Vista Verde Ranch Luxury Resort Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:39:51 +0000 en hourly 1 The Trail Rider Magazine – September 2016 Wed, 14 Sep 2016 04:06:16 +0000 While we’re in the midst of some beautiful fall riding weeks, an article came out from The Trail Rider magazine about an October riding vacation at Vista Verde.  It’s time to saddle up, and head out into the aspens!  Read the article…..

]]> – September 2016 Thu, 08 Sep 2016 19:00:57 +0000 In honor of National Yoga Month, writer Laura Powell put together an article about the 13 best hotels for yogis.  It was fun to see Vista Verde’s name pop up with a mention about our Wild Yoga program, which is one of our favorite ways to spend a fall day!  Read the article….

The VVR Love Factory Mon, 05 Sep 2016 16:37:56 +0000 A new name for the ranch has recently been put out there–The Love Factory.  Once again, Vista Verde has turned out another round of engagements.  Of course, it may have something to do with the age of our staff and the fact that we hire individuals who share a love of adventure, the outdoors, and serving others.  But, we’d like to think there’s just something in the air here at VVR!

Grace and Christian met last winter, when Christian came in as a new ranch hand who found himself stopping by the housekeeping world headquarters often to just check in and see if the housekeepers, particularly the head housekeeper, needed anything.  After dating all winter, taking a whirlwind spring road trip (the ultimate test of a budding relationship in my estimation), and then exploring the long term realities of their relationship this summer, Christian popped the question a few weeks ago up on top of Mt. Evans.  No surprise that Grace said yes!  Next up is a move to Georgia to get some time dating in the “real world,” before their May wedding.

On the heels of Grace and Christian’s engagement, a sparkly ring showed up on the hand of Melissa, our amazing pastry chef.  After waltzing into the ranch last year, and capturing the heart of our loyal Nathan, the two of them are headed down the aisle this fall.  There may not be two people more perfect for each other, and their relationship is a great testament to having patience and waiting for the right person to come along.  No matter what pursuit these two follow, they both give it their all and don’t quit until the job is done.  Nate has finally met his match in finding Melissa, and we’re thrilled, both for them and that we hope that means we’ll have an endless supply of pastries for several years to come!

Next up is Beka and Michael’s wedding in two weeks, which will be an intimate, casual wedding with a backdrop of golden aspens and brilliant fall colors.  If you’ve ever needed a shot in your arm to remind you of young love and a romantic recharge, just come to Vista Verde, otherwise known as the Love Factory!

Dallas Bride & Groom Magazine – August 2016 Thu, 11 Aug 2016 13:36:45 +0000 It’s that time of year when the winter honeymoons are getting planned, and Dallas Bride & Groom Magazine featured Vista Verde as a great option for newleyweds.  The article is titled “A Unique All-Inclusive Honeymoon,” and we look forward to more honeymooners coming to the ranch this winter!  Read the article….

Chef’s Corner: Braised Short Ribs Sat, 30 Jul 2016 03:47:43 +0000 Just in time for the weather to start cooling down and the leaves to start turning golden, this recipe will set you up for a perfect autumn dinner!

Braised Short Ribs Fettucine with Parsnips, Arugula and Parmesan

Red Wine Marinade

2 carrots

1 leek

1 yellow onion

1 small celery root

1 tablespoon salt

1 bottle (750mL) red wine


  1. Clean and roughly chop the vegetables.
  2. Cover with red wine and simmer for 4 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and cool together, then strain and discard vegetables and reserve liquid.


Marinated Short Ribs

Red wine marinade (recipe above)

2 pounds boneless short rib

1 head garlic, halved

1 yellow onion, quartered

2 carrots, peeled

8 quarts beef stock, hot

1 rosemary sprig

2 tablespoons salt


  1. Pour cold red wine marinade over the short ribs and let sit for 2 days, rotating meat twice a day.
  2. After the second day, remove the beef from the marinade and place in a roasting pan with the garlic, onion, and carrots.  Cover with hot beef stock; add rosemary and salt.  Place a sheet of parchment paper over beef and weigh down slightly with a 10” plate.  Place in a 250° F oven for eight hours.
  1. Once beef is fork tender and almost breaking apart, remove from stock onto a draining rack. Pull the beef into shreds when cool enough to handle.


Roasted Parsnips

2 pounds parsnips

2 tablespoons olive oil

salt and pepper to taste


  1. Peel and cut the parsnips into oblique shapes, roughly the same size for even cooking, toss in a bowl with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper and roast in a 400 degree F. oven until a little brown and tender. Remove from oven and set aside.

To Assemble:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted, cold water to a boil on the stove and cook fettuccine until tender 8-10 minutes.
  2. When the fettuccine is tender, drain and place in a large bowl, add the short rib meat, roasted parsnips and stock and toss until combined.
  3. Divide pasta in serving sizes, distribute among plates, top with fresh arugula and shaved Parmesan cheese. Serve.
Our most favorite summer adventures Sat, 30 Jul 2016 03:31:35 +0000 Much like our guests, all of us enjoy the around surrounding the ranch in different ways.  Here are a few of our favorite destinations and how we like to enjoy them:

Beka- Running the Zirkel Circle before coming into work at noon.

Devyn- Taking a horse on the “Long Steak Ride” trail.

Ben- Riding on horseback to Reed Creek to round-up cows in the fall.

Chol- An early morning lap around the Coulton Creek/Cutover trail loop.

JT- Fishing up on the North Fork in Diamond Park

Kelli- Heading out into the aspens for a yoga practice under the trees.

KP- Riding up to the Cliffs, and taking some time to enjoy the view.

Goldie- Anywhere that he can go explore with Erica!

There are so many other favorites, and some of us can’t even choose one as we love them all.  We look forward to sharing our favorite special places with you next time you’re at the ranch!


Dreaming of fall colors Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:45:51 +0000 Although the last thing we want to do is wish the summer away, we are spending a bit more time thinking about the upcoming fall season.  As we soak up the days of summer, here is a glimpse of why we love that time of year so much!

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Chef de Cuisine Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:08:53 +0000 Hey Culinary Talents! Are you passionate about Food and Remarkable Service? Would you like a chance to express your Creativity and Grow as a Leader in the Hospitality Industry? Vista Verde Guest Ranch, a AAA 4-Diamond rated guest ranch located outside Clark, Colorado is seeking a Chef de Cuisine.

The ideal candidate will have 5 years fine dining experience, with 2 years as Sous Chef or Chef de Cuisine;

She or he will be responsible for overseeing the execution of all foods in collaboration with the executive chef including breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as all baking, staff meals, and special events. The candidate must be creative, energetic, compassionate, empathetic, even-tempered and enthusiastic about service, to the guests as well as the staff.

Building a cohesive BOH team, menu planning, training, educating, purchasing, maintaining food costs, observing health codes, and carefully maintaining a very clean and orderly kitchen are also required.

The candidate must be a good communicator with both BOH and FOH staff, executive chef, and general manager. She or he must be committed to forming relationships with local vendors and purveyors of fine foods. She or he must have a strong willingness to become part of a community that is focused on people and making connections.

Vista Verde Ranch is nearly 600 acres surrounded on three sides by a million more of the Routt National Forest and Zirkel Wilderness, providing plenty of outdoor adventure – summer or winter; a great fit for an active chef who loves the outdoors!

Vista Verde Guest Ranch is dedicated to providing the best guest ranch experience in the world. We offer a distinctly western, yet luxurious atmosphere where memorable relationships are created between guests and staff.  We are also committed to a tobacco free/drug free environment where a healthy lifestyle and a responsible and professional demeanor on and off the clock are expected. We are proud and protective of our family-friendly reputation; if that is not for you, you are not for us.

Compensation will be based on experience and can include housing and health insurance.

Please contact Chef Chol McGlynn at 970-879-3858 for more information or fill out an application.

Mile High Mamas – February 2016 Fri, 15 Jul 2016 18:23:19 +0000 In preparation for Spring break vacation season, as well as those planning early-Summer getaways, the gals at Mile High Mamas put together an article about the 10 Colorado Dude Ranch Getaways for Spring Break or Early Summer.  Read the article…..

Star Telegram – July 2016 Thu, 14 Jul 2016 13:04:44 +0000 In an article titled Colorado’s guest ranches soothe tired dudes, writer Irene Middleman Thomas showcases a number of the best dude ranches in Colorado, and we were included in the list!  She mentions the summer program, but she spends a lot of time talking about how it’s unique that Vista Verde is open for winter vacationers as well as the traditional dude ranch summer season.  Read the article….