Magical Moments, Art, and More Await in this Architectural Dream
When people think of Colorado, they usually don’t immediately think of stone walls and castle towers. But the state is home to a few unique architectural gems that certainly look like the stately estates of old, including the Cherokee Ranch Castle.
This castle and the surrounding property have a rich history dating back to the 1890-era Blunt and Flower homesteads. In 1924, the Johnson family purchased the Flower homestead (for just $5 an acre! Oh how times have changed ...) and built the Charlford Castle, modeled after the architecture of 1450s Scotland.
Mildred Montague Genevieve “Tweet” Kimball bought the castle and its property from the Johnson family in 1954, as well as the adjacent Blunt Ranch, and renamed the property Cherokee Ranch. Kimball was an avid conservationist, as well as a groundbreaker in livestock production, and she protected the entire Cherokee Ranch under a conservation easement in 1996. Through the Cherokee Ranch & Castle Foundation, the land now serves as a wildlife sanctuary, as well as a one-of-a-kind space for social gathering, preservation, nature, and education events.
The castle stands as a testament to its past. It blends the spirit of the West with old-world architecture, and it houses an impressive collection of fine art, memorabilia, and furniture from near and far. All of which you can see for yourself!
90-minutes public castle tours are available throughout the year (with private tours available by reservation). The guided walk through this hidden gem reveals its historic collection of treasures, as well as the history of the property, legacy of Kimball, and an understanding of conservation.
The first level of the tour, where the majority of the tour is focused, is wheelchair accessible. The second level of the castle is only accessible by stairs.
Dates: Thursdays and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.*
*Other dates and times occasionally available, and dates are subject to change. Check the schedule for availability.
Reservations are required. Check tour dates and book your tickets at cherokeeranch.org/tours/.
The castle is also home to a host of other events beyond the tours. Visit for lunch on the terrace, Twinkle Twinkle Little bar events, hikes, and other special engagements (reservations also required). It’s a perfect place to wind down from summer or welcome fall!
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