Spring Creek Ranch is owned and operated by three generations of the Belsby family. Owners Gary and Louise Belsby run a cattle, wheat, and hay ranch outside of Cheney, Washington. Gary’s son Daren Belsby and his wife, Sarah Berns and their children manage the day-to-day operations at Spring Creek Ranch. Daren is also a smokejumper at the North Cascades Smokejumpers Base and Sarah is a Doula and writer. She has been named a Finalist for the Sundance Writers Lab three times.
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Meet our Family
Sarah Berns first came to the Methow Valley in 1995 to work for the US Forest Service. She rappelled out of helicopters, jumped out of planes and hiked into fires all over the West before managing Spring Creek Ranch.
When Sarah isn’t working on the ranch, you can find her writing screenplays. She is passionate about building a new library for the greater Methow Community.
Daren Belsby’s family purchased Spring Creek Ranch in 1976. He lived in the Ranch House for much of his childhood. Daren became a smokejumper in 1985. He spent his winter seasons traveling the world and then remodeling the Ranch House and designing and building the Ranch Cabin. With his vision, Spring Creek Ranch became the rental property that so many guests have come to know and love.
When Daren isn’t running the North Cascades Smokejumper Base he can be found farming our alfalfa fields. If you’re lucky you may catch sight of Daren darting around Spring Creek Ranch constantly fixing or improving something.
Ayla Belsby is Spring Creek Ranch’s kitten finder extraordinaire. When the barn cat has kittens and Ayla always spies them. Ayla manages our flock of 20 free ranging chickens, bottle feeds our calves and has her heart set on adding goats to our menagerie. Ayla is passionate about insects and trees and has helped Daren plant and care for the hundreds of saplings we’ve planted at Spring Creek Ranch.
Favorite place on the ranch?
On the hammock down by the river.
Favorite thing to do at Spring Creek Ranch?
Maeve Belsby helps her sister care for our flock of hens and bottle feeds the orphan calves we raise each year. She keeps us all in check with her penetrating questions and sensitive heart. Maeve has her own medical kit and is quick to offer up assistance. She dreams of becoming a doctor. Maeve happily assists with irrigating our 40 acres of alfalfa and wedding clean up. Maeve would like to have a hamster one day.
What’s your favorite thing to do at Spring Creek Ranch?
Go swimming in the pond.
Where’s your favorite place to hide on the ranch?
In the barn.