Q: How do
I make my reservation?
A: See our schedule and registration form
pages or Contact Us at the Ranch.
is a typical day like on the ranch?
A: The breakfast bell rings around 7:00 a.m. By 7:45, we are ready
to saddle up our horses or prepare for the job at hand for the day. By
8:30a.m. we are on the trail or loaded in the horse trailer to cattle.
Some days find a 2-hour ride to cattle, other days we start from camp.
The job at hand may consist of gathering, checking the situation, moving
the cattle. Checking grass, water and range conditions. Taking a break
for lunch and or just to observe wildlife and enjoy the beautiful view
of the countryside. Return to camp. Supper is served around 6:00p.m. Story
telling, cowboy music and sing-alongs, horseshoe games, or maybe a stroll
after supper to enjoy nature's bounty of wildlife. Sit by the campfire
and recapture the day's events
What is a typical week like on the ranch?
A: Guests may arrive Saturday afternoon. Spend time getting acquainted,
settling in for your enjoyable stay. Sunday morning is spent matching
riders to horse, issuing tack for rest of the week. The remainder of the
day is spent learning or refreshing knowledge of horsemanship. Ranch work
skills are sharpened with some team penning and other training events.
Monday thru Friday is "a week in the life of a cowboy". Departure
of guests is after a hearty farewell breakfast on Saturday morning.
Do I have to work all the time or is there time to play too? What
non-work activities are there on the ranch? - In the area?
A: There are always jobs to be done on a ranch so we combine work
and pleasure in our days events. There is always sight seeing - enjoying
the things of nature around us. Stream fishing, hiking or nature walks.
In the area, there are several National Parks: Mesa Verde, Hovenweep,
Canyonlands, and Arches. There is also the Canyon of the Ancients National
Monument near by.
What are the accommodations like?
A: Depending on the time of year-Winter Country -October 20 thru May
1- The Slick Rock bunkhouse has electricity, phone, indoors bathroom,
water, shower, 3 bunk rooms, dining, living, kitchen facilities. There
are times we will spend a night or two out on the trail in tent camps.
Tents are weather-proof and equipped with air mattresses or cots. Heat
is provided if needed. Summer Country-May 1 thru Oct.20- Glade and Pines
camp have no electricity or phone, no indoor plumbing. Solar showers are
available upon request. Outdoor toilet. Cabin or tent as available. Bunk,
cot or air mattress provided. All weather conditions.
Can you accommodate special diet requirements (e.g.
Low/ no salt, low/ no fat, kosher, vegetarian...)
A: We will do our best to accommodate special diets if specified on
Do you provide references? Do you provide
A: Yes, references and / or referrals will be provided upon request.
Can I buy processed beef from the ranch?
A: Yes, you can purchase beef from the ranch. Contact us for details.
Do you allow or provide hunting on the ranch?
A: Yes, hunting is allowed. Lodging is provided. Guiding is not provided.
Please contact us for details.
How good must I be on/ with a horse? How good a rider
should I be?
A: We can accommodate any level of experience from first time to
How do I get to East Pines Ranch?
A: Call for special instructions for driving or we will pick you
up at the Cortez Airport
Do you provide travel arrangements? Can you help with arrangements?
Can you recommend travel arrangements?
A: Yes we would be glad to help with travel arrangements.
Will I need a vehicle (car/ truck/ SUV) while at the ranch? Should
it be 4-wheel drive?
A: We will provide all needed transportation for your stay while at
East Pines Ranch.
What kind of work will I be doing? Do I have a choice?
A: The kind of work will depend on the time of year and week events
that you choose to participate in. The majority of all the work is done
on horseback. The choice is yours. You can participate at any level
you feel comfortable or stay at camp, rest, go for a hike or just enjoy
Will my wireless phone work at the ranch?
A: Wireless phones will work in some areas but not in all areas.
Can I bring my camera / video camera and tape recorder?
A: Your cameras or video equipment are a must!
Are medical facilities nearby
A: Community Health Clinic in Dove Creek and hospital in Cortez. Cowboys
have CPR Training.
( Last Update December 18, 2005 -crv )