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Updates on the 5th and 20th

Posted By: Tom : March 20, 2018 6:00 AM

Burn Pit Status

You may have noticed that the burn pit is still full and has not yet been burned this winter.

The decision of when to burn is up to the Hartsel Fire Department which is also who conducts the burn.  The Fire Department has criteria for when they can safely do the burn and with the lack of snow this winter there has not been an opportunity to burn it.  They need snow cover that has sufficient moisture in it, we just have not seen that this year.

This will have a major impact when or if we will be able to open the burn pit this spring and summer. We are hoping for a large spring snow storm so the burn can happen soon.  Even if the burn happened today it will be a month or two before it cools down enough where we can again start dumping into it.

If we do not get a safe opportunity to burn it soon, the burn pit could very likely be closed this summer.  I would suggest we prepare for that to happen. At this time, we do not see the burn pit opening this April as originally planned.

We will update you when we know more but everyone may want to look for other options this summer.

RORA Board of Directors

This year we will have two open Board Members positions on the ballot.  The Board meets the second Saturday of each month to discuss and address any issues going on and take care of general needs of the association.  If you want to have some input and help set direction for the association I would recommend you consider running for the Board.

If you would like to run for a Board of Directors position, please send an email by June 1st, 2018 to rorahoa@ghvalley.net to let us know. Include a short bio that we can use in the Summer Newsletter. We welcome your participation and interest.

Ron Rose RORA Pres


Posted By: Suzan : March 11, 2018 6:08 AM

Please be aware that we are in a Countywide Fire Ban.  

This is the link to the Hartsel Fire Department page that tells you of bans, or restrictions.  Website

Be careful out there!

Updates on the 5th and 20th

Posted By: Tom : March 5, 2018 6:00 AM

March 5th Managers Input 

Well its already March and we have not Burned the Burn Pit.  We could really use some snow.  As we come into spring I would like to remind folks about the wild life here on the Ranch and you may start seeing some new born critters around. Please do not feed them it really disrupts their normal diet or even worse they become dependent on the food you provide and then all of the sudden you quit feeding them and they become more aggressive and then Parks and Wild Life guys have to get involved. Please do not feed the Wildlife.

Building on Ranch of the Rockies, there is a lot of houses and garages going up and I would like to thank the folks for submitting the Architectural sign off sheet it is the first step of getting your building permit. I have had some questions regarding the Park County Building requirements as to how big of a house can be built? Park County says 250 sq ft However, Ranch of the Rockies minimum Square Footage is 600 Square Foot which supersedes the Park County Rule.  Outdoor lighting must shine down at a 45 Degree angle and not leave your Property.

What’s new on Ranch of the Rockies? Well as you Drive around you will notice the Board of Directors has been busy helping the Rules Enforcement Committee get some unsightly items removed from various lots. The “Camper left on unimproved lots” issue has gone really well this year. Please Remember that it’s not just a Ranch rule but also a Park County Land Use Regulation.

Need some Volunteers! I plan on doing a lot of clean up and beautification stuff at the Reservoir this year so if you have some free time and would like to help please let me know! I will be Starting the project June 2nd, 2018 at 1pm.

Enjoy the Spring and Enjoy living up here in God’s Country!

John Adams, Ranch Manager

Updates on the 5th and 20th

Posted By: Tom : February 21, 2018 11:23 AM


We have finally gotten some much needed snow in the past two weeks. However, we still need about two to three more feet over the next two to three months.

Since the winter has been mild, we have had time to explore some different places. One of those places is the new, but old, South Park Mercantile which reopened in December. Jim and I took a snowy Saturday morning and visited with Linda Friel the Manager. Referring to the store as the “The Merc,” Linda explained that the store is owned by the South Hartsel Grazing Association, a nonprofit agricultural organization. SHGA President, Chuck Friel and his wife, Linda, were instrumental in the cleanup and reconstruction of the historic building. As Linda explains it, “We really wanted to create a space that the community is proud of, but also serves a purpose.”

At this point, Linda showed me some of the old document books they uncovered in the trash as she and Chuck removed layers of dust and mold to restore the old building. One was a portfolio of bonds and share certificates for The Merc. The other was a book of meeting minutes of the Association dating back to 1917. These are beautifully displayed on the original bar which was salvageable in the restoration. Behind the bar, you will see original cabinetry and a framed room size mirror just like you would see in old 19th century stores and saloons.

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Finally, remember that the SHGA, a non-profic association, has funded the restoration of The Merc as more than a museum. It is actually a store packed with staples and essentials similar to what you might see in a camp store. However, The Merc has so much more including some clothing and small gifts for children, the home, and pets.


See the attached picture for the hours and note that The Merc is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Linda is always glad to greet you, and share a bit local history and her dreams for a restored Hartsel community.


Next stop: We heard that Fairplay has a new restaurant; The Hungry Miner in the former Pizza Hut building! That’s next on our winter adventure list. See you!








Dennis Ann Strong

RORA Secretary


Posted By: Tom : February 14, 2018 10:02 AM

Hi Everyone, Paul Mattson of the South Park Ambulance District has asked if our RORA  members would consider taking a survey to give them feedback to use as they are working on their plans for the future.  He has also provided a few pages of information that may help you in answering the survey questions.  To see that document, click here.  After you have looked at the document, you may take the survey by clicking on the following link:


Thanks for your consideration.


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