As you take your first deep sigh of your stay, your kids may have already taken off to explore the ranch. When was the last time you were able to just let them run free, without concern, like you may have done when you were a kid? At Vista Verde, kids and parents can relish in a sense of comfort, knowing they are safe and free, all at the same time.
At Vista Verde, the goal of our kids program is to provide a safe and engaging program that lures kids in, but also allows families to take time to enjoy activities together. Geared for kids ages 6-12, the program typically runs from about 9:30-12:00 and then 2:00-4:00 each day, so you can get out on your own adventures. Breakfast and lunch are always served as a family. Some evenings our kid wranglers host the Dine and Dash dinner, followed by activities, so you may enjoy a quiet dinner with adult conversation. And some evenings we all dine together as families.
The kid wranglers at Vista Verde are made up of college age, clean cut young people with strong values. These are the kinds of people who you want to be role models for your kids, and they have a strong impact on many of our young guests, who find themselves crying as they say goodbye at the end of their stay.
What will your kids be doing during the week in the kids program? Among other activities, they start off the week with a riding orientation in order to get to know their horse and acquire a level of comfort in the arena, before heading out on the trail. As we are a ranch, there are many opportunities for the kids to ride, but we also get them to enjoy the West in different ways. A ride to the Clark store on our antique fire truck for ice cream, racing through the low ropes course, scavenger hunts, panning for gold, visiting the foals, and many more adventures await your little ones.
While teens may be a bit more of a fickle breed, our teen wranglers are about as cool and savvy to drawing them out as you can get. Just like the kid wranglers, these folks are the kind of people you want your teen to look to as role models, and what an important age to have great role models!
While the kids are off on their own adventures, the teens are drawn into a program that mimics many of the adult activities, but tailored more to a teen’s mindset. In addition, there are several events that are teen specific, such as the teen overnight camp out, that are designed to develop the friendships that form among the teens and the teen wranglers. Always under the watchful eye of the teen wranglers, the teens get to explore their Western vacation without technology following them every step of the way. And, they find out that it’s ok to be unplugged!