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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.

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Horsemanship + Working Ranch Experience

May 6 - 11, Ranchlands Camp

A natural horsemanship experience with Ranchlands friend and renowned horseman, Cameron Schryver. Cam is two-time World Champion Extreme Cowboy and all those that have had the pleasure of riding with him know that his teaching methods are clear, practical and above all, fun. By applying working ranch horsemanship and riding by feel, you will leave the week feeling a deeper connection to the horse and will better understand how to communicate, developing a better handle. Days are spent with one-on-one horsemanship instruction, educational demonstrations, moving and working cattle on the ranch in accordance to the grazing plan. Spend the evenings in camp around the fire or dinner table on the prairie discussing the day’s experiences.

Cost: $2,700 pp includes all meals, instruction, and private furnished tent.

Branding Camp

May 13 - 18, Ranchlands Camp

Chico Basin Ranch is home to Ranchlands’ largest herd of cattle. This is a busy time of year for the ranch crew: branding, processing and gathering cattle on a daily basis. Join the crew each day and become part of the working team: be part of the weekly plan, saddle your own horse, enjoy the long trot out at dark to see the sunrise over the prairie on your way to gather cattle. You’ll be given responsibilities to gather, check fence and water throughout the week, be part of the branding crew that will hold the herd, assist with vaccinations, and ear notching. You’ll work closely with your team to ensure one of the biggest events on the ranch calendar goes smoothly and get to experience what ranching looked like 100 years ago. Intermediate to experienced riding level required. At the end of the day, relax in camp with dinner on the prairie, practice roping or head down to the lake for a swim.

Cost: $2,700 pp includes all meals, activities, and private furnished tent.

Advanced Painting Horses with Jill Soukup

May 20 - 25, Ranchlands Camp

Renowned artist Jill Soukup will be hosting her first ever workshop in the new Ranchlands Camp. The workshop will be focusing on drawing and painting horses. Long time friend of Ranchlands, Jill was the Featured Artist at Coors Western Art Sale and won Best of Show for Cowgirl Up!, Caballeros Western Museum 2017. Discussions and exercises will cover the importance of understanding equine anatomy, what makes a good drawing, composition and color. You'll have great photo opportunities of horses running, the chance to go riding, sessions to study the anatomy of corralled horses, and enjoy intimate demonstrations and critiques. Space is limited. Accommodation will be in the new Ranchlands Camp situated on the prairie with Pikes Peak as a backdrop. The camp is fully hosted with camp cook and attentive staff. Enjoy gourmet meals in the open air dining room, down time around the fire or taking hikes out of camp to the lake.

Intermediate to advanced skill level is required.

Cost: $2,700 pp includes all meals, instruction and lodging.

Ordinary Skin: Developing the Writer’s Life

May 27 - June 1, Ranchlands Camp

Join award-winning author Amy Hale Auker for a workshop focused on developing a writing life. Auker’s first book of creative non-fiction, Rightful Place, won the 2012 WILLA Award. Since that time, Auker has released two novels, and most recently, her landmark Ordinary Skin: Essays from Willow Springs. Participants should arrive ready to spend much of the week writing, both in a group setting and in solitude, with daily one-on-one sessions with the host. Morning instruction will focus on developing individual practices for daily writing, embracing creative process, meeting yourself in silence and solitude, and discovering sense of place, as well as discussions about how meaningful work and daily living feed the writing practice. For those who wish to explore the ranch from the back of a horse, guided trail rides on the ranch are offered in the afternoons. Auker will host an informal camp re wrap- up every evening. Ample time to write and reflect in beautiful surroundings make this a perfect, intense, learning and growth opportunity for fiction and non-fiction writers at all stages of development. Participants will be asked to spend some hours of the day in silence.

Cost: $2,700 pp includes all meals, activities, and private furnished tent.

Working Ranch Camp

June 3-8, Ranchlands Camp

Become part of the team and help us keep the ranch running for a week: rise before the sun and trot out to gather and sort cattle, move cattle and monitor grass growth to plan for grazing and spend the afternoons in the leather shop  fixing tack or making some to take home with you. This is a rewarding opportunity to become part of a small and intimate team and to fully immerse yourself in modern day ranching. It’s also an opportunity to learn how a large scale ranch operates from the inside out. Spend your days across the ranch and return home to your cozy tent and relax around the firepit as the sun sets.

Cost: $2,700 pp includes all meals, activities, and private furnished tent.

Leather Workshop

June 25 - 28

For the first time ever, Ranchlands is opening up our leather shop for a 3 day workshop. Whether you are a beginner, enthusiast or a semi pro, join our leather team to create a product that you can take home with you. This could be a pair of chinks, a leather satchel or maybe a delicately tooled belt. Get creative and learn practical skills such as pattern making, tooling and all of the steps that go into finishing leather. All tools and instruction are supplied. Space is limited to 6 participants. This is a great opportunity to learn a craft that was born on the ranch out of necessity from a team that is now making products for international brands.

Cost: $1,750 pp includes meals, instruction and lodging.
Leather is priced separately

Sorting + Weaning Cattle Works with Cam Schryver

September 23 - 29

By Fall each year, our calves are branded and grown and it’s time for them to be weaned. Become a part of the ranch crew through this busy time of gathering, sorting and working cattle in the corrals. Use your horse to help sort cattle or maybe help run gates and sorting pens. This is an intimate opportunity to take part in a fundamental element of the ranch operation, with plenty of riding and corral work. Be prepared for early mornings, sometimes beginning in the dark, and long fulfilling days. When there’s a chance, relax by or go fishing in one of the ranches 5 springfed lakes. Prepare your own breakfast and lunch with food supplied and then enjoy dinner with the ranch crew. Bunk style lodging and bath.

Cost: $2600 pp includes all meals, activities, instruction and lodging.

Fall & Spring Education Seasons

We are now taking reservations for Fall and Spring education seasons with field trips for teachers, students, parents and the general public that can include:

-Observing migratory bird banding up close
-How biologists collect and use scientific data to monitor bird populations
-Education about prairie and wetland ecosystems
-Learning about sustainable ranching practices
-Prairie plant biology and more

To schedule a field trip or receive more information, please contact: | 719.213.1830. Click here to learn more about our education programs.

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