6th Annual Headwaters Hoedown

Join RiGHT for our 6th Annual Headwaters Hoedown on Sunday, September 18th from 12pm-4pm at a new location - La Garita Creek Ranch in Saguache County! The early bird ticket price is $30 and increases to $35 on September 12th, kids 16 and under get in free. Get your tickets by clicking here!



12pm: Gates open, Silent Auction begins

12:15: Archaeology tours depart

12:30-2:00: Lunch is served

1:00: Don Richmond & The Rifters start to play

2:00 Acknowledgements & Save the Ranch

3:00 Silent Auction closes

4:00 Event ends


Directions to La Garita Creek Ranch, Saguache County:

From Del Norte: Drive north on 112 for about 3 miles, then turn left at the signed road to La Garita. Continue driving north on this road for 7 miles and then turn left onto Saguache County Road E39. Drive west down E39 for a mile until turning right onto a drive with a large gate that says "Spirit of the American West."

From 285: Drive on 285 to the intersection with Saguache County Road G, with a sign pointing to La Garita. Turn onto Road G and drive west for about 8 miles, passing the small town of La Garita, until Road G comes to a "Y" intersection with the dirt road 38A. Turn left onto the dirt road and drive south for 3 miles to another fork intersection. At the fork turn right onto E39 and drive west for about a mile until turning right onto a driveway with a large gate that says "Spirit of the American West."




Ask almost anyone in the San Luis Valley what their favorite season is, and there’s a good chance that the answer will be: “Fall!”  With the crisp nights, sparkling sunshine, and glorious colors of changing leaves, it is a special season. So here at RiGHT, we invite the whole community to enjoy a September, Sunday afternoon and the beauty of the land at our annual Headwaters Hoedown.  All are welcome to the conservation celebration of the year on September 18th from 1 to 4 pm, this year at the beautiful La Garita Creek Ranch, on the west side of the Valley, just south of Penitente Canyon and west of the La Garita Store.


We’re thrilled to be holding our event at yet another beautiful location, hosted by the ranch owners, the Caruthers Family, and manager, Mike Spearman (also our Board President). Locally known as the “Balloon Ranch”, thanks to its history of holding ballooning events, this will be an opportunity for our friends and supporters to enjoy the beauty of a private ranch.  Weather permitting, we’ll be enjoying the afternoon in a meadow tucked between the stream and the fascinating canyon walls, framing the view across the valley to Mount Blanca and the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. The ranch will be a lovely place to gather, to listen (or dance!) to the fabulous music of Don Richmond and the Rifters, and to enjoy a barbeque feast from Pepita Catering, with plenty of fine wine and beer. The ever-popular Silent Auction will offer fabulous items from local artists, businesses and adventurers, from fishing float trips to dinners and theater tickets to ski lift tickets -- and more.


A highlight of the afternoon is RiGHT’s 2015 “Save the Ranch” campaign, with this year’s featured property being the La Garita Creek Ranch itself. This is a chance for the community to invest directly in conservation, helping RiGHT to complete conservation of the spectacular scenery and important wildlife habitat along La Garita Creek. Read more about this on the adjacent page.


To also take advantage of the special location, we’ll offer guided archaeological tours to a few of the amazing sites right on the ranch.  As always, kids are most welcome and there will be fun activities for them, including games and a piñata.


“Here at RiGHT, we are very grateful to the landowners who choose to conserve their land with us and we are especially excited to be working towards the conservation of La Garita Creek Ranch,” said RiGHT’s Executive Director, Nancy Butler. We look forward to a worthy celebration of the conservation that has been accomplished with the help of so many. Along with our community, we think the Valley is a very special place - and we know that if we continue to work together, we can keep it that way!”