Hildebrand Ranch

Hildebrand Ranch

Welcome to the historical Hildebrand Ranch at Chatfield Farms, which includes a restored 1918 dairy barn.

Non-vaccinated visitors are strongly encouraged to wear masks. Please social distance while in the Hildebrand Ranch house.

The Hildebrand Ranch house may close on certain days due to lack of volunteer help. Please call 720-865-3500 for the most up-to-date details.

Chatfield Farms Location
8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Road
Littleton, CO 80128 Map

Hildebrand Ranch House
Opens Saturday, May 29
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Friday-Sunday
Included with admission

The ranch sits on land that had been used for thousands of years as hunting, gathering, and camping grounds by Native inhabitants including the Ute, Cheyenne and Arapaho. It wasn’t until the early 1860s that Euro-American settlers built a log cabin at the site next to Deer Creek. The creek was the only source of water available for miles, and trees growing along its banks provided wood for fires and protection from sun and wind. 

From Cabin to Cattle Ranch in the Semi-Arid West

In 1866, the Hildebrand family bought the log cabin and the surrounding land. In these dry grasslands nestled against the foothills, they turned a small cabin and vegetable garden into a thriving farm and ranch with 600 head of Hereford cattle.

When you walk through the ranch, you'll notice that the structures were built with careful consideration of the landscape. The house, garden and summer kitchen were built near the creek to take advantage of the flow of water. The stable, milking barn and wagon shed are clustered together in order to block the westerly winds. 

The site also includes a schoolhouse (built in 1874); granary; icehouse; wood and blacksmith sheds. Recently renovated, the blacksmith shop is fully functional.

Hildebrand Ranch is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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