Welcome to Eagle’s Nest Ranch!
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Eagle’s Nest Ranch is a 501c3 non-profit located in Elizabeth, Colorado, whose purpose is to bring hope, trust and growth into the lives of those who come to the Ranch. We serve adults and children who have experienced or who are experiencing the invisible wounds of life. Our desire is to help our participants soar above adversity through interaction with horses. Our Healing Horses for the Armed Forces program serves the military community. Our Soaring program serves all others. We provide one-on-one interactive sessions with a horse. All our sessions are offered free of charge, so we rely on the generosity of others who see the value of our purpose and want to partner with us in helping people soar above the adversities of life.
Eagle’s Nest Ranch was founded by Suzy MacKenzie who was inspired to model a ranch ministry after Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in Oregon. After the reading the book Hope Rising by Kim Meeder, she went to Crystal Peaks in 2008 to their information clinic to see if this would be God’s call on her life. She left knowing establishing a similar ranch was her next purpose. The name Eagle’s Nest Ranch came easily. A bald eagle was nesting at a property her church was considering for purchase. The new shopping center being constructed across the street was called Eagle’s Nest Village.
Driving by the sign one day, Suzy knew she had found the name of the ranch. A nest represents a safe and nurturing place of growth, and ultimately, a place from which to fly. The eagle represents strength and nobility. The eagle can fly high above storm clouds. The eagle is also a symbol of our country and represents freedom. This was an important connection as Eagle’s Nest Ranch serves the military community through our Healing Horses for the Armed Forces program. What better name could there have been?
Though the years went by in seeking and waiting for the doors to open to start the ranch, God had not forgotten Suzy nor His call on her life. In those years of doubt, discouragement and hope, yes hope, God began to send eagles her way to let her know not to give up, but to continue to believe and not let the dream go. First there were a few sightings, but then there were so many that Suzy knew it wasn’t a coincidence. God continued to send them. In all, she has counted and recorded 22 sightings between 2011 and 2015. Three were perched near the side of rural roads waiting for her to pass by. The others were all in flight. The ranch opened in the summer of 2014. So here at Eagle’s Nest Ranch we hope, we believe and we don’t give up. We invite you to be a part of that. The ranch verse is “My God in His steadfast love will meet me.” Psalm 59:10a. God’s love for us is unconditional and never wavers. He meets us where we are in our brokenness and loves us still.
Eagle’s Nest Ranch is a safe haven for people and horses to connect in order to renew hope, build trust and experience growth, so they may soar above the adversities of life in order to fulfill the purpose for which they were created. This is to be achieved through love, acceptance, training, education and recreational activities.