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 info@homeranch.com. ———————————————————— Little Joe passed on peacefully while walking down a seldom used path in a park near his home in Arizona. This … 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

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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

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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

Meet Nora -The Ranch Dog

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We would like to introduce you to our newest Home Ranch family member, Nora. Nora is a Bernese Mountain Dog and comes to us from Chicago. I know what you’re thinking – ‘how did a dog get from Chicago to Clark?’ It was a well executed plan by Clyde and some helpful guests, not to mention a complete surprise for the staff. This fall Clyde was talking with Jeff & Barbara Paine while they were attending one of the Adult only weeks about how he would like to have a ranch dog again – it is something that we’ve been … Continued

Countdown to Winter!

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Our staff is beginning to arrive at the ranch this week. It is so much fun to meet them all and get the ranch ready for the winter.  Christmas lights are going up on the buildings, furniture is being moved around in the living room to make way for the tree and decorations, trail signs are being sprinkled around the meadows to direct guests on their winter adventures and the fishing hut is transforming into the skiing hut.  While we still have two weeks until we welcome our first guests, the ranch is at full speed. It’s been a great off … Continued