With health and safety at the forefront of our decision, it is with great sadness that we announce that we cannot open the ranch for in-person residential camp this summer. We are deeply disappointed in this decision as we have worked very hard trying to find solutions for all possible concerns. In the end, we just cannot assume the risk or the “What-if” to a camper, volunteer, or staff member. We care too much about our Nighthawk Ranch family to risk any potential exposure to Covid-19. This decision will be disappointing to many as we know how important the Nighthawk Ranch experience is, but we believe it is the right decision for now. We remain committed to the program and our tremendous community and are eager to get back to camp with 2022 being the best summer ever!
Nighthawk Ranch is much more than just another camp experience. Kids and teenagers ages 10-18 with cancer (first phases of treatment behind them) have the opportunity to live on a ranch and to develop skills that will show them just how incredibly capable they are.
Each session is limited to seven (7) campers to allow each participant to have personalized support. Campers are encouraged to not only challenge themselves, but to cheer on others as they all meet challenges head-on and handle them with strength and joy. By the end of each one-week session, the spirits of the campers really do soar!
So is Nighthawk a Ranch… or a Camp?
It’s both! Nighthawk Ranch is a unique place that offers activities a typical camp offers (archery, ropes course, camping, etc.), but we also offer our campers a chance to experience the activities that come with living on a working ranch.
We hope you like animals.
Campers wake up bright and early each day to feed the cows and horses. Each camper is responsible for grooming and caring for their own horse; which will be the horse they also learn to ride. Horses and cows are not the only animals at Nighthawk Ranch. Camp participants will see deer, goats, rabbits, dogs, and many other species of wildlife roaming around the ranch. For kids and teenagers who love animals, this will be an experience that will stay with them forever.
Where exactly is Nighthawk Ranch?
We are located in the hills of South Park County in Guffey, Colorado, 60 miles west of Colorado Springs and 32 miles north of Canon City, surrounded by the Pike National Forest. The main facility is a beautiful, modern 10,000 square foot mountain log home, where the campers eat, sleep, hang out, and play (lots of indoor activities on the lower level). It is surrounded by 320 acres of awe-inspiring nature including pine and aspen.
The costs are all taken care of.
All one-week sessions at Nighthawk Ranch are 100% FREE! Because of our relationship with Angel Flight Central (AFC) we are able to not only accept kids from Colorado but from surrounding states as well. Travel expenses are completely paid for, so there is absolutely no cost to the families. With all the care and support of the staff and volunteers, the natural beauty of the land, the wonder of the wildlife, and all the activities, campers will have the time of their lives. At Nighthawk Ranch kids and teenagers can do what they do best… just be kids!