Yes, there are castles in Colorado, and one is located just outside of Highlands Ranch, in Douglas County. The Cherokee Ranch & Castle is a beautiful example of a 15th-century castle, set on a sprawling picturesque ranch.
Inside, the castle houses an impressive collection of world-class art, antiques, and a rich history. The impressive manmade landmark is located in Sedalia. Schedule a tour or tea time at the castle.
The history of Cherokee Ranch dates back as far as the late 1890s when the ranch belonged to two homesteads. In 1954, the award-winning cattlewoman, Tweet Kimball, bought the homesteads and adjacent land, for which she named Cherokee Ranch. Part of the ranch’s history includes cattle ranching. Kimball made the ranch as the hub of her cattle breeding operations for which later Cherokee Ranch became legendary within the cattle breeding circles.
Cherokee Ranch & Castle is only open to the public through their tours and events. Discover more about the ranch and castle through one of its many programs and tours below.
Take a tour
Get a chance to see the ranch and castle up close and personal during their signature 90-minute tour. Explore the unique architecture of the Western U.S. and a 1420s Scottish-style castle built in the 1920s, plus learn more about the legacy of the Tweet Kimball and the ranch’s efforts in conservation.
Schedule a tea-time with your on-site tour for a delightful afternoon. Enjoy a light meal offering a seasonal menu, with scones paired with cream and jam, plus finger sandwiches and pastries.
Brunch & lunch
Enjoy a chance to dine amongst the elegant atmosphere of the castle with their brunch and lunch options. Both include the signature tour of the grounds and castle. Choose from a seasonal menu of savory items paired with fresh ingredients. Brunch service features a cash bar with mimosas and bloody marys. Lunch includes a gourmet buffet along with wine and beer options available.
The Cherokee Castle & Ranch offers a wide range of events and activities throughout the year. From whisky tastings to guided nature hikes, there is an event for everyone. One of its more unique events is the guided hike through the nearby petrified wood forest. In conjunction with the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Cherokee Ranch Science Institute, visitors can tour one of the oldest petrified wood sites in North America. Some of the giant logs date back as far as 55 million years ago.
Using local resources, the castle’s construction features a unique detail. The castle was partly constructed with the petrified wood found along this hike.
The Cherokee Ranch & Castle is located just under 30 miles south of Denver. From I-25 S, take exit 188, the Castle Pines Parkway until you reach your destination.
Address: 6113 N Daniels Park Rd, Sedalia, CO 80135