Coming Home Vacation Package The Home Ranch, a Relais & Chateaux guest ranch in Colorado, introduces "Coming Home," a special guest ranch vacation package that allows our guests to book a four night all inclusive Colorado vacation during our summer or fall seasons and receive five add-on experiences valued at over $1,600. We present this guest ranch vacation package to be that all-immersive, easy to book, value-added four night stay with a predefined itinerary. We took the guess work out of planning your stay at our Colorado Ranch and just made it very easy to experience everything The Home Ranch has to offer. The following experiences immerse you in the daily life on an authentic western guest ranch in Colorado. We have pulled out all of the stops to include a sunset wagon ride, a fly tying clinic or an arena riding lesson, an off-ranch [...]
August 2016 Dear Friend, One of life’s greatest joys is welcoming families here in the summertime! We are inspired by your genuine smiles and the sweet moments you share together. We love helping you explore the ranch individually, and when you reconvene for meals to share the details of your day with each other. Thank you to the many families who return year after year to experience the magic of the Elk River Valley. We are grateful and sustained by your enduring support. Thanks, too, to those families who have arrived for their very first ranch vacation here in Clark, some traveling great distances from Europe and beyond to enjoy precious time together in this beautiful place. This month, we have also had the pleasure of welcoming a reunion of the entire Stranahan family. While here, the family hosted a community gathering at Owen’s Cabin, a comfortable meeting place for [...]
While coming in on the morning wrangle this spring Clyde the horse passed on to greener pastures. Many of our Home Ranch horses have profoundly affected the experiences of our guests and wranglers, but like his namesake “Clyde the Chef” “Clyde the Horse” embodied The Home Ranch experience during his 23 years in the Elk River Valley. Clyde was born in South Dakota, but came to the Home Ranch early in the summer of 1993, before he was even weaned, with a shipment of broodmares purchased by Tim and Barb Assmann. I can still remember Tim unloading this group of nearly wild, but beautiful mares with foals by their sides. Clyde’s Blue Roan coat and gentle temperament soon set him apart. Like all young horses his early years under saddle were with experienced wranglers, but over the years it became apparent that his true calling would be to care for [...]
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 an exceptional record of creating an atmosphere of fine dining and service, extensive wine knowledge, and a unique understanding of the idiosyncrasies inherent in the operation of a high-quality guest ranch. In turn we say goodbye to Executive Chef Craig Singer, who has been at The Home Ranch for seven plus years. During [...]
If this is your first or 20th time to The Home Ranch, we have come up with 7 things for you to do before coming up to Clark for your vacation. While we plan to get ready for the summer and your stay, here are some things you can do to get ready for your Dude Ranch Vacation .....Continued
Our horse herd has just moved (stampeded) to greener pastures. A sure sign on The Ranch that Spring is here. We are busy gearing up to welcome you to a season of fun, exciting, and rewarding activities; great food; good friends; relaxation and enjoyment of this beautiful and special Elk River Valley...
Dear Friends, March came in like a lion. Almost daily snow has us excited about one more month of great skiing, snowshoeing, tubing and just fun in the snow to offer to our guests. We've enjoyed our busiest January and February period ever so it’s been a pleasure meeting our many new guests and greeting our loyal returnees. .....Continued