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the lodge at Vista Verde Guest Ranch

Vista Verde Guest Ranch is a luxury ranch resort located just north of Steamboat Springs.  Winter activities range from cross-country and backcountry skiing to sledding, horseback riding, sleigh rides and photography workshops. There are even wine and cooking classes for those who are so inclined.

All activities are fully guided and top-notch gear is provided.  The guides cater the experience towards your ability and fitness level, so no need to worry about being in over your head or not being challenged enough. 

cross country skiing at Vista Verde Guest Ranch
The backcountry skiing tends to be the crowd favorite, as you glide quietly through the fluffy powder snow with amazing views. And everyone loves the sledding, with the benefit of a snowmobile to pull you back up the hill before you head down for another ride. 

The horseback riding program is unrivaled, with a choice of a quiet ride on snow-packed trails or in-depth instruction with our ranch trainers in the heated indoor arena.  And yes, our sleigh is equipped with jingle bells for a romantic jaunt around the ranch. 

In between activities, guests at Vista Verde savor fabulous ranch cuisine prepared by Vista Verde’s talented chefs.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the main lodge, and each meal is unique, creative and freshly prepared.  Leave behind your image of ranch food being beans and weanies! Beer and wine are served with dinner and included in your stay. 

Once you’ve played outside in the snow and relaxed to a delightful meal, get ready to snuggle up. A luxurious log cabin awaits you, complete with a bubbling hot tub out on the deck under the star-filled sky.  Wood burning stoves set the ambiance for a quiet evening in the cabin. 

Transfers to and from the Steamboat airport are included in your stay.

For more information on Vista Verde Ranch, visit or call 970.879.3858.

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