway Homestead Cabin. There are also many foot trails over the 230 acres to explore.

Q: I’ve misplaced my membership card. Is there a way to print out a new one? Can you verify my membership at the gate?

A: Your membership is still valid through the expiration date even if you lose your card, though it will take a longer to get you through the gate. Bring your picture identification and we’ll verify the membership when you check in. There currently isn’t a way to print a new membership card until it is renewed.

Q: I had a great time at Fiddles, Vittles and Vino. Can I bring a bottle of a bottle of Merlot wine on a picnic to relive that moment?

A: Fiddles, Vittles and Vino is a special event that requires the event to obtain a temporary license to allow the distribution and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Outside of this event (both physically and temporally) alcohol is strictly forbidden on the premises. In fact, as part of the El Paso County Parks and Open Spaces, it’s against the law to enter the premises with controlled substances or under its influence. (See section 9, article 1 of the rules and regulations).

Questions on Volunteering

Q: What are the prerequisites to becoming a Junior Docent?

A:Junior Docents must be at least 10 years old and have completed 4th grade. They need to fill out an application and come to an interview. They must be able to attend all mandatory training sessions and be willing to commit to volunteering 2 times per week for 5 weeks during the summer plus work at least 2 special events.

Q: What type of people enjoy being docents? Is it right for me?

A: If you love history and enjoy living it out, have a desire to learn new things and don’t mind working hard you’ll fit right in with our talented group!

Q: I am interested in becoming a Junior Docent at Rock Ledge Ranch and would like to know how to apply.

A: Please contact the grounds office at 719-578-6777. The Volunteer page has some additional information on our volunteer opportunities.

Questions on Weddings

Q: Are wedding ceremonies or receptions allowed on the ranch grounds?

A: Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site can hold weddings in the months of January through May and October through December at the American Mothers Chapel (located at the south east corner of the Ranch). It is a small chapel that seats 9 to 12 people comfortably. If you are interested in reserving the Chapel you can call the main Parks, Recreations and Cultural Services number at 719-385-6504. For questions about wedding receptions, please call the Rock Ledge Ranch office at 719-578-6777.

Questions on Private Events

Q: Are private parties and events allowed in the Carriage House?

A: The Carriage House is available for group meetings. Those interested should call the main number at 719-578-6777