Bighorn Sheep Day at Garden Visitor Center

       The third annual Bighorn Sheep Day at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center will feature viewing opportunities, children's activities and presentations Saturday, Feb. 16.
       The free event, which celebrates the accidental formation of the local Rampart bighorn herd in 1946, will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 1805 N. 30th St. Employees of the Colorado Department of Wildlife (DOW) are organizing Bighorn Day with Visitor Center staff.
       For the entire five hours, it will be possible to scan for bighorns from the center's Visitor Center Observation Deck (which is equipped with telescopes) or from the pullout area on Mesa Road. The animals often congregate on the slopes in Queen's Canyon this time of year to feed on grass shoots.
       A free shuttle to and from the pullout will be provided. Binoculars are recommended.
       Scheduled events are as follows:
  • 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. - guided nature walks through the Garden of the Gods.
  • 11 a.m. - “Bighorn Biology” presentation.
  • Noon - Children's interactive wildlife program and indoor scavenger hunt.
  • 1 p.m. - “Dome Rock/Pikes Peak Herd” presentation.
           There will also be games, costumed Smokey the Bear and bighorn sheep characters, free cookies and cider
           In 1946, a Department of Wildlife (DOW) truck was carrying 14 bighorns that were to join the Pikes Peak herd. But when the truck broke down near Green Mountain Falls, the animals were let go; they proceeded to wander away from Pikes Peak and form their own herd, which today numbers about 75 head.
           For more information, call the Visitor Center at 634-6666, extension 0.

    Westside Pioneer/press release