Our Family

Steve and Ann Stranahan came to Clark in 1978, when they built The Home Ranch on a 560-acre homestead just north of the Clark General Store. Since that time, The Home Ranch has become a member of the Relais & Chateaux and an Orvis-endorsed fly fishing lodge and is widely renowned for its guest experience, its exceptional equestrian program, its stunning Nordic skiing trails, the rustic elegance of its lodge and cabins, the beauty of its setting, and the celebrated haute mountain cuisine.

With a primary objective of preserving the immense ranching heritage of the Upper Elk River Valley, much of the surrounding land (close to 4,000 acres) has been acquired and placed into conservation easements, both to expand the recreational opportunities for Home Ranch guests, as well as maintain the agricultural tradition of the beautiful Elk River Valley. Murphy-Larsen Ranch is part of the effort to preserve the land while making space for home sites.

The Stranahans are determined to maintain the agricultural and ranching culture that creates and sustains our extraordinary landscape: the great hay meadows, the pastures, the cattle, the horses, all so wonderfully framed between the mountains and the river. The views at Murphy-Larsen are amazing and so are the benefits of living there.

"We honor the Clark pioneers who came down from Wyoming, over from North Park, up from Denver, in search of a new life," said Ann. "We especially honor an Irishman, Owen Murphy and his wife, Delia, who filed for a homestead on Cottonwood Creek, and arrived with their 7 children in 1898. Over the years, we feel privileged to own the land that had been in their family for almost one hundred years. As we offer these 12 home sites to new homesteaders, we entrust Owen, Delia, and their daughter Hannah's precious heritage to a new generation of stewards."

It is with great pride and contagious passion that the Stranahans offer the twelve home sites known as the Murphy-Larsen Ranch. If you would like to take a private tour of the 1500 acres that comprise the ranch, please call exclusive listing broker, ... or see our Contact page