Welcome Back to the Ranch!
It is time to catch up on all the Great things that have been happening at the ranch! Blogging seemed to get stuck on the back burner as the summer flew by! Our 28th summer season at North Fork Ranch was action packed with the usual fun family ranch activities; horseback riding, whitewater rafting, fly fishing, hiking swimming, hiking & shooting to name a few! The new addition of Zip Line was a huge hit!! What fun it was hearing each person describe their adventure!! I haven’t been brave enough to try it yet…maybe next summer! Cookouts, camping in the teeppee along with our new new western dance night kept the fun going until sundown!
As always, our highlight was meeting many new friends & reconnecting with returns! Each of you are what makes the ranch special! The Aspen tree’s shimmering yellow color was spectacular & we have enjoyed an extended warm fall. We have received our first snow already but it hasn’t slowed down our determined fly fishermen!
All of the horses are out enjoying pasture & carefree days….cabins tucked in & ready for winter & empty shelves in the walkin!!
Thank you for taking time to read the ranch “round up”! Join us in saddling up for the holidays & remember to take a moment & put your feet up next to the fire!
Welcome Back to the Ranch!
Our 26th dude season has wrapped up and we are now hosting our corporate & meeting groups and fishermen. Fall has arrived with cooler temperatures and there is snow on the mountain peaks in the distance.
The horses are making their way to winter pasture but not before they get one last treat. Here is a fun recipe that we like to “treat” our horses with before they go.
Even though the our dude season is drawing near and many of our summer staff have returned back to school, we are still having fun at the ranch. Riding throughout the Rocky Mountains, exciting whitewater rafting, breathtaking hikes (literally-haha), talent shows while square dancing and the most intense and laughter-filled games of Catchphrase on family game night still are taking place. The weather has been amazing as fall is approaching and the deer are even starting to sneak out of the woods again as the temperatures cool down.
Our pool has received a makeover at the beginning of this summer. We now have a fence around the pool, more landscaping and a few more final touches are in the works. The fence along the river isn’t quite complete yet but will be soon. It will have railing like the new bridge so that everyone can still view and enjoy the sight and sound of the river. New gates were also installed that were custom made with our Bar Double Heart Bar brand within the railing. Check out the cool pictures.
Horses are now getting pastured outside the pool and will greet you as you head that way. Be sure to give them some tender, loving care on your way to take a dip. We hope you’ll be able to enjoy the new & improved pool at North Fork Ranch this summer.
There’s a certain feel in the air right now at the ranch……..excitement and anticipation. New staff have arrived, as well as some of our fantastic returns, the grass has been cut, the horses have arrived and are anxious to get out on the trail, the river is full of feisty fish and the mountain air is as clean and crisp as ever. We have been quite busy this spring with meeting groups and fisherman and are excited to get our summer vacation guests here on the ranch as well.
We had our first big group this last weekend to officially kick off spring. We have been feeding fisherman for quite a while now, but the Colorado Women’s Fly Fishing Club was our first “big” group of the season. They join us every spring and fall to enjoy some instructional fly fishing classes as well as gain more experience on the river. They are always a delight to have around.
We are finishing up our last building and round of deep cleaning to prepare for more incoming groups this next week. The lodge and the cabins are all ready to go and we are now finishing up Stonehenge.
As North Fork’s 26th dude season is only a few weeks away, I thought it would be appropriate to show a few more famous faces here on the ranch.
Many of you may have ridden or your children have rode this beautiful girl, Ginger. She is a terrific kids horse who loves some tender, loving care from the young ones. She’s a beautiful horse that has three different colors throughout her tail.
And this amazing girl might be the most famous of all. Jezebel is Dean’s mule. He’s had her since she was a baby and he is quite fond of her. She’s getting a little gray under the chin these days but still loves to go out on the trail. She does not like to not be included in the dude program and isn’t afraid to let you know where she’s suppose to be and when. She knows the trails better than anyone. Many of you may have also heard her in the evenings as she hollers from the lower pen letting the wranglers know it’s time to get fed. She’s a gentle soul with a heart of gold.
We look forward to having you with us this summer to experience a true vacation full of beautiful scenery, great activities and more importantly, memories forever.
We are offering something new and exciting this year at the ranch. A real wilderness pack trip! It’s more than just an overnight trip like in the past. You will find yourself enjoying nature first hand for many nights in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Views you have never seen before or imagined! Here are the details: