Welcome and About Us

A traditional working cattle ranch…

Horseback riding, cattle and fly fishing are the hallmarks of Focus Ranch but each season we feature several special weeks with workshops such as photography, painting, yoga, fly fishing and birding. These offerings have broadened the meaning of “the best week at the ranch!”

Focus Ranch is a working cattle ranch that invites guests to share in the day-to-day operation of the ranch. We are located on the western Colorado and southern Wyoming border in a section of the  Rocky Mountains called the Sierra Madres. National Forest lands join the northern border of the ranch and is the area 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.

What makes us unique…

We run yearling cattle as the basis of our agricultural operation. By agricultural industry standards (pounds gained per head per day), there are few yearling ranches in our class. There are two reasons for this: the quality of our grass and the guest business. We ride six days a week with our cattle -moving them through four pastures on the ranch three times and seven pastures in the forest twice-25 moves in about 120 days. We ride with one, two or three professionals and our guests to gather the cattle and move them slowly. When they are not due to move we take the time to ride through them and check their health, cutting out any that are sick for treatment.

Fences, gates, pastures, water and salt all need checking and may also be the mission of some rides.

Our History…

Maureen & Terry Reidy, owners, hosts

Focus Ranch was established in 1896 and is situated in the upper end of the Little Snake River Valley, a valley very familiar to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. It is also an area where battles were fought between the cattlemen and sheep men. Focus Ranch officially became a dude ranch in the late 1930’s when the previous owners decided to charge the extended family and friends who came to vacation. Focus Ranch was one of the earliest members of the Colorado Dude and Guest Ranch Association and is currently a member of the Dude Ranch Association.

Since 1974, Terry and Maureen (a few years later) Reidy have operated the ranch in much the same fashion as the previous owners. “We run 1300 plus head of yearling cattle, keep 40 head of cows that calve in the spring, milk a cow or two, feed a few “bum” lambs, raise a couple of weaned pigs and grow a lot of grass to be mostly grazed. We invite a few guests to come and enjoy our lifestyle. There is always something to do and there is no quieter place to do nothing, if one chooses. Kids love it because they are free to explore in a safe environment and get personal with the barn animals”.

Focus Ranch -a traditional working cattle ranch…