El Paso County Wagon Train

Simla, Colorado

July 27-28, 2024

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Ride across the Colorado prairie!

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 ranch land of eastern Colorado. The trail ride is a two day event, with a five hour round trip ride on Saturday and a three hour round trip ride on Sunday.

Trail ride participants may arrive on Friday to camp out before the ride, arrive Saturday morning for the Saturday ride if they choose, or wait to arrive Saturday evening or Sunday morning. Participants may choose to only ride on Saturday, or on Sunday, or choose to ride both on Saturday and Sunday.

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).

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


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


Saturday, July 27
7:30 am
Registration check-in
10 am
Depart Bailey Ranch
12 pm
Lunch near Big Sandy Creek
1 pm
Depart Big Sandy Creek
3 pm
Return to Bailey Ranch
5 pm
BBQ Dinner and Entertainment
Sunday, July 28
7 am
Registration check-in, pancake breakfast
8 am
Church Service at Bailey Ranch
10 am
Depart Bailey Ranch
1 or 2 pm
Return to Bailey Ranch and lunch


Registration forms will be accepted up to the day of the wagon train, but please RSVP by July 14, 2024 so that we can get an accurate head count for the meals. You can RSVP by email at baileysaddle@aol.com

Registration Form

About the El Paso County Wagon Train


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 has provided a starting point on the Eastern Plains. On 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 at Bailey Ranch and afterwards you can attend a Cowboy Church service. When the service is completed we start a five mile ride to Big Sandy Ranch for lunch, then return back to Bailey Ranch.




For more information please email us at:
epcwagontrain@gmail.com or baileysaddle@aol.com

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

Vice President
Terry Snuggs

Janet Bailey

Doug Watts


2024 Sponsors

Harley D. Troyer Auctioneers, Inc.
Remax Real Estate Group
La Casita
Farmers State Bank
Good Luck Sams
Gordon Insurance
Guarantee Electric (Berwick Electric)
Hamacher Well Works

Land Owners

Don and Janet Bailey, Simla
Sally Lasater
Bill Lazor, Calhan
Rodger and Patty Woodard, Calhan
George and Sally Fosha, Calhan
Jimmy Eurich, Calhan
Linda and Stephanie Ausfahl
Tye Amendt