On the very first day of my kids’ summer vacation we discovered that my daughter’s old faithful horse has some really serious health issues. Given that having a horse is an integral part of my summer childcare plan, this put us in a bind. Yes, we have plenty of horses here at the ranch, but…Details
It’s been a whirlwind of excitement and learning this week at the ranch. You know that saying about drinking out of a firehose? That is pretty much how our staff feel at this point. They arrived Monday, and we kicked off our orientation time with a welcome dinner Monday night. First thing Tuesday morning there…Details
Oh boy. Can I just tell you all how excited I am about this summer? I’ve been doing this a long time (this summer marks 20 years in dude ranching– who’d have ever thought I’d be saying that?!) and there are some years that I am more excited about the start of the season than others.…Details
With an issue focusing on wines from Texas, volunteer travel, travel through Colorado, and dude ranches that feature more than just your average stay there is a lot to read in this issue of Ranch and Reserve Magazine. Luckily, Vista Verde made it into the mix for the dude ranch article! Read the magazine….
The valley is just bursting with life. The grass is spreading out over the meadows and the glacier lilies are popping out all over the place. The rivers are rushing by with tremendous speed. The sand hill cranes are calling out from the ponds and the trees are filled with chirping birds in the morning.…Details
Summer camps for adults really is a thing and you should go is the title of the article in Colorado Moms. We love it! Although this is a far cry from summer camp, we do have our adult-only weeks in the fall and they are a blast. Enjoy amazing meals, fine wines, hiking through the…Details
The New York Post published an article on the 15 best all-inclusive resorts in the US just as people are busy planning their summer vacations. There are some great options for all-inclusive vacations in this article, and we are honored to be one of the suggested properties! Read the article…..
Packing for a dude ranch vacation can be tricky, especially when you’re heading to a ranch like Vista Verde that offers multi-sport opportunities. In preparation for the upcoming summer season, we put together some insider packing tips to complement the packing list we share with our guests. 1) If you’re planning on hiking it is…Details
The start of our summer dude ranch season is always an exciting time. The staff show up in the latter part of May for an intense, two week orientation. During that time we pour information into them so they will understand the culture of the ranch, wrap their heads around their roles for the summer,…Details
Spring is a busy time for Art, our UPS driver. Each day a slew of boxes of new gear arrives, and lately those boxes have been really, really big as our new bikes arrive. Beka and the guides spent a week building bikes to update our Salsa fleet. This year they are playing around with…Details