Special Events

Annual Event

Christmas Tree Sale at the Dakota Lodge

Reservations Required

Saturday, Dec. 4
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Reservations required.

Reservations will be available in 30-minute timeslots. There will be 20 openings for each 30-minute timeslot to provide easier parking and a stress-free space for you and your family to choose your tree. KCRMA Rangers will bring out fresh trees throughout the sale, so each timeslot will have a great selection of recently cut Douglas firs. Unlike the trees found in Christmas tree sale lots, these trees are more “natural” in shape, but they will still fill your home with traditional Christmas spirit – and the delightful scent of pine! Fresh cut boughs will also be available.

Register online beginning Nov. 15 at 8 a.m., using the button below. Reservations are required; we will not be able to accept walk-ins at the event. If there are no slots remaining, feel free to stop by the Dakota Lodge at 2 p.m. on Dec. 4 to see if there are still trees available.

Rangers are requesting donations (cash, check or credit card) in exchange for the trees to offset expenses in the Open Space program. Limit one tree per family to ensure many families can enjoy this great tradition.

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 that 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 Ranch House at 303-979-1876, or email Kristen Peterka at kristenp@kcranch.org.

Many thanks to Our Generous Sponsor:

Thanks to the generous support of our local realtors Brian Lee, Mike Aden, Amy Bassett, Tara Byrnes & Greg Milano from Colorado Home Realty

Annual Event

Holiday Happenings

Ho, ho, ho-liday! Mark your calendars! Holiday Happenings at the Ranch House returns on Dec. 5 from 2 – 7 p.m. Attendees can enjoy taking photos with Santa, a horse-drawn carriage ride, hot chocolate and more! You can see time slots, and add them to your wish list, by clicking on the button below. Registration to secure your spot for photos with Santa opens Thursday, Nov. 11 at 9 a.m.

Many thanks to Our Generous Sponsors:
Annual Event

Holiday Toy Drive!

The holidays are right around the corner and it is full steam ahead for the organizers of the Denver Santa Claus Shop (DSCS), as they plan on keeping with tradition and their mission of “A Toy for Every Girl & Boy”, with a toy drive this holiday season! In support of this mission, Ken-Caryl residents and realtors Brian Lee and Greg Milano of Colorado Home Realty are coordinating a toy drive with Ken-Caryl Ranch, Nov. 10 – Dec. 2. The concept is to provide free, new toys to children ages newborn to 11 years who might not otherwise have gifts to open at Christmas.

Donations will be accepted during normal business hours at the Community Center and the Ranch House. *Please note that the Ranch House is closed on Fridays.

Holiday Pony Rides at the Equestrian Center

Sign up for a holiday pony ride at Ken-Caryl Equestrian Center! The rides are for ages 3 to 100 (you’re never too old for a pony ride), The cost is $25, due by 12/13 in order to hold your spot. Payable via cash or check and delivered to the riding school barn’s lockbox. This special event will only take place Dec. 21 – Dec. 23!

Reservations are required. To make a reservation,
use the sign up genius link here.

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 children 5 and under to help them keep their balance. Don’t forget your cameras! Our horses will be wearing their Christmas best. The rides last about 10 minutes. Children and parents must wear boots or lace-up shoes. No slip-ons, flip-flops, or open-toes shoes allowed. You are encouraged to bring your own toddler-sized bike helmet for children under 5.

Additional Special Event information will be posted as it becomes available.

We will do our best to offer great community events this year, but all events are subject to cancellation or change based on COVID guidelines. Check back for more details.

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 Earth Extravaganza. All partnerships include marketing exposure and onsite recognition during the event.

Please contact Kate McDonald at katem@kcranch.org to learn more about sponsoring a special event for our community.