Rock Ledge opens summer season June 1

       Demonstrations of sheep-shearing, sheepdog herding and wool-working will highlight the season opening of Rock Ledge Ranch Saturday, June 1.
       Located off Gateway Road at 30th Street, the historic site will be open Wednesday to Saturday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) through the summer until Aug. 17. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for ages 55-and-up, $4 for ages 6-17 and free for younger children.
       Special public events during that time, according to the ranch schedule, will be a blacksmith workshop June 15-16 ($150, reservations required), the annual Family Fourth celebration of Independence Day July 4 (regular admission prices) and the annual Fiddles, Vittles & Vino bluegrass festival July 29 ($40 for adults, $15 for ages 12 and under for tickets bought by July 21).
       From Aug. 1 to Aug. 24 will be the annual “Shakespeare at the Ranch” by the UCCS-based The-atreworks troupe, this year presenting “Cymbeline.”
       Other annual events are scheduled in September: the “Vintage Base Ball Game” (Sept. 2), Holly Berry Folk Art Festival (Sept. 13-15) and Garden of the Gods Powwow (Sept. 21).
       In the fall will be additional annual events - the Harvest Festival Oct. 5 (free admission), Everything But the Oink Nov. 2 and A Holiday Evening Dec. 14.
       Ranch admission also allows access to the American Indian Area, Galloway Homestead, blacksmith shop, Rock Ledge House and Orchard House.
       For more information, call 578-6777 or go to

Westside Pioneer/press release