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

Little Joe Tribute

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that our dear friend Joe Ontiveros (Little Joe) has passed on. Little Joe was a wrangler for the ranch for a number of years in the late ’90s. We have begun to gather stories of his time here at the ranch to pass on to his family. Please pass on stories and pictures of how Little Joe touched your life in comments section of this blog or send them to Little Joe passed on peacefully while walking down a seldom used path in a park near his home in Arizona. This day … 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

Spring, aka Mud Season, has Arrived

Winter Wonderland

As I write this the snow is still falling on the Elk River Valley – reminder that the winters here are long and deep with snow. Guests had the opportunity to experience a wonderland filled with enjoyment and snowy activity like nowhere else. We’ve captured the essence of this on a just released Winter Video. Check it out! This winter we hosted the inaugural Home Ranch Round-Up Nordic Race. It was a grueling 45K skate across our meadows and over hills deemed to be the most challenging race in the country. The elite racers loved it. We did offer a 15K and 7K … Continued

A look back on The Home Ranch Round-Up

As a ski guide at The Home Ranch, there are 3 essentials. 1- The obvious is the ability to get around on any type of ski. 2- Then there is the obsession with the shoveling of immense amounts of snow. 3- But the most important trait is the possession of one good story. It is hard to compete with Lizzie and her tales of 150 days on the Pacific Crest Trail. Then there is ‘Captain’ Mike and his encyclopedia of knowledge on birds and Alaska. Mark of course can tell you everything there is to know about the North Routt … Continued

Jessie Burns – St. Patrick’s Day Weekend


Saint Patrick’s Day weekend at The Home Ranch is looking extra special this year.  Renowned Celtic Fiddler Jessie Burns has toured the world sharing her passion for the Traditional Irish Music, but The Home Ranch has a special place in her heart.  Back in the 90’s while she was the program director for Strings on the Mountain in Steamboat Springs she moonlighted as a member of our very own Ranch Hand Band.   She is thrilled about the opportunity to share the Ranch with her family.  Who could know the former fiddle player for the Irish-American super group Gaelic Storm also … Continued

Stopping by Home Ranch on a Day in Winter

Last week, the ranch hosted a group of friends that have been coming to enjoy the beauty of the ranch and camaraderie for 13 years.  One night at cocktails the following poem was read. It was created in the early hours of the morning. The writer, Ted Donnelly, was inspired by a number of Robert Frost quotes and poems he had recently read. I was so inspired by the words, that I wanted to share them with others. Enjoy, Selina   Stopping by Home Ranch on a Day in Winter With apologies to Robert Frost   Whose bright white trails I think … Continued

It’s a 3 Wire Winter


You are probably asking yourself, ‘what is a 3 wire winter?’ And no, you can’t google it and find an easy definition, I tried! A 3 wire winter is when the snow is deep enough to cover all three wires of the barbed wire fences.   Local ranchers count the wires on their fences that are covered in snow to determine if it’s a good snow year. With an average of over 300 inches of annual snowfall, three wire winters are pretty common in Steamboat Springs and the surrounding areas, but after last year’s one wire winter we are all very excited … Continued