Vista Verde in the News

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Denver Life – October 2015

As Kristin Miller from Denver Life Magazine puts it, “There’s ‘no roughing’ it at Vista Verde Ranch,” and she goes on to explain why in this article.  She also writes about “the fact that this luxury dude ranch has a high percentage of repeat guests who often book their future stays a year or more in advance? That speaks volumes about just how special it is.”  Read the article…..

dude ranch wine tasting – September 2015

Just as guests were getting ready for the wine tasting, this article popped up on about wine tasting at dude ranches.  What ironic timing!  Our weekly wine tasting is a really popular event, especially for those who are worn out and ready to relax a bit.  Sipping wines with Chef Cholly is a perfect way to spend an afternoon when you’re worn out, and want to explore the world of wines.  And, it always ends up with lots of laughter.  Ashlie at Ranchseeker explores two ranches that offer wine tastings in her article.

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we're one of the top 5 dude ranches – September 2015

The wonderful folks at included Vista Verde on their list of Top 5 Wild West Ranches in America.  And then Fox News picked up the story.  Knowing that they are picking from the best dude ranches in the US, we don’t take it lightly that we made the list.  It’s quite an honor, and we’ll keep working hard to live up to the honor!

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Canadian Traveller – August 2015

In this comprehensive round-up of Colorado dude ranches put together by Jennifer Larsen for Canadian Traveller Magazine, I picked up on a new phrase that I love.  Jennifer described our kids program as offering “supervised freedom”.  I love that, and may have to borrow that at some point!  On another note, I do always get a giggle out of being included in “round-up” articles.  Get it?  Dude ranch.  Round-up?

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Chicago Wedding Guide – August 2015

We had a visit from Laura Wrasman from Chicago Wedding Guide last winter, and just the other day this gorgeous spread from the magazine showed up in our mailbox.  Laura wrote about Vista Verde Ranch as a great destination for a special and unique honeymoon.  We have always loved having people come to the ranch for a honeymoon vacation, as it is so much fun to watch them relax and bask in the post-wedding let-down.

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Engagement photo shoot at Vista Verde Guest Ranch, in Colorado.

Southern Bride- July 2015

Vista Verde is where the magic begins but never ends. As many couples and families do, you will find yourself wanting to plan an annual trip, perhaps every anniversary would be the perfect way to celebrate as a romantic getaway and even a place to bring the future family to start your own Vista Verde family tradition. Read more…..


California Wedding Day – June 2015

Honeymoon Getaway at Vista Verde Ranch

By Erin Moriarty

Only the most adventurous (or wannabe adventurous) couples will enjoy Vista Verde Ranch’s fresh take on honeymooning. No, you won’t be lounging on a beach with the salty sea air, but after a day of horseback riding and snowshoeing in the tucked-away Colorado wilderness, you’ll be happy to lounge in your private cabin or personal hot tub with a beer in hand, looking out over the snow-capped mountain.  Read more…..


Equitrekking – June 2015

3 Great Dude Ranches for American Quarter Horses

By Darley Newman

Strong, fast and versatile, American Quarter Horses are a favorite breed both in the USA and increasingly by horse lovers around the world. It’s not surprising that travelers seeking time with these loveable, loyal horses seek out ranches that both breed, train and let you ride them. Below are three top dude ranches that also breed Quarter horses, giving guests the chance to see adorable foals, but also ride the trails on a Quarter horse. Read more….

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Fifty is the new Fifty – June 2015

Summer Camps for Adults

By Kitt Walsh

Situated in the middle of a national forest in Northwest Colorado the ranch offers lodging in authentic log cabins and serves gourmet food—and it has horses…and cattle. Originally built as a private ranch in the 1920s, Vista Verde became a dude ranch for guests (from June-September only) in the 1970s. The rest of the year it is a real working ranch.  Read more….

Romance at Vista Verde Ranch

Carolina Bride – March 2015


At luxury ranch Vista Verde in Steamboat Springs, you and your new spouse can steal away to your personal cabin, enjoy your private hot tub and the glorious mountain views, request private meals, and stay cozied up inside for an entire week. But once you see the schedule of activities and amenities—and get to know your fellow guests—you just might not want to. Read more….

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Ranchseeker – May 2015

Nestled in the Elk River Valley is Vista Verde, a luxury dude ranch just north of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Come enjoy the splendor of the Rocky Mountains with your family, friends, in a group, alone or on a romantic getaway with that special someone. Dude ranch season runs from June through late-October and it operates as a winter ranch from mid-December to early-March.   Read more…..

family-fishing-vacation-Colorado-guest-ranch – February 2015

Fantastic Family Getaways For All Fifty States

By John Cutler

Are you considering an All-American family vacation this year, weary of Disney, but not yet certain where you really want to go? If this sounds like you, Big John has compiled a star-spangled list of fun-filled family getaways for all fifty states.
For an all-inclusive resort experience in the Centennial State, Vista Verde Ranch in Steamboat Springs is second to none. This Luxury Dude Ranch boasts a small guest count keeping your stay intimate, friendly, and fun.  Read more…..

Oh the life of a cowboy at Vista Verde Guest Ranch.

Denver Life Magazine – May 2015

Sometimes, all it takes is a trip to meet up with a real-life wrangler— a guy or gal in sturdy jeans, a 10-gallon hat and a flannel shirt who tends horses for a living—to help us gain a new perspective. Yes, the perfect antidote to your daily version of stress may very well be found surprisingly close to home at one of Colorado’s Western- themed luxury guest ranches.


ista Verde Dude Ranch Colorado Great room Lodge

101 USA Holidays – May 2015

A ranch holiday in Colorado is all about the great outdoors from vast open plains to majestic mountain ranges – and you don’t have to be an experienced horse rider to saddle up and hit the range.

Broadly speaking, ranch holidays are split into three main categories.

You can stay on a working ranch where you head out on horseback with the cowboys and take part in ranch activities such as cattle and horse drives – this style of holiday is generally better suited to experienced riders (of all ages but sometimes there’s a minimum age


Horseback rides through the meadows at Vista Verde Guest Ranch in Colorado.

Equitrekking – April 2015

We love traveling to ranches across the USA! Enjoy these interactive videos from Vista Verde Guest Ranch, a luxury guest ranch located just north of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. In the winter, guests can enjoy back country skiing, snow shoeing, sleigh rides, horseback rides, yoga, cooking class and wine tasting. In the summer, horse riding, mountain biking, fly fishing, hiking, rafting, kayaking and rock climbing are just some of the adventures. Read more…

Snowshoe Magazine – January 2015

By Roger Lohr

Planning a Girls’ Getaway on Snowshoes

Among some women, the girls’ getaway weekend or program has become an annual tradition where small or extended groups of women, ladies, girls, mothers, daughters or friends organize a get together unaccompanied by (one might even say unburdened by) or exclusive of men, boys, brothers and fathers. The motivation (and/or common denominator) is about connecting.  Read more….

Cowboys & Indians Magazine – January 2015

By Ramona Flume

Vista Verde Ranch, an all-inclusive dude ranch 45 minutes north of Steamboat Springs, boasts privileged access into Routt National Forest, a virtually uninhabited slice of northwest Colorado wilderness connected to the Medicine Bow National Forest, which extends hundreds of miles into central Wyoming. The ranch itself covers 580 acres, with 10 log cabins and various barns and riding complexes set amid a snow-kissed valley dotted with herds of horses, which roam the aspen-lined edges of the national forest.  Read more…..

Outside Adventure Guide- November 2014

This winter, take a cross-country ski vacation at a scenic mountain resort or ranch for the perfect winter trip. The following destination cross-country ski vacations offer excellent accommodations, delicious dining options along with an abundance of winter activities such as snowshoeing, sledding, sleigh rides, snowmobiling and nearby downhill skiing. These winter recreation vacations are perfect for the entire family or as a romantic getaway.  Read more….