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Vista Verde Ranch

Steamboat Springs

 Vista Verde Ranch fly fishing vacation ranch in Steamboat Springs Colorado

The lush alpine setting of this summer and winter guest ranch provides the backdrop for the elegant accommodations, fine dining and wide array of activities that are hallmarks of a Vista Verde Ranch vacation. While still a dude ranch (or guest ranch, call it what you please), there's an element of a luxury resort given the emphasis on quality and the diverse offering of activities. But we're still down to earth, and there's a lot of earth around this Colorado guest ranch!

Capacity: 52 guests
Open: The ranch is open for the dude ranch season from June though October and as a winter ranch from mid-December to late-March. We close down in the spring and fall as those times are fondly referred to as "mud season" here in Colorado
Altitude: 7,800 feet
Location: Secluded, yet accessible, was a key criterion when we found Vista Verde Ranch. Largely surrounded by the National Forest, the ranch offers direct forest entry from virtually all directions. And not a condo or convenience store in sight! The widely known and highly regarded ranching community of Steamboat Springs is just 45 minutes away from major league skiing and golf, and even shopping, if you must.
Reservations: 970-879-3858
Rates: $2900 to $4,700 for 7 days. For your ease and convenience, our rates are all-inclusive. The reasons for this are simple. Unlike many all-inclusive resorts and other ranches, we set a rate and do not nickel and dime our guests. If you are comparing rates, look closely. We lay it out clearly as to what is included, and what is not. And we do not add a service charge or gratuity onto your bill at checkout.
Minimum Stay: 3 nights winter, 7 nights summer
Deposit: A 25% deposit is required to secure most reservations. 90 days prior to arrival an additional 25% will be collected. In the event of a cancellation more than 90 days prior to arrival, your deposit will be returned less a $100/person cancellation fee. Less than 90 days prior to arrival, your deposit will be returned less a $100/person cancellation fee if we are able to rebook your space.
Payment: Cash, travellers checks, personal or business checks and Visa, Mastercard, or Amex are happily accepted.
Transportation: Ranch Suburbans or rental cars.
Travel Agents: Yes
Lodging: Vista Verde style is first class, and friendly, whether our guests select to stay in a private cabin or deluxe lodge room. The quiet, luxurious cabins range from one to three bedrooms and one to three bathrooms with living rooms, wood stoves and private hot tubs out on the deck. The spacious lodge rooms are very convenient and have sitting areas, balconies and gorgeous mountain views. Amenities include snack bars, refrigerators stocked with complimentary beverages, coffee makers, hairdryers, robes, plus much more. Daily maid service is included. And you read it right, there are no phones or TV's in the accommodations.
Kids' Program: At Vista Verde, we pride ourselves in our fabulous childrens' program. If your kids aren't happy, you're not happy, so we put a lot of effort, thought and resources into making their stay extra special.

The focus of our program is for families with children 6 years and up. Over the years, we have learned that this age range suits our program and set up best. It's not that we don't like the little ones, it's just that it's not as great of an experience for all when they are younger. In some situations, we are able to make an exception and make it work out to have a family with younger children.
Food/Dining: Our guests have told us the cuisine at Vista Verde Ranch is second-to-none. In fact, it is a major reason they keep coming back!

Three bountiful meals per day are prepared by our talented chefs and served in our inviting lodge, on the sun deck or on the trail. Our professionally trained chefs are adept at every offering from checkered tablecloth cookouts to white tablecloth fine dining, from cowboy coffee to creme brulee, and from what pleases the kids to what satisfies mom. Our dining experience strikes the balance between ranchy and fancy. We mix it up so some meals are casual and served family style while others are more formal, multi-course dining events. What is the same is the high level of attention to quality, freshness and creativity.

Yes, Vista Verde is a luxury ranch, but we're also just a ranch. We try to represent that with the food that we serve and the style in which we serve it. To do that, our chefs use the freshest ingredients and creative preparations to make even a casual cookout have a flair of gourmet. With all the time you'll spend outside using muscles that haven't been used for a while, you definitely earn the right to enjoy all the wonderful cuisine. Bon Appetit!

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