Focus Ranch is a traditional working cattle ranch that invites guests to share in the day-to-day operation of the ranch.
Horseback riding and cattle are the hallmarks of Focus Ranch. Yet, the remote features of the ranch offer fly fishermen, photographers, hikers, naturalists, fitness enthusiasts – to name a few – unique opportunites to pursue their interests in a pristine setting.
We are located on the western Colorado and south central Wyoming border, in a section of the Northern Rocky Mountains called the Sierra Madres National forest lands in Wyoming join the northern border of the ranch and this is where our 1300 plus head of yearling cattle spend most of the summer. The ranch elevation is approximately 7000 feet and the surrounding peaks soar to 10,000 feet.
Adult Weeks -Spring and Fall, 2015
May 17th, 24th and 31st; June 7th, 14th; September 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
Spring is a very active time on the ranch and appeals to many adults. We receive our cattle from California and work them before trailing
them to the mesa pastures. Here, they remain for a few days to acclimate and become trained to electric fences. While they are on the mesa, we check carefully for any cattle that might need additional doctoring or recovery before moving them to the forest pastures the last week in May. Riders enjoy cutting cattle from the large herd and putting them into a smaller pasture-not as easy as you might think but a good way to hone your cattle and riding skills. Once the cattle are on the forest pastures, we move them often. This allows riders to gather cattle in large open areas and drive them through gates-often across another forest pasture before arriving at their destination. Since these are yearling cattle-young and free-spirited, it takes many riders to control their urge to flee and to keep them moving in the right direction. As opposed to cows and calves that need prodding along, we often must slow the yearlings down. Thus, we are using the horse in a way to calmly control the pace, wanting the cattle to walk and not run. The more the cattle are moved throughout the season, the more they come to understand they are going to fresh pasture or water….something better. For those who prefer to be at the ranch with adults only, these weeks in May and June offer some of the best riding.
Fall is noteworthy for both color, Indian summer temperatures and a variety of riding. Many of the yearling cattle have been shipped but we still have cows and calves that need riding through to check on health and then they are moved occasionally to other fall pastures. We may also be doing some back riding in our forest pastures to look for strays. Those who come in the fall may opt for a scenic ride as the Rockies are known for both vibrant colors and wildlife.
Photographers, birders, naturalists, hikers and fishers enjoy what the ranch has to offer this time of the year. We may start to get fall rains and this revitalizes the river, much to the delight of the fishermen. There can be no better time than the fall to retreat into nature!