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

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Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado Luxury Ranch

Lodging in Rustic Luxury at a Colorado dude ranch

Date: December 11th, 2009

Lodging in Rustic Luxury at a Colorado Dude Ranch – by Lois Friedland
Cabins at Vista Verde Guest Ranch in Colorado

The cabins at Vista Verde Guest Ranch in Colorado are surprisingly luxurious

(c) Lois Friedland

I’ve always thought the words "rustic luxury" were overused, but the cabins at Vista Verde Guest Ranch and Resort actually fit this term. Inside, guests curl up on a comfy couch or other hand-made wood furniture in front of a wood-burning stove, and retire to very comfortable beds. The all-inclusive weeks include refrigerators stocked with drinks and snacks, and a few bottles of wine. The number of bedrooms varies in the nine cabins but all have hot tubs. There are also three guest rooms in the lodge. When full, the guest ranch tops out at about 40 guests.

The guest to staff ratio is 1:1 and the staff – from the wranglers to the chef – are superb. The food is labeled "Cowboy Cuisine" but you can expect plenty of gourmet touches in the entrees, with suggested wines to match. From the custom furnishings to the soaps to the saddles and the organic beef and lamb, the ranch stays local whenever possible.

Vista Verde Guest Ranch All-Inclusive Week-Long Packages

In the summertime, everything, from the horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing is included. In the winter it’s snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and backcountry skiing. Steamboat Resort is about 25 miles away for guests who want downhill skiing or snowboarding. The Ranch Manager, Ben Martin, accurately outlines the ranch’s philosophy: "There’s everything to do but you don’t have to do anything."

The ranch has a 40 percent return rate in the summer, and the guests include many families because the ranch has special programs for the children. In the fall, there are some adult-only weeks.

VVR note- Thanks to Lois for a series of wonderful articles on luxury dude ranch vacations at Vista Verde on About.com Adventure Travel

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The Team

Date: December 11th, 2009

Some of you may know that we lost Zig, one of our wonderful Percheron draft horses, last year. Since then we’ve been trying to figure out how to replace him. Usually when you work with a team, you buy them as a team. It’s very difficult to replace 1 member of a team as they definitely have a relationship and a work dynamic. We borrowed Whopper from some friends to see if we could pair him up with Zag, and we also bought Ben and Jerry who are a younger team. So far we haven’t found the right fit for our sleigh pulling needs. Today Terry, Jo and Nicky hooked up Ben and Zag together and it looks like they might be a good match. Zag is bigger than Ben, but his maturity is helping Ben learn to be a good little draft horse. It was a beautiful day and I got chills up and down my spine when I looked out and saw them making laps around the Sunday pasture. That is just such a magnificent sight…no matter how many times I’ve seen it. Just like running the horses in from pasture, it’s something I never tire of watching.

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Romantic Winter Vacations

Date: May 8th, 2009

romantic winter getawayLooking for a new romantic vacation idea? Get over lace, chintz and potpourri. A great romantic resort getaway features lots of shared activity outdoors that sparks lots of shared activity indoors.

That’s the experience of couples who visit Vista Verde Ranch, near Steamboat Springs, Colorado. After a day spent skiing, riding, sledding, snowshoeing or dog sledding, there’s nothing as tantalizing as returning to your private deluxe cabin and slipping into a steaming, secluded hot tub with your significant other. A gourmet, candlelit dinner and an impossibly star-filled sky add a dreamy finish to the day.

The small guest capacity at our ranch allows us to provide top notch service and an intimate setting. You can choose to enjoy a plethora of activities, or just relax and take in the peaceful setting.  With over 600 acres, and surrounded by millions of acres in the Routt National Forest, you wont see any crowds here, and the only traffic jam is that of the horses lining up to be fed each day.

Our staff go out of their way to accommodate your wishes, the Chefs prepare delightful options at each meal, and the snow is pristine outside, just ready for you to put on your jacket and come out to play. 

Just fly into the Steamboat/Hayden (HDN) airport in the winter, and we’ll pick you up and whisk you away to the ranch.

We have seen more and more guests at our luxury dude ranch looking for a unique way to reconnect and enjoy a romantic resort getaway that leaves lasting memories.  Grab your sweetheart, and come join us at Vista Verde Ranch for a winter stay! 

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Ranch vs. Resort

Date: May 8th, 2009

There are a broad range of dude ranches in Colorado as well as a broad range of Colorado resorts. The meaning of dude ranch, guest ranch or resort depends on who you ask. Some think a dude ranch is more rustic and a guest ranch is more upscale. Some thing a dude ranch is more of a working ranch while a guest ranch has other activities. Some think a resort should have nothing to do with dirt and animals and be more like Disney, while others think of a resort as a rustic non-hotel-like experience. At Vista Verde, we could be called a dude ranch, a guest ranch or even a ranch resort. We’re a working ranch in the sense that we have a herd of 80 horses who we keep year ’round, feeding them by irrigated hay meadows in the summer and by throwing stored hay off a sleigh pulled by a team of draft horses in the winter. We have acreage to maintain, fences to build and land to preserve. We’re a resort ranch in the sense that we have a diverse offering of activities besides just riding, and not all our staff wear cowboy hats for their specialties. We could also be called a luxury ranch by the upscale accommodations and high quality food. Whatever you like to call us, we hope those who are looking for a classy yet casual, adventurous yet safe, and remote yet accessible vacation experience will find their way to Vista Verde Ranch. It’s a place where relationships are built and renewed, memories are made and time slows down. Call us whatever you want, but when you’re here we hope you call it home.

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