Annual bighorn event at GoG Visitor Center Feb. 15Bighorn Sheep Day at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center Saturday, Feb. 15 will feature a range of activities and, with any luck, sightings of the wild animals themselves.
The ninth annual celebration of the official state mammal will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The center is at 1805 N. 30th St. Admission is free. Those interested in glimpses of the Rampart bighorn herd, whose members make their home in the open areas north of the Garden and often come down to the park or the neighboring Glen Eyrie property, can use telescope-provided viewing stations, either on the center's deck or at the Mesa Road overlook.
A free shuttle bus will be available to take people to the overlook.
Also offered outside will be guided walks through the Garden, on the hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. And, a radio-collar “scavenger hunt” will follow a 2:15 p.m. bighorn presentation in the Visitor Center's theater.
Activities inside the center will also include three other theater activities, information tables and youth craft opportunities.
Here is the full 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., a Colorado Parks and Wildlife talk on bighorn sheep biology and the impacts of forest fires.
Because of ongoing renovations inside the center, access may be limited to the entrances leading up to the building's north and south sides. The north side is handicapped-accessible.
If need be, overflow parking will be available in the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site parking lot on the other side of 30th Street.
The annual event commemorates the accidental creation of the Rampart herd 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