Health & Safety Plan

Your health and safety are Anderson Ranch’s top priority. Anderson Ranch follows all relevant guidelines from the CDC and the state of Colorado, and we will continue to make the most informed, carefully considered decisions that we can regarding health and safety policies at the Ranch. Thank you for placing your trust in us to do this wisely. 

We rely on you to follow all of these guidelines carefully and responsibly. Anderson Ranch will do its best to assist you with any of your health and safety needs, but cannot be financially responsible for medical costs, changes in accommodations or travel.

Anderson Ranch reserves the right to revise the Health & Safety Plan at any time. Please review all Anderson Ranch communications for updates that may impact your visit.

Requirements for Program Participants

10 days prior to arrival at Anderson Ranch, Studio and Artistic Program participants are required to complete the Pre-Arrival Form. The form collects key information and asks participants to certify their agreement to follow Anderson Ranch policies and procedures while they are on campus. It also includes a liability waiver that participants or their guardian must review and sign.

For your own safety as well as the safety of our community, we highly encourage all program participants to:

  • Be up to date with their vaccinations for COVID-19.
  • Have their flu vaccine.
  • We also encourage you to carry health and travelers insurance.
  • Bring any medical supplies you may need while on campus including masks and COVID-19 tests.

Program participants are responsible for all medical costs incurred and associated with their time at Anderson Ranch.

Safety Policy

Anderson Ranch has a policy of zero tolerance for physical violence. Individuals who engage in any form of violence at Anderson Ranch, or who threaten violence on campus can face disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.

“Violence” includes but is not limited to physically harming another individual, shoving, pushing, kicking, harassing, intimidating or coercing behavior, physical “horseplay” (regardless of intent), brandishing a weapon (or anything that could be used as one), etc. Threats of violence include, but are not limited to, threatening, intimidating or coercive language or talking or engaging in those activities defined as “violence” or other conduct that is perceived as potentially harmful. Joking about violence will not be tolerated.

It is the intent of this policy to ensure that individuals never feel threatened by another individual’s actions or conduct. Individuals also have a right not to be exposed to violent, intimidating, or threatening behavior from other’s families, other providers, vendors, consultants, or other visitors.

All actual or threatened violence, both direct and indirect, including threats should be reported as soon as possible to the individual’s immediate supervisor or any other member of management. 

The Ranch specifically prohibits the possession of weapons by any person while on Ranch property, or maintaining a weapon in a vehicle in any Ranch parking area, whether public or private.

Health Precautions

Anderson Ranch provides the following:

  • Cleaning and sanitization measures in common areas, studios and housing accommodations
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfection wipes in each building
  • Masks available upon request
  • CPR trained staff are available, and the campus is equipped with Automatic External Defibrillators.
  • Emergency Contacts listed in each building
  • Frequent review of operational plans for meeting health & safety standards


Fundamental Precautions for Program Participants:

  • Stay home if you are feeling sick.
  • Continue to utilize public health and illness prevention measures:
    • Wash your hands frequently. Practice good hygiene by washing your hands for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer when soap and water aren’t available.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Program participants may not have all relevant information and should avoid getting involved with approaching other program participants or asking them to share medical information including things such as COVID-19 status, test results, vaccine status, etc.  
  • Please contact or 970-924-5073 if you have any questions, concerns or feel that there is a health and safety issue on campus that needs urgent attention.

Common Ailments

Anderson Ranch is a small community with many shared facilities in close proximity. Program participants should self-screen for any ailments before coming to Anderson Ranch and during your time on campus. At the discretion of Anderson Ranch, program participants experiencing any symptoms of an ailment may be asked to leave the premises or see a medical professional.

Altitude Sickness –

Anderson Ranch Employees will call for a wellness check with local paramedics if you indicate that you are experiencing any symptoms of Altitude Sickness.

  • Common Symptoms: Nausea and vomiting, Insomnia, Shortness of breath, Headache, Diarrhea, Constipation, Restlessness, Fast heartbeat, Nasal congestion, Cough, Fatigue, Problems with sleep, Loss of appetite
    • Symptoms usually come on within 12 to 24 hours of reaching a higher elevation and then get better within a day or two as your body adjusts to the change in altitude.
  • How to minimize your symptoms:
    • Take it easy for the first day or so. Physical exertion will affect your response to altitude.
    • Eat lightly, drink plenty of liquids, and avoid alcohol. Alcohol aggravates high altitude symptoms. Because you are prone to dehydration and constipation at altitude, drink lots of water and don’t overeat.
    • Get plenty of sleep. Overexertion and lack of sleep can result in more severe and persistent altitude symptoms.
    • Listen to your body. The symptoms noted above are a warning to decrease your activity and protect yourself. If your symptoms persist or worry you, seek medical care.

Covid-19 – 

    • Common Symptoms: Fever or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea
      • Positive Test Result: If you test positive for COVID-19, stay home for at least 5 days and isolate yourself from others as much as possible. If you have no symptoms or mild ones that are improving after 5 days you may end isolation but should continue wearing a mask for an additional 5 days. If you have a fever or any worsening symptoms you should follow CDC Guidelines and continue to isolate.
  • Please see below for more details regarding Covid-19.

Seasonal Allergies – 

  • Common Symptoms: Stuffiness or congestion, Coughing, Runny nose, Itchy, watery eyes, Sneezing, Post nasal drip, Fatigue
  • How to minimize your symptoms:
    • Over the counter medications
    • Close windows and doors to prevent pollen from floating into the house
    • Pay attention to daily pollen levels and avoid outdoor activities when levels are high
    • Start taking medications before the onset of allergy season
    • Rinse off after spending time outside to avoid tracking pollen into bed and onto your pillow
    • Get plenty of rest and stay hydrated

Stomach Illness – 

  • Common Symptoms: Diarrhea, Nausea, Vomiting, Stomach cramps and pain, Occasional muscle aches or headache, Low-grade fever
    • Depending on the cause, viral gastroenteritis or food poisoning symptoms may appear within 1-3 days after contact and can range from mild to severe. Symptoms usually last just a day or two, but occasionally they may last up to 14 days.

Cold/Flu – 

  • Common Symptoms: Congestion, Sinus pressure, Runny  or stuffy nose, Sneezing, Watery eyes, Headache, Sore throat, Cough, Swollen lymph nodes, Fatigue or general tiredness, Chills, Body aches, Low grade fever below 102°F (38.9°C), Chest discomfort
    • Symptoms of a cold typically last for 7 to 10 days. Symptoms tend to peak around day 5 and gradually improve.

Covid-19 Protocols

Your health and safety at Anderson Ranch is our top priority.

If you should develop symptoms of any kind in the duration of your program, you should remove yourself immediately and reach out to a staff member to go through next steps. 

If, at any time during your programs, you experience any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, or have any other reason to believe that you may be infected, please isolate safely and call (970) 924-5073 or the After Hours On-Call Phone at (970) 948-7194. If you test positive for COVID, you will need to either safely leave campus or remain in isolation as per the CDC recommendations


There are currently no free testing sites in the area but Anderson Ranch has a limited number of over-the-counter tests available and can assist with arranging a PCR Covid-19 test if you are experiencing symptoms. 


Anderson Ranch staff will use interviews to determine the level of risk to others on campus. We will not disclose the names of people with suspected infections, but we will communicate directly with close contacts about necessary precautions that may need to be taken. We will communicate with everyone on campus if the circumstances present a safety concern for the community as a whole and we will contact and follow all guidance from local health authorities.

Refund/Cancellation Policy

For information about our cancellation policy please visit

If you test positive for COVID-19 within the 10 days prior to your workshop, please contact the registrar.

Contact Information

For all major medical emergencies please call 911.


The Anderson Ranch staff wants you to have an excellent experience. For issues or concerns related to the Health and Safety Plan, please email or call 970-924-5073.


Community Services Contact Information

Fire Department: 970-923-2212

Police Department: 970-923-5330

Animal Control Services: 970-923-5330

Aspen Valley Hospital: 970-925-1120

Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222

Aspen Hope Center: 970-925-5858 (24/7 Crisis Line

Mind Springs Health: 844-493-8255 (Crisis Line or text TALK to 38255)

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