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Where does the 4UR Get its Ingredients?

September 15th, 2017 by 4ur ranch

Fresh Beets

Fresh Beets

         At the 4UR, something we take a great deal of pride in is our food and the ingredients that go into it. Chef Blake Bond has taken special attention in developing his menu, especially in regards to utilizing the resources in the local San Luis Valley. In the recent years our local farming community is experiencing a change, they’re getting

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Did You Ever Wonder What’s Inside the Tallest Building at the 4UR Ranch?

July 25th, 2017 by 4ur ranch


     Happy 100 year anniversary to our fluorite mill at the 4UR Ranch! If you have been to the 4UR Ranch located in the historic mining town of Creede, Colorado, you have definitely noticed that big old building sitting on the east side of Goose Creek. Its nostalgic and regal presence towers over the ranch and demands attention; well it’s going to get some!


     The vein of fluorite it was constructed for was discovered in 1891 by miners looking for extensions of the Amethyst silver vein that brought so much prosperity. The origin of the fluorite vein is believed to be linked to the three hot springs in the area; with the water depositing minerals and forming the veins over time. However the interest of the time was for silver and gold and fluorite took a back seat until 1911 when

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Employee News: Our Staff are Family!

December 15th, 2012 by Katie Pate

When you come and visit our Colorado Dude Ranch, you will realize that you’ve become part of our family! That is how we feel about everyone from our guests to our summer staff. So you can only imagine how bonded, dedicated and special our year-round staff are for us. They live on the ranch, care for our horses and other livestock as well as steward the property. They are the lifeblood of 4UR. Some folks have made big changes lately and we wanted to spend this blog celebrating the people that make 4UR ranch vacations unforgettable!

Damon Gibbons, Head Wrangler for Horseback Riding Adventures

If you’ve visited 4UR Ranch before, you’ve met Damon. He’s kinda unforgettable, with those big mutton chops and an eager smile for everyone. You’ve probably also seen his wife Kiera and maybe their daughter Adelaide Rose. But this fall they made an addition to their family with daughter Nemonie Grace. See heartwarming pictures below!

Colorado horseback riding vacations with Damon Gibbons of 4UR Ranch

Damon Gibbons holds newborn daughter Nemonie Grace


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Our head wrangler’s wife, Keira, with daughter Nemonie. Born Nov. 16, 2012

Planning Your 2013 Dude Ranch Vacation?

If so, your gonna need to talk with Kathy Adelman, our office manager. She makes the reservations and keeps all the paperwork in order that allows 4UR Ranch to stay in business. She also has a new member in her family: meet Shelby Leone, Kathy’s granddaughter!

Office Manager Kathy Adelman’s new granddaughter, Shelby Leone. What a cutie!

Luxury Dining at a Dude Ranch?

I know – you don’t usually think “seared scallops” “goat cheese polenta” and “beet salad with endives” when you think about Dude Ranch cuisine. We understand, but things here at 4UR Ranch are different. That is due in part to the culinary talents and imagination of our head chef Wary Warner. Along with a rock star cowboy name, Wray is also a father to a new baby boy! Meet Graham Stevens Warner:

fine dining chef wray warner 4UR dude ranch

Our head Chef Wray Warner with newborn son Graham Stevens




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4UR Two-For-One Special for Kids’ Summer Guest Ranch Vacation

July 13th, 2012 by jenn

4UR little cowboys

If your child love horses, sign them up for our fun 4UR Junior Wranglers Program. They’ll learn a ton and have a great time!

All summer long, 4UR Ranch has a great special for families who want the kids to have an unforgettable Colorado Dude Ranch vacation. For two children, pay the rate for one! Prices are all-inclusive: fine food and lodging as well as all the fun activities of our 4UR Kids Program.

We’ve just completed this summer’s first week of this Two-For-One Kids Special at 4UR with families from Tucson, Austin, Dallas, Chicago and the United Kingdom. With about 15 children in the program, the ranch has been hopping! Our experienced Kids Counselors, Christa Millard and Zachary Hall, have been having a great time leading the kids on nature walks where they can learn about the local plants, animals and the breathtaking mountains and rivers of our Rocky Mountain dude ranch. Both counselors keep all the kids engaged with different games and activities that inspire learning and fun. Christa has also been helping the kids get creative with arts and craft projects.

All the children have been getting a good healthy dose of the great outdoors with rides in the arena and on the trails, plus fly-fishing, river rafting and general running around and exploring. The Junior Wrangler program is going strong too. Kids who love horses also love this program. They learn a lot about horses including the colors, breeds, catching, saddling and more. Plus, the kids have a huge sense of accomplishment when everyone graduates at the end of the week (don’t worry, everyone graduates).

4ur gal being led by a little goat

The Two-For-One Special for Kids is offered all summer at 4UR all-inclusive Colorado dude ranch

If this sounds like the kind of memorable and enriching experience you’d want for your children, contact us today. Learn more about our 4UR Two-For-One Kids Special and an unforgettable vacation at our Creede, CO dude ranch. You can also watch this video to see more of what our 4UR Kids Program has to offer. Click here to see a full schedule of all the great activities kids enjoy when they come to 4UR for a summer vacation at our all-inclusive Colorado guest ranch.

4UR Ranch’s Little Medicine Spa Now Open

July 1st, 2012 by jenn

Guests and staff alike at 4UR are very excited about our new “Little Medicine Spa.” We’ve completely remodeled and expanded our existing facility and it’s absolutely beautiful. There’s so much more space now. The broad wooden deck around the pool is a great place to bask after a swim and the outdoor fireplace is an inviting place to gather in the evenings. Another exciting change: the Mexican Fiesta Cookout poolside is now covered. Rain or shine, guests have a choice of eating another great gourmet meal under the open sky or protected by the covered porch.

New Workout Room at 4UR

New Workout Room at 4UR Colorado dude ranch

More Space Inside, Including A New Workout Room
Inside the new building, everyone appreciates the larger space with its bigger changing areas plus room to stretch or do yoga. The workout room is completely new and we all love it! We’ve got the latest exercise equipment available for guest use in an open and inviting space. If you’re used to having

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More 2012 4UR Staff

May 28th, 2012 by Gail

As promised, here are more short bios about the 2012 staff of our Colorado Family Guest Ranch. Since food is always on our minds here at 4UR, we’ll start with an introduction of the kitchen and waitstaff.


Kitchen Staff

Wray Warner (Executive Chef) – Wray works magic in the kitchen of 4UR, as he has in some of the finest resorts on the continent. We are so pleased to have him back again this summer. 

Blake Bond (Sous Chef)– Blake graduated from Texas Culinary Academy Le Cordon Bleu in Austin in 2006.  This will be his second summer at 4UR, and we’re thrilled to have him back.

Tesha Brown – Tesha was born and raised in Creede, CO. She is currently studying Culinary Arts at Johnson and Wales University in Denver.  Tesha loves coming back to Creede for the summers because of the great atmosphere and people.

Erin Lynch – Erin is from Columbia, SC.  She is a recent culinary graduate from Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, NC, and after her summer at 4UR, she plans to explore the world and continue learning about food.   

Carla Norton – Carla was raised in kitchens; her mother is a pastry chef and her father is an executive chef.  She was bitten by the travel bug after graduating with a BFA in Illustration from KU, and is pursuing her dream of traveling around the world by bike, boat, and my bootstraps.

Colorado dude and fishing ranch dining

We'd be lost without our food.



Michael Collins – Team Leader – Michael is excited to be back for his second season at 4UR. He has a B.S. in chemistry from Millersville University in Lancaster, PA, and plans to start a Ph.D. program in the fall. This summer, Michael hopes to climb a 14er.  

Becky Ford – Team Leader – Becky is also returning for a second summer at 4UR.  She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from Gettysburg College in 2010, and then moved out west and fell in love with the ranch way of life.  She is excited to be back at 4UR, after spending much of this past year working, living, and traveling in the South Island of New Zealand.  

Lindsay Gips – Lindsay comes from the downstate region of New York and is thrilled to be spending the summer at the 4UR Ranch.  She recently graduated from the State University of New York College,, where she studied Psychology and Spanish. She looks forward to being outdoors, meeting new people, and spending time around horses.   

Nathaniel Linger – Nathaniel is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studied public health and Spanish.  He enjoys traveling and backpacking, and is passionate about making music. Nathaniel hopes to attend medical school in the future.

Haley Pearson – Haley is originally from Greensboro, NC, and recently graduated from the University of South Carolina.  She plans to return to graduate school to study English literature, and eventually work as a tutor or learning specialist.  She enjoys art, sports, reading, and food–both preparing it and eating it!

Hannah Pepper – At the age of 14, Hannah left the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan for the cornfields of Indiana.  She loves to ski and snowboard–definitely a deciding factor in her college search. She also enjoys reading the classics on her Kindle.  Hannah is looking forward to a summer of hard work and fresh air at the 4UR.

Kallie Simmons – Kallie comes from the little town of Gilbert, Iowa.  She’s a middle child and a junior at Hendrix College, which is a small liberal arts school in Conway, Arkansas.  Her major is sociology and her minor is history.  Kallie enjoys volunteering and cooking in her free time.

Claire Smith – Claire was raise in the Texas Hill Country outside of San Antonio, and has always loved wilderness, adventures, and Colorado.  She spent this past semester in the south of France studying art, learning French, and embracing the French lifestyle.  After graduation, she hopes to work with international relief assistance, with a humanitarian agency, or abroad.

Glendon Thompson – Glendon was born in Evergreen, Colorado, but grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland. He studies mathematical physics at the University of Edinburgh, and his two main passions outside of his studies are basketball and the mountains. He’s played basketball for the Scottish national team and has spent many summers in the Scottish highlands with his family.  This is Glendon’s first season at the 4UR Ranch.



Nikki Carter – Nikki grew up on a farm in Price, UT, and is currently pursuing a degree in Agriculture and Equine Studies at South Utah University.

Emily Dalton – Emily attends Middlebury College in Vermont, where she studies English and American Literature with a focus in creative writing.  She’s on the Middlebury Track and Field team and enjoys running and being outside.  This summer is her first experience working on a ranch, and she is delighted to be sharing it with her sister, Laura.

Laura Tice Dalton – This will be Laura’s second season on the housekeeping staff of 4UR. Born, raised and educated in the beloved woods of New England, she finds it a treat to live in the big country of southwestern Colorado. Since working at 4UR in 2010, Laura has been traveling and hiking and living out of a van in New Zealand. She is thrilled that her sister Emily will be with her this summer at the ranch.  

Christine Deal – Christine is from a small town in North Carolina. She’s a sophomore at North Carolina State University, where she is a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority and Phi Psi Textile Fraternity.  She enjoys running, painting, hiking, and being outdoors.

Brianna Gerwitz – Brianna grew up in the small resort town of Ellicottville, NY.  She graduated from Alfred State College in 2011 with a degree in Building Construction, and studied Architectural Technology for two years.  She has rebuilt houses in the ninth ward of New Orleans and worked as a Transportation Construction Inspector with the New York State Department of Transportation. She’s moving over 1700 miles to 4UR, to fulfill her dream of working at a dude ranch..

Rachel Reed – Rachel was born and raised in Levittown, Pennsylvania. She was homeschooled K-12 and spent two years in college. She  hopes her experience at the 4UR Ranch will show her something about herself. She quotes Abraham Lincoln,  “I may walk slowly, but I will never walk backward.”  

Kimberly Shoup – Kimberly is from Wayne, PA. She loves the outdoors, being active, and playing sports. This is her first year at 4UR, and she is excited to be a part of such a great team!  

Helen Smith – Helen lives on her family ranch near Del Norte, CO, and is a fifth generation native.  She grew up on horseback and has participated in rodeo since she was 8. She also enjoys participating in outreach, worship, and children’s ministries at her local church.  She is currently a sophomore at Adams State College, studying communications.  

Megan Throckmorton – Megan is a small town girl from Scottsburg, VA.  She currently lives in Blacksburg and attends Virginia Tech, where she is studying Agriculture Technology. Her favorite things to do are ride horses, play softball, and participate in different FFA events. After college she would like to pursue a career educating others about the importance of agriculture.   


Colorado Family Dude Ranch kids program

Can you think of a better place for your children?

Kids’ Counselors

Zachary Hall – Zachary is from St. Petersburg, FL.  He spent many summers on Virginia’s Appalachian Trail, where he worked with a youth hiking and backpacking ministry. After spending a few months in New Zealand this winter, Zachary is excited to be returning for his second season as a kids’ counselor at the 4UR. He looks forward to seeing returning guests this summer and meeting the new guests.

Christa Millard – Christa is a true California girl, born and raised by the ocean. More than anything, she loves working with children!  Some of her greatest memories are of leading nature walks and craft sessions at her local summer camp, where she was a preschool counselor. Christa brings her love of the outdoors, energy, and experience to the children’s program at 4UR.


Massage Therapists

Chelsea Heersink – Chelsea will be both a Massage Therapist and a housekeeper this summer. She graduated from the Denver School of Massage Therapy in  2010

Joanne Kaufman – Joanne is experienced in Swedish, Zen Shiatsu, Reiki, Reflexology, Quantum Touch, and Integrative Massage. She has been practicing her calling of Massage Therapy for more than 15 years. Joanne lives in Del Norte with her husband and two young daughters.

Judith Penrose Mattingly – Judith graduated from the Boulder School of Massage Therapy in 1989.  She trained with Bruno Chikly in Lymphatic Drainage in 2000. Judith practices Swedish Massage at 4UR, in her private practice, and at Mineral Hot Springs. She lives with her husband, a retired farmer, in Creede.


Ranch Hands

Kyle Michaels (Properties Foreman) – Kyle has been keeping 4UR in tip-top shape since 2003, which means he is a jack of all trades. Kyle is married to Kate, who is our housekeeping team leader.

Evan Allen – Ethan is from Tulsa, OK. He’ll graduate from Oklahoma State University in December, 2012, and will commission as an officer and pilot in the United States Air Force after graduation.  He played Division 1 college football at the University of Tulsa, and won the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, AL.  Evan spends most falls and winters duck hunting on the Oklahoma lakes, rivers, and flooded fields, and coyote hunting on the open plains of Oklahoma.

Caleb Gibbons – Born and raised in Worland, WY, Caleb’s been living on ranches and riding horses for most of his life.  This is his second summer at the 4UR; he was a wrangler in 2009.  He loves riding horseback in the mountains, fly fishing, rock climbing, back country skiing, working on  his truck, and pretty much anything outside. He’s really looking forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting those of you he doesn’t already know.

Meet the 2012 4UR Staff

May 17th, 2012 by Gail

It’s almost time to welcome our 2012 staff to 4UR Colorado Guest Ranch. This is always an exciting time for those of us who stay in Creede year-round. Many of our staff is returning for another year, and the newbies bring fresh faces and ideas.

Read on for a brief introduction to some of our staff. More to follow in a subsequent blog.

Fishing Guides

Les Vance – Head Guide – Les grew up in the country outside of Raleigh, NC, and moved to Creede to immerse himself in the outdoors after graduating from Appalachian State in 2007.  He is returning for his fourth season as a fishing guide here at the 4UR, and is excited to get back on the creek.  After spending the last three months fishing in New Zealand, he has a few new tricks up his sleeve for the Goose Creek trout.   

Drew Hoffman – Drew grew up in Appleton, WI, and has a degree in Biology from St. Olaf College. He’s returning for his 2nd year as a fly fishing guide at 4UR Ranch. He spent this past winter in New Zealand, testing himself on the most technical trout in the world, and is excited for a new season at the ranch.   

A.J. Kemsley – A.J. grew up fishing the lakes and streams of Michigan. His true passion is fly fishing and on any given day, there is a good chance  he’ll be on the stream.  Whether chasing steelhead or sight fishing for carp in Traverse Bay, the need to wet a line is always strong in A.J.

Ben Sippola – Ben comes to 4UR after spending a season in Major League Soccer.  He was born and raised on the water in Southeastern Minnesota, and there is nothing he enjoys more than fly fishing and sharing his passion for flies, rods, and trout with others.

Kids riding program at 4UR Colorado Dude Ranch

Damon and a few enthusiastic young riders.


Damon Gibbons (Head Wrangler) – Damon has been at 4ur since 2000. He runs the Natural Horsemanship Program and will help all riders–even novices–become comfortable in the saddle.

Katie Davis – Katie born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, and has been riding since the age of 3. Living out west and working with horses and people has always been a dream of hers. Law school may be in her future, but this summer, she’ll be at 4UR living the dream.

Madison Hester – Madi is from a small town in northern Illinois.  She grew up trail riding and competing in barrels and other speed events.  Look for her running with her workout partner Dexter, a sweet Rottweiler-Boxer mix.   

Shelley Wynn – Shelley is from Charlotte, NC.  She recently graduated from the University of South Carolina, where she was a competitive equestrian for all four years.  She loves to teach! 

Our wranglers and fishing guides look forward to helping your stay at 4UR Family Guest Ranch be both fun and rewarding.