Mark Hopkins is the new general manager for the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch

by idahorockymountain | | in Uncategorized

The Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch is pleased to announce the hire of Mark Hopkins as its new general manager. A passionate outdoorsman and adventurer, Hopkins has years of experience in adventure-based resort management as well as an accomplished background in marketing, public relations and design as owner of the Portland, Oregon based firm Ravenwave Design.

Most recently Hopkins was the general manager of the Minam River Lodge, a remote hike-in / fly-in lodge located within the Eagle Cap Wilderness in Eastern Oregon. He was responsible for the overall guest and team member experience of the lodge as well as overseeing the complex logistics of operating deep within the wilderness supported via Cessna aircraft.

For three years prior, he was an expedition leader for Un Cruise Adventures, working aboard the M/V Safari Endeavour, an 82 passenger expedition vessel running week long luxury wildlife and adventure cruises in Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage and the Sea of Cortez in Baja, Calif., Mexico. Hopkins was part of the ship’s leadership team that designed, implemented and evaluated this award-winning, conservation-focused luxury travel program. Previously, Hopkins was resort manager for 15 years of Slickrock Adventures, a private island eco-lodge resort located in a UNESCO World Heritage Site where he managed all staff and guest services and was responsible for developing and overseeing the adventure sports, marine conservation, and sustainable tourism education program.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the management team at Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch, with it’s incredibly unique western history as well as the incredible outdoor adventure sports opportunities it offers our guests,” said Hopkins. “This ranch is the premier destination in the Sawtooth Mountains, and I look forward to continuing to expand and grow our guest services in ways that preserve and honors the ranch’s rich traditions.”

Hopkins grew up in Connecticut and Vermont camping, hiking and fishing with his family in the mountains and coast of New England. He graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges where he studied philosophy and religion. While a student, he was an active leader in the school’s outdoor education program as a trip leader and instructor. Hopkins was also a sponsored team rider for Burton Snowboards, which lead him to move west to Jackson Hole followed by years of experience as a guide and naturalist throughout the Rockies, Alaska, Mexico and Belize.

“Mark brings a wealth of customer service experience and valuable marketing and business development expertise to the Ranch,” said Lodge Manager Sandra Beckwith. “We’re delighted to have him at the helm.”