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Sandstone Ranch Visitors Center

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Located along the St. Vrain River, the Sandstone Ranch Visitors Center property can be accessed from Ken Pratt Blvd/ Hwy 119 at the eastern entrance to the Sandstone Ranch Park. Travel south along Sandstone Drive and follow signs to the District Park trailhead. Handicap accessible parking is also provided at the Visitors Center. A trail loop around the District Park property accesses the overlook and passes near the historic stone quarry and St. Vrain River. Look for interpretive signs along the way that highlight unique features found at Sandstone ranch. The park is also accessible via the St. Vrain Greenway trail. The distance from Golden Ponds to Sandstone Ranch is slightly over 8 miles. Due to wildlife concerns, No dogs are allowed on the trail east of County Line Road (Weld County Road 1).

Sandstone Ranch Visitors Center

Recreation Services is the proud steward of the Sandstone Ranch Visitor Center since 2013. Look for the exciting offerings in the Spring and Summer! For more information, contact Longmont Recreation Services at e-mail or 303-651-8404.

History and wildlife are featured at Sandstone Ranch, a unique property along the St. Vrain river in eastern Longmont. The historic homestead property has been preserved by Great Outdoors Colorado and Colorado Historical Society Conservation easements. Exhibits at Sandstone Ranch Visitors Center provide information on the unique geology and wildlife found at the site. They also help portray life as it was more than a century ago. A trip to the 1880's era homestead includes historical and environmental hands-on displays in the Visitor Center, as well as educational exhibits in the ice house, tool shed and barn.

The history of Sandstone Ranch is rich and diverse (link to history). Barn at sandstone ranch in Longmont, CO

 

Visitors Center Hours

The Visitor Center is open seasonally.

June 2014 - Summer

Tuesdays: 9am to 12pm, June 3-August 26, 2014

2nd & 4th Saturdays: 10am to 2pm, April 12 - September 27, 2014

Visitor Center Volunteer Opportunities - please complete an on-line recreation volunteer form and note your interest in becoming involved with the Sandstone Ranch Visitor Center.

The Visitor Center includes hands-on displays on environmental features of the area, as well as history of the Coffin family who homesteaded the site, and other early Longmont history. There is no admission fee to the Visitor Center. A nature trail from the Visitor Center takes you past several historical buildings, near the sandstone bluffs, and includes a scenic overlook. Numerous species of wildlife and birds are seen frequently on the property including white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, bald eagles and red-tailed hawks.

Walking or Biking Directions: As it becomes repaired, hop onto the St. Vrain Greenway and follow it east. The trail will lead you straight to the Visitors Center. A current bike map can be found at: http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/parks/park_list/greenwaylist.htm

Girls at the Sandstone Ranch Visitors Center Wildlife at Sandstone Ranch Visitors Center A group looks and listens at a presentation at the Sandstone Ranch Visitors Center The hands on display of a milk cow at the Sandstone Ranch Visitors Center

Group Tours

Group tours are offered as requested.  For more information about the Visitor Center please contact Sue Jacobson at 303-774-4757 or Marty Page. Currently no weddings or private public events are allowed at the Visitor Center.

Directions

The Visitor Center is located off Highway 119, one mile east of Weld County Road 1. Take the second (east) entrance to the Sandstone Ranch area, turning south on Sandstone Drive. Follow the directional signs to the Visitor Center parking lot.

map showing location of Sandstone Ranch District Park Alternative map to Sandstone Ranch Visitors Center

 

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