Meet Nora -The Ranch Dog

Nora, The ranch dog

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!

Backcountry Skiing

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

Thank you & Welcome Home

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As we prepare for Thanksgiving, we are reminded what we are grateful for. We are grateful for the land that we live, play and work on, the staff that we work with, the guests that we create relationships and memories with, and the vision the Stranahan’s had for this valley and continue to nurture. Over 35 years ago, Steve and Ann Stranahan discovered 580 acres of land north of Steamboat Springs, CO and upon it they built The Home Ranch. They have been welcoming families and friends to share their ‘home’ each winter, spring, summer and fall. In honor of the ranch’s 35th … Continued

and the Oscar goes to…. our guests

We are so lucky to have guests that show the passion and love that you have for the ranch. The Home Ranch would not be what it is without you. For this reason, we would like to thank each of you for allowing us to film your family while you were on vacation and wanted to share what we created with you first! Thank you for sharing your ‘Home’ with the rest of the world. You are always Welcome Home.     Happy Holidays to you and yours, Clyde, Selina, and The Home Ranch family   Share this:

How Many Pounds of Veggies?!

Colorado Farm To Fork home Ranch Greenhouse

The ‘off-season’ at a dude ranch is always busy. From maintenance and construction projects to buying new horses to planning for the following season and year. On snowy days we are all driven inside to work on projects that we have put off for a ‘rainy’ day. Yesterday was just one of those days, when all of our desks were occupied and keyboards clacked. Our Master Gardner, Adele Carlson, was working on compiling data from the past growing season. I thought the data she shared with us was amazing and wanted to share it with you. Here’s what Adele had … 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

Three Reasons to Visit The Home Ranch

Dude Ranch Staff

A couple of weeks ago we hosted two weeks with The Farm as the theme of the week. If you’ve ever been to The Home Ranch, then you know what a special place it is and how it fosters friendships with new people. I had the opportunity to get to know Scott and Karen Hudson during their short stay here. Scott had asked if there was anything he could do to promote the ranch, I asked him to write a guest blog about their time at the ranch. The following is what he sent me earlier this week. I can’t wait to … Continued

Clafoutis: A Classic Summer Dessert from our Farm Kitchen Oven


The clafouti is traditional in the Limousin region of France during cherry season, about a simple a dessert to make as you can imagine. A custard poured over fruit in a fireproof dish and then baked in the oven. It looks like a tart and is usually eaten warm. This is a perfect choice for our Farm Kitchen where our emphasis is cooking in it’s most elemental and fundamental form. Here we bake it in a wood-fired oven as the peasants would have. Use cherries if available, but you may substitute plums, peaches, pears or apples or a combination. Bon … Continued

Kari Forseth ~ Wrangler

Kari Forseth - Wrangler - The Home Ranch

It’s time for us to introduce you to some of the amazing staff that we have at the ranch this summer.  First up is Kari Froseth who is one of our wranglers.  I asked Kari to tell everyone how she found herself at The Home Ranch this summer and what her favorite part of the ranch is, so far.  Here is what she wrote:   Who would have thought a girl from the outskirts of Milwaukee, Wisconsin would find her way to the mountains of Colorado to work with horses and give guests of The Home Ranch an unforgettable experience. … Continued