On a summer evening at the Borrego Ranch, magpies call to one another from across the wide banks of Currant Creek. While it is little more than a trickle in the heat of summer, the banks show evidence of higher flows and flash floods. Like the centuries-old farm equipment that now lies in the field, the channel could tell stories of scarcity and plenty, hard times and good. Cows meander across fields of bluegrass in the shadow of Eagle Mountain, a rocky, granite-topped sentinel. The 637-acre ranch property is nestled between mountains in the Arkansas River Basin, in eastern Fremont County on Highway 9. In the spring the creek runs higher, and access to two ditches allows for irrigation along the property, where the family has run cattle and tended hayfields for three generations.
June 29, 2020