The 4UR Ranch has had an amazing summer season, and we’re all looking forward to a fantastic fall! As I write this blog, I can hear laughter through my open windows as the final week of our Children’s Program is winding down and the kids are enjoying their last “hurrahs” before heading back to school. The summer season has been busy, and it almost seems impossible that it could be ending as quickly as it came upon us. It was a season packed with new experiences and friendships as many of our guests took advantage our Hiking Program , and an evening cocktail on the new deck area located just off of Maude’s Bar (a favorite).
Ranch hands are already busy in the pastures harvesting hay, and when housekeepers and waitstaff are finished with their normal duties, they join the Hands loading hay high onto trailers and stacking it in the barns for the winter. Hay season means fall is upon us and it leaves us wondering how our 2015 guest season could be possibly ending so soon!
As the September days progress, large Aspen stands are turning the mountain sides bright yellow and orange, and there is a nip in the air. With fall comes our second Stephen Quiller Artist’s Workshop of the guest season. During this week, artists participate in a week long workshop with world-renowned master watercolorist, Stephen Quiller, a longtime resident of Creede.
Stephen will introduce his students to beautiful areas around the 4UR Ranch, to paint with watercolor and capture the stunning autumn colors among lakes and streams, cliffs and mountains, meadows, and a mountain forests. Spouses, partners, and friends not attending the workshop will enjoy their time hiking through the golden aspen trails, fishing, horseback riding, and soaking in our natural hot springs. The workshop will end on Friday, with one of the highlights of the week; a private dinner at the Quiller Home and a tour of Stephen’s Studio.
It is truly a magical time to be at the 4UR Ranch. As families with children return to their homes, fall fishermen arrive for some of the best fishing of the year. Goose Creek upholds it’s reputation for being prolific in many species of western trout, and the local wildlife (moose, elk, and coyote) have made appearances as cold weather brings them out of the high country. This month has brought couples, fathers and sons, and milestone birthday celebrants to enjoy the last glimpse of wild flowers and witness within a few short days the changing of the seasons. We all feel blessed to share the beauty of this Ranch with you, and look forward to new adventures ahead.