2016 El Paso County Wagon Train

Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17

The El Paso County Wagon Train is a two day annual event in coordination with the El Paso County Fair that runs almost entirely across the open ranchland of eastern Colorado. The trail ride is a two day event, with a short three hour round trip ride on Saturday and a five hour wagon train ride from Ramah Dam to the county fairgrounds in Calhan on Sunday.

Trail ride participants may arrive on Friday to camp out before the ride, arrive Saturday morning for a short and easy ride of around three hours if they choose, or wait to arrive Saturday evening or Sunday morning. Participants may choose to only ride on Saturday for three hours, on Sunday for a five hour ride, or choose to ride three hours on Saturday and five hours on Sunday.

The only portion of the Sunday ride on a road is at the end of the day on Sunday when arriving at the El Paso County Fairgrounds in Calhan with a police escort.

Your registration includes breakfast (doughnuts, coffee) and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday (you will need to provide your own lunch on Saturday). Saturday's dinner will also include musical entertainment and dancing.

Every wagon that participates on both the Saturday and Sunday drives will get $100 to cover expenses.

This could be you!


Saturday, July 16
7:30 amRegistration check-in
10:00 amDepart Bailey Ranch
12:00 pmLunch near Big Sandy Creek
1:00 pmDepart Big Sandy Creek
3:00 pmReturn to Bailey Ranch
5:00 pmBBQ Dinner, followed by music and dancing
Sunday, July 17
7:00 amRegistration check-in, pancake breakfast
7:30 amChurch Service
10:00 amDepart Ramah Dam
12:30 pmLunch at Big Sandy Ranch
4:00 pmArrive at El Paso County Fair


Saturday ride including dinner$25
Sunday ride including breakfast and lunch$25
Both days$40
WagonsNo charge
Dinner for Guests and Wagon Passengers
Saturday dinner$12
Saturday dinner (12 and under)$6
Sunday lunch$8



In 1988, Alf Owens, the El Paso County Fair Manager for many years, Secretary Mary Richardson, and Board Members Junior Hall and Dale Lucore, were looking for ideas to promote the El Paso County Fair.

The Rock Island Railroad train stopped at the Lucore Ranch in Peyton, CO with the county officials and other supporters for a branding of calves in the arena by the railroad track. BBQ was brought in by Jean Gaddy for 4-H member, families and friends.

The next year, 1989, was the first authentic wagon train pulled by work teams of either horses, or mules rolling across the prairie. Rubber wheeled wagons were forbidden. It started out at Latigo Ranch, North of Falcon, CO with 26 wagons and 75 riders. We crossed the 4 Way Ranch known as Bob Lee's, then on to the Dawson Ranch north of Peyton, CO.

It was hard to make 25 miles in one day so we stayed over-night there in wagons and tents under the trees. Teams were tied on picket lines with wranglers to watch over them during the night. That night we had a BBQ with over 200 people, a dance, and several different entertainments. Sunday morning after breakfast and Cowboy Church, we started off toward Calhan, CO to kick off the El Paso County Fair. We arrived at the Rodeo Arena in the afternoon.

The wagon train continued for 10 more years under all kinds of weather conditions, with almost the same route. We always had different entertainment through the years. Channel 11 did filming and KCS radio station interviewed as Indians attacked the wagon train and several other things happening on the trail.

In 1998, the Wagon Master retired and the wagon train discontinued the ride. In 2007, there were several parties interested in starting up the wagon train again. It was hard to find enough vintage wagons so the rules were changed to accept rubber tired wagons. That summer, we started from the fairgrounds to the Paint Mines and back to the fairgrounds, completing 10 miles to kick off the El Paso County Fair.

Since 2008, Don Bailey from Bailey Ranch, one mile north of Simla, CO provided a starting point coming across the Eastern Plains to the El Paso County Fairgrounds to promote the Fair. On the first Saturday, we do a half day ride with lunch down on the Big Sandy. Once we return to the Bailey Ranch, the horses can be put in corrals or an outdoor arena until Sunday morning. You are then able to relax and take a tour of the Bailey Saddle Museum that has over 300 collectible saddles, bridles and antique cars.

Sunday morning we start off with breakfast put on by Good Luck Sam's, Cowboy Church and then get ready to start the 9 mile ride across the prairie from Ramah Dam, in Ramah, CO to Calhan, CO. Around noon we take a lunch break, then continue our ride to the El Paso County Fairgrounds.


Saturday Route

Sunday Route


  • Outriders must remain in front of or behind the horse drawn participants and not mix with them or suprise their horses
  • No passing others at a gallop. Pass another rider/wagon only after notifying that rider/wagon. Proceed at a reasonable, safe pace.
  • No stallions or mares with foals
  • No double riders
  • No horseback riders under the age of 8 years old
  • Riders must keep up with the wagon train. If you need the train to stop please call the wagonmaster
  • No littering. If you bring it/use it, pick it up and dispose of it properly
  • No trespassing on private property (unless pre-approved) and stay on the designated trail
  • No dogs running loose
  • No alcohol. This includes on the ride as well as at the breaks and meals
  • No smoking on the ride. We will designate a place at breaks or meals, if necessary
  • If your horse tends to kick or doesn't get along well with others, please tie a red ribbon in its tail
  • Leave all livestock alone in the pastures
  • Each owner/rider/driver is responsible for their own vet/farrier expenses
  • If you notice a situation that you feel needs addressed, please contact one of the safety team members
  • Bring your own bucket to water your horse


  • Wear proper riding attire, such as boots, long sleeved shirt, and a hat


Click the link below and print out the registration form.

Registration Form

Once you have completed the form, send the form with a check payable to El Paso County Wagon Train to:

El Paso County Wagon Train
c/o Libby Bailey
4820 Walker Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80908

Registration forms must be received by July 8, 2016.


For more photos, go to our Flickr group.

2016 St Patricks Day Parade

St Patricks Day Parade 2016

2015 Parker Christmas Parade

Parker Christmas Parade 2015

2015 El Paso County Wagon Train


For more information please email us at epcwagontrain@gmail.com

Don Bailey
719-740-0658 (cell)
719-541-2736 (home)

Vice President
Boyd Bailey

Libby Bailey

Audra Erickson

Thanks to our 2015 Supporters


La Mission Restaurant
Gordon Insurance
Farmers State Bank
The Airplane Restaurant
Remax Advantage
Rockin' Horse Ranch, Joe Bilodeau
Good Luck Sams
Dan's Trash
Spruce Hill Community Church

Land Owners

Don and Janet Bailey, Simla
Jim and Patty Higbee, Simla
Bill Lazor, Calhan
Rodger and Patty Woodard, Calhan
George and Sally Fosha, Calhan