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10th annual Bighorn Day at Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center Feb. 14

       The Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center will host its 10th annual Bighorn Sheep Day Saturday, Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
       The center is at 1805 N. 30th St. Admission is free.
       Activities will include crafts, games, guided walks, theater presentations and chances to view bighorns from the center as well as the Mesa Road overlook (accessible by shuttle bus).
       The annual event honors the Rampart bighorn herd, which lives in the open areas north of the Garden and often come down to the park or the neighboring Glen Eyrie property.
       The guided walks are scheduled on the hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting at the Perkins Central Garden Trail Head in the north parking lot off Juniper Way Loop.
       Here is the theater schedule:
       - 10:30 a.m., youth wildlife game.
       - 11:45 a.m., presentation on wildlife and disasters.
       - 1 p.m., "Zooper Heroes” - small, live animals from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
       - 2:15 p.m., Colorado Parks and Wildlife talk on bighorn sheep biology, followed by a radio-collar scavenger hunt.
       If need be, overflow parking will be available in the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site parking lot on the other side of 30th Street.
       According to state wildlife officials, the Rampart herd was accidentally created after a truck carrying 14 bighorns broke down in 1946 near Green Mountain Falls and the animals were let go. The herd now numbers about 70.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 2/3/15; Outdoors: Garden of the Gods)

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