Biscuits & Books

Hundreds of people toured Buffalo Peaks Ranch this past summer. They finally got to experience the wide-open spaces and incredible skyscape of this historic South Park ranch, established in 1862. For each tour we had a Porch Library set up at the main house, and plenty of dutch-oven biscuits on hand.

We’ll be at it again next spring, and we’ll also begin our first season of renovation, thanks to our long-running partnership with the University of Colorado’s Center for Preservation Research. Join us in 2015, and experience the unfolding next chapter for this wonderful, too long neglected, high mountain ranch!

We hope you enjoy the photos below, many taken by one of the best young photographers we know, Berry Oliver!

Buffalo Peaks Ranch, with Mount Silverheels on the horizon.

Buffalo Peaks Ranch, with Mount Silverheels on the horizon.

Lambing Barn, with shadows across Reineker Ridge. The future home of the Buffalo Peaks Ranch Watershed Library?

Lambing Barn, with shadows across Reineker Ridge. The future home of the Buffalo Peaks Ranch Watershed Library?

A good view of the ranch complex from the east.

A good view of the ranch complex from the east.

With every public tour we set up a small porch library at the Main House. There's nothing like handling a real book!

With every public tour we set up a small porch library at the Main House. There’s nothing like handling a real book!

The Bunkhouse, with Reineker Ridge on the horizon.

The Bunkhouse, with Reineker Ridge on the horizon.

A classic ranch complex: the bunkhouse, maintenance garage, and horse barn along Red Hill.

A classic ranch complex: the bunkhouse, maintenance garage, and horse barn along Red Hill.

Knotty-Pine interior of the Cook's House, just east of the bunkhouse.

Knotty-Pine interior of the Cook’s House, just east of the bunkhouse.

Sinks for the ranch hands, once a busy place in the old bunkhouse.

Sinks for the ranch hands, once a busy place in the old bunkhouse.

The Horse Barn's hayloft: the future home of our Western & Native American Library??

The Horse Barn’s hayloft: the future home of our Western & Native American Library??

The Abeytas, from just up the road, take a moment to sample the porch library.

The Abeytas, from just up the road, take a moment to sample the porch library.

A new Buffalo Peaks Ranch tradition: Ann's dutch oven biscuits, a real highlight of every ranch tour!

A new Buffalo Peaks Ranch tradition: Ann’s dutch oven biscuits, a real highlight of every ranch tour!

Our friend Sherrie York also took several of the photos above. With luck we’ll have Sherrie back next summer to lead an artist workshop or two. You owe it to yourself to explore Sherrie York’s wonderful website. Stay tune for more on Sherrie’s work!

Life is returning to Buffalo Peaks Ranch! We’ll close with a great photo that Sherrie York took while sketching along the banks of the South Platte:

Sherrie's art pack, with the Lambing Barn (and Mount Silverheels) on the horizon.

Sherrie’s art pack, with the Lambing Barn (and Mount Silverheels) on the horizon.

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2 thoughts on “Biscuits & Books

  1. Hello there best wishes to all at buffalo land library, my friend laura may be with you from the uk.cheers from jo

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