7th Annual Headwaters Hoedown

Tickets for the Headwaters Hoedown can be purchased through this link.

We'll be there - RAIN OR SHINE! 

If you live in the San Luis Valley, chances are that you love the open spaces and the beauty of our community’s working ranches along the rivers. At the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust, we feel the same way!  And as the community’s land trust, we feel very lucky to work with private landowners who want to protect their land for the future through our Rio Grande Initiative. 

So again this fall, we’ll celebrate conservation at our Headwaters Hoedown, on Saturday, September 23rd , from 1 to 5 pm at the lovely La Garita Creek Ranch in Saguache County. Please join us for a beautiful autumn afternoon on one of those special ranches!

The celebration is a chance to listen (and dance!) to the music of local favorites, Don Richmond and the Rifters, feast on great food by Pepita Catering, partake of the wine and beer, and explore the beauty and archaeological features on the ranch.  The whole family is welcome!

Please note that due to the overwhelming popularity of last year's archaeology tours, we are requesting that people register for the tours in advance if they would like to participate this year. This will ensure we can provide a high quality tour to all participants. While there is no additional charge for the tours, space is limited and we strongly encourage you to sign up early.


Included in your ticket price:

- A delicious meal!

- Wine and beer

- Archaeology Tour (please register in advance)

- Live music

- Access to the silent and live auctions



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."


Schedule of Events

1:00     Gates open, Archaeology Tour #1 departs (reservation required)

1:15       Archaeology Tour #2 departs (reservation required)

1:30      Ranch Tour departs, meal is served, Ron Richmond & The Rifters begin playing

3:00    Acknowledgements, Live Auction

4:00     Silent Auction ends

5:00     Event Ends