Live Water Properties Welcomes John Muir

September 23, 2009 by Caroline Leave a reply »


Steamboat Springs, CO – John Muir has officially joined the Live Water Properties team and will be assisting buyers and sellers with their ranch real estate needs. 

John Muir grew up in Michigan, and developed his love for the outdoors while hunting deer and upland birds during his teenage years. After earning his accounting degree from Western Michigan University, John moved to Denver, Colorado, where he earned his certified public accountant license, and began his big eight accounting career. John audited companies in the telecommunications, financial and hospitality industries. He also donated time assisting with, and developing internal controls and financial reporting for the United Way and the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Foundation. During his years in Denver, John became infatuated with the magnificence of the Rocky Mountains and always knew that he would eventually return to the West.

When John moved back to Michigan, he left public accounting and joined the private sector at Behr Industrial Equipment, Inc. as the controller/treasurer and manager of human resources. During his years back east, John also served on the board of directors as treasurer of the Metamora Club, and oversaw the management and daily operations of the hospitality services, which the Metamora Club offered to its members.

In 1990, after the sale of their manufacturing company, John and his wife, Iris, began an extensive search for a guest ranch in the rocky mountain region. For two years they researched, evaluated and considered over 70 ranches on the market, and found their dream property, Hidden Creek Ranch, in northern Idaho.

In addition to the regular guest ranch program, John and Iris operated two other companies at Hidden Creek Ranch: Unitree Corporate Leadership Programs, and Body, Mind & Spirit Foundation, a not-for-profit organization. As a means to give back to the community, John and Iris provided free healing retreats to the 911 Children’s Fund, Families of Fallen Soldiers, American Diabetes Association, Cancer Association and Terminally Ill patients. During 14 years of owning and successfully operating Hidden Creek Ranch, the ranch was written about in a total of 259 print publications, featured numerous times on television, and received 10 nominations and awards. The former website can be viewed at:

Since the sale of Hidden Creek Ranch in November of 2005, John has been facilitating personal intensive seminars for individuals interested in learning how to purchase property, and design guest programs for the hospitality industry. An integral part of the seminars involves an in-depth review of the forest service permitting process. To provide a more comprehensive service to seminar participants, John earned his real estate brokers license, allowing him to match his clients with recreational properties.

John is a life member of the Dude Ranch Association and served as the treasurer for the National Board of Directors. He also served as a director of the Educational Trust, and served as the treasurer of the Idaho Guest and Dude Ranch Association. John is also a life member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ducks Unlimited and the National Rifle Association Golden Eagles.

On a private level, John continues to enjoy the beauty of the mountains surrounding their ranch community at Storm Mountain Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. With his wife and their two dogs, John spends this free time horseback riding, biking, hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and backpacking into various mountain wilderness areas.

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