EAGLE COUNTY — Eagle County Open Space will be hosting a guided hike of the historic stone quarry at Horn Ranch from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.
The county’s Open Space Program acquired the rights to lead guided hikes across private land as part of the Horn Ranch Conservation & Recreation Project completed in 2013, which protected 403 acres of land and 1.4 miles of the Eagle River.
A Piece of History
The quarry at Horn Ranch produced stones for Denver’s Brown Palace Hotel, Aspen’s Hotel Jerome and Pueblo’s Opera House in the late 1800s. Kathy Heicher, president of the Eagle County Historical Society, will join hikers to provide information about the early days of the ranch.
Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about a unique part of Eagle County history and the Open Space Program’s plans for the property, as well as enjoy views of Red Canyon.
This short hike is only open to the first 25 people who sign up. To register and obtain directions, contact Toby Sprunk at 970-328-8698.
Additional hikes will be led in the summer and fall. Remember to dress accordingly for the activity — good shoes and bring a light jacket. For more information on the Open Space program, visit www.eaglecounty.us/openspace.