Celebrate with us on Big Horn Sheep Day (Feb. 13)

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Garden of the Gods Park is hosting its 16th annual Bighorn Sheep Day on Saturday, Feb. 13. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join this virtual event to learn more about Colorado’s state mammal, the Rocky Mountain big horn sheep.

Live video streaming of the famed Rampart Range herd, which lives in and around Garden of the Gods Park, will be available on the Garden of the Gods Park Facebook page at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. (MT). These are wild animals and no one really knows exactly when or where they’ll show up, but rangers will be posted near known visiting locations to bring the herd to you as they’re able.

There will also be big horn sheep activity sheets, including various puzzles, challenges and coloring sheets, available on the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center website starting Feb. 13, providing a fun activity for people of all ages.

Even though Big Horn Sheep Day is being celebrated virtually this year, the park and Visitor & Nature Center are open daily to the public.

Fun Facts about Big Horn Sheep

  • The Rocky Mountain big horn sheep was adopted as the state mammal on May 1, 1961.
  • The bighorn sheep was named for its massive horns. Both males (rams) and females (ewes) have horns. Ram horns bend back and downward, and can weigh as much as 50 pounds! Ewe horns are short and spiked.
  • Bighorn sheep live in the mountains of Colorado and are known for their agility and sense of balance.
  • Bighorn sheep live in groups called “herds.” The sheep frequently seen in Garden of the Gods Park are members of the Rampart Range Herd. They tend to visit the north end of the park and can be seen year round. Nobody really knows when they’ll show up, so keep your eyes open!

To prepare for Big Horn Sheep Day, check out these videos from Colorado Parks and Wildlife:

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