Vista Verde Ranch Luxury Resort Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado Sat, 30 Jul 2016 03:54:31 +0000 en hourly 1 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!
Dude Ranch Poetry Tue, 05 Jul 2016 18:07:22 +0000 This well-known poem, first published in 1917, recently came onto my radar, and I wanted to share it with all of you.  It sums up so much of why all of us at the ranch love this lifestyle and the people who make this place tick.

Out Where the West Begins- by Arthur Chapman

Out where the handclasp’s a little stronger,
Out where the smile dwells a little longer,

That’s where the West begins;
Out where the sun is a little brighter,
Where the snows that fall are a trifle whiter,
Where the bonds of home are a wee bit tighter,

That’s where the West begins.
Out where the skies are a trifle bluer,
Out where the friendship’s a little truer,

That’s where the West begins;
Out where a fresher breeze is blowing,
Where there’s laughter in every streamlet flowing,
Where there’s more of reaping and less of sowing,

That’s where the West begins.
Out where the world is in the making,
Where fewer hearts in despair are aching,

That’s where the West begins.
Where there’s more of singing and less of sighing,
Where there’s more of giving and less of buying,
Where a man makes a friend without half trying,

That’s where the West begins.
Chef’s Corner: VVR Granola Tue, 21 Jun 2016 22:03:03 +0000 The VVR Granola is one of my favorites.  Mixed with some fresh berries and yogurt….what a great way to start the day!  Ben might disagree with me and opt for bacon, potatoes, and eggs, but if you’re looking for a little bit of a lighter breakfast–give this one a try!

Makes about 6 cups


5 cups rolled oats

1 ½ cups nuts (your favorite!)

¾ cups egg whites

6 Tablespoons honey or maple syrup

¼ cup wheat germ

¼ cup flax seed

1 Tablespoon vanilla

1 ½ teaspoon salt

2 cups dried fruit (we use blueberries)



  1. Combine egg whites, sweetener, wheat germ, flax seed, vanilla and salt in a large bowl and whip until frothy. Add the oats and nuts and combine until well coated. Spread onto a sheet pan and bake at 325 degrees F. for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  3. After cooled, stir in dried fruit.
  4. Can keep up to two weeks in an air tight container.
  5. Enjoy!!!!
Men’s Journal- June 2016 Wed, 08 Jun 2016 20:21:41 +0000 Finding a vacation destination that Mom and Dad love that also works for the kids can be tricky.  Men’s Journal recently put together a list of 15 Family-Friendly Hotels Mom and Dad Will Love Too.  If you’re looking for a spot that works for the whole family, check out the article.  Or, better yet, just book your ranch vacation at Vista Verde!  Read the article….

Recommend – May 2016 Mon, 30 May 2016 16:30:10 +0000 Recommend is a magazine for travel agents, so they are always on the lookout for new ideas about destinations to share with folks in the travel business.  This month they featured All-Inclusive Retreats in the US, and included Vista Verde Ranch as one of their suggestions for a luxury dude ranch.  Read the article….