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June 2019

Spinning wheel. Historic interpreters using the antique sewing machine

Summer Living History Program

June 1 – 10:00 am - August 17 – 5:00 pm

Wednesdays - SaturdaysThe summer Living History Programs are an engaging, personal and fun way to visit a park. The program provides third-person interpretation of the  history of the Pikes Peak region to create dynamic, authentic experiences. Tours are self-guided through 6 historic sites: 1775-1835 American Indian Area, 1860s Homestead Cabin, 19th Century Garden and Farm, 1800s Victorian Rock Ledge House, 19th Century Blacksmith Shop, and 1907 Orchard House.All of your senses will be enlightened with history! Play games, see craft demonstrations,…

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Opening Day June 1

June 6 – 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

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!

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July 2019

Family Fourth

July 4 – 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Musketeers at the Fourth of July Event

Make Rock Ledge Ranch your tradition for Independence Day! Visit each historic site to see how the eras celebrated the nations independence! Witness a re-enactment of a Revolutionary War Encampment and hear the Declaration of Independence read. Honest Abe will read the Gettysburg address. Visitors can also meet General William Jackson Palmer, Teddy 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)…

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September 2019

Labor Day Vintage Base Ball Game

September 2 – 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The highlight of Labor Day is our annual vintage base ball match between the Camp Creek Cloud Busters (your home team) and the STAR Base Ball Club of Colorado Territory. The Cloud Busters are no “farm team,” but needs your support to cheer them on to victory! The first pitch is at 1:00 p.m.This game is vintage rules: no  spittin', no swearin', no gloves.  “Cranks” (the spectators) can influence the umpire’s call in your team’s favor! “Base ball is the very symbol of the…

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41st Annual Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival

September 13 - September 15
Art set up during Annual Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival

The Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival is an annual event at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site at the  Garden of the Gods Park. It features the craftsmanship of 165 juried artisans from across the United States. You will find 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…

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10th Annual Powwow

September 21 – 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The rich American Indian heritage of the Pikes Peak region is interpreted on a daily basis at Rock Ledge Ranch. On this special day, the Ranch celebrates America’s indigenous nations with a traditional Powwow. The 10th Annual Garden of the Gods Rock Ledge Ranch Powwow will represent many American Indian Tribes.  Powwow will include various exhibition dances, Specials (contest) for youth and adults. Meet this year’s Princess, Maria YellowHawk, and enjoy the Powwow drums and singers.  Enjoy Native food, arts,…

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October 2019

Harvest Festival

October 5 – 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Select…

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Autumn Colorado Living History School Program (FULL)

October 9 – 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friendship circle dance at Rock Ledge Ranch

October 9 - 25: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 9 - 11 a.m. or 12 - 2 p.m. By reservation only. $3 per person. 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…

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October 30 – 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
New Stamp

No 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…

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November 2019

Everything But The Oink

November 9 – 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bars of Soup

To keep the meat from spoiling during the curing process, hogs were processed in the coolest, fall months of the year.  Lard is rendered to cook, make soap, and medicines.Everyone participated in this annual event, so dress for the weather and join us at the Woodworking Shop for this educational demonstration.In addition to hog processing, you can tour the historic sites and see sausage making, cooking, and activities. The Galloway Cabin will demonstrate soap making throughout the day.Special assistance provided…

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