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Our Team

Meet Our Team

Smith Fork Ranch is an extended family of people who share the same taste, personality, and enthusiasm for creating a wonderful experience for our guests. We believe the human beings who animate Smith Fork Ranch have more impact on your experience than any of the decor of our rooms, the food ingredients that we use, the bottles of wine and our cellar, the horses and activities that we offer, or even the stunning scenery of our location. We want you as a guest to say, “We love your ranch… the activities, the food, the ambience is fantastic. But what we really loves how great your people are.” It is our goal to provide an unparalleled western vacation experience for you and we believe that is achieved through staff’s enthusiasm and discreet yet personalized service.

Ranch Owners
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Marley & Linda Hodgson- Owners
SFR | Denver, CO | Stonington, CT

On behalf of our entire family, Linda and I would like to extend a very warm welcome to Smith Fork Ranch. Back in 1999 we found Smith Fork Ranch and spent a few years restoring the ranch property before inviting guests to come visit and our hope is that you experience it like a house party in the most gracious sense. During your stay we hope that you have a chance to meet and get to know us, some of our family members, and other ranch guests as this is a place where new friendships have begun each year.  Among the experiences and the friends you’ll meet here we hope that the fine food, the wine and the gracious staff make the experience for guests really special and that is the tradition we refer to when we think about what we want you to experience here at Smith Fork. We hope you will enjoy your time at Smith Fork Ranch as much as we do.

Year-Round Team
Courtney Rodwell - General Manager

Courtney Rodwell – General Manager
Littleton, CO

My Smith Fork Ranch career began as a dining staff member for my last summer before finding a “real job”. A summer turned into a winter and another summer where I was the head of the dining program and sommelier. A couple summers more passed and I entered my first year as General Manager in 2018 hoping to create the guest experience everyone is hoping for and more.  I’m a born and raised Colorado Native and attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins with a degree in Communication Studies (which honestly I thought I’d never use but am learning that it helps me in our day-to-day operations). After graduating I managed the housekeeping company that I had been working for to put myself through college and eventually just was looking for something more in life. That is when I found the ranch life and I made my way up to a remote ranch in Northern Colorado, now the rest is history. During the Summers at the Ranch you’ll see me just about everyday making sure we are doing everything we can to make your stay just what you are hoping for. During the winters I spend my time traveling, snowshoeing, spending time with the three-legged ranch dog Charlie and seeing what improvements we can make around the property.

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Ron White- Ranch Foreman
Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Ron White, not to be confused with Sam Elliot, is Mr. Fix it around here. He started at Smith Fork Ranch in 2017 and lives year-round making sure the whole place is kept up with. You name it he can probably do it, he restores furniture, ensures everything in our cabins is working, irrigates our pastures, fixes fence, etc. In his spare time he enjoys getting off the ranch by means of motorcycle or Jeep.

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Marici Garber – Bookkeeper
Crawford, Colorado

Marici has been with Smith Fork Ranch the longest other than the owners. She spends her time here crunching the numbers and making sure the Smith Fork Ranch can remain in business as a place that people can come visit. Marici is one of the local Crawford community members on our staff and has been here her whole life. Fun fact, she enjoys riding dirt bikes in her spare time and even has a dirt bike course at her house here.

Cody Brady – Groundskeeper / Outdoor Guide / Resident Artist
Las Vegas, NV among many other places…

You’ll see him out and about making things green and grow around here. He came to us last season and worked as a guide, which as you can tell fly fishing is a skill of his, but he wanted to improve the look of our grounds and meticulously care for our spaces. You may see him out on the river this season as well but you’ll probably be asking him for tips on how we got such green grass. Before coming to Smith Fork he was in Georgia working Georgia Tech on their grounds crew. A fun fact about Cody is that he’s very artistic and may even be leading some painting classes here, he’d been a part of the art department at Trader Joes in Las Vegas, Costa Mesa, Atlanta.

Reina Carver – Head of Housekeeping
Crawford, CO

Reina will be joining us for her 4th season as part of the Smith Fork Family. Over the years she has been a part of several departments but has taken to make sure all things are clean & organized. She has a passion for making your cabins make you feel like you are home. You’ll also see her out and about caring for our abundant flowers and collecting seeds for us to use in future seasons.

Ranch Animals

Charlie – Ranch Dog & Frisbee Catcher
Australian Shepherd – Heeler Mix

I will most likely be the first friendly face that you meet at the Ranch as you walk down the steps. One thing you’ll ask is if I’m a boy or a girl and I am a girl, yep a girl named Charlie. Four years ago my dog mom, GM Courtney, adopted me and I haven’t looked back since. One thing you’ll notice about me is that I only have 3 legs…about 3 years ago I wanted to take myself on a walk one day and decided to go through one of the windows at our cabin. Long story short, I injured my front left leg so badly that I couldn’t keep it. But don’t count me out of adventures, some of my favorite things to do are running, jumping, frisbee or catch and hiking with my mom. I also love to be loved and am super friendly with guests of all ages, feel free to give me pets anytime.


Berkeley – Ranch Dog & Front Lawn Watcher
Blue Heeler Mix Mutt

I’m a new addition to the ranch family and will be growing throughout the coming year. I currently love just being loved on. The older dogs haven’t quite warmed up to me yet but I am eager to play with them all!


Ginger – Ranch Dog & Fun Police

I will most likely be the second fur friend you meet at the Ranch, I move a bit slower than my friend Charlie. When I was just a pup about 14 years ago my dog dad, Ranch Foreman Ron, adopted me as a little fur ball. Around the ranch you’ll often find me lounging in the front lawn or making sure Charlie isn’t doing anything I don’t want her to be (hence my nickname the fun police). I too am friendly to guests of all ages and will welcome any pets or hugs that you would like to give me.


Gretchen – Ranch Dog & Fetching Extraordinaire
Unknown Breed – Mutt

The fourth of the Ranch Dogs, my owner is our Groundskeeper Cody. He adopted me in March of 2019 when I was just about one year old. Most likely you’ll find me if you find him as I never leave his side. I love playing fetch and unlike my good friend Charlie, I’ll bring whatever you throw right back to you (I’ll also bring you whatever you throw for Charlie as well).