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Featured Events

 
Branding Camp
June 3-8, 2014


Horsemanship Clinics
June 29-August 10, 2014


Cowboy School
July 8-13, 2013
August 12-17, 2014


Youth Horsemanship School
July 21-26, 2014



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he Chico hosts an array of special events throughout the year for the community and overnight guests, including Chico Days, concerts, annual brandings, cowboy camps, and educational workshops. Check back frequently for an updated event schedule and for details on upcoming events.


Spring Migration Bird Banding: April 23-May 18, 2014

The Chico is well known as one of the prime birding locations in Colorado. Over 330 species of birds—some rarely seen in Colorado—have been sited on the ranch.

The ranch operates a bird banding station during the fall and spring in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory. We host school groups, birding groups, and other educational programs at the banding stations during migration and throughout the year.

Group Reservations: 719.683.7960 or learning@chicobasinranch.com 
 

Branding Camp: May 6-11, 2014

Similar to the Cowboy Schools in July and August, we will be offering a Branding Camp at the Chico that invites people to come live in a remote camp, joining us each day riding and working cattle in the pasture. We will have one large branding towards the end of the week which guests will partake in. This event is centered on branding, with cattle moves and horsemanship included. Guests are encouraged to bring their own horse but may use one of our ranch horses at no extra charge. Read more about Branding Camp.

Cost: $2,500pp includes all meals, activities, and lodging.
Reservations: 719.683.7960 or info@ChicoBasinRanch.com


Branding Camp II: June 3-8, 2014

Our second Branding Camp will include the same activities and experiences as the May Branding Camp. Read more about Branding Camp.

Cost: $2,500pp includes all meals, activities, and lodging.
Reservations: 719.683.7960 or info@ChicoBasinRanch.com
 

Horsemanship Clinics: Every Weekend from June 29-August 10, 2014

Bring your own horse, or use one of ours

We are offering working ranch clinics that are based on real life ranch livestock working skills with horses and cattle. These events will be offered at the Chico Basin Ranch Headquarters, and outside the corrals in large pastures. Our instruction will focus on horsemanship, working with young horses, cutting and sorting, and herding cattle.

On the days that we work with cattle, we will ride out to a pasture ranging in size from 500 to 5,000 acres, herd them to a holding place (such as a fence corner or watering point) and work them in a variety of ways to advance our horsemanship skills. These activities are designed to simulate the work that working cowboys do every day, but also to elevate the amount that you learn about your horse and yourself.

Horsemanship clinics will be held every weekend on Saturdays and Sundays from June 29-August 10, 2013. Riders can attend both days or either a Saturday or a Sunday.

Read more about Horsemanship Clinics.

Cost: $200pp/day | $25/day to ride a Chico horse | $15/vehicle/night for Camping | Food is BYO
Reservations: 719.683.7960 or info@ChicoBasinRanch.com


Cowboy School: July 8-13, 2014

We are offering a Cowboy Camp at the Chico that invites people to come live in a remote camp and join us each day riding and working cattle in the pasture. The goal of this event is to learn about riding and working cattle in the open range. Guests are encouraged to bring their own horse but may use one of our ranch horses at no extra charge.

Read more about Cowboy School.

Cost: $2,500pp includes all meals, activities, and lodging.
Reservations: 719.683.7960 or info@ChicoBasinRanch.com 
 

Youth Horsemanship School: July 21-26, 2014

Youth Horsemanship School is being offered at the Chico Basin Ranch where young students will be immersed in horsemanship - riding, training, grooming, caring, handling cattle - at all levels to develop their skills with young and advanced horses. The goal of the program is to introduce young horse lovers to how horses are trained and used on a real-life cattle ranch. Students will be placed in cattle herds to sort, cut and drive herds along specific routes, learning not only horsemanship skills, but how to apply them in handling cattle. Each student will be invited to participate at a level that is commensurate with his or her aptitude and desire.

The ranch has a brood mare band that has produced over 50 young horses that are presently in training. Participants will participate daily in this training program, learning everything from caring for the horses and groundwork to, leading, saddling, and starting the young colt.

Read more about Youth Horsemanship School.

Cost: $2,500pp includes all meals, activities, and lodging.
Reservations: 719.683.7960 or info@ChicoBasinRanch.com 


Cowboy School II: August 12-17, 2014

Our second Cowboy School will include the same activities and experiences as the July Cowboy School. Read more about Cowboy School.

Cost: $2,500pp includes all meals, activities, and lodging.
Reservations: 719.683.7960 or info@ChicoBasinRanch.com
 

Community Potluck Dinner

Our annual community potluck dinner is a gathering of the local community to get together during the busy year and enjoy a feast. The Chico provides the beef for the burgers and all guests bring a dish creating a large spread. Everyone is welcome to attend and reconnect with old and new neighbors ranging from the local Hanover community to our friends in the greater Colorado Springs and Pueblo area.

Dates and details coming soon. 


Ranchlands Artist Gathering Exhibition 

Ranchlands Artist Gatherings feature painting, photography and sculpture artists from across the country who come to our ranches to produce art. During the gatherings, artists live and work at our ranches for several days, gathering material, sharing ideas, and garnering inspiration from the ranch. This material is compiled into a body of work and displayed at our annual art exhibitions, which the public is invited to attend, starting every fall. The show then travels to various venues in our region for several months.

The show is currently being displayed at Colorado Springs Airport.

Fall dates and more details coming soon.


Fall Migration Bird Banding

The Chico is well known as one of the prime birding locations in Colorado. Over 330 species of birds—some rarely seen in Colorado—have been sited on the ranch. The ranch operates a bird banding station during the fall and spring in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory. We host school groups, birding groups, and other educational programs at the banding stations during migration and throughout the year.

Dates and details coming soon.


Banner photo 2 by Laura Henry
Banner photo 3 & left column photo 7 by
Kellie Coughlin
Left column photo 1 & 10 by Bill Maynard


CONTACT US 719.683.7960 info@chicobasinranch.com