2nd time for Range Ride through Old Colorado City June 17
For just the second time in their 67-year history, the Pikes Peak Range Riders will steer their steeds through Old Colorado City after leaving the annual Street Breakfast downtown Wednesday morning, June 17.
The roughly 200 men and women on horseback, whose purpose is to promote the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo July 8-11, will come up Colorado Avenue sometime after 8 a.m., when the breakfast is over.
No Old Colorado City activities had been finalized at press time for this edition of the Westside Pioneer, but Bancroft Park was a possibility. “If I can arrange it, perhaps we can have a meet-and-greet with the Rangerettes [precision riding team] and the Girls of the West,” said Katherine Toman, Range Ride spokesperson.
The riders will be accompanied by a rolling police barricade on one side of the street, with a lane of traffic open either way on the other side.
After Bancroft, the route will continue west on the avenue to 31st Street, where they'll go right, then left on Pikes Peak Avenue to Columbia Road. This will take them into the trails in the Garden of the Gods and eventually to the Rock Ledge Ranch parking lot, where horse trailers will be waiting to load up and head out on their traditional three-day ride/campout elsewhere in the state.
In past years, after the breakfast, the riders would come west on the avenue, turn left at Eighth Street and cross Cimarron/Highway 24 en route to the Norris-Penrose Event Center off Lower Gold Camp Road. But this year, with possible traffic impacts from the I-25/ Cimarron interchange project, Range Ride President Dick Rackley asked Doug Smith, his trail director, for an alternate plan.
Smith suggested the Garden of the Gods and Rock Ledge trailering idea. “We've never ridden up into the Garden of the Gods on a Range Ride,” he said. “It's a treat for us. Even though most of us are natives, a chance to ride thru the Garden is pretty cool.”
The first time the Range Ride went through Old Colorado City was 2011, when the contingent continued up the avenue to 31st Street, turning left and crossing the highway to Red Rock Canyon Open Space before coming back down to Norris-Penrose.
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