Vista Verde Ranch, Luxury Guest Ranch
Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado Luxury Ranch
Vista Verde Ranch Luxury Colorado Resort
Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado Luxury Ranch
Guides
Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado Luxury Ranch
Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado Luxury Ranch

Guides

DSC_0180 (427x640)Steve King
Wilderness First Responder
Head Nordic Guide
Hometown: Clark, CO
School: Kent State University

Steve is a lover of being active outdoors, dual sport touring, gardening, construction projects and reading. He loves spending time with his wife Kelli, daughter Madi and loyal pup Rosey. Steve also enjoys riding around on his dual sport bike and camping around Routt County.

 

 

DSC_0187 (427x640)Kelli King
WAFA & First Aid Certified; PSIA Nordic, Yoga Fit Instructor
Head Nordic Guide/ Yoga Instructor/ Merchandise Buyer
Hometown: Gahanna, OH
School: Kent State University

Kelli is often asked by our guests which is her favorite season; summer or winter? Her favorite is always the one she is in, although, winter holds a certain magic for her. There is nothing more amazing than the “delicious” powder of Colorado and quiet beauty winter holds! She loves the opportunity to share this beauty with our guests- as well as working in it with her husband, Steve, their daughter, Madi, and their pup, Rosey. When she’s not outside playing in the snow, Kelli enjoys furthering her study of yoga and healthy cooking.

 

DSC_0199 (427x640)Shannon Balzer
Wilderness First Responder
Nordic Guide
Hometown: Placeville, CA
School: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Previously, Shannan has spent time working at a bike shop in Guatemala; that experience has led her to being a wonderful all- season guide here at Vista Verde! She has also been a guide for backcountry skiers, snowshoers, white water rafters and caving trips. Some past experiences that Shannan has encountered across the world include: deep water soloing in Vietnam, spelunking in some of the largest caves in the world, working at an elementary school in New Zealand and participating in Songkran in Thailand.

 

DSC_0177 (427x640) (427x640)Isaac Ness
CPR, First Aid, AED Certified
Nordic Guide
Hometown: Plymouth, MN

As a lifelong fisherman, outdoorsman, and turtle wrangler, Isaac established his passion for nature at an early age. Now, Isaac splits his time between fly fishing, hiking, camping, hunting, snowboarding, and skiing. Some other fun facts about him are that he played lacrosse for 6 years, loves Jazz fusion, and his favorite type of dog is a chocolate lab!

 

 

 

DSC_0192 (427x640)Paul Britton
Wilderness First Responder, CPR & First Aid Certified
Nordic Guide
Hometown: Traverse City, MI
School: University of Dayton

Paul is returning for a second season at VVR. At age 11, Paul saw a marvelous moose on Isle Royale National Park and from then on was hooked on the outdoors. He likes mountain biking, backpacking, pontoon boats, grapefruit, corny one-liners, and playing the piano. His most extensive adventure was a 40 day backpacking and sea kayaking trip to the arctic circle of Scandinavia.

 

 

DSC_0207 (427x640)Rachel Mann
EMT
Nordic Guide
Hometown: Lebanon, OH
School: Miami University

After being a guest this past winter, Rachel couldn’t get enough of VVR! She has a twin brother and an older brother as well; both are currently involved with medical schooling. At Miami University (in Ohio, not Florida), Rachel studied Zoology, with her favorite animals being elephants and pigs. Rachel has previously been to Portugal and Belgium and has lived in the Caribbean.