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

Hiking, Biking, Yoga and Paddleboarding

DSC_0221 (533x800)Steve King
Nordic Center Manager
Wilderness First Responder
Hometown: Sugarcreek, OH
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 road bike and camping around Routt County.

DSC_0223 (533x800)Kelli King
Hiking & Biking Guide/Yoga Instructor
Wilderness First Aid, Certified Yogafit Teacher, Professional Ski Instructor of America
Hometown: Gahanna, OH
School: Kent State University

Vista Verde is Kelli’s home away from home, with this summer being her 12th. Not only does she get to work with her Vista Verde family, but she also has the pleasure of working with her husband, Steve, her daughter Madi (when she is not in school), and her lab Rosey! She loves teaching wild yoga in the Aspen trees and growing organic veggies in their two greenhouses. Some things on her summer bucket list: learn the local birds by song, hike Devil’s Causeway and master her Yamaha TW200.

DSC_0228 (533x800)Shannan Balzer
Hiking/Biking Guide
Wilderness First Responder
Hometown: Placerville, 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 hiking and biking 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_0229 (533x800)Paul Britten
Hiking/Biking Guide
CPR, First Aid, Wilderness First Responder
Hometown: Traverse City, MI
School: University of Dayton

This is Paul’s first season here at Vista Verde. At age 11, Paul saw a magnificent moose on Isle Royale National Park and from then on was hooked on the outdoors. He likes backpacking, pontoon boats, grapefruit, corny one-liners and playing the piano. His most extensive trip was a 30-day backpacking and sea kayaking trip in the Arctic Circle of Scandinavia.

 

Fishing

DSC_0193 (533x800)Brandon Martin
Head of Fly Fishing & Ranch Hands
Hometown: Lancaster, PA
School: Full Sail University

This summer, Brandon is taking charge of both the ranch hand and fly fishing departments. In his free time, Brandon enjoys spending time with his wife, Rachelle, and their two kids, Wyatt and Scottlyn. Backpacking is also a hobby that he enjoys. Fun fact about Brandon: he is one of the only people to have went fly fishing in the Tigris River in downtown Baghdad.


DSC_0118 (533x800)Goose Bennetts

Fishing Guide
CPR, First Aid, Noles Survival, Army Ranger Survival Courses
Hometown: Loma, CO

Before landing on the ponds and rivers of Colorado and Vista Verde Ranch, Goose has been a fly fishing guide in Alaska for 10+ years. He owns over 30 fly fishing rods and has guided fishing trips that have totalled up to over 50,000 trout being caught. Also while guiding, Goose has encountered many bears, being charged by eight of them. Interesting fact: Goose used to ride motorcycles professionally, where he broke his jaw in an accident and now has a metal jawbone.

DSC_0379 (533x800)Isaac Ness
Fishing Guide
CPR, First Aid, AED
Hometown: Plymouth, MN

Growing up in Minnesota, Isaac found a love for the outdoors. In his free time, he loves to hike, fish, hunt, rock climb, run, and do anything else that is adventurous, which makes him a perfect fit here at VVR!