The 4UR Ranch is located in Mineral County, Colorado. Almost all of the land in Mineral County is public, from the Rio Grande National Forest to Bureau of Land Management territories to designated Wilderness. As such, the natural beauty and solitude of this area is remarkable. We are surrounded by mountains; the La Garita range is to the north and to the south and west of us are the massive peaks of the huge Weminuche Wilderness and Wolf Creek Pass, home of the Wolf Creek Ski Resort.
Nearby is Wheeler National Monument, with its striking rock formation “hoodoos.” Also nearby is the very headwaters of the mighty Rio Grande river, which starts its long journey as a trickle in the mountains to the west of the ranch.
Just up the road is Creede, Colorado, a re-awakened mining “ghost town” that is now home to various artisan shops, art galleries, restaurants, and the renowned Creede Repertory Theatre. Creede was the site of the west’s last great silver strike in the late 1800’s, and its colorful history includes some of the most famous names of the frontier west, such as Bat Masterson and Soapy Smith, the slick and tricky raconteur from Denver. The lodges at the 4UR Ranch are named after local mines such as the Commodore and the Holy Moses, the latter being the very first mine in Creede. It earned its name when the founder struck a vein of silver and, surprised at his good fortune, exclaimed, “Holy Moses!” Or, so the story goes. More recently, Creede was awarded the 2010 Governor’s Arts Award in Colorado.