Address: 7950 Road G, Cortez CO 81321 / (970) 565-4288
About Us / Canyon of the Ancients Guest Ranch History: In 2006, Garry and Ming Adams bought the 2,000-acre property they call Canyon of the Ancients Guest Ranch. Their plan was to create a unique location where guests could stay and explore the McElmo Canyon in southwestern Colorado, where the ranch is situated. They began by renovating the historic buildings on the property to preserve and highlight the rich legacy and beautiful landscape. It was not until later that Garry and Ming decided to raise beef cattle, sheep, and laying hens on pasture and range to not only provide fresh, high-welfare and sustainable food for their guests, but also to supply local restaurants and retail outlets. \nWith the support of their neighbors, who generously shared their knowledge, Ming and Garry gradually learned the skills required to raise animals outdoors on pasture, employing Canyon of the Ancients’ ranch manager, Terry Dence, who is responsible for the welfare of the ranch’s animals. The animals are currently raised on 65 acres of irrigated pasture, which are managed holistically without the use of pesticides. \nChoosing breeds that would thrive in the farm’s often challenging environment was important. Ming, Garry and Terry decided to cross their Angus cattle, known for its meat quality, with the Longhorn breed, which is very hardy and can withstand the harsh weather in southwestern Colorado. Their flock of sheep consists of Royal White, a hair breed that does not need to be sheared, and Navajo-Churro, a rare breed suited to extremes of climate and highly resistant to disease. Similarly, the ranch’s laying hens are a mix of traditional breeds like Araucana, New Hampshire Red and Barred Rock, which can thrive out on range, and produce eggs with shells from blue and green to beige and chocolate brown. \nMing explains that they employ a rotational grazing strategy, moving the animals regularly across the land to ensure the health of their animals and pastures by minimizing the potential build-up of internal parasites and allowing the grasses to fully recover between grazing. These practices are consistent with Ming and Garry’s appreciation for their land, animals, and human health and wellbeing. “We have happy livestock,” says Ming, “and our customers are happy with the quality of our meat and eggs.” Ming and Garry chose Animal Welfare Approved because they knew that the certification process would help establish new market opportunities by communicating how their high-welfare practices were different from conventional farms. They are proud to have gained Animal Welfare Approved certification, and hope that by marketing their pastured products, they will help raise awareness of about animal welfare. \nCanyon of the Ancients Guest Ranch lodging facilities are open for rental throughout the year. The ranch’s eggs, beef, lamb and other produce are available directly from the farm, as well as at local retailers and restaurants in Cortez, Colorado. For more information, visit www.CanyonoftheAncients.com.