Gunnison, CO., (July 24, 2015) – The annual Sheep Day outing is being offered this year on August 4 from 10 AM to 1 PM. The event is free and open to everyone, including families and individuals! Citizens are encouraged to take a trip back in history and enjoy a visit with sheep ranchers in a genuine sheep camp in some of the most scenic country in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado. There, you can learn about wool and lamb production from the real experts!
High country sheep ranchers invite you to stop at “Open Camp” to see the sheep, guard dogs, herd dogs, and feel wool on a lamb. Families and individuals can talk with members of a ranching family and learn how each contributes to the operation. Everyone is encouraged to go into the tent and learn about a sheepherder’s life, a life style which has changed very little in more than a century. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management officials will also be on hand.
The Alpine Loop is located between the cities of Ouray, Silverton, and Lake City. Engineer Pass is on the northern portion of the loop. The camp will be located just east of the summit on Engineer Pass. The road to Engineer Pass is considered a 4-wheel drive road and high clearance is recommended.
Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras and to bring warm clothes to “layer on and layer-off” and in case of wet weather…this is Colorado after all! Please do not bring your dogs along on this venture, there will be herding and pack dogs on site that may not befriend your pet.
Directions from Lake City, Colorado: continue south on Gunnison Avenue into the mid-town area. Turn right onto W. 3rd Street and follow for 2 blocks. Turn left onto N. Bluff Street and follow it as it turns into County Road 20. Follow County Road 20 for 16 miles where you will arrive at the Sheep Day location.