The Vista Verde Ranch Riding Program offers fun-filled, informative horse clinics mixed in with adventurous trail rides that accommodate all riding levels. Vista Verde Guest Ranch's horseback riding program is about much more than beautiful trail rides. Even those who have ridden all their lives have been known to learn or experience something new while at Vista Verde's luxury dude ranch.
Vista Verde Ranch consistently been awarded AAA’s Four Diamond rating, given out to fewer than 4% of all AAA approved lodgings and restaurants and very few are dude ranches! According to AAA, “AAA Four Diamond lodgings typically offer extensive amenities, hospitality and personal service.”
Travel Deals & Special Weeks
Vista Verde Guest Ranch, Colorado- June Dude Ranch Season Kick-off Discount
Help us kick-off the summer family dude ranch season with a discounted stay the first week of June each year. Save up to $700/person for a week-long stay at the ranch. This is always such an energizing week as the staff have been waiting for our first guests to arrive, the valley is bursting with life as the grass is greening up, the rivers rushing with melting snow, and the wildflowers making their first appearances of the year. Grab your family and friends and save on a family dude ranch vacation.
Vista Verde Guest Ranch, Colorado- Share and Save
We want to make it easier to get your friends together for a Colorado Guest Ranch vacation. During certain times of the season, if more than 2 people share a cabin, we will give 50% off our all-inclusive rates for each additional guests. Get your girlfriends together and save, grab another couple and save, heck maybe even bring your in-laws…..well, we’ll leave that decision up to you.
This offer is valid during our adult-only times, both summer and winter, based on availability. Check out our all-inclusive resort rates for more details on our rates.
Colorado Ranch Activities
Horseback Riding Trails
Most days, this luxury dude ranch has rides going out in the morning and afternoon, but guests also have the option to go on an early morning breakfast ride and an evening dinner ride once a week. For those who really want to put some solid time in the saddle, this Colorado dude ranch offers an all day ride with a picnic lunch at destinations like Pearl Lake or the South Fork of the Elk River.
Horseback rides are limited to 2-6 riders so each adventure can be tailored to your riding ability. This guest ranch encourages family rides, but keep in mind the rides will be geared towards the most inexperienced rider. So for those looking for a more challenging ride, ranch wranglers' will pair you with other riders with the same interest and riding level. There are plenty of opportunities for more advanced and faster horse riding at Vista Verde Ranch. Ranch staff members have a lot of fun with the amazing horses and wranglers keep things lively all week long with adventurous bushwhacking rides and on-trail instruction that get the horses out of the normal nose to tail riding style. That makes it more fun for them and you!
Horse Riding Instruction
Everyday this Colorado ranch offers a different and interesting clinic or horseback experience that can be great learning experiences for novices and experts alike. Vista Verde Ranch has developed a variety of different equestrian clinics to explore the different aspects of horsemanship, and all are suitable to all riding levels.
From basic horsemanship to cattle work clinics the wranglers provide in-depth instruction starting with understanding how to speak “horse” and moving to correct body position in the saddle at the walk, trot and lope. The next level of clinics move into theory and technique that helps riders work with their horse to master the kinds of jobs one does on horseback on a ranch. Individual horseback riding lessons are available almost throughout the week as well. You'll find that each wrangler has his or her own teaching style and background and that allows each of them to give you a different perspective on improving your skills. These clinics offer a wealth of instruction and information that will benefit any level of rider while boosting your confidence and ability on the trail. Your newly developed skills may even give you an advantage in the Team Penning "competition" later in the week!
Fall Cattle Gather
Come late-September, Vista Verde Guest Ranch partners up with a local rancher to help gather their cattle from their summer pasture. The first part of the week is spent in the arena, honing each rider's skills on working cattle. Once everyone is ready to go, guests head out into the National Forest to search out, round up and participate in a ranch cattle drive. These weeks are for those interested in an intensive horseback and trail riding experience and a lot of time in the saddle.
What makes Vista Verde Guest Ranch unique to other Colorado guest ranches and luxury dude ranches is the variety of other activities in addition to an in-depth riding program. Many of the guests choose Vista Verde because one person wants to ride extensively, but for others with different interests, activities abound. Additionally, there is a large focus on interaction with the employee’s at Vista Verde. The ranch is a wonderful destination for solo travelers and families alike because you will come as strangers and leave as friends with the staff as well as the other guests vacationing there.
More Great Ranch Activities
Summer & Fall Ranch Vacation Activities
Horseback Riding, Cattle Drives, Trail Riding, Wine Tasting, Mountain Biking, Fly Fishing, Hiking, Paddle boarding, Rafting and Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Culinary Adventures, Kids, Tweens, and Teens Ranch Programs, Massage, Yoga, Swimming Pool, Golf (nearby).
Winter Ranch Vacation ActivitiesSleigh Rides, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Snowmobiling, Horseback Riding, Ice Fishing, Snow Tubing, Kids Program, Culinary Adventures, Wine Tasting, Yoga, Photography, Massage, Dog Sledding and other Optional Adventures.
Vista Verde's luxury ranch has 12 cabins and 3 lodge rooms that are luxurious yet, westen. All have private baths and range from one to four bedrooms and one to three bathrooms. The ranch accommodations are very spacious by guest ranch standards. Mixing modern with western, each cabin is decorated uniquely incorporating art, photography and cowboy antiques in each.
The food walks the line between ranchy and fancy. Some meals are very casual cookouts served on the trail, others are formal, white tablecloth events. All meals are included, as is beer and wine.
Steamboat Springs is a bustling resort town with an old Western charm. In the winter, skiing at the Steamboat Ski Resort is a great addition to a Vista Verde Ranch stay.
Visit Vista Verde Ranch's website to learn more.
At a Glance
Vista Verde is a luxury ranch in terms of the quality of accommodations, food and level of service. But it’s still a ranch and very casual and comfortable. There is a great emphasis on the staff and enhancing the guest experience with interesting and fun loving young people. Best put by a guest, “We were treated like royalty, but made to feel like family.”
Just north of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Steamboat Springs/Hayden (HDN)
Summer and Winter
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Corporate Groups, Retreats, Meetings Welcome
Learn more about winter, spring and holidays rates.
Visa, Mastercard, Personal Check, Cash
Travel Agents Accepted