Located along the St. Vrain River, the Sandstone Ranch Visitors Center property can be accessed from Ken Pratt Blvd/ Hwy 119 at the eastern entrance to the Sandstone Ranch Park. Travel south along Sandstone Drive and follow signs to the District Park trailhead. Handicap accessible parking is also provided at the Visitors Center. A trail loop around the District Park property accesses the overlook and passes near the historic stone quarry and St. Vrain River. Look for interpretive signs along the way that highlight unique features found at Sandstone ranch. The park is also accessible via the St. Vrain Greenway trail. The distance from Golden Ponds to Sandstone Ranch is slightly over 8 miles. Due to wildlife concerns, No dogs are allowed on the trail east of County Line Road (Weld County Road 1).
Sandstone Ranch Visitors Center
New in 2013: Recreation Services is proud to take stewardship of the Sandstone Ranch Visitor Center. Look for the exciting offerings coming this Spring and Summer! For more information, contact Longmont Recreation Services at e-mail or 303-651-8404.
History and wildlife are featured at Sandstone Ranch, a unique property along the St. Vrain river in eastern Longmont. The historic homestead property has been preserved by Great Outdoors Colorado and Colorado Historical Society Conservation easements. Exhibits at Sandstone Ranch Visitors Center provide information on the unique geology and wildlife found at the site. They also help portray life as it was more than a century ago. A trip to the 1880's
era homestead includes historical and environmental hands-on displays in the
Visitor Center, as well as educational exhibits in the ice house, tool shed and barn.
Family Night Tuesdays: 6pm to 8pm on June 25 & July 23
2nd & 4th Saturdays: 10am to 1pm June 8 & 22, July 13 & 27, and August 10 & 24
Visitor Center Volunteer Opportunities - please complete an on-line recreation volunteer form and note your interest in becoming involved with the Sandstone Ranch Visitor Center.
The Visitor Center includes hands-on displays on environmental features of the area, as well as history of the Coffin family who homesteaded the site, and other early Longmont history. There is no admission fee to the Visitor Center. A nature trail from the Visitor Center takes you past several historical buildings, near the sandstone bluffs, and includes a scenic overlook. Numerous species of wildlife and birds are seen frequently on the property including white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, bald eagles and red-tailed hawks.
Group tours are offered as requested. For more information about the Visitor Center please contact Sue Jacobson at 303-774-4757 or Marty Page. Currently no weddings or private public events are allowed at the Visitor Center.
The Visitor Center is located off
Highway 119, one mile east of Weld County Road 1. Take the second (east) entrance
to the Sandstone Ranch area, turning south on Sandstone Drive. Follow the
directional signs to the Visitor Center parking lot.