February felt like winter here at our Colorado Family Dude Ranch. The temperature dropped considerably and the snow pack increased. When that happens in this state, people head outside with their skis. In fact, several members of our staff did just that, driving to nearby Wolf Creek Ski Area (less than an hour’s drive south of Creede) for several weekends of skiing; Wolf Creek usually has the deepest snow in the state, and we’re lucky it’s so close to home.

Care to warm up in the hot springs?

Closer to home, Robin and the kids enjoyed seeing 3 big bull elk while driving into town for school one morning. They were right off the highway, and you could see their breath and the steam rising from the backs. Amazing. We’re also having fun watching a family of bald eagles that’s settled at our Colorado Vacation Ranch this winter; they roost in the cottonwoods on the compound and in the trees along the creek. It looks like fishing conditions are good, for they seem healthy and well-fed. We’ll take it as a good omen for the summer fish runs.

Hiring for the summer is in full swing. We’re pleased that many of our staff are returning, and we’ve been interviewing quite a few people to fill our openings. We anticipate a good team come opening weekend at 4UR.