Special Events

5K & Fun Run

“Gobble and Wobble” your way through the 5th Annual 5K and Fun Run in the Ken-Caryl Ranch Valley. This great family run helps raise funds to support special events and is an excellent way to burn some calories before the big Turkey Day! All ages, dogs, and running strollers are welcome!

Date: Thursday, Nov. 22
Time: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Packet Pick Up
9 a.m. Fun Run
9:30 a.m. 5K
Location: Dakota Lodge
Fee: Kid (7 – 17): $10/Res, $15/NR
Adult (18+): $30/Res, $40/NR
Family (2 adults, 2 kids): $70 Res, $80 NR

Thank you to our sponsors:


Thank you to our in-kind sponsors: Big 5 Sporting Goods, Chick-fil-a, Creations On the Move, Dairy Queen, Jen’s Nail Spa, Justin’s, Ken-Caryl Pet Spa, KIND Bars, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Papa Murphy’s Pizza and Turn Too Automotive.

Christmas Tree Sale

A limited number of trees cut from forest management areas will be available to the public on a first come, first served basis.  Rangers are requesting donations (cash or check only) in exchange for the trees and the donations will be used to offset expenses in the open space program.  The recently cut Douglas Firs and Ponderosa Pines remain fresh and fragrant for the season. Unlike the trees found in Christmas tree sale lots, these trees are more “natural” in shape but they will still fill your home with a traditional Christmas spirit!

For the annual tree sale, the rangers harvest small diameter trees in the open space to improve wildlife habitat and overall forest health. The removal of the small trees reduces overcrowding and eliminates ladder fuels which can carry fire into a forest canopy.  Trees that don’t find a home are chipped and made into mulch. If you have any questions about the Christmas tree sale contact the Ranger Staff at 303-979-1876 ext. 170.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 1
Time: 8-10 a.m.
Location: Dakota Lodge
Fee: Donations Accepted (Cash or check only)

Holiday Happenings

Celebrate the holiday season with festive fun and games and, of course, a visit from Santa Claus himself! Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides, crafts and refreshments. All ages welcome!

We will have free timed tickets to see Santa again this year. These tickets will have a 15-minute window when you can arrive so that you don’t have to wait in line for hours! One ticket per family (your entire family is welcome to visit with the big guy). Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Ranch House Recreation Office on Friday, 12/7 from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. You must be present to pick up your family’s ticket. All remaining time slots will be available during the event at the front desk.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 8.
Time: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Photos with Santa: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Horse-drawn sleigh rides: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: Ranch House

Thank you to our sponsors:

Holiday Pony Rides

Enjoy a 15-minute pony ride and then decorate a cookie and warm up with cocoa. Reservations are required.  To make a reservation, call the Ken-Caryl Riding School @ 303-972-8456 or email eqschool@kcranch.org.

The pony ride will be conducted by one of our experienced camp or riding school instructors, but we do ask an adult to walk alongside young children to help them keep their balance.  Don’t forget your cameras! After your ride stick around to meet our other horses and watch our students ride.  Children and parents must wear boots or lace-up shoes.  No slip-ons, flip-flops, or open-toed shoes allowed.  You are encouraged to bring your own toddler-sized bike helmet for children under 5.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 20 and Friday, Dec. 21
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Equestrian Center
Ages: 3 – 100 (You’re never too old for a pony ride!)
Fee: $30 cash or check only.

Reservations REQUIRED. To make a reservation call 303-972-8456 or email eqschool@kcranch.org.


Special Event Sponsor Information

Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District’s annual special events offer a wide variety of sponsor and partnership opportunities. These events are a great way to connect with the community and show your support. Each event has different opportunities to get involved from sponsoring Santa at Holiday Happenings to hosting a booth and activity at Spring Fling. All partnerships include marketing exposure and onsite recognition during the event. Please call Sara Heisdorffer at 303-979-4070, ext 131, or sarah@kcranch.org to learn more about sponsoring a special event for our community.

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