Vista Verde in the News

Lonely Planet – April 2018

In this article, the folks at Lonely Planet gathered ideas from some of the top family travel experts in the US, and Vista Verde Ranch made the list!  If you weren’t already inspired to plan a family vacation this summer, check out this article and it’s a good chance you’ll start dreaming of adventures with your family.  Read the article….

Vacation Idea – March 2018

If you’re looking for an adventure vacation, look no further than this article from Vacation Idea about 25 Perfect Adventure Vacations.  Vista Verde was included as their pick for a Western dude ranch vacation.  We got a chuckle from the photo used for the ranch–there’s a chance it’s changed since I posted this, but take a look and see if you can figure out what’s funny about the photo (not from VVR).  Read the article….

Flightnetwork – March 2018

We’ve seen an uptick in guests coming from Canada for a Colorado vacation the past two years.  So, this article in Flightnetwork, the largest Canadian-based online travel company, was pretty timely.  Whether you are traveling from Canada or not, this article makes the idea of a Colorado vacation pretty enticing!  And, they even include a shout out to stay at a top-quality dude ranch while you’re in Colorado.  Oh look, it’s Vista Verde they suggest!  Read the article…..


Vacation with the Griswolds – February 2018

January was the month of radio interviews for the ranch.  We were asked by two different blog radio shows to chat with them about Vista Verde.  It was fun to chat with both hosts, and I got a little insight into the world of blog radio shows.  Both of the hosts were intrigued to learn about dude ranch vacations, and it was fun to explain to their listeners how a luxury ranch vacation is quite different than what people remember from the movie “City Slickers.”  In addition, opening up their eyes to winter ranch vacations brought on a lot of questions about what you can do at a ranch in the winter months.  I had a ton of fun chatting with Steve and Lisa Griswold from Vacation with the Griswolds and am hoping they come out to the ranch with their kids someday soon!  You can read their blog post (Vista Verde–this is not your normal ski vacation) as well as listen to their interview.

Parents Magazine – January 2018

Wow, to make it into Parents Magazine is quite an honor, and we are grateful for Karen Cicero including Vista Verde in her article about the 10 Best Snow Resorts.  With the kids program kicking back into gear this coming weekend, the timing is perfect to be celebrating family snow vacations at the ranch.  Bring on the snow, bring on the giggles, and bring on the hot chocolate!  Read the article…..

celebrating valentines day at the ranch

Travel Channel – February 2018

With Valentine’s Day coming soon, many people are turning their thoughts to romance.  The folks over at Travel Channel put together a list of luxury ranches that are just right for romance.  And look at that, we were included in the list!  We would agree that staying in a cozy cabin with a crackling fire in the wood burning stove, relaxing in the hot tub while you watch the snow falling, sharing new adventures with your loved one, and enjoying a glass of wine and a gorgeous meal are all a great recipe for romance!  Read the article…..

Denver Post – January 2018

At the start of our winter season, travel writer Chryss Cada spent a couple days at the ranch for a mini winter vacation with her family.  In reading the article she wrote for the Denver Post, what really captured me was her opening line.  “The hooves of more than a hundred horses pounding the hard-packed snow didn’t shatter the silence of the cold December morning — they filled it.”  Such a beautiful statement, and so true!!  Read the article…

Great American Country – December 2017

With the snow finally falling, this article by Meredith Rosenberg about 10 Great Ski Resorts for Horseback Riding came out just in time for winter riding at Vista Verde!  Of course we ride a lot of in the summer, but VVR is also a great place for those who dream of riding through a field of snow.  We keep a few trails packed down all winter around the ranch for those looking for a ride in the snow.  In addition, our wranglers also hitch up the sleigh for sleigh rides as well as our ranch trainers lead horsemanship clinics each morning in the heated indoor arena.  So, there are lots of opportunities for horseback riding on a winter vacation at Vista Verde!  Read the article….

US News and World Report – November 2017

We were included in another great article about all-inclusive resorts!  Much thanks to Holly Johnson from  for including Vista Verde in her article about the 9 Best All-Inclusive Resorts for Outdoor Recreation.  Vista Verde definitely fits the bill as a great place for outdoor recreation, and we’re excited about all the snow sports this coming winter!  Read the article…..

dude ranch vacations for fal

Smarter Travel – November 2017

All-inclusive vacations seem to be all the rage these days. Possibly it is people’s busy lives that make the ease of an all-inclusive trip so appealing to travelers.  It does make vacation planning more simple, the vacation experience more seamless, and budgeting is a breeze as you know what it’s going to cost and you can budget for that cost.  And, with more and more US travelers choosing to stay in the US for their vacations, finding an all-inclusive in the US is rising high up on traveler’s lists.  So, this article about the 12 Best All-Inclusives in the United States by Smarter Travel Magazine is pretty appropriate.  We’re happy to be included in this round-up of great all-inclusive vacation destinations!  Read the article….

all inclusive winter ranch vacations

Ranchseeker – November 2017

Our friends over at Ranchseeker are always trying to help spread the word about dude ranch vacations, and at this time of year they are shouting out about winter ranch vacations.  In this article, they make the case for coming to Vista Verde for a winter ranch vacation.  With the winter season starting in 30 days, the timing is perfect to be planning a winter vacation in Colorado!  Read the article…..

Supercall – November 2017

The folks over at Supercall magazine know all about good drinks.  In this fun article, they highlight their 4 best all-inclusive ski resorts with great drinks.  We can’t deny that coming in from a long ski to the Vista Verde Ranch Great room where there is a crackling fire and a nice glass of wine awaiting you is pretty appealing!  Read the article…. and get excited about winter vacations!

Travel and Leisure – October 2017

With an article titled the Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts, you can imagine that we were honored to be a part of this collection that Travel + Leisure put together for families looking for an amazing family vacation.  Right now we are busy booking winter family vacations, but it’s not too early to think about your summer trip as well, so read on for some great ideas, as we’re hoping Vista Verde makes your list for 2018!  Read the article….

Equitrekking – August 2017

Our friends over at Equitrekking are the experts in planning horse back riding holidays.  This month, they put together a list of adult-only dude ranch vacations.  Although we are not adult-only at Vista Verde all the time, there are select times of the year when most people aren’t taking family vacations and during those times we do switch over to being adult-only.  What fun those weeks are here at the ranch!  In the article they mention our fall short stay times which are a great option for those looking for a quick getaway to Colorado.  Read the article……

Guests get an up close and personal experience with horses at Vista Verde Guest Ranch in Colorado!

Northern Colorado Speaks – July 2017

There are so many great reasons to come take a vacation in Colorado, and the folks at Northern Colorado Speaks point out that that history of Colorado is rooted in the Gold Rush and the cattle ranches that sprouted as a result.  So, to go back to Colorado roots, they put together a list of some of the best dude ranches in the state.  The article is titled 12 Dude Ranches in Colorado You’ll be Dreaming of this Summer.  Read the article…..

summer family vacation

Forbes – July 2017

Forbes writer Sherrie Nachman spent some time at Vista Verde with her boys, and shares he experience with readers.  The article is titled “Trying to Find the Perfect Way to Unplug?  Colorado’s Vista Verde Ranch is the Vacation Answer.”  Well said–unplugging while still enjoying an adventure vacation with great food too is what we’re all about!  Read the article….

a romantic winter vacation

Salt Lake Bride and Groom – June 2017

While those of us with kids are in the midst of summer vacation and lots of kid time, this article reminds us that there can be a time when the kids aren’t a part of the picture and time with our partners is the priority.  Tessa Woolf from Salt Lake Bride and Groom put together an article about 3 Romantic Outdoor Retreats to Get Away From It All, and we’re excited that Vista Verde was listed as one of those recommendations for romantic getaways.  Read the article….. and start dreaming of that romantic vacation!!

summer vacation the entire family will love – June 2017

Writers Lauren Smith and Sarah Schreiber put together a list of “22 Vacation Destinations Your Entire Family Will Love” and this article was shared by recently.  What a great list of summer vacation ideas for families, just at the right time!  We were thankful to see Vista Verde included in the list, and always appreciative of people recognizing all we do to make the VVR ranch vacation experience the best family vacation ever! Read the article….

Autumn adult only vacation

Colorado Moms – May 2017

Summer camps for adults really is a thing and you should go is the title of the article in Colorado Moms.  We love it!  Although this is a far cry from summer camp, we do have our adult-only weeks in the fall and they are a blast.  Enjoy amazing meals, fine wines, hiking through the aspens, fly fishing on pristine rivers, and rounding up cows in the forest, among other adventures.  Check out this fun article and start planning for your adult getaway!  Read the article….