Why Vista Verde?
Why choose Vista Verde Guest Ranch for your luxury Colorado ranch vacation? Let us first say that there are a number of wonderful ranches in Colorado and the West, and we understand how hard it is to research and pick the right one. Each is in a pretty setting, operated by nice folks and provides a real getaway out here in the West. But there are differences, nevertheless. So what makes us different from the rest and perhaps the one that is just right for your ranch vacation? Here are our thoughts:
Our Cabins and Lodge rooms are authentic log structures, to be sure, in keeping with our Northwest Colorado locale. But rustic stops at the front door. Our guests tell us our lodging is much more modern, elegantly furnished and spacious than they have experienced on other ranch vacations or anticipated even after taking our detailed Virtual Tour.
Private cabins, master suites, divine linens, spa robes, complementary snacks and beverages … even your own hot tub. You might be out in the woods, but there’s no need to give up the comforts of home!
This is not what you remember from City Slickers!
Our professionally trained chefs are adept at every offering from checkered tablecloth cookouts to white tablecloth fine dining, from cowboy coffee to crème brulee, and from what pleases the kids to what satisfies mom. Our dining experience strikes the balance between ranchy and fancy. We mix it up so some meals are casual and served family style while others are more formal, multi-course dining events. What is the same is the high level of attention to quality, freshness and creativity.
See some of the tantalizing selections in the Cuisine section. In addition, our Executive Chef hosts a hands-on cooking class and a fun and fact-filled wine tasting session most weeks, a rarity on the ranch vacation scene.
Secluded, yet accessible, was a key criterion when we found Vista Verde Ranch. Uniquely situated in the National Forest, the ranch offers direct forest entry from virtually all directions. We also have permitted access to the wild and stunning Mt. Zirkel Wilderness Area. And not a condo or convenience store in sight! The widely known and highly regarded ranching community of Steamboat Springs is just 45 minutes away from major league skiing and golf, and even shopping, if you must. This part of Colorado has it all! We’re happy to take you into Steamboat Springs for shopping or skiing, and again, it’s all part of our all-inclusive ranch package.
Like most ranches, our seasonal staff is comprised of college-age young people who are carefully selected on the basis of character, work-ethic and personality. They want to be here and it is evident in their smiles, warm greetings and willingness to make your stay the best it can be. You may just want to pack them up in your suitcase and take them home after your ranch vacation.
What may set us more apart, however, is our full-time, year-round management team. This dedicated group of people is key to our success. Their passion and experience add a distinct element of professionalism to our programs, and provide a nice blend of maturity and enthusiasm.
From talking to Stephanie on the phone when you first book your reservation and hearing her “secretaries,” daughters Maggie and Ella, chatting in the background, to skiing with Steve and Kelli and learning how they made a major lifestyle change from corporate to hospitality, to sitting around the the dinner table with one of our housekeepers, trying to figure out how a masters degree has qualified them to clean cabins, you’ll see why this passionate group of people makes such a difference.
Having a committed and experienced team running the ranch also allows us to provide much more depth to your experiences. Heck, we have our own horse trainer, Mandy, who has years of experience working with and training young horses. We’re not just throwing you out there on a horse or a bike or skis. With the depth of experience our team has, you will improve your skills more than you ever imagined, and meet really passionate people along the way.
On top of that, the sheer number of staff is unmatched at many of the finest resorts. We have a 1:1 staff to guest ratio at our busiest times. This is how we are able to be so flexible in our offerings, and provide such a high level of service and attention to detail.
The hallmark of a Vista Verde stay is the diversity of activities offered. As a guest, you choose from the myriad activities offered each day. Whether you want to try it all, or immerse yourself in one program, the depth is there and the options abound. With our diverse offerings, you could easily call this an Adventure Ranch vacation instead of a Dude Ranch. There truly is something for everyone. And due to our smaller size and 1:1 staff to guest ratio, our program is quite flexible.
All-Inclusive, and we mean it!
There are many ranches and resorts that look like the “real deal” on the front end, but fail to deliver a real value on the back end. When we say we are an all-inclusive ranch vacation, we mean it. Of course the meals and lodging are included. And of course the riding and other activities are included. But at Vista Verde, unique activities like rock climbing and rafting in the summer months and the photography workshop and cooking classes year round are all included as well. You may be surprised that beer and wine are included, even in your rooms (no $5 soda pops here!). Are you interested in going to Steamboat to shop or ski, or need a ride from the Steamboat airport. Yep, it’s all included. Did you enjoy the ride or the ski and want a little more intensive instruction? Yep, it’s included. From the extra little details that make your stay special, to the unexpected surprises, we just aim to give you the best ranch vacation possible, and don’t try to figure out how to add on to your bill in doing so.
The Vista Verde luxury ranch vacation experience has been molded based on what we would want to enjoy ourselves on a Colorado ranch vacation. Then, we have incorporated the good ideas of our guests over the years to continually tailor and tune. And while luxury makes itself evident with the quality of the experience, the amenities of a premier resort, and the attention to detail for which we are recognized, we maintain the relaxed, casual atmosphere of a Western ranch. Said another way, we definitely don’t take ourselves too seriously. We have a good time and we think you will, too. But don’t take it from us, check out Tripadvisor for real guest reviews.