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.

 


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Marley & Linda Hodgson- Owners
New York, NY

On behalf of our entire family, Linda and I would like to extend a very warm welcome to Smith Fork Ranch. This year, 2019, marks the 18th consecutive summer that our family has spent at the ranch welcoming guests. 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.

Courtney

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 as well as encouraging the rest of the staff to enjoy their time too. The winters are quiet around the ranch which is at times a nice contrast to the busy Summers. 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 to the next season here at Smith Fork. The one thing I enjoy most about the winter season is hiring and talking to all the prospective staff members to build a star team to work with. I look forward to meeting each of the guests for our coming season!

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Ron White- Ranch Foreman
Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Kasey

Kasey Bader- Ranch Reservationist
Atlanta, Georgia

My time with Smith Fork began after deciding I was ready for a career move that would give me an opportunity to connect with two things that I love- the outdoors and hospitality. I grew up on a small farm in North Georgia surrounded by southern hospitality and endless room to explore outside. This ultimately drove my decision to someday incorporate both into my career, and the ranch lifestyle fit the bill. After graduating from North Georgia University with my BBA degree, I spent the next 3 years working for a local company, wearing many hats and jumping in where I could to help the business grow. Soon my interest in working on a ranch circled back around and a deep dive into researching how to make it happen led me to Smith Fork. It was a no brainer for me and I moved to Crawford in the spring of 2018. This will be my second season with the ranch. When I’m not working to make your ranch experience unforgettable, I can be found riding horses, hiking & camping around Colorado, or asking to pet your dog. If you see me around the ranch and need anything- please don’t hesitate to ask. I’m excited to meet all of you and look forward to a great 2019 SFR season!

Char

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.

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Ginger – Ranch Dog & Fun Police
Collie

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.