From the Ranch House

Using a stencil, Peyton Armstrong of RVR’s maintenance team paints a navigational wagon wheel on the sidewalk of the RVR History Trail. The wagon wheels are the last element to be completed before the History Trail’s grand opening on Oct. 10.  
RVR History Trail Now Open
The RVR History Trail is now open. If you want to check it out, start in Orchard Park, the beginning of the 2.7-mile History Trail loop. The ten panels on the History trail 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 development of RVR homes and a golf course in the late 1990s.
The trail, which takes about two hours to fully explore, is best experienced by walking or riding a bicycle. From Orchard Park, head west on Crystal Bridge Drive, and follow the navigation directions, which take you along Crystal Bridge, across North Bridge Drive, and along River Valley Ranch Drive. The History Trail ends at the RVR Ranch House, site of the tenth and final panel.
A grand opening event for the History Trail is set for Sunday, Oct. 10. It’s designed for school-age kids and their parents, but is open to the entire RVR community. The event, which begins at Orchard Park at 10 am, will include donuts, 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.
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.
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.
Irrigation Blow-Out Underway
Please be advised, RVR crews will begin shutting the water off and draining the mainline on Wednesday, Oct. 6, and 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,


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 through October. Be sure to stop by and view her lovely work.

Reminders & Highlights

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

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
Alcoholic Beverages for Sale
The Ranch House now has beer, wine, seltzers, and tasty wine spritzers available for purchase! Please do not bring in your own alcoholic beverages when visiting the Ranch House.

RVR Committees

Landscape Committee
The Landscape Committee will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 4 p.m.
Click here for the agenda. 
The meeting will be at the Ranch House in the Board Room. Zoom is also available:
Meeting ID: 942 9170 0047
Passcode: 821576


Water Aerobics Wraps Up
The final Water Aerobics class will be Thursday, Oct. 7. We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to water aerobics instructor JoAnn Scott for another fun and successful season! We look forward to seeing everyone next spring.

Reservations Required!
RVR Members are required to reserve their spot for fitness classes before arriving at the facility. Class space is limited to 10 people per class, and those who do not have a reservation will not be able to participate. Please be respectful of this policy. 
If you need assistance setting up your log-in credentials for the booking site, please reach out to Member Services at or the Front Desk at

Fitness Schedule

Click HERE to find 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.
*Due to popular demand, a third yoga class with Shelly has been added to the schedule.

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

Ross Montessori Tater Trot Fun Run on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 4th and Main Street Carbondale. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and Fun Run begins at 8:30 a.m.

112th Annual Potato Day Celebration at Main Street and Sopris Park on Saturday, Oct. 12
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.
Consensual Improv at the Arts Campus at Willits on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m.

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