Air Conditioning: The ranch is at 9,000 feet in the Rockies - there isn’t any.
ATV’s: If you are using the ATV’s, please understand the following:
Prior to operating the ATV’s you must have our Ranch Manager Justin go over the ATV operations and trails.
Make sure all tires have between 15 and 20 pounds of air.
Helmets and goggles are provided for your safety.
Use the proper speed for the conditions.
Do not go on steep terrain if you are double riding.
Be sure there is enough fuel in the tank for your trip.
Do not hit large rocks. The wheel rims will get bent resulting in an air leak to the seal.
Please stay on the trails.
You may want to wear gloves. A day of riding can be tough.
On your last day of riding, please sweep out the ATV area of the garage, fill the ATV’s with gas and wash them with the electric power washer. For power, use the outlet under the electric panel in the garage. This is a 20 Amp outlet needed for the power washer. The water hose bib is on the outside of the garage, between the doors.
Barn Key: The barn key is on the kitchen counter by the door. Please replace it when you are done with it.
Dishwasher: On the day that you leave, please make sure the dishwasher is empty.
Door Locks: These can be tricky. To operate, lift up on the door lever to set the upper and lower door pins, and then turn the lock knob. This is for all doors except for the front door.
Fishing in the Pond: There are fishing rods and tackle in the garage. Currently the pond has 6” to 8” trout that you may catch and release. We are currently feeding them pellets.
Heating: The house, garage and barn are heated by hydronic heat. There are two boilers in the garage for the house and garage, and one boiler in the barn. The barn boiler is turned off.
There are ten thermostats in the house. When you arrive the house thermostats are at 60 degrees, please turn the up to a comfortable level for you. Because this is hydronic heating, and the system heats up the structure as opposed to the air, it takes a while for the room temperatures to rise. The lower level seems to respond faster. If the sun is out, open the window blinds on the main level because that really helps.
There are 10 thermostats:
o In the hall across from the bedroom (This one seems to allow the temperature to go past your set mark. You may want to watch it and turn it down when as it approaches your set mark)
o By the bar (You will notice that it is right under a light….not too smart. The heat from the light affects what the thermostat is reading for the room temperature. This one will also go past the set mark. You may want to watch this one also and set it down as it approaches your set mark)
o By the powder room
o By the dining room
o In the family room
o In one of the guest bathrooms
o In the guest bedroom
o In the other guest bedroom
o In the bookcase in the Master Bedroom.
o In the Master Bathroom by the linen closet.
When you leave, please set all the thermostats to 60 degrees
Linens and Towels:
Arrival: When you arrive, your bed will have fresh linens and you will have fresh towels. Please check the laundry basket in your bedroom closet. If it has used linens and/or towels in it please launder them and put them back in the closet on the shelf or chest. The caretakers will use those to make up the room for the next guest.
Departure: When you leave, please do not make your bed. Leave the bedspread turned down. Place your used towels in the laundry basket in your bedroom closet. The caretakers will use the fresh laundry in the closet to make up the room for the next guests, and place the used laundry in the closet laundry basket. The next guests will launder the used laundry.
Extra Towels: There are additional towels in the linen closet in the Master Bathroom.
Outside Timer Lights: At the top of the stairs by the washer and dryer you will see a light switch that has a label stating that it controls the outside motion spot lights. Please make sure that switch stays on so the outside motion spot lights will operate.
Switches in the Fireplace Wood Cubby: There are four switches in the wood cubby next to the fireplace. The first switch is for the waterfall pump. The second switch is for the upper lights above the fireplace and the third switch is for the lower lights above the fireplace. There is a small black remote that operates the fireplace lights when the switches are “on”. The remote should be on top of the mantel. The fourth switch does not operate anything.
Trash: Please place your trash bags in the garbage cans in the garage. If you fill up the garage garbage cans, please pull out the liner bag and replace them with a new heavy duty contractor liner bag. The heavy duty liner bags are on the shelf under to tools.
When you leave, please take your trash bags to the dumpster at the end of the driveway, by Highway 9. Make sure the garbage cans have new trash can liners in them.
Waterfall: If you want to use the waterfall, the switch is to the right of the fireplace in the wood cubby. The first switch is for the waterfall. You will hear the pump go on, and then it takes a while for the water reservoir at the top of the waterfall to fill up before it begins to flow.
Fireplace: If you want to have a fire in the inside or outside fireplace, we find that the “starter logs” do not work well at this altitude. The best way to start a fire is to use the smaller starter sticks. There are some in the wood box on the steps to the right of the fireplace. Do not start fires when the outside fire hazard is high. Sparks from the chimney may cause a forest fire.
Luggage: Please do not take luggage on the stairs from the lower level to the main level. If you are staying in one of the two bedrooms in the lower level, you should take the luggage up through the garage. If you are staying in a bedroom on the main level, you should take your luggage up the front steps and through the front door.
The reason for all of this is because the steps from the lower level to the main level are narrow, and we do not want the pine steps and walls in this stairway to be scratched by luggage.
Shoes: This is a no outside shoe house. There are benches in the garage to change your outside shoes with inside shoes, sandals or slippers.
Thanks, and have fun in the Rockies!