From the Ranch House

This is what RVR looked like before it became RVR. Note the Old Thompson Barn in the lower right corner of the photo. The property was then known as the Pleasant View Ranch.  
RVR History Trail Grand Opening Set for Sunday
A grand opening event for the History Trail is set for this Sunday, Oct. 10. It’s designed for school-age kids and their parents, but is open to the entire RVR community. The event begins at Orchard Park at 10 am. It will include donuts from Sweet Coloradough, coffee and refreshments – a ribbon cutting, and a walking tour of the trail, led by Carbondale Historical Society vice president Sue Gray. If you’d like to reserve a spot in this historic event, click HERE.
We hope to see you there!
Those who participate in the Oct. 10 grand opening event are also invited to a rare tour of the Thompson House Museum, which will follow the History Trail tour.
The History Trail is a 2.7-mile loop through RVR that uses ten descriptive panels to tell
the story of how RVR evolved from being a home to the nomadic Ute Indian tribes of the 1400s, to the European settlers and homesteaders in the 1800s, to the development of RVR homes and a golf course in the late 1990s

Compost Disposal
Beginning today, Friday, Oct. 8, RVR members may bring their organic waste to the Ranch House parking lot. Look for the large dumpster towards the back of the parking lot and remember to dump your items out of the box or bag you brought them in!

New General Manager Search
As many of you may know by now, Sterling Page has resigned as the General Manager of RVR. After getting to know him over the last four years, the Board and the community wish him well in his future endeavors. In our search for a new General Manager, we would like to enlist all of the members of our community to consider if they may know any suitable candidates for the position. Click HERE for a link to the job description. Candidates can send letters and resumes to


Fitness Schedule

Happy fall! As you are enjoying the color change in the leaves, please take a moment to look at updates in the fitness schedule! Exciting changes are happening.
Click HERE for a printable version of the Ranch House Fitness schedule. You can also find the fitness calendar on the website by clicking HERE. This webpage is live, updated frequently, and shows up-to-date class information as well as any cancellations or time changes.


Chili Cook-Off Winners
We want to thank everyone who made our Chili Valley Ranch event so successful. A big thanks go out to the fantastic band, The Electric Circus, for entertaining us with their exciting rock styles, Homestead Bar & Grill, for providing additional chili and toppings for this event, and Jules King, Ranch House Event Coordinator, for helping to make this such an enjoyable and delectable party! 
Here are this year's winners:
1st Place - Chris George
Chili #2 - Smokey Turkey
Awarded with a gift card to Kitchen Collage, a personalized apron, and an oven mitt from Valley Lidz.
2nd Place - Jeff Niemann
Chili #6 - That Colorado Green Stuff
Awarded with an Ebike rental and a personalized hot pad from Valley Lidz.
3rd Place - Max Higgins
Chili #3 - Ghostly Green Chili
Awarded with a gift card to Kitchen Collage and a personalized hot pad from Valley Lidz.
We also want to extend our gratitude to all other contestants: James Chavez, Cindy Barnes, and Alicia Nolfi. 
Artist of The Month - Hunter Hogan
This month we welcome Roaring Fork Valley resident 
Hunter Hogan as our featured Artist at the Ranch House.
Hunter will display her art at the Ranch House in October. Be sure to stop by and view her lovely work.
Please enjoy a video of Hunter Hogan's artistic process below.

Reminders & Highlights

Covid Safety at Ranch House
For the past 18 months, RVR has had one guiding principle regarding Covid: to protect the health and safety of employees, homeowners, guests, and the community. If you’ve been to the Ranch House in the past few weeks, you’ve probably noticed a sign on the front door: “Masks Required. Unless Vaccinated.”
A Board working group is developing language that will likely turn this sign into formal policy at the Oct. 27 Board meeting. This policy becomes even more critical as we move toward cooler weather and more activities inside the Ranch House.
Next week in this newsletter, we’ll tell you how to get a head start on this policy by showing your proof of vaccination to the front desk. Once you’ve done that, you’ll never have to show it again, and you won’t be required to wear a mask.
Along with the recently adopted Employee Vaccination Policy, it’s one more way we’re trying to keep the RVR community Covid-safe.
RVR’s governing documents empower the Board to take all actions necessary to establish rules, regulations, and policies for using the Ranch House. This policy, if adopted, falls into that category.
Deer Fencing
Deer fencing may be erected after October 15. and after you receive notice that your sprinkler system is blown out.
Read more about deer fencing guidelines; see section 6.58.1 of the Design Guidelines by clicking HERE
Irrigation Blow-Out Underway
Please be advised, RVR crews have begun shutting the water off and draining the mainline. Blowouts will start on Monday, Oct. 11
You will receive a hanging tag on your door to notify you when your blowout is complete. Please remember, deer fencing may not be erected before you receive this notification. To read more about deer fencing guidelines, see section 6.58.1 of the Design Guidelines; click HERE.
If your irrigation controller is in your garage, please provide a garage code to allow the irrigation crew access to your controls. You may contact Travis Green, irrigation manager,

RVR Committees

Long Range Planning Committee
The Long Range Planning Committee will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. Via Zoom Teleconference and in-person at the Old Thompson Barn.
Click here for the agenda.

Meeting ID: 892 3203 1980
Passcode: 313907

COVID - 19 Information

Vaccine Opportunities
All Coloradans 12 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID 19 vaccine. Click HERE for information on where you can receive your COVID 19 vaccine.

Free COVID Testing

Click HERE to schedule a free COVID-19 test.

Community Announcements

Roaring Fork Charity Classic on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 9:30 a.m.
The Kirstie Ennis Foundation Oktoberfest at Sunlight Ski on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 11 a.m.
Click HERE for tickets and more info.
Carbondale Comedy Show on Saturday, October 16 from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Marble Distilling Company.

Consensual Improv at the Arts Campus at Willits on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m.

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