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Vista Verde Guest Ranch & Ski Touring

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P.O. Box 465
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
(800) 526-7433

The Vista Verde is a dude and guest ranch and by definition provides an inclusive package price for all meals, accommodations and activities. However, it sets itself apart in that while the experience and setting are authentically "western," its feel is more upscale in terms of its horse program (for all ages), an opportunity to participate with (or without) children and have the ability to tailor a vacation to individual needs.

There is a great deal to do a Vista Verde. Here's just a sample.

Cattle Drives are your chance to experience an authentic cattle drive. Challenge yourself during one of two special weeks at the ranch, when we ask you to ride herd on our cattle. Enjoy the excitement of a cattle drive without all the hardships.

Explore the natural wonders surrounding Vista Verde on spectacular all-day and half-day hikes in the Rocky Mountains. Ranch guides are available during your stay to lead numerous hikes matched to your abilities and interests - photography, history, wildlife, fishing.

Every trip offers stunning panoramas, informative guides, clear, fresh air and the possibility of finding deer, elk, fox, coyote, beaver, ermine and multiple species of birds in their native habitat.

Learn or polish your fly fishing technique under the complimentary tutelage of our experienced (and patient) guides and instructors. Rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout will provide the competition in nearby rivers and streams, as well as our stocked ponds. First-class rental equipment and access to prized private waters are available as an option.

Really get away from it all on an overnight pack trip guided by the legendary Junior Bedell. You'll rough it while experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of the wilderness up close and in person.

Hit golf balls like John Daly in the rarified air of Steamboat Springs. Tee times can be reserved at the challenging Robert Trent Jones-designed course in town with transportation provided by the ranch. Equipment can be rented at their pro shop.

When the last of the aspens have lost their leaves and the snows of Steamboat turn the ranch into "Vista Blanca," the ranch becomes a ski touring and Nordic center. With about 30 km of groomed trails, including double-tracks and skating lanes, plus the limitless trails in the surrounding back country, it's a skier's fantasy. There are plenty of alternatives, too, with sleigh rides, some horseback riding, snow shoeing, dog sledding and plain old fun in the snow. And don't forget that famous Vista Verde food and the nearby Steamboat Ski Area for exciting downhill action.

Led by our capable kids' wranglers, our children's program has lots to do for children of all ages -panning for gold, feeding the animals, riding in our fire engine, fishing, archery, treasure hunts, hiking, swimming in the Ol' Swimming Hole, sleeping out in the tipi, and more. Fort Smiles offers plenty of outdoor exercise and the Hole-in-the-Wall hangout has indoor games for those occasional rainy afternoons. That's not to mention the activities shared with Mom and Dad, like riding, rafting, rock climbing and the rodeo.

Your home on the ranch is an authentic log cabin, hewn from native pine. Accommodations are quiet, secluded and genuinely Western. Rustic on the outside, the cabins are hardly so on the inside. Each is fully carpeted and freshly decorated with antiques, comfortable chairs, and thick down comforters. The cabins contain one to 3 bedrooms, living rooms, full baths and a snack bar. There is plenty of reading on hand for quiet relaxation beside the fire or on the big front porch.

While you'll enjoy the privacy of your cabin, you'll feel like a part of our family when you are in the lodge. For the family-style meals, the evening entertainment or just plain meeting folks, you'll find the Vista Verde lodge a warm and inviting place.

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