I was a day early for the 18th Annual Bighorn Sheep Day. My youngest granddaughter and I were enjoying the afternoon, and decided at the last minute to drive through the Garden of the Gods. We were stopped by traffic when my granddaughter pointed and exclaimed, "Wow!"
A park ranger waved us along, trying to keep traffic moving. Amazingly, we found a parking space. Neither of us was dressed for hiking, but we managed to clamber down an icy trail.
A herd of bighorn sheep tolerated adoring crowds, lounging and grazing just off the main road through the park. One large ram seemed to pose for photos.
This has become an annual event for my family. We manage to see the sheep almost every year.
The sign says: "KEEP OUT! Please observe from the trail." I imagine summer visitors straining to see the sheep. I have only seen them in the winter or spring.
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