Perhaps families feel so at ease here at our Colorado Dude Ranch because they know the ranch depends upon families to operate. We welcome children because we have children, and we know how much kids enjoy fishing, horseback riding, and exploring the Colorado Rockies.
Our Head Wrangler, Damon Gibbons, and his wife Kiera are adapting to life as new parents. Their daughter, Adelaide, was born at their home on our Colorado Family Dude Ranch. A true Colorado native, she came into the world during a snow storm.
Adelaide is in good company, for there are quite a few other children already living on our Family Dude Ranch in Creede, Colorado. Head Fishing Guide Andy Lee and his wife Sarah live on the ranch with their son Rowen and daughter Chapin. Sarah has worked in Housekeeping and as our Dining Room Leader. General Manager Aaron Christensen and his wife Robin, our Reservations Manager, have four children: Cole (9), Kylee (7), Luke (5) and Laci (3). The oldest three love to ride horses. Cole won the National Little Britches Rodeo All Around last year, Kylee was a runner up at the National Little Britches Rodeo, and Luke is already competing. It remains to be seen whether or not Laci will share her siblings’ passion for riding – right now she has other interests.
The children of our Office Manager Kathy Adelman are grown, but we still see them from time to time. Kathy’s husband Jimmy is a county commissioner who guides guests of our Colorado Dude Ranch on trips to Lost Lakes, up above timberline. Their oldest son, Cody, is a fishing guide at a lodge in Alaska, and their youngest son Casey married Joni last fall – a woman he met here at 4UR.