Nestled in the Elk River Valley is Vista Verde, a luxury dude ranch just north of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Come enjoy the splendour of the Rocky Mountains with your family, friends, in a group, alone or on a romantic getaway with that special someone. Dude ranch season runs from June through late-October and it operates as a winter ranch from mid-December to early-March. During the spring and the fall the ranch closes down for “mud season” as Colorado locals fondly like to call it.
Accommodations at Vista Verde are first class! Quiet, peaceful and luxurious cabins are available with one to three bedrooms and one to three bathrooms. Cabins feature living rooms, wood stoves and private hot tubs on the deck. The spacious, deluxe rooms are conveniently located in the lodge and have sitting areas, balconies and spectacular mountain views. Amenities include a swimming pool, classy Indoor Riding Arena, Kids cabin and a fitness center.
The first part of the summer is set-up for family vacations, and September and October is for adults only. While Vista Verde pride themselves in providing an in-depth horsemanship experience they also offer a wide array of fun activities to choose from. Try your hand at fly-fishing in clear mountain lakes or rushing streams or hop on a mountain bike and choose from three different two wheeled adventures. There’s also hiking, rock climbing, paddle boarding, rafting and kayaking. When you feel like slowing down there are photography lessons, yoga, spa treatments and weekly cooking lessons and wine tastings.
Wintertime Colorado becomes a Winter Wonderland. Take a sleigh-ride or strap on some skis and try a variety of styles of Nordic skiing from classic to skate to back country. There’s also snow-shoeing, “fat” biking (bikes with wide tires that allow you to bike across snowy terrain) and snow tubing. The ranch also offers their riding program during the winter months as well as photography lessons, yoga, spa treatments and weekly cooking lessons and wine tastings.
The Vista Verde Ranch family will treat you and your travelling companions to personalized service and true Western hospitality. Their friendly, experienced staff is waiting to help you have an unforgettable Colorado dude ranch vacation. The ease of planning an all-inclusive vacation with so much to choose from will have you coming back year after year.
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