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TRIP FULL – Survey Sandstone Ranch

September 13, 2019 @ 8:00 am 2:00 pm

Drive to and walk through a variety of habitats on Sandstone Ranch, the newest of Douglas County’s Open Spaces. As yet it is closed to the public while Douglas County Open Space personnel formulate a master plan for best conservation and educational use. A group of volunteer naturalists is surveying the natural resources of the of the 2038-acre ranch to contribute live data to the planning process. Your observations will be welcome additions to the data. Sandstone offers the visitor a beautiful vista: red rock formations, prairie, a variety of woodlands, and two riparian areas, Gove and West Plum Creek. Historic ranch buildings are of interest as well. Bring binoculars, walking sticks and a sack lunch.

Meeting Place: Sandstone Ranch is accessed from Hwy 105/Perry Park Rd,which begins just west of Sedalia.  Drive 16 miles south on Hwy 105 to 8309 S Perry Park Rd., Larkspur, CO,(just south of the Perry Park Ranch and County Club entrance at Red Rock Drive). Proceed through a raised county gate and follow the gravelroad south 1.3 miles into Sandstone Ranch. Continue past a set of ranch buildings to park on the grass near a guest house.  Signage will indicate a Sandstone Event off Hwy. 105 and guide cars to the parking area.  After meeting the leaders at the parking area expect to caravan further onto the ranch for a number of stops and then moderate walking. Google the addressfor additional directions or to access from I-25.

Leaders:  Harriet Stratton, Bea Weaver

Registration required:  Trip limited to 12 participants