Why We Work at The Home Ranch- Andy

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Guests will often ask staff how they found out about The Home Ranch and why they chose it over other dude ranches. We asked our staff the same questions last month and would like to share their responses with you. Whether you have been to our beautiful Colorado dude ranch in the past or are still looking forward to your first visit to The Home Ranch, we hope you will enjoy getting to know our staff a little before your visit. If you have been to the ranch in the last couple years you will have met Andy; he has … Continued

Meet The Herd: Here’s Frisco!

Horseback Riding Vacation in Coloroado

Frisco has been an excellent guest horse for The Home Ranch over the years. He is a smart, reliable horse that wranglers love to use for roping steers. Because of his steady mind, horse trainer Alec Nelson and former head wrangler Kelly Carlson used him on several occasions this winter for help in starting the Home Ranch colts. A solid saddle horse can be an important assistant in giving a young colt or filly a sense of security for his first couple times under saddle in the round pen. With Kelly on Frisco, Alec was able to get off to … Continued

June Bloom ~ See The Elk River Valley in Full Splendor

Home Ranch Summer Vacations

As a special tribute to this month of awakening, we’ve asked legendary Steamboat Springs photographer Don Tudor to share the beauty of his June wildlife and landscape photos with you. For Don, the unique qualities of flora, fauna, light and landscape in the Elk River and Yampa Valleys in June, combine the perfect elements of color, light, and subject. This serendipity of season and place makes June the month for capturing the perfect photographic moment. We hope you enjoy the words and images Don has shared with us for this special month. June Photo Essay By Don Tudor As a professional nature … Continued

Spring Break

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Taking a Spring Break at The Home Ranch is a perfect idea for families that want to truly unwind, play in the snow, and still get all the sunshine a spring break vacation requires. Come springtime in Clark, Colorado we’ve still got snow on the ground, snow at Steamboat, bluebird skies, and all the Colorado sunshine you could want. Share this:

Experience Owen Roe with Us, at The Home Ranch

Winemaker David O’Reilly of Owen Roe Visits The Home Ranch A Weekend of Wine Pairings, Tastings, Skiing & Luxury We are excited to announce our second vintner event.  We hope you will join us for a wonderful weekend getaway, with David O’Reilly, of Owen Roe. There will be tastings, pairings, an abundance of outdoor activities, such as skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, sleigh rides, ample opportunity to relax and plenty of amazing cuisine, all suited to be paired specifically with Owen Roe Wine. We hope to see you here- space is limited. Owen Roe Weekend Itinerary Saturday, March 1 Arrivals 6:00 PM … Continued

To walk or not

Howdy! I just returned from not so sunny San Diego and the Dude Ranchers’ Association meeting.  While there I was able to have an enjoyable evening dining with Gene Kilgore.  Gene has been promoting dude ranching since 1987, and we are the fortunate recipients of the Kilgore Network’s Best Ranches.  We are honored to receive this award.  Thank you Gene! While at the convention, I gave a little presentation on how we handle colic here at the Home Ranch.  I have been working with veterinarians for over 30 years on what exactly to do with a colic horse.  A couple … Continued

The Horse Of The Month Of May: Shiloh

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This beautiful girl is 3 years old, going on 4 and was born here on ranch!  Her dad is Phoenix – and Shiloh was an unplanned blessing. We will be introducing her to the string this summer. She is an intelligent, quick learner and eager to go out into those meadows. She’s a spirited horse with a personality to match so look for her this summer on your rides! Share this:

Dude Ranch or Guest Ranch?

  Last month I attended the Colorado Dude & Guest Ranch Association meeting in Denver. This is always a great time for ranchers to get together and talk about what is new in the industry, how their past season was and what their upcoming season looks like, but mostly what is on their minds. This year we discussed staffing, marketing and what really is the difference between a Dude Ranch and a Guest Ranch. Over the past month, I have continued to think about this. Is The Home Ranch classified as a dude ranch or guest ranch? Should we be … Continued

Chicken Scratch from Clyde’s Farm

Our mission to pursue sustainability and expand on the Farm-to-Table movement

Spring has sprung here in Routt County, and up has grown a greenhouse in our backyard. The winter meltdown and mud season is now upon us – but inside our spacious 32’ x 70’ hoop house, our gardening crews have been busy. A key component in our Farm-to Table Master Plan is now a beautiful reality.

Master gardener Adele Carlson designed the layout for the vegetable, herb and flower beds, and seeds were sown in early February. They sprouted and flourished in Executive Chef Clyde Nelson’s home kitchen windows during the winter and next week the transplanting will begin. We will be harvesting greens, herbs and vegetables by late May for our first guests’ arrival…

Reflecting on Winter

As we wind down our winter season, it is always time to reflect.
We had a very nice winter and want to thank all of our guests that joined us and made for a wonderful season. It is so nice to chat by the fire in our dining room at night. The plates that are so beautifully presented and taste so great – it’s hard to beat. Thank you to Clyde, Craig, James, JD, David, Anne and of Course, Shannon for the wonderful pastries and desserts.
We will be saying goodbye to Mike, Mark, Alec and Leslie ’til next winter. We are so proud of our ski guides. Their knowledge and skill makes our ski and snowshoe program one of a kind. It was a cold winter, but we had great snow all winter. Thank you, ski guides.
When you check in, you are greeted with a big smile – We thank Selina, Nikki and Laura for that. The folks at our front desk truly get your vacation started on the right foot.
Kelly and his new team of Percherons have been a lot of fun to watch. Kelly was also riding right up to the end of the season…