Awww September…..there’s no other time like it here in Colorado. What a color show the mountains put on for us. And one you never get tired of. Every year we eagerly await the bright mix of greens, yellow, oranges and reds and while many states have Fall colors to brag about, the often snow- capped mountains and expanses of entire aspen groves ablaze in fiery colors against the pines make for a truly breathtaking Colorado experience.       Of course, it didn’t hurt matters that our closing week was around the peak of the color change here in the high country. And you can see for yourself, there isn’t a bad view any way you look! 155006158167618621626197219       As we headed into the final two weeks of our season, the mood was bittersweet knowing that soon the ranch would be quiet, missing the sounds of folks from all over the world joined in casual banter and often combined laughter over the day’s adventures. People often ask us if we can’t wait until we close up. Take one last peek at what our weeks are like and see if you can answer that for yourself….  009039097110132 012057091110145178188201204223227 - Copy282 - Copy285326329333370384 IMG_0254IMG_0257IMG_0264IMG_0266IMG_0270IMG_0286 391IMG_0297406 - Copy427430464501521568593603607 Drinks for everyone at the end of our All Day Rides! 615621622623 And some sweet words of thanks as well. 626637 Meanwhile back at the ranch… 651-001654 002004010017020033035040051052053054067069080091096100 A gift for the winner! 116 And don’t think the petting farm animals get neglected just because the kiddos aren’t around! 130136       Another awesome group getaway—for the ladies this time! Recognize anyone in this shot? Maybe two? See if you can spot Gabby and Elisa who worked for us years and years ago. You know you’re doing it right when your staff bring back their family and friends for vacation when they need a break from the hustle and bustle. We love these gals and LOVE to have them here! IMG_0425 And then somehow we were suddenly to our final week of the season! Our last Monday night cocktail party…. 283288290296299303307310313321322326334338340341 346351353 Last wagon ride. 369374396 Last trip for trap shooting. 449467479505512515519522542544545551581593 (And if you’d like a little target practice, we can accommodate as well….go Lisa!) 604605 She was sure happy! 607609610 Last Breakfast Ride. 010116159181233279 Last chance for some REEL therapy. 001photo 3photo 1 Last groups of zip-liners. 010011016017025 - Copy034 - Copy Can you SEE THEM?? 038041042044046057058066 Last dancing night. (Which was stinking awesome by the way. SO. MUCH. FUN!) 080081082083084 The Serious Face-Off. 087 - Copy092093098100106109119123 - Copy124 - Copy126 - Copy127 - Copy128129130 Last campfire. 136137139145 Last trip up through the South Fork. DSC01547DSC01548DSC01550 Last Cowboy Canyon Ride. 161168191 The last times to kick up some dust. 196197198200204206207211-001219226234253270276292 355 And lope through the sage. 374386390391396405406412415465476 Last chance to sit and soak up the world around you on the back of a horse. 482485490492501519 Last Spa Ride. 546553563576585586593598632638641645657680703705706709717735738744 Last Buckhorn Saloon Night. 007014017019020021031032043046053054055056063070086109092094 This was their best donkey impression…. 101102 (Uhhh…..We had our donkeys weigh in on the competition. This was how they felt about it.) 200 And our last Hoedown Showdown Throw Down. (Also one for the books!) 223228230233243249260262264265268269272278279299301302303308313315317324327329330332337       So as we wrapped up the week, we reflected on all of the beautiful memories made, friendships created, laughs shared, stories born, adventures lived, lives changed—and we can honestly say, 2014 was one incredible season. And all of OUR GUESTS made it so. So allow me to remind you of the question we are often asked this time of year. Are we ready for it to be over? 618     Well, after what you’ve seen, you could probably answer that yourselves. Already looking forward to it beginning again. We hope you can join us for the first, second, 5th and even 18th time (for some of you!) in 2015. Until then—Happy Trails to all of those who made this such a memorable season and to all of those who joined us in spirit as they wished they were here.  This old ranch thanks YOU!