“Add the view of cattle grazing on lush green grass to the red cliffs and meandering waters of the Animas River, and you have the northern gateway to Durango, created by the stewardship of Kay and David James.
Open-space preservation is just one of their missions as they find themselves at the forefront of the movement to provide grass-fed beef raised with sustainable ranching practices. Both from Pasadena, Calif., the two met in college, where Kay studied education and David studied business management. Spurred by his dream to leave the glitz of Southern California, David spent summers wrangling cows in the Rockies. After they were married, the two set out with the goal to work in agriculture and raise a family on the land. They acquired the 550-acre ranch in 1961 and became involved in the development of hybridized cattle breeds. David eventually worked in sales, both domestically and internationally. He recalls his the effort to introduce dairy cows to the Philippines at a time when milk there was available only in powdered form. They made the decision to pursue development of a portion of their land, and subdivided a 100-acre parcel to develop what is now The Ranch planned community.”