All Events

  • Opening Day and Sheep Shearing

    3rd June 2017 at 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!

  • Basic Blacksmith Workshop

    17th June 2017 at 9:00:am
    Admission: $150 per class. Reservations required. Registration opens April 3, 2017 and closes when full. There is availability of 6 students per class.

    The Basic Blacksmith Workshop will be back for its 12th year! Ranch Manager and Blacksmith, Andy Morris and Don Hanson will conduct two one-day workshops (16 years and older). These hands-on workshops will include an overview of blacksmithing 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. Saturday, June 17 or Sunday, June 18  

  • Family Fourth

    4th July 2017 at 10:00:am
    Admission: LHA Members are Free; Active Military Discounts with ID Regular Admission: $8 Adults, $5 Seniors, 6-17 $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, and Patrick Henry’s daughter will recite her father’s famous speech “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!” Visitors can also meet General William Jackson Palmer, and Teddy Roosevelt while patriotic music resonates throughout the site. Carnival games are available in the barn with prizes! (Tickets available for $0.50 each) 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!

  • Shakespeare at the Ranch

    27th July 2017 at 6:00:pm
    Admission: Tickets range in price. Visit www.theatreworkscs.org for more information.

    Theatreworks Shakespeare Festival at Rock Ledge Ranch: Culture meets History

    Tickets range in price with discounted same day tickets available to all patrons of Rock Ledge Ranch. Visit www.theatreworkscs.org for more information, or call 719.255.3232. All proceeds support Theatreworks and Rock Ledge Ranch. More information TBA.

  • Fiddles, Vittles & Vino

    30th July 2017 at 3:00:pm
    Admission: Adults (13 years old and older): $45 Preregistration (before July 20th), $50 After
    Children (under 13): $15 Preregistration (before July 20th), $20 After Absolutely no passes or coupons accepted for this event.

    Fiddles Vittles & VinoA 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. 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.

  • Labor Day Vintage Base Ball Game

    4th September 2017 at 10:00:am
    Admission: LHA Members: Free Adults: $8, Seniors: $5, Children 6-12: $4, Children under 6 are free.

    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 hotdogs, 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

  • Powwow

    23rd September 2017 at 10:00:am
    Admission: LHA Members: Free Adults: $8, Seniors: $5, Children 6-12: $4, Children under 6 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 8th 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! Also look for Cheyenne Emma Rose Wilson, the 2016 Garden of the Gods Rock Ledge Ranch Powwow Princess.  When she was crowned at the 2016 Powwow, Cheyenne was 13 and in the 8th grade. She is the daughter of the late Daniel Wilson, who served in the Army, and Laura Wilson. Her family attends powwows all over Colorado and several neighboring states. She will be representing the Ranch at the Denver March Powwow.  Cheyenne  is half Dine, one/quarter Lakota, and one/quarter Cheyenne. In addition to dancing at Powwows, Cheyenne  has been dancing since she was a toddler, and danced both fancy shawl and jingle dress.  She loves sports and plays basket ball, soccer and lacrosse.  Cheyenne is honored and humbled to be chosen by the Powwow Committee to represent Garden of the Gods Rock Ledge Ranch Powwow for the 2016-2017 year.

  • Harvest Festival

    7th October 2017 at 10:00:am
    Admission: FREE

    In recognition of the bounty of a traditional Fall Harvest, the Ranch is open free of admission on this day. 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. Small fee apply to most activities at $0.50 a ticket. 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.

  • Colorado Living History School Program (Autumn)

    10th October 2017 at 9:30:am
    Admission: By Reservation Only

    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, miners, health seekers, explorers 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:
      • Programs offered 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
      • Minimum of 50 students to attend.
      • 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.

  • Everything But The Oink

    11th November 2017 at 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

    6th December 2017 at 1:00:pm
    Admission: $25 per person. Reservation required.

    Wednesday, December 6 Friday, December 8 Saturday, December 9 Wednesday, December 13

    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 tea etiquette. This event is offered once a year, and fills up quickly! Reservations available September 6 until full.

  • Holiday Evening

    16th December 2017 at 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.