First, you can fly into Denver International Airport (DIA) and then take a connecting flight up to the Steamboat/Hayden, also known as Yampa Valley Regional Airport, (HDN) and we will pick you up and bring you to the ranch. This option is the best in the winter, when the roads from Denver can be snowy depending on the day. Also, during the winter there are more flight options and even some direct flights from major hubs. The Steamboat Springs Chamber has a list of current flight options for getting to and from Steamboat. We recommend contacting the Colorado Dude Ranch Travel Service at 800-729-5521 for help with finding the best flight options. They know how best to get guests in and out of Colorado and often have access to better airfare than what can be found elsewhere.
The second option is to fly into Denver and rent a car to drive to the ranch. The drive takes around 3 1/2 hours, and is a beautiful drive on easy roads through the mountains and high plains. This option is recommended for summer travel as it allows you to avoid the potential hassles of an additional flight and gives you a chance to see more of the beautiful Colorado landscape on your way to start your ranch vacation.
The third option is to fly into Denver and then take a shuttle service to Steamboat or the ranch. We recommend checking out either 2 Step Limo (www.twosteplimo.com) or Alpine Taxi (www.alpinetaxi.com). We can meet you in Steamboat and bring you to the ranch if needed.
We’re often asked if a guest needs a car while at the ranch. The easy answer is no, but many times we find that guests do enjoy the flexibility of having their own vehicle. Although we’re happy to take you into Steamboat for shopping and transport you to all activities, having your own vehicle does allow you the freedom to come and go as you please.
Drive west on I-70 to Silverthorne.
Turn right and drive north on Highway 9 to Kremmling.
In Kremmling, turn left and northwest on Highway 40 over Rabbit Ears Pass to Steamboat Springs.
Drive past the ski area and through town to the west side of Steamboat on Highway 40.
Turn right (north) on County Road 129. There is a stop light at this intersection.
Follow CR 129 north about 18 miles.
You will go through the town of Clark. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it!
Just past Clark you will cross the Elk River. Immediately after, turn right onto Seedhouse Road (aka County Road 64).
Follow Seedhouse Road about 5 miles until you see our sign on the left-hand side of the road. Take a left into the driveway.
Follow our driveway about one mile until you come to the main lodge at the ranch.
Welcome to Vista Verde! Come on in and we’ll get you checked in.