I got an email the other day congratulating us for once again earning the designation of Gayot’s Top Ten Ranches for the year. I’m not sure what we did to earn this designation, but appreciate them including our dude ranch in the list! For the most part their list includes only one ranch per Western State, so Vista Verde was the only Colorado dude ranch on the list. Many thanks to the Gayot staff for including Vista Verde!
Here’s the excerpt:
At the Vista Verde Ranch, a working hay and cattle property that encompasses more than 500 acres of forest, meadow and pasture in Rocky Mountain high country, there is an opportunity to go beyond the basics of horseback riding. Specialized clinics focus on balance and rhythm, driving and the art of horse whispering. Of particular note are the cattle drive weeks offered throughout the year: After getting comfortable with your horse through trail rides, arena sessions and a special horsemanship clinic, you will have the chance to herd cows down the Elk River Valley. Although the log cabins look rough and tumble from the outside, they are subtly sophisticated where it counts, with lodgepole pine beds, antiques and western art. Each also has its own hot tub on the deck.