Celebration of the Prairie Online Auction

Bid now on terrific travel packages offered in the 2017 Celebration of the Prairie

  • Place your bid by emailing your bid amount followed by your initials. Anyone can bid, no matter your location.
  • We’ll post bidding updates on this page next to each item followed by the initials of the high bidder
  • Online bidding ends at noon MST on December 3
  • High bids through online auction will be starting bid at the Celebration on the evening of December 3
  • Bid wildly high to ensure you are the winner!
  • Remember, 100% of the proceeds go directly to SPLT’s expansion of Heartland Ranch
  • Please send inquiries on any of these auction items to splt@southernplains.org or call 720-841-1757

Bid on These Items Now!

Cozy Mountain Cabin Retreat in South Park, Colorado
Enjoy a 3-night stay at Blue Moon Ranch’s guest cabin in Fairplay, Colorado, nestled in famous South Park

Enjoy this small hobby-ranch with horses, chickens, and lots of wildlife such as elk, deer, pronghorn, coyotes, badgers, bear, birds, and squirrels. Surrounded by early Colorado history and ancient bristlecone pines on nearby ridges, the guest cabin sleeps 2-4 people. Activities available right from the door include hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, horseback riding, archaeology, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Located just 30 minutes from skiing at Breckenridge.

Minimum bid: $150
Current high bid: $175 [NJ]
Retail value: $300

Bid now on the South Park Cabin Retreat

Thank you to Tom Williams, Will Mahoney, & Judy Greenfield for donating this wonderful experience.


North Carolina Getaway
2 night-stay in 6-person cabin at YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC +$100 gift certificate to The Artisan Gourmet Market/Coffee & Wine Bar + gift certificate to plant vegan restaurant in Asheville, NC

Get away from the outside world in the mountains of North Carolina. With comfortable, sheltered porches and scenic views, you can rock your cares away as you listen to the surrounding streams and woods in this secluded cabin. Enjoy a peaceful retreat in a rustic setting with family and friends. Cabin has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a kitchen. Expires May 2019.

Minimum bid: $170
Current high bid: $180 [JN]
Retail value: $365

Bid now on the North Carolina Getaway

Thank you to Blue Ridge Assembly & The Artisan Gourmet for donating this wonderful experience.


Spa Stay in Colorado Mountains
1 night-stay at the exquisite Devil’s Thumb Ranch + breakfast for two at Heck’s Tavern (at Devil’s Thumb)

In the words of the proprietors, “At Devil’s Thumb Ranch we carefully craft experiences that embrace the pioneering spirit of the early homesteaders while honoring the grand landscape that surrounds us. Of course, such a luxurious escape would be incomplete without refined modern comforts like our renowned spa, acclaimed restaurants, plush accommodations and a unique approach to sustainability that preserves this stunning place for future generations.” Activities include Nordic skiing, horseback riding, and exploring the 6,000 acres on the property and millions of surrounding wilderness acres.

Minimum bid: $180
Current high bid: $350 [SS]
Retail value: $400

Bid now on the Devil’s Thumb Ranch stay

Thank you to Devil’s Thumb Ranch for donating this wonderful experience.


Los Angeles Excursion
5 nights in LA studio + gift certificates to Kitchen Mouse and Donut Friend

Experience this exciting city in a classic California bungalow with a stay of up to 5 nights! The guest house can house up to 3 guests comfortably. It’s conveniently located near Pasadena, downtown LA, and located in hipster mecca Northeast LA. Package includes coffee, tea, snacks, bathroom amenities, Netflix, kitchenette, and comfortable sleeping quarters. The nights can be divided over different trips if desired. Also included is a $25 gift certificate to Donut Friend for gourmet vegan donuts and $25 at Kitchen Mouse – both are nearby.

Minimum bid: $250
Current high bid: $250
Retail value: $500

Bid now on the Los Angeles Excursion

Thank you to Bettina Rosmarino for donating this wonderful experience.


Skiing Dreams in Vail
Overnight stay at world-class The Sebastian in Vail, Colorado

Luxuriate at The Sebastian in Vail. Spend one night in a Luxury Plaza King Room night at this alpine oasis. The Sebastian has received accolades from Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler. This item was obtained by SPLT member Jonathan Staufer and donated by The Sebastian.

Minimum bid: $200
Current high bid: $200 [NJ]
Retail value: $600

Bid now on Skiing Dreams in Vail

Thank you to the Sebastian for donating this wonderful experience.


Tahoe Skiing Escape
4 nights at a gorgeous condo at Lake Tahoe that sleeps 8

The owners describe it as: the closest home to a chairlift anywhere on the planet! Enjoy a two-story top-floor condo with 1400 square feet. Location is supreme: no need to walk or get on a shuttle…just put on your skis and you are ready! We even have a ski storage closet so you don’t have to carry your skis/boards up the stairs and into the home! We want you to use your energy on the slopes…not getting there. Includes parking (a rarity) and is close to Lake Tahoe, casinos, golf, restaurants, and more! Perfect for families, several couples, and honeymooners. We do everything to help make your vacation perfect.

Minimum bid: $1200
Current high bid: $1200
Retail value: $2000

Bid now on the Tahoe Skiing Escape

Thank you to the generous donor of this stay at Lake Tahoe.


Fantastic Times in Telluride
3 night stay in Telluride home + valuable ski passes and more

Enjoy world class skiing in a small town paradise. Stay in a charming Victorian 2 bedroom/1.5 bath home in historic downtown Telluride for 3 nights. The home is located just 5 blocks from gondola. It is close to the grocery and sleeps 4 adults. There is a full modern kitchen to make your meals (although area restaurants are fantastic). Ski passes and other goodies are also included! To learn more about the lodging offered, email us.

Minimum bid: $1000
Current high bid: $1000
Retail value: $2000

Bid now on the Telluride Vacation

Thank you to the Paydar Family and SPLT Board Member Ramona Gaylord for donating this wonderful experience.


South African Safari Awaits
6-night stay for 2 people at exquisite wildlife preserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Escape to the wildlife paradise of Zulu Nyala in South Africa. You will see amazing creatures, including elephants, rhinos, hippos, cheetahs, nyala, impala, vervet monkeys, baboons, and so much more. Lodging is at the Zulu Nyala Group and is top-notch. Expert guides provide two photo safaris per day. Three full delicious buffet meals are included daily. This company has a wonderful conservation program focused on endangered rhinos. We have offered the Zulu Nyala package at previous Celebrations, and our previous winning bidders report first-hand that it is absolutely divine. The owner, Trevor Shaw, bases his entire business model on philanthropy. How great is that? Package is for 2 guests but multiple packages are available.

Minimum bid: $2500
Current high bid: $2500
Retail value: $5950
Buy it now price: $3000

Bid now on the South African Safari

Thank you to the Zulu Nyala for donating this wonderful experience.