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Happy Anniversary,

Highlands Ranch!

2021 marks the 40th anniversary of modern-day Highlands Ranch—but the history of this community dates back more than 100 years, to when it was first settled. In celebration of this anniversary year, enjoy a stroll back through time with some fun historical facts, articles, and photos curated by DCL’s own Archives & Local History department.

Fun Facts

Highlands Ranch History Spotlight

Digging for Treasure Past & Present


An exploration of the trails around the historic Cheese Ranch in Highlands Ranch.

Modern-day Highlands Ranch is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, yet the stories of industry, entrepreneurship, and community in the area date back more than a century. Luckily, you only need a smidgen of pioneer spirit and the slightest bit of gumption to discover those history lessons along trails that likely are just a stone’s throw from your own backyard. Read More »

Visit Highlands Ranch Community Association for information on anniversary festivities and events.