Vista Verde Ranch, Luxury Guest Ranch
Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado Luxury Ranch
Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado Luxury Ranch"
Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado Luxury Ranch
Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado Luxury Ranch
Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado Luxury Ranch
Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado Luxury Ranch

Happy Trails, and come back home real soon

Date: August 22nd, 2012

Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado Luxury Ranch

For those of you who have been at the ranch over the years, you may remember Dace standing in front of the campfire saying, “Around here, we don’t say goodbye.  We say come back home real soon.”  That is his hallmark statement for anyone leaving the ranch.  At this time, it becomes our turn to say that to Dace.

Much to the loss of all of us, it became Dace’s time to move on to a new venture.  After over 6 years at the ranch, and being an integral part of what Vista Verde is today, Dace has hung up his cowboy hat and loaded up his truck to head down the driveway.

Although Dace has been a hugely influential part of molding the ranch into today’s Vista Verde, his biggest contribution has been visioning and piecing together the amazing staff that we have had the joy of working with each season.  This is no small feat to find the talented and service minded folks who he has found over the years, place them in the right spot on the ranch, and build the community that defines the ranch experience.  We have a great template in place now, so moving forward will be easy with what Dace has put in place for all of us to enjoy.

Dace’s impact on the ranch came through in so many different ways as well.  The music, the special events, the daily operations all are what they are because of his love of the guest ranch experience, his care for making each moment just right for all of you, and his joy in celebrating the ways in which we can impact people at the ranch.

In saying goodbye to Dace, we all lose a great friend, a mentor and a partner in our mission at Vista Verde.  But, we rejoice with him as he moves on in life.  Next up?  First, a little time focusing on his family and helping with some big events going on in their lives.  After that, he’s heading back to school to pursue another Masters Degree.  It’s time for Dace to start checking off some items on his bucket list that were hard to do when he had so much energy going toward the ranch.

So, at this time, please join us in saying Happy Trails to Dace.  But, it’s not goodbye.  It’s come back home real soon.  Thanks for being part of this great adventure that is Vista Verde.

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16 Responses to “Happy Trails, and come back home real soon”

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  1. Dean and Carol Crow and Family Says:

    Thanks Dace for being part of some great family vacations at the ranch. Good luck and blue skies for you on your new adventures.

  2. Carol rODGERS Says:

    Dear Dace, happy trails to you. VVR has been blessed to have you be an important part of the very best ranch in the west! i will miss you next year when I ‘come on back’ . Best wishes for you in all your travels!
    Carol Rodgers

  3. sue Says:

    Thank you Dace for all you did at VVR! Good luck on your new travels.
    The Morris Family

  4. Gabe Ashley Says:

    Hey Dace, good job at Vista Verde. You are the man. Good luck in your adventures! Gabe Ashley.

  5. Katie Ambrose Says:

    Good luck, Dace!! It was nice to meet you and we wish you the best!
    Happy Trails,
    The Ambrose Family, Springfield, Illinois

  6. Katy Says:

    Dace, all of us had such a good time meeting you and the incredible team you put together on our first trip to VVR this summer. We are already looking forward to coming back real soon and will be sorry that you won’t be a part of it. Best of luck in all your future endeavors!

    The Salsburys (Stu, Katy, Emma and Owen)

  7. mary Says:

    Carpe Diem! Enjoy checking off that list. You will be missed at VVR but I know you have left with everything in place to make sure it continues to be such a wonderful place.
    The Sammartino Family

  8. Greg Pifer Says:

    Dace, If you can minor in Beekeeping I strongly recommend it. Dee and I count you as a friend and will miss you next time we come to VVR. We understand moving on as we have done it so many times. Best wishes dear friend and ole buddy. Best regards, Greg and Dee Pifer

  9. Bill Strickland Says:

    Good luck Dace, you did a great job with the staff! We loved every moment at the ranch.
    The Strickland family

  10. Wanda Willis Says:

    I am sitting here with big tears in my eyes. This cannot be!!! No Dace? Could you not wait until we get too old to come? We wish you the very best. Know that you will be missed greatly. I hope making a stop in North Carolina is also on your bucket list. Love from The South

    Jim & Wanda

  11. Erin Says:

    Dace – we wish you well in all that you do in life. You’ve been such a force at Vista Verde – not only in your ability to know who would work out well at VVR (staffing) but also your influence and spirit. You are a great friend, boss, dancer, horseman, coworker, mentor, etc. etc. etc. I hope you know how much you will be missed. Erin and Ted

  12. Matt Says:

    Thank you Dace. Please come visit us if your path ever brings you back to Austin.
    Matt & Jill.

  13. Betsy H Says:

    VVR won’t be the same without you! Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors.

  14. Debbie Rockey Says:

    Oh Dace! On a very selfish note, I’m really sad to see you go! I was looking forward to another amazing ride with you searching for those ever elusive cows and finding those ever spectacular views(with tears and all). BUT I understand, and wish you the very best in every single thing you do. I’m so glad I know you. You WILL be missed and I hope hope HOPE I get to see you again some day(and maybe even ride with you again☺) I know all who encounter you will be blessed, and I pray God’s blessing on you as well. Thanks for being you Dace.

  15. Jackie Smith Says:

    Wow, hard to believe Dace is leaving. I remember our first phone conversation when he was interviewing me for the last remaining housekeeping position for the summer. I had applied to be a kid wrangler but those positions were all filled. He said that my eclectic mix of references and job experience on my resume caught his attention and he had to interview me. Little did either of us know at the time how perfect Vista Verde would be for me.

    Guests would often ask me if manager Dace was the same person as in front of guests Dae. The answer was always a resounding ABSOLUTELY! He is one of the most genuine, kind-hearted individuals I have ever met. He treated his staff with the same respect as each guest. I often look back on my time at VVR with fond memories largely due to the experience Dace created for us.

    He will be missed at the ranch but I wish him luck in his future endeavors. He can hang up his hat but I hope he doesn’t put down his guitar.

  16. Pam Weitzner Says:

    Dace, I just stumbled on the news that you no longer hang your hat at Vista Verde Ranch. I was so looking forward to seeing you and enjoying your guitar and singing talents on my upcoming visit. If your ever pass through Atlanta, Benita, Elizabeth and I would love to see you…you could ever ride my horse, Wiley, who has never known a REAL cowboy!! I wish the very best as you begin a new adventure. I miss you already!!!!!

    Pam Weitzner

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