Bray Ranch began in 1907 when Edgar Bray and his wife moved by horse-drawn carriage from Cedaredge to Redvale, Colorado. The ranch began as a small operation but grew as time passed. Edgar's son, Bill inherited the ranch and ran a flock of sheep throughout the mountains of southwestern Colorado. During that time he started a small cattle operation that was the starting point for today's herd. Bill's son, Robert, took over the ranch full time in the early 1980s and ran about 2,000 sheep, a small cattle herd and began a small hunting outfitting operation with just a few clients per year.
Today the ranch operates a cow-calf and yearling operation in addition to an extensive hunting operation. Bray Ranch runs about 800 head of mother cows and when conditions permit up to 400 yearling calves. Each year our family welcomes scores of hunters to the ranch who are seeking great hunting opportunities.
The ranch is located in southwest Colorado in San Miguel and Montrose counties It runs from an elevation of 6,000 feet to well over 10,000 feet. The lower properties are sage flats, Pinion Juniper and canyon lands with numerous isolated grain, alfalfa and hay fields. The higher elevations range from Ponderosa Pine to Oak Brush and Aspen Habitats. The ranch is home year-round to a very large number of mule deer and elk as well bear and all other kinds of wildlife including Gunnison Sage Grouse and Gunnison Prairie Dogs. 1,800 recently acquired acres provides greater hunting opportunity.
Bray Ranches is truly a family operation. The ranch relies on each member of the family to provide their support and expertise throughout the year.
Besides the ranch, hunting, boards and appointments, Robert has four children who keeps him busy with nine beautiful grandchildren. Robert sits on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission and is actively involved in several local and state-wide landowner, water and property issue boards.
Garin is lobbyist and partner for Colorado Legislative Services and is married to Chad who is the Executive Vice President for Colorado Farm Bureau. They have two daughters, Emlyn and Dru.
Zandon returned to help manage the ranch in the spring of 2008. He is married to Sara, who is a school teacher, they have three children, their daughter Keiran, son Cole and daughter Sabry.
Lance also helps manage the ranch, is married to Nichol who is a dental hygienist. They also have three children, their son Colton and daughters Darcy and Lexi.
Chayden and returned to the ranch in 2013 with his daughter Savannah. Chayden is a pilot who enjoys spending time in the sky as much as on the ranch.