Porter Ranch

Porter Ranch Entrance Sign

Some of the reasons I enjoy snowshoeing include getting outdoors during the winter months, exploring the gorgeous areas in Colorado, the fitness factor, getting out with friends, and the views …. ahh, the views.  The effortlessness of wearing Tubbs snowshoe gear gives me the ability to get  “off the grid” and feel stable on the mountain trails and has elevated my outdoor experience.

Recently I had the opportunity to get away for a cabin weekend and visit friends who live in the Alkali Creek valley, south of New Castle at Porter Ranch. This is a working ranch and my friends are continuing the family legacy from the 1800’s of raising livestock, farming custom hay. They have recently entered into a new era of ranching with the addition of recreation stays for guests wanting a true Western experience. They offer trail rides, private elk hunts and overnight accommodations in their on-site cabins.

During the winter months, there is miles of untracked snow

on varied terrain which is perfect for snowshoeing enjoyment.  The landscape is a mix of open meadows and areas dotted with cedar pine and pinion trees providing shade for snow-hikers, riders and habitat for area wildlife. After taking my friend out this past weekend, they will now add this activity to their recreation offerings.

The hills of the valley have a 360* panoramic view of neighboring mountain ranges vistas – one of my favorite reasons I enjoy this activity and I was able to capture the essence of this experience in my photos. Enjoy!

Our cabin was perfectly poised on a hilltop to give us a glimpse of where we wanted to head off first.

It was not my friends first time on snowshoes but it was her introductory trek across the ranch.

First time on a snowshoe with me and her smile was as big as the views on her ranch. It’s safe to say, she had a blast.

I am sporting my new NRG Flex Alps which offer great stability in the steep and deep snow terrain.

I have the good fortune of being married to a man who uses the Tubbs Mountaineer snowshoe and is willing to break trail for us.

Together, we make a great day hiking team.


Ambassador Jan
Day Hiking