Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site at Garden of the Gods

Photo of Rock Ledge Ranch

Summertime in Colorado Springs is a great time to get out and enjoy the natural beauty of our area. It’s also a great time to explore our region’s history. Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) cardholders can get a taste of the past at no cost by checking out a Pikes Peak Culture Pass and stepping back in time for a day at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.

At this living history museum, guests can experience six historic sites interpreting indigenous and settler life in the Pikes Peak region from the late 1700s to the early 1900s. Guests will have the opportunity to engage with the cultural and agricultural stories of this diverse outdoor museum. Visit a homestead cabin, an 1870s Victorian home, a 1900s Edwardian house, and a working 19th century blacksmith shop. You can also enjoy meeting the horses, chickens, sheep, pigs, and a cow housed in Rock Ledge Ranch’s Victorian farm and garden. 

“We are excited to partner with PPLD in serving broader communities who may know their local libraries but may not yet be acquainted with the Ranch,” says Daniel Christie, Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site office manager. “We also enjoy engaging our own guests with books and encouraging them towards a love of literature and learning so this makes for a great partnership.”

Take tours with historical interpreters dressed in period-appropriate attire, watch demonstrations, and experience hands-on learning activities. Immerse yourself in the daily lives of the people who lived, worked, hunted, herded, and raised families on this land at Rock Ledge Ranch. 

Use your library card to check out no-cost passes to visit the ranch during their regular living history hours. Check out their special events throughout the summer and fall by visiting their website.