All Events

  • Junior Docent Program

    1st March 2019 at 12:00:am
    Admission:

    Experience Living History this year as a Junior Docent at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site! Junior Docents wear period clothing, demonstrate historic chores, games, and crafts, and interpret the unique history of the Pikes Peak region to visitors from around the world! Participation in the Junior Docent program is selective and dependent on several factors, including: age, interest, availability, maturity, and interview.  

    1775-1835 American Indian Interpretive Area 1860’s Homestead 1880’s Rock Ledge House 1880’s Farm and Garden 19th Century Blacksmith Shop 1907 Orchard House (Ages 13 to 17)

     

    Applications: Open Friday, March 1 until Thursday, March 7. Visit www.coloradosprings.gov/parksvolunteer Activity number: 2126. In a paragraph, explain why you would like to be a Junior Docent. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

    Days/Times: Two half-days per week Wednesday through Saturday. Either:  9:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. or 1:15 - 5 p.m. during an assigned five-week session, according to availability.

    Session I: June 5 - July 6

    Session II: July 10 - August 10

    Junior Docents- along with their parent/guardian- must also volunteer for either: Family Fourth, Thursday, July 4 and/or Harvest Festival, Saturday, October 5 and one other Ranch special event throughout the year.

    Interviews: Saturday, March 16 Interviews will take place at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site by appointment only. Registration information will be sent upon after review of application. An invitation code is required to register for the interview.

    Mandatory Orientation: Saturday, April 6. Either: 10 am. – 12 p.m. or 2 – 4 p.m. Registration  by invitation only and parent/guardian is required to attend with Junior Docent.

    Period Clothing Check- Out: Saturday, April 13. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Optional if approved historic clothing is provided.) Scheduled registration is required. Drop ins will not be accommodated. Clothing rental is $5 per item. Clothing is expected to be clean and pressed during use and upon return.

    Site Specific Training Required:

    Session I: June 4, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Session II: July 9, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Session II participants may attend Session I training.)

    *Applicants: Your attendance to the dates above is mandatory to participate in the program. Training Dates may be subject to change. 

    www.rockledgeranch.com / 719-578-6777

  • Basic Blacksmith Workshop

    23rd March 2019 9:00 am at 9:00:am 9:00 am
    Admission: $150 per class. Reservations required. Registration closes when full. There is availability of 6 students per class.

    The Basic Blacksmith Workshop will be back for its 14th year! Ranch Manager and Blacksmith, Andy Morris and Don Hanson will conduct three one-day workshops (16 years and older). These hands-on workshops will include an overview of blacksmith history, tools, techniques and discussions of supplies necessary for starting your own shop. Each participant will forge practical and decorative items from hot steel to take home and amaze their family and friends! Please note: this workshop does NOT take place at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. On the day of the workshop, you will meet at 2265 Spectra, Colorado Springs. The workshop will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. There will be a 45 minute break for lunch.

    Friday, March 22

    Saturday, March 23

    Sunday, March 24

    Registration is limited, and fills up quickly!

  • Spring Colorado Living History School Program

    10th April 2019 9:30 am at 9:30:am 9:30 am
    Admission:

    April 10th — April 26th, 2019 Wednesday, Thursdays, Fridays 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. or 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. $3 per person; 1 Adult per 10 students Free By Reservation Only: 719-578-6777

    Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site Colorado History School Program is designed to help students become immersed in the 18th and 19th century’s culture for the most interactive educational experience. Our program is designed so that students learn they are part of history, and relate what they learn about the past to their lives today. Students are encouraged to participate in hands-on activities, and to ask and answer questions. It is our goal to provide you with the best educational experience possible! This program is directed at grade three, however, we encourage all ages to participate. Your visit will include: Lifestyles, struggles, and rewards of:
    • American Indians
    • Homesteaders and farmers
    • Blacksmiths
    An activity packet will be sent with the confirmation with further exploration of Rock Ledge Ranch, if your class(es) would like to explore before or after the scheduled program. Planning your visit:
    • Minimum of 50 students, $150. For 75+, plan for 2 time slots, according to availability.
    • Please ensure all visitors are prepared for the weather! Barn will be open for shelter in inclement weather.
    • Our staff and volunteers will lead the group and group leaders to the appropriate program areas.
    • Please arrive prior to the reservation time, as late arrivals will receive a shorter program.

  • Earth Day

    20th April 2019 9:00 am at 9:00:am 9:00 am
    Admission: FREE

    In combination with the Garden of the Gods Nature and Visitor Center, celebrate the environment at Rock Ledge Ranch on this free day! Historic homes will be open, as well as the Blacksmith Shop and General Store. Bring a picnic and come have a great time while supporting the Ranch! Did you know:  Colorado Springs is a "Tree City USA" for 40 consecutive years? Longest running in the state! General Palmer had 600 cottonwood trees planted when water was available from city reservoirs in 1872. In 1910 City Council created a Department of Forestry, a tree ordinance and a city forester position. When many of the cottonwoods did not survive they were replaced with maple, ash and elm trees.

    Volunteer and Docent inquiries encouraged!

  • Opening Day and Sheep Shearing

    1st June 2019 10:00 am at 10:00:am 10:00 am
    Admission: LHA Members are Free Regular Admission: $8 Adults, $5 Seniors, 6-17 $4, Children 5 and under are Free.

    Homespun Fun at the Ranch!

    In the 1880s, El Paso County boasted the largest population of sheep in the state at 120,000 critters. This produced about 560,000 pounds of fleece! Watch as the sheep are sheared with traditional and modern equipment and see a demonstration of expert the sheep dog handling. There will also be carding, spinning, dying, and weaving demonstration. Visit the General Store to buy gifts made from the very own sheep!

  • Fiddles, Vittles & Vino – Tickets Available April 1

    16th June 2019 3:00 pm at 3:00:pm 3:00 pm
    Admission: Tickets: Adults $60 13 and under $25 Absolutely no passes or coupons accepted for this event.

    NOW IN JUNE!!! A Southern Colorado Bluegrass and Culinary Arts Festival

    Foot-stomping bluegrass music, cooking demonstrations, living history activities, and, of course, the delectable food and wine tastings, have quickly made this event a regional favorite. Sample food from more than two dozen of Colorado Springs’ finest restaurants. Where else can you sip a vintage wine, listen to bluegrass melodies and enjoy a gorgeous view of Pikes Peak. Bring chairs or a blanket for seating at the concert. The festival will be held rain or shine. All proceeds benefit Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.

    Fiddles Vittles & Vino

    For more information on the bands, schedule, and to purchase tickets online, visit www.fiddlesvittlesandvino.com. Tickets are limited, and this event has sold out the last several years, so purchase early! Advance purchase at the Ranch Office, General Store, or Admissions Gate. Ticket holders have unrestricted access to bluegrass performances and food and beverage samplings. Note: Due to the nature of this event, the site will be closed to all except ticket holders and dogs are not permitted on the premises during the event.

  • Family Fourth

    4th July 2019 10:00 am at 10:00:am 10:00 am
    Admission: LHA Members are Free;
    Active Military Discounts with ID: $5
    Regular Admission: $8
    Kids 6-17: $5
    Seniors, 55+: $4
    Children 5 and under are Free.

    Make Rock Ledge Ranch your tradition for Independence Day! The Historic Homes will be open. Witness a re-enactment of a Revolutionary War Encampment and hear the Declaration of Independence. Honest Abe will read the Gettysburg address. Visitors can also meet George Washington, General William Jackson PalmerTeddy Roosevelt, and Katherine Lee Bates while patriotic brass band music resonates throughout the site! Carnival games are available in the barn with prizes! (Tickets available for $0.50 each, cash only) Bring a picnic or buy a hot dog and enjoy it on the Orchard House lawn. Pie, lemonade and cold watermelon will be available for sale. The General Store is the perfect place to buy an old fashioned soda, bag of popcorn, and a souvenir! Food vendors and pony rides on site. Cards accepted for admission, General Store, and some vendors. Plan to have cash on hand for pony rides, lemonade, and pie! ATM may be available.

  • Labor Day Vintage Base Ball Game

    2nd September 2019 10:00 am at 10:00:am 10:00 am
    Admission:

    Labor Day Vintage Base Ball: Monday, September 2, 2019 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (First pitch 1 p.m.)

    “Base ball is the very symbol of the outward and visible expression of the drive and push of the raging, tearing, booming 19th Century.”

    - Mark Twain

    The highlight of Labor Day is our annual vintage base ball match between the Camp Creek Cloud Busters (your home team) and the 1882 Denver & Rio Grande Reds. The Cloud Busters is no “farm team,” but needs your support to cheer them on to victory! The first pitch will be at 1:00 p.m. This game is vintage rules: no one wears a mitt or glove (except the catcher) and “cranks” (that’s you, the spectators) can influence the umpire’s call in your team’s favor! Picnics are welcome, but don’t miss the opportunity to sip a cold cream soda or root bear available for purchase at the General Store. Vendors will be here to supply hot dogs, popcorn and ice cream as well. Visit the Historic Homes throughout the site. It may be the end of summer, but not the fun!

    Huzzah for the National Game!

  • 41st Annual Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival

    13th September 2019 at 12:00:am
    Admission:

    The Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival is held annually at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site in the spectacular Garden of the Gods Park. It features the fine works of 165 juried artisans from across the United States. You will find exquisite fine art, a unique array of fine crafts, one-of-a-kind collectibles, antiques and much, much more, complimented by food music and historic tours. This event benefits the preservation and restoration of Rock Ledge Ranch. Vendors are encouraged to apply by returning the jury form available by clicking on “Application For Jurying” shown below.

      41st Annual Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site Garden of the Gods Park Colorado Springs, Colorado  
    • Friday, September 13, 2019 from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    • Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
    • Sunday, September 15, 2019 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Admission Rates
    Adult $6.00 Seniors $5.00 Children (6-12 years) $2.00
    Application for Jurying Holly Berry House Inc. accepts jury applications all year long. Click on the link above to download and print out the jury form. Follow the instructions and mail to the address provided.

  • Powwow

    21st September 2019 10:00 am at 10:00:am 10:00 am
    Admission: LHA Members are Free Regular Admission: $8 Adults, $5 Seniors, 6-17 $4, Children 5 and under are Free

    The rich American Indian heritage of the Pikes Peak region is interpreted on a daily basis at Rock Ledge Ranch.  But on this special day, the Ranch celebrates America’s indigenous nations with a traditional Powwow. The 9th Annual Garden of the Gods Rock Ledge Ranch Powwow will represent many American Indian Tribes. Activities will include dancing, drumming, singing. Enjoy Native food, arts, crafts, and exhibits. Mark your calendar and come join this fun and festivities!

  • Harvest Festival

    5th October 2019 10:00 am at 10:00:am 10:00 am
    Admission: LHA Members are Free Regular Admission: $8 Adults, $5 Seniors, 6-17 $4, Children 5 and under are Free

    The Ranch will be filled with activities and fun in the crisp autumn air. Take a wagon ride with the family, listen to old-time music, pick a pumpkin to take home, scramble for candy, kick back on the lawn with a slice of pie, and take time to tour the Historic Homes, visit the Blacksmith and more. Pumpkins are $5 each. Bid for fine, handcrafted folk art at the silent auction in the Carriage House! Plan to stay through the day as food vendors will be on site. Credit accepted for admission and General Store. Plan to have small-bill cash on hand.

  • Autumn Colorado Living History School Program

    9th October 2019 9:30 am at 9:30:am 9:30 am
    Admission: By Reservation Only

    Autumn Colorado Living History School Program October 9- 25, 2019 Wednesday, Thursdays, Fridays 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. or 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.$3 per person; 1 Adult per 10 students Free By Reservation Only: 719-578-6777

    Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site Colorado History School Program is designed to help students become immersed in the 18th and 19th century’s culture for the most interactive educational experience. Our program is designed so that students learn they are part of history, and relate what they learn about the past to their lives today. Students are encouraged to participate in hands-on activities, and to ask and answer questions. It is our goal to provide you with the best educational experience possible! This program is directed at grade three, however, we encourage all ages to participate. Your visit will include: Lifestyles, struggles, and rewards of:
    • American Indians
    • Homesteaders and farmers
    • Blacksmiths
    An activity packet will be sent with the confirmation with further exploration of Rock Ledge Ranch, if your class(es) would like to explore before or after the scheduled program. Planning your visit:
    • Minimum of 50 students, $150. For 75+, plan for 2 time slots.
    • Please ensure all visitors are prepared for the weather! Barn will be open for shelter in inclement weather.
    • Our staff and volunteers will lead the group and group leaders to the appropriate program areas.
    • Please arrive prior to the reservation time, as late arrivals will receive a shorter program.

  • *NEW* Home School Day

    30th October 2019 10:00 am at 10:00:am 10:00 am
    Admission: $4.00 per person, Children 2 and under FREE

    Announcing in 2019: Home School Day! Wednesday, October 30 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    Image result for newNo reservation required for this School Program! Home School families are invited to enter through the Admission Hut. Tours are self-guided to the educational historic sites. Admission is $4.00 each, children 2 and under are FREE. This School Program will cover the historic sites:

    • 1775 American Indian Area
    • 1860s Homestead Cabin
    • 1880s Farm and Garden
    • 19th Century Blacksmith Shop

    Here are a few tips to plan your Home School Program:

    • Your trip will begin at 3105 Gateway Road.
    • Dress for the weather! The majority of this program is outside with limited indoor space.
    • Parent/guardian chaperones are required during the program. Our staff and volunteers are here to facilitate learning. Teachers/parent chaperones are responsible for student behavior and to model proper field trip etiquette.
    • Picnic lunches are welcome. Picnic tables available South of the Orchard House or by the pond. Trash and recycling receptacles provided.

  • Everything But The Oink

    9th November 2019 10:00 am at 10:00:am 10:00 am
    Admission: LHA Members: Free Adults: $8, Seniors: $5, Children 6-12: $4, Children under 6 are free

    Everything but the oink!

    It's an old saying that sums up the dietary and economic importance of hogs to farmers, ranchers and homesteaders.

    To keep the meat from spoiling during the curing process, hogs were processed in the coolest, fall months of the year.  Lard was rendered to use for baking and to make soap and medicinals. Everyone participated in this annual event, so dress for the weather and join us at the Woodshop for this educational demonstration. In addition to hog processing, you can observe sausage making at the Rock Ledge House and Orchard House. Galloway Cabin will demonstrate soap making throughout the day. Special assistance provided by Zettlemoyer’s Custom Meat Processing.    

  • Holiday Teas and Tours

    4th December 2019 1:00 pm at 1:00:pm 1:00 pm
    Admission: $30 per person. Reservation required.

    MEMBERS ONLY TEA! Wednesday, December 4

    • Friday, December 6

    • Saturday, December 7

    • Wednesday, December 11

    Celebrate the holiday season in the 1907 Orchard House with our annual holiday teas! Experience a traditional English tea and tour of the country estate decorated with fresh greens in an antiquated style. Learn about Edwardian history and etiquette. All teas begin at 1 p.m. This popular event is offered once a year, and fills up quickly!   Lottery registration! Opens by phone 719-578-6777 Wednesday after Labor Day, September 4 - September 11, 2019. Limit 4 seats per tea, per lottery entry. Members-only will be selected at random until the Member Tea is full. Remaining members registered will have another opportunity to be selected at random for the remaining Tea reservations. If selected, seats are $45 each, and payment is due to secure each reservation. Call for more details.

  • Holiday Evening

    14th December 2019 4:00 pm at 4:00:pm 4:00 pm
    Admission: LHA Members: Free Adults: $8, Seniors: $5, Children 6-12: $4, Children under 6 are free.

    Rock Ledge Ranch will be transformed with the sights, sounds, and aromas of this traditionally festive season! The evening features tractor rides, old-time musical entertainment, lantern light tours to the 1860’s Homestead Cabin, Blacksmithing demonstrations, barn dancing, Victorian celebrations in the 1880’s Rock Ledge House and Edwardian festivities in the 1907 Orchard House. St. Nicholas will be in the Carriage House to visit with children and adults. Purchase those extra special gifts at the General Store. Hot cider and other goodies will be available at several locations around the Ranch. Admission price includes all activities and tours.