Passing of a friend

Posted By: Tom : April 27, 2016 2:23 PM

Hi Everyone, it is with much sorrow and sympathy for Linda, and to Joe’s family, that I am posting this message. Last Monday, Joe Julia, a longtime member of our community, a former President of the Ranch of the Rockies Association and a dear friend to many of us, lost his battle with cancer.  Some of his family’s fondest memories include time spent at their cabin here on the Ranch, that Joe built from the ground up.

Joe, 64, of Arvada, Colorado passed April 25, 2016.


Joe Julia







A Memorial Service honoring Joe will be Saturday, April 30, 2016, beginning at 11:00 AM, with a reception immediately following from 12:00 – 2:30 PM, both at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 7577 West 80th Avenue, in Arvada, Colorado.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial donations be made in Joe’s name to either of the following organizations.

The Sarcoma Alliance775 East Blithedale, #334

Mill Valley, California 94941



275 Seventh Avenue

New York, New York 10001 –

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Updates on the 5th and 20th

Posted By: Tom : April 20, 2016 12:35 PM

April 20, 2016

We have an opening on the board of directors coming up this August, as well as openings on the Rule Enforcement Committee, and the Architectural Committee. These positions are 3 yVolunteerear terms, and offer great opportunities for getting involved in the community.   I am happy to go over the time commitment that could be expected.  I hope you will consider it.

The board has started discussing the idea of building a facility to house our office, and a larger meeting room. We plan to do research on design, costs, and what that may look like.  If you have input or would like to help, please let one of us know.

The board recently completed an update to the Policies and Procedures, for the Ranch of the Rockies.  Please review this document from time to time, so that you are up to date on rules, regulations, policies etc.  You can see the revised document by following this link;  Policies and Procedures

We have had a lot of wet snow recently, but as you read in John’s (our Ranch Manager) article in the newsletter, we have been dry.  Fire danger is high.  Please plan to work on your properties this year, or hire someone to help, to mitigate the dead standing or fallen trees.  We are so fortunate to have access to a place to dispose of this debris.  Other communities have to haul them a long ways to dispose of them.  If you need help, please call our office to ask for referrals to companies, and individuals that can assist you.

As a reminder, be sure to bring in your bird feeders at night. Bears, and other critters like to get into them, and you don’t want that kind of surprise visitor.  Also, please don’t feed the other animals.  If you do feed them, become too comfortable with humans, and many times have to be put down due to not so pleasant encounters.

Remember that you are always invited to come to our Board of Directors meetings. They are the 2nd Sat of every month, starting at 9 am. at our ranch office.


Suzan Gebow-Secretary of the Board

April 05, 2016


Commnet Tower

As we welcome the Springtime to Ranch of the Rockies you may notice some changes around the Ranch like the new Tower up on Adobe and a lot of construction going on with Houses and garages going up. There will be more construction traffic on the roads so please slow down and watch out for big trucks.

The Board of Directors has purchased a new work truck and here are a few Pictures. It is a little smaller than the last one but more economical to drive.


New Ranch Truck

If you have not had the chance to go over to the Reservoir next time you are up this way get your permit, grab a fishing pole and spend the day fishing.

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Burn Pit

The Burn pit is open for business and from the looks of things, there is still a lot of fire mitigation to get done. If you are not sure what you need to do on your property, please Call Hartsel Fire 719-836-3500 and ask them to come out and give you a free Inspection and they can assist you with what needs to be done.

Park Site “C” (Dog Park) is now Open. If you and your pet use this facility, please remember to clean up after them. There are small bags provided and a bucket to dispose of the pet waist.

RV Dump Station is open how ever there may not be water available until the night temperatures are above freezing.

RV’s May go back on Vacant lots.

As Springtime begins to warm up you may start to notice the Bears are coming out of Hibernation and Very Hungry so please remember to bring in Pet food and Bird food at night.

The Trash Compactor door is fixed and if you cannot access the door please come to the office for assistance. If it happens to be on Monday or Tuesday, please wait until Wednesday Morning. You can call the office and leave a message 719-836-2079 or call my cell Phone 719-502-1688.  I only answer it during work Hours.

John Photo





John Adams, RM

Updates on the 5th and 20th

Posted By: Tom : March 20, 2016 6:00 AM

Cell Tower

Cell Tower

It is Spring time again and time for some warmer weather here on the Ranch.

As many of you know, Commnet has purchased a lot on the ranch and obtained a Special Use
Permit from Park County to construct a cellphone tower. The location of this tower is in the
central area of the ranch on Adobe Road and should provide additional coverage to much of
the ranch that does not have cell coverage today.

Construction of the new tower started in early March and is expected to be online sometime in
April if there are no major issues. At the time of this writing, it looks like they are working on
the base and the tower sections are on site waiting for the base to be completed before being
constructed. I expect we all will see it up in the air sometime over the next week or two.

The tower is owned and operated by Commnet who also owns many other cell phone towers in
the area. They provide roaming service for all of the major carriers such as AT&T, Verizon,
Sprint, and T-Mobile. It will be a home tower for Commnet’s own cell phone division called
Choice Wireless. (
The Choice Wireless representative has told us they have hardware (mobile phones, house
phones and internet MiFI cards) that will be available for ranch members to borrow for free to
test and trial their service once the tower is activated. If you are interested in this, contact Mark
Ray at (719) 839-8200.

I have started a thread in the RORA Forum and will continue updating it as I learn more on
construction and activation of the tower. Use this link to go directly to that thread.
Cell Phone Tower Updates


Ron Rose







RORA Treasurer




Updates on the 5th and 20th

Posted By: Tom : March 5, 2016 6:00 AM


March 5th

We have been blessed with spring like weather this month. March came in like a lamb. We have had a lot of wind lately and while driving around the Ranch I have seen a lot of broken off branches. The Burn Pit will open in April, hopefully, it will depend on the snow. Folks, this is Colorado weather at its finest and we can expect more snow, more wind and more mud, so sit back and watch mother nature do what she does, to make this place more beautiful, as the days go by.

Spring is just around the corner and I will need folks to Volunteer for the Burn pit so Please take a look at your schedules and Volunteer for a Wednesday or Saturday from 09:00 to 1:00 pm.

Buffalo Creek Reservoir is full and still iced over. I have seen tracks of people walking on the Ice. Please remember that it is closed for the winter and this time of winter the Ice can be very dangerous.

OPEN TOPS: We will Have the Open Top Dumpsters at the office, May 27th – 29th.


Architectural Sign Off: Folks please remember that even if you put up a green house, shed, garage, even a play house for children you are required to have an Architectural Sign off form approved by the Board of Directors. Please remember that you are only allowed Two (2) out-buildings per lot, per Park County Land Use Regulations.

Have you thought about being more informed of what is going on up here at the Ranch? The Board of Directors is Looking for someone to fill an empty spot on the board in August. If interested, please write a one, or two paragraph bio and mail it to, or drop it off at the office.



John Adams, Ranch Mgr


Posted By: Tom : February 13, 2016 3:41 PM


Trying to keep Warm

February 5th

January was a pretty mild month for snow however, it was a really cold month down at the office we have three nights that were way below Zero on the thermometer I read it was -32degrees for three nights and that folks is pretty darn cold. We did have the water line at the office freeze up which the board of directors had a heat cable installed which so far is doing a great job.

Most of you know that the lock to the compactor was broken and this was due to the cold as well Please do not slam the gate shut it is a electromagnetic locking system that does not require brute force to close it. As a request from most of the folks the use it Please compact it if it is full the code is 1478.

Glass: Please do not Leave Glass Bottles at the Trash Compactor they get thrown away. If you would like them recycled you can take them home or to Buena Vista Recycling by the Air Port.

At the last Board meeting it was decided that we move the dates for the Open Top Dumpsters to May 26th to the 31st when the weather is a little nicer and more folks are up on the Ranch.

Never Fear Spring is Near with that said lets enjoy the rest of winter and Please be careful driving to and from the Ranch and while on Ranch Roads.

John Adams

John Adams






Ranch Manager

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