Vista Verde Ranch Luxury Resort Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado Thu, 18 Aug 2016 23:48:21 +0000 en hourly 1 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….

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….

Avid Golfer- July 2016 Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:54:22 +0000 The folks at Colorado Avid Golfer put together some information about coming to Steamboat Springs to golf, and they included Vista Verde as an option for a dude ranch to stay at that is near the Steamboat golf courses.  Read the article….

Dude Ranch Life: Nepotism at its best Fri, 08 Jul 2016 19:57:56 +0000 If you look at our staff bios, you’ll start to notice a pattern.  There seem to be an unusual number of siblings and relatives working at the ranch this summer.  Bubba pointed this out to me the other day, and he is indeed correct!  Maybe it’s because the people who love working at the ranch want others to have the opportunity to have the same experience, and who better than those who you love the most?  Check out this roster of relatives and see how nepotism is alive and well at the VVR.  Of course, we think it’s pretty swell, as they have all earned the right to be here through a full interview process, and each day prove that they are of the caliber person we expect at the ranch.

  1. Bubba and Phil Veteto- Brothers, both working in the kitchen.  Bubba has been here for years, and this is Phil’s first season.  Good luck telling them apart at first glance.
  2. Isaac and Micah Ness- Brothers, Isaac is one of our senior fishing guides extraordinaire, while Micah is helping out in the kitchen for his first season.
  3. Brandon and Ben Martin- Let’s see…this one is tricky.  Brandon is Ben’s nephew, yet they are not too far apart in age.  This may have something to do with the enormous family they come from in Pennsylvania.  Brandon is the head of the fishing program and the ranch hands and part of the Farwell Mountain Boys.  Ben is our friendly and visionary GM and also one of the founding members of the Farwell Mountain Boys.  Haven’t heard of them?  You should.  They are a big deal.
  4. John and Jessie Thompson- Another kitchen brother combo.  John (JT) has been our Chef de Cuisine for years, and recently talked his little brother into coming out for the summer to help in the kitchen.
Ranch Romance- Another engagement at the ranch Fri, 08 Jul 2016 05:11:39 +0000 Those of you who have followed us over the years are well aware that Vista Verde seems to be the place to be for budding romances that turn into marital bliss.  Although this relationship didn’t start at the ranch, it involves someone who has been a staple at the ranch for years, and so we are excited to share the news of her engagement.

Beka began her dude ranch career back in 2009, when she was just a wee thing.  Over the years, she has held many roles at the ranch–from heading up the kids program to tending the gardens to leading hiking, biking, and ski tours all over the nearby mountains.  Currently, she is the one responsible for finding, sorting through, and selecting the amazing group of people who make up our staff each season.  It’s not small feat, and she does an amazing job at finding the right kind of people who make Vista Verde such a special place to be–whether as an employee or a guest.

An avid traveler her entire life, Beka has seen much of the world.  She relishes the off-season time-off to rack up the miles and explore new corners of the Earth.  A couple years ago, she and Shannon (former guide) packed up their packs and headed to Patagonia.  While trekking around that country, they met a number of interesting people.  One of those people was just a bit more interesting.  Michael was from Denmark, but he was employed by the military to patrol the coast of Greenland.  Oh, and did we mention he did that job via a dogsled?  Those of us who know Beka well knew that she might have finally met her match.  And, indeed she did.  Since that fateful meeting, there have been a number of long plane rides, amazing adventures, and plenty of Skype calls.  This summer Michael came to the Elk River Valley to spend a little more time living in the same town, er county, um state, ah country for more than two weeks.  That was all they both needed to know that this was meant to be, and just last month there was a hike to Gilpin Lake (still covered in snow), a proposal, and now a wedding coming soon!  Congrats to both of them, and we can’t wait to be a part of your next adventure as husband and wife!

Chef’s Corner: Broccoli Salad Fri, 08 Jul 2016 04:52:35 +0000 Here’s a perfect one for a backyard cookout or a weekend picnic.  It’s a favorite summer lunch dish at the ranch, when everyone comes in hungry from their adventures out on the trails.

Broccoli Salad


2 heads of Broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces

½ pound bacon, cooked and chopped

1 small red onion, diced

¼ cup whole grain Dijon mustard

¼ cup granulated sugar

½ cup crème fraiche or sour cream

½ cup mayonnaise

1 ½ cup grated parmesan cheese

salt and pepper to taste



  1. In a small bowl, combine the mustard, mayo, crème fraiche, sugar and salt and pepper and whisk together.
  2. In a larger bowl, combine remaining ingredients with mustard/mayo mixture and taste for seasoning, adjust. Enjoy!