Weanling Weeks- Tormenta

Alec on Tormenta

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

Janice enjoy her namesake sorbet

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

Snowshoeing Home Mountain

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

Mark with Zeke & Finn

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

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

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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: