Ranger Programs

Have you ever watched a western or dreamed of being a cowboy? Explore the history that started it all, through talks and demonstrations given by rangers and volunteers. Discover the impact the Open Range Cattle Era had on American society.

Programs are offered throughout the summer season. Stop in the Visitor Center to learn which programs are available.
Park Ranger holds hot iron near the forge during a demonstration.
Park Ranger pulls hot iron out of the fire during a demonstration.

NPS photo/Mike Oestreich


Step into the 1930s blacksmith shop and discover how a blacksmith and repair shop was important. Watch a demonstration as you learn about ironwork and how it was historically used on a ranch.
Ranger on horseback with mother and children petting the horse.
Ranger in historic dress talks with visitors.

NPS Photo

Cowboy Talk

One of the most recognized images from the open range cattle era is the cowboy. Over the years, Hollywood, television, and books glamourized cowboy life. You can join a ranger and learn about the real cowboy of the open range.

Ranger in historic dress pours coffee during Chuckwagon program
Ranger pours a cup of cowboy coffee at the chuckwagon.

NPS photo/Richard Headley

Chuckwagon Talk

Discover how life on the open range centered around the chuckwagon. Enjoy a cup of cowboy coffee as you sit by the fire and learn how the cowboys lived on roundups and trail drives.

Last updated: December 23, 2017