The Joys of Summer on a Dude Ranch

Family Time

August 2016 Dear Friend, One of life’s greatest joys is welcoming families here in the summertime! We are inspired by your genuine smiles and the sweet moments you share together. We love helping you explore the ranch individually, and when you reconvene for meals to share the details of your day with each other. Thank you to the many families who return year after year to experience the magic of the Elk River Valley. We are grateful and sustained by your enduring support. Thanks, too, to those families who have arrived for their very first ranch vacation here in Clark, … Continued

In Celebration of “Clyde the Horse”

Clyde & Vincent

While coming in on the morning wrangle this spring Clyde the horse passed on to greener pastures. Many of our Home Ranch horses have profoundly affected the experiences of our guests and wranglers, but like his namesake “Clyde the Chef” “Clyde the Horse” embodied The Home Ranch experience during his 23 years in the Elk River Valley. Clyde was born in South Dakota, but came to the Home Ranch early in the summer of 1993, before he was even weaned, with a shipment of broodmares purchased by Tim and Barb Assmann.  I can still remember Tim unloading this group of … Continued

A Proud Introduction and a Fond Farewell

We are extremely pleased and excited to present Jonathon Gillespie as our new Executive Chef. He and His family have been longing to return to the Elk River Valley since leaving Vista Verde Guest Ranch ten years ago. Most recently he has been Executive Chef and managing multi – location food and beverage operations on behalf of Arcis Golf, The Pinery Country club, and the Club at Pradera in Parker, Colorado. Prior to that, he served a five-year stint as Executive Chef at the Waterfall Club in Georgia, and a year at the Swag Country Inn and Balsam Mountain Preserve, both in North Carolina. Jonathon brings … Continued

The Perfect Season ~ Fall 2015 update


  Dear Friends, The recent Harvest Moon with its Lunar eclipse has just put an exclamation mark on our glorious and perfect Autumn season. The experiences that our guests had during our Harvest Weeks, Horsemanship week and Fall Gathering have created fond and lasting memories for all of us. Old acquaintances were found and new friendships made contributing to a camaraderie and spirit that makes the Home Ranch the special place that it is. We’re also looking forward to seeing some familiar and some new faces during our 10th season of the yoga & horse retreat this week. Autumn is the perfect … Continued

Spring in The Rocky Mountains


Our horse herd has just moved (stampeded) to greener pastures. A sure sign on The Ranch that Spring is here. We are busy gearing up to welcome you to a season of fun, exciting, and rewarding activities; great food; good friends; relaxation and enjoyment of this beautiful and special Elk River Valley…

Good Bye Winter, Hello Spring!

Snowshoe up Home Mountain

After a sun filled winter The Home Ranch has closed for the 2015 winter season. Guests enjoyed warmer temperatures while they skate skied around Lodwick Loop, explored the backcountry and trekked to the top of Home Mountain on snowshoes.. …..Continued

Fire Up the Grill ~ Winter 2015 Update


Dear Friends,

March came in like a lion. Almost daily snow has us excited about one more month of great skiing, snowshoeing, tubing and just fun in the snow to offer to our guests.

We’ve enjoyed our busiest January and February period ever so it’s been a pleasure meeting our many new guests and greeting our loyal returnees. …..Continued

Vintner Weekend- DoubleBack & Leonetti

Vintner Strug. Kale

Earlier this month we had the honor of getting to enjoy two amazing Walla Walla Valley Wine Makers, and their wines, for a weekend for our guests from a far and Steamboat locals. The weekend featured Leonetti Cellar and DoubleBack wines. …..Continued

Winter Sutcliffe Wine Pairing Dinner


Sutcliffe Vineyards is well known in the Colorado wine market and is gaining a fellowship around the world. In Food and Wine Magazine 2015 Wine Guide, it was named America’s 500 Best Wine Producers…..Continued