Off Ranch Adventures- River Kayaking

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Over the next couple weeks I (Andrea) will be writing about my experiences doing activities around the ranch and with our outfitters. I get asked daily about “What’s it like to go, do, ride, or float?” I have never been able to answer the questions personally, but rather by other staff recommendations and experiences. Now, I will not only be able to help you (the guest) decide on and book activities, but I will be able to share my experience in each activity and a little about the guides you will have.   On a beautiful warm afternoon I headed … Continued

Fire Up the Grill- June

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Firing up the Grill with Chef Clyde Around here early June is our favorite time of year. Our meadows are lush with green, and roaming with horses grazing on the pastures’ new growth. The river is roaring and the Ranch is buzzing with activity as we prepare for our first guests. Our summer staff is arriving daily, all excited to be here and contribute to a great Home Ranch experience. Within this beautiful Elk River valley, with all of its opportunities for enjoyment, and with our mission of great Western hospitality, we have created a special sense of place just … Continued

Why We Work at The Home Ranch- Brooke

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This week in our ‘why we work at The Home Ranch’ we are featuring Brooke Klein our head wrangler. When you come to the ranch this summer and take a ride with Brooke make sure to ask about any of her hobbies or her last season in Greece. On top of her talents with horses she is also a writer. I asked Brooke, “Why she works at The Home Ranch?” She wrote a piece of why she picked the ranch and we are so glad she did.   For as long as I can remember my life has always been … Continued

All About Teamwork- Corporate Groups

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The Home Ranch hosts corporate groups October – May. Last month we hosted two different groups. The first was a Corporate Retreat and the second week was a group of executives from around the world working with a consulting company based in Boulder, CO on conversations.  Each week the groups end with team building activities to finish out their week at the ranch.  Both weeks they each did something very different, but was also very Home Ranch; food and horses.         PGI wanted a team building challenge and came up with an event based on the TV … Continued

Weanling Weeks- Tormenta

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Each year The Home Ranch offers guests a week long experience during which they learn to lead Canadian Sport Horse weanlings that are 5 months old. At the week’s end, there is a horse sale of the weanlings open to all. This year The Home Ranch has two horse sales, September 13th & 20th.     Tormenta By: Alec Nelson   I bought Tormenta as a yearling at The Home Ranch’s 2011 Canadian sport horse sale. Her sire is Ice Caper (Thoroughbred) and her dam is Buck’s Gal (Quarter Horse/Percheron). From the get-go she was a good-looking bay filly that seemed … Continued

Inside the Kitchen- Janice’s Watermelon Tourmaline Sorbet

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Janice Baxter our Yogi of our “Experience Yoga and Horses Retreat” remembered that our now back (after nine years) Pastry Chef, Douglas made this desert. She loved it so much she even bought a Watermelon Tourmaline Necklace in honor of the sorbet. In honor of Janice and her necklace, The Home Ranch Kitchen presents this recipe for your making as well. Enjoy!         Janice’s Watermelon Tourmaline Sorbet    Honeydew Sorbet 1 ½ cups Honeydew puree 3 Cups Simple Syrup ½ cup Midori   Watermelon Sorbet 1 ½ cups watermelon puree 3 cups Simple Syrup 1 Tablespoon fresh … Continued

Why We Work at The Home Ranch- Andrea

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So the tables have turned, and since Andrea has been asking, and will continue to ask, staff “Why do you work at the Home Ranch?” I realized she should introduce herself and I also wanted to know why she choose to apply at the ranch this winter. She has been a great addition to our team and is looking forward to her first summer at the ranch. Here is a little bit about Andrea, how she found our Colorado Dude Ranch and why she has decided to stick around! I’m looking forward to another amazing season here at the ranch … Continued

Samoa Badge of Courage- Inside The Kitchen

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  The Home Ranch was asked if they would participate in this year’s Cocktails & Cookie Creations for the Routt County Girl Scouts. This is the second year for the event, which asks local chefs to create one-of-a-kind savory appetizers with Girl Scout Cookies. The Home Ranch chefs picked the Samoa cookie because of the chocolate and coconut favors.   This year’s event is to send some of the 170 Rout County girls out of the 15 troops in Steamboat Springs and 5 troops in Hayden to different events. Last year, they went to science camp and this year they … Continued

Why We Work at The Home Ranch- Abby

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Guests will often ask staff how they found out about The Home Ranch and why they picked it over other ranches.   Abby Draper is one of our servers in the dining room. She came to The Home Ranch last winter and decided to come back for another season, this time “to see the green, flowers, and Colorado in summer,” Abby said.   As a staff, we love Abby for her bubbling energy and humor; we can always count on her to brighten up our day. She became an amazing snow bunny in February, as she tested herself to play … Continued

Why We Work at The Home Ranch-Mark

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Learning from Andy, Guests will often ask staff how they found out about The Home Ranch and why they chose it over other dude ranches.  Mark Colvin is one of our behind the scenes managers.  He is not only the ‘numbers man’, but also the Director of Human Resources.  Mark joined The Home Ranch team mid summer in 2012.  In his free time he is on the golf course or shredding the slopes on his snowboard. He is an elder at his church in Denver and volunteers at The Gathering Place, Denver’s largest day-shelter for homeless women and children.  He is … Continued