The annual Sheep Day outing is being offered this year on Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free and open to everyone!
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 grazing on public lands, and sheep ranching 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. Talk with members of a ranching family and learn how each contributes to the operation. Everyone can enter a tent to 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 Alpine Loop 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" in case of chilly weather in the high country! Please do not bring your dogs along on this venture, there will be herd and guard dogs that may not befriend your pet.
Directions from Lake City: Follow signs for the Alpine Loop (Engineer Pass, CR 20) leaving Lake City to the west and follow for about 16 miles to the camp.
Directions from Silverton: At the north end of town, turn right on County Road 2 and travel about 17 miles following the signs to Lake City via Engineer Pass to the camp.
Directions from Ouray: Follow US 550 south of Ouray about 3 miles and turn left or east up the Engineer Pass road. Travel approximately 9 miles staying on the main Engineer Pass Road to the camp.