Sandstone Ranch

Douglas County’s Newest Open Space Property

Sandstone Ranch from drone
Photo courtesy of Jim Casey.

With its spectacular views, expansive hay meadows, red rock formations, wildlife habitat, historic ranching operation, and 3.5 miles of common boundary with Pike National Forest, Sandstone Ranch is the crown jewel of all the County’s Open Space properties.

This recently acquired 2,038-acre ranch borders the Pike National Forest and features an extraordinarily diverse landscape including red rock formations and sloping meadows; vast wildlife habitat and corridors, expansive and diverse vegetation and other natural resources; as well as cultural and historic assets, including a historic ranch operation and a number of historic buildings dating back to its original owners in the 1870s.

The County is in the process of developing the Sandstone Ranch Master Plan. The Master Plan seeks to balance the preservation and protection of the Ranch, with public access.

While the Master Plan process is underway, Douglas County also recognizes the desire for public access. In response, six months of scheduled, guided activities on Sandstone Ranch are being offered from May through October 2019.  Multiple monthly events include horseback rides, sketching, butterfly and wildflower hikes, as well as day hikes that encourage you to bring-your-own picnic.  Reservations are required for all events, that are limited to 20 participants.  Registration will open on the second Wednesday of every month for events offered in the following month.

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