From the Colorado Division of Wildlife
-- Few animals evoke Colorado's rugged mountains like the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. Yet the alpine terrain where sheep live limits opportunities for people to view and appreciate Colorado's state animal. One exception is the Garden of the Gods Park on the west side of Colorado Springs.
The best time of year to spot sheep near the park is in the winter when bighorns move down from the Rampart Range to browse in lower elevation meadows. To mark the opportunity to see these magnificent animals, a Big Horn Sheep Day is held every February.
This year's event takes place Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Garden of the Gods Visitor's Center. Admission is free.
Visitors can learn all about Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, look for bighorns using binoculars and scopes, take a guided nature walk; or participate in a scavenger hunt. There will be educational presentations, door prizes and free refreshments.
The City of Colorado Springs, U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Society, Garden of the Gods Visitor Center, and Colorado Division of Wildlife cosponsor Bighorn Sheep Day.
For more information, visit the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center website at http://www.gardenofgods.com/yourvisit/special_events/index_293.cfm or call (719) 219-0108.