Volunteering

Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site is fortunate to have a large number of volunteers assisting with programs and special events. As a volunteer or docent, you make history come alive for Ranch visitors from all over the world! Adult and Junior Docents dress in period-appropriate clothing and demonstrate everyday life depicting 1775- 1907 at each historic site represented:

  • 1775 American Indian Area (Ute and Plains Indian cultures): Erect authentic tipi, exhibit pelts of fur, beadwork, and explain the lifestyle of the native people.
  • 1860s Homestead: The 1862 Homestead Act was the foundation of Westward development. Experience the environment of an early cabin homesteader: farming, cooking, entertainment, and chores.
  • 1880s Rock Ledge House and Farm: when the railroad came to the Pikes Peak Region comforts and technology followed. It was a challenge to make a living in the semi-arid landscape, but the Chambers’ family was successful farmers and boarding hosts to tuberculosis patients during Westward expansion.
  • 19th Century Blacksmith Shop: A representation of trade craft that was available in Old Colorado City during the growth of the Pikes Peak population. Some of the Smith’s hand-forged items are available for sale in the General Store!
  • 1907 Orchard House: an elegant country estate built by General William J. Palmer for William and Charlotte Sclater, his sister-in-law and her husband. Docents interpret domestic servants cooking, cleaning, and providing tours of the historic home.

The Junior Docent Program is volunteer opportunities for youth 10 – 17. 

If you need help or have questions about the programs or applications please contact us at (719) 578-6777 or info@rockledgeranch.com.
Thank you for your support!

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