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Life on the Ranch

Colorado's rugged and scenic Rocky Mountains inspire a special awareness of seasons and weather, and a wealth of recreational opportunities:

A variety of private hiking and horseback riding trails lead you to millions of acres of National Forest land adjacent to the property. Most of these trails are available as late as November for dirt-biking, mountain biking, and ATV riding. In the winter months, these trails become serene white paths for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
 
Ownership of nearly a mile of private water in Collins Creek and Woody Creek provides Flying Dog Ranch with the potential for some of the best fish8ing in the entire Roaring Fork Valley.
 
Stables, irrigated pastures, ample water rights and easy access to National Forest land make this property ideal for horses.
 
The acres of public land surrounding the property offer additional hunting opportunities. Set up base camp on one of the homesteads, hitch up your horses, and be in the middle of abundant wildlife within minutes of leaving “camp.”



Seasons of the Ranch:

Winter! Crisp clean air, and sparkling white snow invite outdoor exploration. On a sunny day, a sweater may provide enough warmth for outdoor activities while you enjoy the spectacular views of the Elk Mountains.  Once upon a time, winter chores included feeding the cattle twice a day, calving from January through February – tasks the owners loved.
 
For alpine skiers, Flying Dog Ranch is pretty much equidistant to Snowmass, Buttermilk, Highlands or Ajax (Aspen Mountain). The owners used to make Sunday their ski day with family and friends. Nordic skiing is great all over the ranch; a family favorite is the track out the back door and up Collins Creek – a gentle uphill through a beautiful forest.
 
Spring begins in March, and it takes most of April before the snow melts. During the first week of May, the aspen trees leaf out and the hummingbirds return. Since it can frost on any given night in May, it’s too early for gardening. Late in May, the ranchers harrow the fields and clean the irrigation ditches; the haying season begins with or without further frosts. It’s not that making the hay makes money; it makes the fields green, controls weeds, and preserves the water rights.
 
By mid-June, the cultural Aspen has come alive: The Institute, Aspen Music Festival, Theatre Aspen, the Physics Center, and so much more. It’s also bicycle season, and Woody Creek Road is a beautiful, popular ride. The Roaring Fork River and Frying Pan River are the famous “blue ribbon” waters, but the owners like to fish in the stocked ponds on the ranch. Woody Creek is a fly-fisherman’s challenge – watch your back cast! – but the brook trout are plentiful and delicious, and in the afternoons, a skilled fisherman can expect to hook roughly thirty per hour: dinner for fifteen.
 
The hike up Collins Creek is as pleasant in summer as in winter, but the whole back country is available for hiking, and seems less crowded today than it was back in the 70's. Spruce grouse abound too, for the hunter. It’s time to cut and bale the hay – 200 tons – three tons per horse for winter feed. About the time the hay is in, it’s time to take down the hummingbird feeders and send the birds south for their winter in the Yucatan.
 
As the fall colors begin to creep down the hills, it’s hunting season: bow and arrow, then muzzle loader, then about three more open seasons. Collins Creek has its own herd of roughly 150 elk.
 
Fall is everybody’s favorite season in the valley. The crowds are gone, the sky is bluer, the air crisper, and early snows paint the Elk Mountains white. Near Thanksgiving, it’s time to put on the snow tires and think about snowplowing – from then on, it’s ski season again.
 
Woody Creek is its own community too – with the Community Center, the Woody Creek Tavern, and the Community School. The Woody Creek Caucus is universally regarded as the most effective and powerful of all caucuses in Pitkin County – one of the reasons there is so much protected open space in the area. Meet your neighbors and pay attention to local politics at the monthly potlucks.