It’s Nice to be Recognized!

Although we’re a small place, every now and then some of the big shots recognize that we’re doing a really nice job providing a quality dude ranch vacation experience. Here are some of the awards we’ve been thrilled to receive and articles that have been written about our luxury dude ranch.

AAA Four Diamond Award®

Fewer than 4% of all AAA approved lodgings and restaurants earn a Four Diamond rating, so we are honored to have been recognized by AAA as a property of excellence.

Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence recognizes properties that get great reviews consistently.  If you have been a guest at Vista Verde, we encourage you to post a review on your stay, or for those who haven’t been to our dude ranch yet, please take a look at reviews of Vista Verde Ranch.

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence

Chef Chol has been building the ranch’s cellar wine list to rival that of some of the country’s greatest restaurants, and that was recognized by Wine Spectator with their coveted Award of Excellence.  We’re so excited to be a part of such a prestigious list!

Gayot Top 10 Family Resorts is an honest and professional resource on dining, hotels, travel and lifestyle for readers in search of the best. André Gayot who, with his friends Henri Gault and Christian Millau, coined and promoted the term Nouvelle Cuisine in the early 1970s has been directing sophisticated travelers to the world’s best restaurants, hotels, shops, sightseeing and cultural attractions for more than 45 years.

Vista Verde has been selected for several years as one of the top ten ranches to recommend. More recently, we have been added to their Top 10 Family Resorts list.  These type of honors are wonderful to hear about, and help keep us excited to continue our work towards “betterness”.


What a nice surprise to receive the letter from Fodor’s announcing that Vista Verde had been selected as a Fodor’s Choice recipient yet again. Their writers select a list of the best places to visit when traveling to a region, and we were thrilled to be on the list!

Shape Magazine

We were so honored to find out that Shape Magazine included Vista Verde in their 2016 Healthy Travel Awards.  They gave the ranch the nod for a great Kids Program and we will continue to try to live up to that accolade!

Gene Kilgore World’s Best Ranches

The Gene Kilgore World’s Best Ranches Award celebrates ranches and lodges that offer travelers from around the world the best.  Each winner demonstrates an outstanding record in dedication to guest ranching, sincere hospitality, a dedicated equestrian program, and best of Class standing.

Macaroni Kid Family Travel

Macaroni Kid is a go-to resource for many parents looking for all sorts of information regarding raising kids, including a whole section devoted to family travel.  The 2016 annual Macaroni Kid Gold Daisy Award for Best Dude Ranch went to Vista Verde Ranch!

National Geographic ADVENTURE Magazine

We thought it might be a long shot since this is such a large scale magazine, but were thrilled to be included in their “Best Outfitters on the Earth” online database. We are proud to be in the company of many long-established and very high quality organizations providing unique adventures. Signature Ranches Awards

Vista Verde received the honor of not just one award from, but two!  Voters picked Vista Verde for the best Winter Dude Ranch and the Best Dude Ranch for Kids and Teens in their Signature Ranch Awards for 2012.

Los Angeles Times

“Snow, horses and family in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.”  Read Amanda Jones great piece on her winter ranch resort experience in the LA Times.

D Magazine

“Steamboat Springs: Skiing, Luxury and Fun for the Kids.”  Nancy Nichols brought her nieces to Vista Verde Ranch for some winter fun, and wrote an in-depth article in D Magazine.


“Play in the snow at this family friendly ranch.” Here is a story by Eileen Ogintz about bringing families to dude ranches in the winter.  It was published on MSNBC as well as several other publications.

Writer Jamie Pearson brought her family for a family dude ranch vacation, and has written several stories recounting her experiences on

A story about the Five Most Romantic Ski Lodges included Vista Verde Ranch as one of five romantic vacation ideas.