A stay at BCR is more than a vacation, it is a glimpse into an “old fashioned lifestyle” that is, at the same time, new. As stewards of the land, we practice sustainable agriculture and connection with the land, living in harmony with the natural rhythms of the land and nature, giving back in order to enrich the land rather than pushing it to the brink. We manage the land in a mindful way with respect for the relationship between people, land, animals and ancestors.
Our horses are also our partners; whether we are gathering cattle, checking fence, or showing our guests the amazing mountain views, we rely heavily on our horses to help us get the job done. We work hard to develop our relationship with our horses into a willing partnership using the principles of “natural” horsemanship.
We have many years of study, practice, and a long history of trial and error that informs our approach to working with horses. Your visit starts with an introduction to basic ground work. We’ll demonstrate; then you’ll have the opportunity to try your hand at practicing what you have learned. From beginner riders to those with advanced riding experience, we are happy to coach you and help you develop your skills during you stay with us.
Experience a great sense of satisfaction as your relationship with your horse grows! Learn to build your horse’s confidence, ask with softness, and “follow a feel” as you practice the “dance” of leadership with your horse. Everything we do on the ground translates to work in the saddle, there’s nothing like a great partner out on the trail!
Here at Badger Creek Ranch, we believe that we are caretakers of this land. We practice living “green” and continue to learn and expand in this area. Some of our practices include:
- BCR is an “off the grid” property. This means that we rely on solar power for our energy use. We do our best to be mindful of this and build our energy use routines around the daylight hours in order to conserve fuel needed otherwise.
- The ranch composts all organic materials including manure from the animals and scraps from our kitchen. This compost then gets used as fertilizer for our garden and hay meadows.
- We recycle all plastic, glass, cardboard and aluminum in order to minimize what goes into the landfill.
- We reuse MANY materials for our projects. This may include things like lumber, fencing materials, nails, screws…
- We use organic/non toxic cleaning supplies, laundry detergents and soaps in order to keep our runoff water clean and safe for the environment.
We do our best to be minimal in our consumption AND our waste. We believe strongly in these practices and will strive to expand and share our knowledge.
Sustainable agriculture is a philosophy based on the integration of human goals and the understanding of the long-term impact of our activities on the environment and on other species.
As stewards of Badger Creek Ranch, we recognize our responsibility to care for the land, which includes all the grasses that grow here, the soil, the water, and all the animals that live here, domestic and wild; predator and prey. For this reason we practice holistic management, a process of decision making and planning that maintains and improves the health of the land for future generations, with the goal of raising healthy, flavorful food to serve our guests, and sell to customers seeking all-natural products including grass fed meats, eggs, and other farm/ranch raised goods.
Cattle and Stockmanship
Badger Creek Ranch grazes its cattle on the high country pastures of Colorado’s central Rocky Mountains. Here the grasses are known for having a high protein and nutrient content necessary for healthy livestock.
As stewards of the land, we implement sustainable and holistic management practices that make cattle work available throughout the guest season in a variety of forms.
This is the art and skill of working with and moving livestock. We do our best to keep our herd as stress-free as possible and we are happy to teach you the nuances of stockmanship in real working situations.
Our holistic management program requires us to keep a watchful eye on the health of our range land. Compared to traditional grazing methods, we move our herd more frequently to optimize forage growth and promote weight gain for the herd. These pasture rotations take place several times throughout the season and require us to gather, do head counts and move them to the next grazing allotment. These can be all-day events, depending on the pasture rotation.
While our grazing methods require us to move our herd from pasture to pasture throughout the season, taking the cattle to our northern grazing allotment or bringing them back requires a cattle drive. These drives are an all-day event with a sack lunch on the trail.
As with the land, the health of our herd is extremely important to us and as stewards of these animals we feel it is our responsibility to check on them frequently. This is something that we do consistently throughout the season. This gives us the chance to look for injuries, health-related issues and gather strays in order to get accurate head counts.
Regardless of when you decide to visit during the season, there will always be the opportunity to work with the livestock, if you choose to.