Welcome To MacGregor Ranch
Welcome to one of Colorado's finest homestead ranches. With roots to the 1870's, MacGregor Ranch remains a showplace of early life among settlers and homesteaders in the early Colorado Territory. Founded in 1873 by Alexander and Clara MacGregor, and left in trust by their granddaughter Muriel MacGregor, the Ranch today serves as a working cattle ranch and a youth education center in the beautiful Black Canyon Creek area of Estes Park.
MacGregor Ranch offers a window into the past for its visitors. Take a step back in time as you come in the front gate. Percheron draft horses and ranch hands work the hay meadow. The main ranch house, now the museum, is warm and inviting - welcoming children's groups and summer visitors. The Black Angus cattle and horses grazing the meadow remind you of simpler times.
The scenic landscape is untouched, as it offers a look back in time to the early homesteading days of Estes Park and the Black Canyon Creek area. The Lumpy Ridge borders the Ranch on the north boundary and offers dramatic views of the Estes valley. The Ranch is a unique living history example of early days in Estes Park.
Muriel Lurilla MacGregor was, the only child of Donald and Maude, born April 2, 1904 in Denver, Colorado. As a child she enjoyed ranch life, playing with her dog Tiger, and riding her Shetland pony, Zephyr. Her new found love for animals developed as she grew to run the Ranch on her own in later years. She graduated from Colorado College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Math in 1925, a Master of Arts degree in history from the University of Colorado in 1931, and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Denver in 1934.
After her parents both died in 1950, Muriel, now 46 years old, assumed sole responsibility of the Ranch. For twenty years Muriel's sense of family heritage and dedication led her to hold onto the Ranch. She died on October 22, 1970. She was sixty six years old.
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