Still haven’t got the chance to go Bighorn sheep sighting? Well, sweat no more. We have the perfect opportunity you have been waiting for. The Tenth Annual Georgetown Bighorn Sheep Festival is here!

Georgetown is one of the few places in Colorado you are almost guaranteed to see bighorn sheep, particularly during breeding season in November and December and there is no better place to honor and admire these emblematic animals.

Georgetown is located less than an hour west of Denver on I-70 Colorado becoming a perfect location to celebrate the annual festival and honor Bighorn Sheep.

The festival is timed to coincide with the sheep’s head-banging mating season, often referred to as “the clash.” This year’s event will take place on November 14.

Several agencies working together to ensure the fun and excitement of the festival will provide trained volunteers armed with binoculars and spotting scopes to help viewers locate sheep, as well as offer a cup of hot cider or cocoa and a brief lesson on these majestic mammals at the Bighorn Sheep Viewing Station and Gateway Visitor Center.

Photo by National Parks Service
Photo by National Parks Service

Another opportunity you cannot allow yourself to miss is the chance to take a historic train tour on the Georgetown Loop Railroad. Step back in time and enjoy the beauty of the Rocky Mountains as an olde-time steam locomotive, chugs its way up and down Clear Creek Canyon passing several historic gold and silver mines. It just can’t get better than this.

Also, take advantage of your visit and enjoy all Georgetown museums, FREE educational presentations and numerous activities provided throughout the day. Festival attendees can enjoy free or discounted admissions.

More Activities

The Tenth Annual Georgetown Bighorn Sheep Festival is the perfect opportunity to learn about wildlife and our cultural treasures. It is also, an excellent option to enjoy with the family because of its wide range of activities available.

Here is a short list of some of the activities:

  • Kids make sheep horns of your own to take home and get your face painted like a sheep – showcase all in the short parade led by CPW’s mascot, Elbert the Ram at noon
  • Learn about bighorn behavior while dancing the bighorn sheep hokey pokey with Elbert immediately following the parade
  • Join trained instructors for target archery instruction outside the Gateway Visitor Center (weather permitting)
  • Sit by the fire with a cup of cocoa, make s’mores, listen to music, and visit partner organizations and other booths in the park
  • Enjoy a moderate, 2-hour guided hike around Georgetown

Remember to schedule next Saturday November 14th in your calendar and come to Georgetown for the 10th Annual Bighorn Sheep Festival.

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