Summer & Autumn Ranch Activities

The summer guest ranch season at Vista Verde runs from June through late October. The first part of the summer is designed for family vacations, and September and October are when we offer our autumn adult-only weeks.

While we take pride in offering an in-depth horsemanship experience, we also have a wide array of activities that one might not expect on a dude ranch vacation.  Most of the options you’ll see below are offered all summer and into the autumn season.  However, as the weather gets cooler and the days shorter in the autumn months, we do adjust the activities accordingly, and some of the water sports are not available.

What makes a ranch vacation at Vista Verde unique is the flexibility and personalized attention that goes into each experience. Our diverse selection of activities can make it hard to choose what to do each day, but the planning is made easy as we simply come around each evening and ask “What do you want to do tomorrow?”  Your day, your way! The wranglers and guides will go out of their way to tailor each experience to your interest, ability, and fitness level. Top-notch gear and equipment are provided, and you’ll get plenty of instruction to help you master a new skill, or build on existing skills.

Horse Program
Horse Program

The Vista Verde Riding Program offers fun-filled, informative clinics mixed in with adventurous trail rides that accommodate all riding levels.

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Hiking
Hiking

Vista Verde has a hike for every skill level. Your choices range from mild, wildflower walks to all-day challenging adventures above the timberline.

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Paddleboarding
Paddleboarding

This sport is red-hot right now, and we can teach you how on our nice calm mountain lakes. Great fun for the whole family.

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Massage
Massage

As if you’re not already relaxed enough, Vista Verde offers premium massages for those who wish to be pampered (or for anyone who just took a day-long trial ride!)

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Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing

The crystal clear mountain water of the quiet lakes and rushing streams of Vista Verde make for some of the most serene fishing in America.

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Kids & Teens Program
Kids & Teens Program

At Vista Verde, kids and parents can relish in a sense of comfort, knowing they are safe and free, all at the same time.

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Photography
Photography

Local photographer Carla Jones joins us weekly to help you work out the kinks and helps you better capture the beauty of the area surrounding the ranch, or maybe just your kids!

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Rafting & Kayaking
Rafting & Kayaking

A fun family outing is the daylong river-rafting or kayaking trip. During early summer, the snow-fed Eagle River is fantastic for a whitewater adventure.

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Mountain Biking
Mountain Biking

For a change of pace from four legs to two wheels — Vista Verde offers a variety of mountain biking opportunities.

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Rock Climbing
Rock Climbing

Following a short hike up the climbing rock, you spend a few hours learning the basics of climbing and rappelling.

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Yoga
Yoga

Take your yoga practice out into nature! Hike out with Yoga Fit instructor Kelli King, or hop on a horse for a easy ride out to our Wild Yoga hideout.

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Culinary Adventures
Culinary Adventures

Learn from the best chefs around! Our chefs will share their best tips in a weekly cooking class as well as a wine tasting.

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And More! Hot Air Ballooning, evening entertainment, and more...