Spruce Mountian Ranch

About Spruce Mountain Events

Spruce Mountain offers an impressive collection of wedding ceremony and reception locations expressing Colorado style, with magnificent hand-crafted detail, state of the art modern conveniences, and indoor/outdoor capabilities, Conveniently located just 30 minutes south of Denver and 30 minutes north of Colorado Springs, our wedding and event venue peacefully sits in the picturesque foothills of Colorado.

Mission Statement

Spruce Mountain is an immaculate private venue rich in amenities, committed to exceeding the expectations of our clients and their guests.

We aspire to be the industry leader in proactively setting standards of excellence, and work diligently towards customer loyalty.

We are built on honest business practices, committed to providing ease and simplicity in planning, and enthusiastic about supporting our clients in creating impressive, memorable events.

Our Team

At Spruce Mountain Ranch, there is a property manager present at every event that takes place, whether it be a wedding, non-profit, social or corporate event. They help the event in a variety of ways: they manage the vendors; make sure that the property, people, and animals (Spruce Mountain cattle) are safe; they support the client's event manager in ensuring a seamless event; and keep the property in immaculate condition.

Tom Ames & Tara Ames Owner Spruce Mountain Ranch Owner/Operator Spruce Mountain Events taraames@sprucemountainranch.com
Brus Osborne Director of Sales bosborne@sprucemountainranch.com
Erin Mondragon Director of Marketing emondragon@sprucemountainranch.com
Ashlee Holmsen Director of Operations aholmsen@sprucemountainevents.com
Tanner Ames-Morelock Property General Manager tmorelock@sprucemountainranch.com
Emily Wanderscheid Operations ewanderscheid@sprucemountainranch.com
Dana Garrett Sr. Property Manager
Mariah Juarez Property Manager
Angel Puleo Property Manager
Mary Rodriguez Property Manager
Ryann Olme Property Manager
Will Holmsen Parking/Shuttle
Zev Goldberg Parking
Jennifer Shabeck Property Manager
Brittany DeMasters Property Manager
Molly Strickler Property Manager
Kaylee Ames Property Manager

Spruce Mountain Gives Back

It is probably easy for many of us to imagine a world where children go to sleep at night in a warm bed, knowing that they will be safe until the sun fills their room with light in the morning. A world where children are told each day that they are loved and wanted. A world where each child feels safe in the arms of a loving hug. Many of us have taken such safety, love and encouragement for granted every day in our lives, and yet we have never pondered as a child if anyone really wanted us to be on this planet. Our innocent minds were never forced to question if there was really goodness here on earth. Yet for the children of Mt. St. Vincent’s, they only know of these “luxuries” because of the people of Mt. St. Vincent’s Home and the work they do, day in and day out.


Spruce Mountain Cattle Company

As an Angus seed stock producer, Spruce Mountain Ranch Cattle Company is consistently creating the genetics to meet our elite standards, and the needs of our customer base. Our expert workforce are innovators in utilizing the most current technology available to turn out reliable, first rate Angus genetics. We believe in a long term, disciplined breeding program, and take pleasure in sharing this program with our clients by means of exceptional customer service and on-going support.

Spruce Mountain Ranch History

In 1871 the land now recognized as” Spruce Mountain Ranch” was once a section of terrain on the “Ben Lomond Ranch”. This property consisted of thousands of acres. Besides being a successful dairy farm the land was cultivated for oats, millet, and hay,

The “Ben Lomond Ranch” later in 1885 branded as the “Famous Daniels Ranch” was jointly owned by Judge Hiram P. Bennett (a member of the Colorado State Senate in 1876), his eldest son Hiram P. Bennett Jr., his brother Joseph F. Bennett, as well as Alvin D. Daniels, and Daniel C. Oakes (one of the first sawmill owners in Douglas County). These men were friends and pioneer builders of Denver and Douglas County.

In 1907 Harold and Arthur Higginson purchased 2,500 acres of the “Ben Lomand Ranch”. There they raised 125 head of Hereford cattle and farmed wheat and oats. Later Arthur sold his share of the property to Harold and moved to the mountains. In 1908 Harold and wife Essie May built a home that was still standing when Tom and Lois Ames purchased the property in 1999.

In 1950 Harold sold the ranch to his son Russell and wife Amelia Pearl. Tragically, while working the ranch Russell lost his arm in a hay baler. Russell was quite resourceful however, and continued to farm after his accident by re-engineering his farm equipment. In 1956 Russell succeeded in a run for County Commissioner and served for 16 years.

Since then, the Higginson Ranch has changed hands numerous times. In March 1999, Tom and Lois Ames purchased the property. They allocated 100 acres to a housing development “Spruce Mountain Estates”. The remaining acreage was creatively and uniquely renovated by Tom and Lois. Their ultimate goals are to sustain a purebred Angus seed stock operation, as well as create a distinct landscape and resort-like atmosphere for family, guests, and potential customers to enjoy.