Real, live reindeer right here, in Colorado.
The Colorado Reindeer Ranch is a family-owned and operated agricultural farm business that raises and trains reindeer for live events, such as holiday parties and corporate events. The ranch is located in Coalmont, Colorado. The ranch is home to a family of 12 reindeer, and offers a variety of services, including reindeer visits, reindeer petting zoos, and reindeer sleigh rides. The ranch also offers a variety of other services, such as event planning and catering.
These hardy reindeer enjoy entertaining visitors, big snow storms, and generous portions of hay.
Colorado's favorite reindeer!
The Colorado Reindeer Ranch is open year-round, and offers a variety of events and activities for all ages. The ranch is a great place to visit for a family outing, corporate event, or holiday Christmas parties – Santa Claus not included. Visiting the farm is easy, learn more about how you can visit with the deer and enjoy a day on the ranch. Or, if you have an upcoming event, learn more about how to invite our reindeer to be a part.
A little bit of history about our reindeer:
Were you aware that reindeer are not really from the North Pole? In fact, they originally come from Europe and Asia. However, some of them have managed to make their way over to North America too. The first reindeer in North America were brought over by the Icelandic settlers around 1,000 years ago and they landed in Canada. Reindeer have also been successfully introduced into Alaska, where there are now around 35,000 of them.
Reindeer and caribou are the same animal (Rangifer tarandus) and are a member of the deer family.
Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) are a member of the deer family, which also includes elk, moose, and caribou. Unlike their cousins the white-tailed deer and mule deer, both males and females grow antlers. Reindeer are the only deer in which this is true.
Antlers are used for fighting, for display, and for digging through the snow to find food. Reindeer have large, hoofed feet that act like snowshoes, allowing them to walk on top of the snow.
The woody part of the reindeer’s antlers is called “velvet” and is covered in tiny blood vessels. These vessels help to supply nutrients to the growing antler. Once the antlers are fully grown, the velvet dies and is shed.
Reindeer are herbivores and eat mostly grasses, mosses, and lichens. They have a thick coat of fur that helps keep them warm in the coldest climates. Reindeer are hunted for their meat and antlers.