Looking For Adventure?

You will find the location of Eden West Ranch to be ideal. The surrounding country is unspoiled and the scenery brings new appreciation to the word serenity. The following is but a few of the many things one can find interesting and entertaining for non-painting spouses or friends.



Eden West Ranch is just 5 miles from the Arkansas River where miles of prime river trout fishing is available..


The Arkansas River is BIG on commercial rafting tours. There are several companies providing that service. Tours range from mild to wild. 
• Journey Quest
• Arkansas River Tours


From Salida to Canon City Colorado, Rock-N-Row offers the best in guided rafting, rock climbing, horseback riding and fishing trips.
• Rock-N-Row


Didn't bring your ATV, yet would like to explore the countryside by a 4 Wheel ATV? Check out the link below for adventure!
• Play Dirty ATV Tours



Matt Smith  June  Cotopaxi

Mitch Baird  August  Cotopaxi

Kim English  September  LaVeta

Michael Lynch September  LaVeta






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A special thanks to all of the extraordinary artists that I have had the good fortune to meet in the workshops over the years. It is a fantastic journey and I am grateful! - Marty Brens












Eden Ranch in Cotopaxi Colorado

Eden Ranch, Wet Mountain Valley, CO


This privately owned ranch is like a “piece of heaven!” Eden ranch is a south central Colorado destination. It is located in the wet mountain valley below the Majestic and beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range, between Westcliffe and Cotopaxi. The ranch has panoramic views of the valley in all directions.  Texas Creek runs through the property and every direction you look is a painting waiting to be expressed on canvas. Large shade trees abound, also perennial gardens, outdoor decks and a variety of seating areas. Lots of space indoors and out to be alone or together with the group enjoying your after class glass of wine!

Country elegant is a good way to describe the casual atmosphere of the ranch.

We will be doing most of our painting on the Ranch but we may take a field trip to paint down the valley at a private ranch about 15 minutes away closer to Westcliffe with terrific views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range.


Accomodations: Private rooms, with their own baths. Only a few rooms share a bath, great for friends. The cabins have fireplaces and laundry facilities with kitchenettes. (You won’t need to cook however or hopefully do laundry!) 

Meals will be catered by Rustingram Caterers. After class appetizers, wine and beer are provided  with dinner.

You may request the Master Suite, large bedroom with a outside deck and sitting room ($200 more). There is also a master suite in the yellow house, this room has a king bed, and a Jacuzzi tub ($100 more). These rooms may be taken and generally go to couples with non painting spouses. All of the other rooms are the rate listed on the teacher’s page at the bottom ($2395 + lodging and food tax). All of the accommodations are very inviting and comfortable.

Wine and beer are provided with dinner; a suggestion; you may want to bring a few bottles of your favorite to keep in your own kitchen for your own convenience after class.

There is no cell service at this ranch however free long distance and WIFI for your tablets and laptops.

We can hold the entire ranch up to 60 days prior to the beginning of the workshop.  Please commit early to ensure the workshop will go.