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  • Established

    1920. Guest ranch since 1970
  • Manager

    Ben Martin
  • Tel

  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    Summer: $400 - $675
    Winter: $400 - $550
  • Nightly Rates (per child)

    Summer: $300 - $575
    Winter: $300 - $450
  • Minimum Stay

    Summer: 1 week
    Winter: 3 days
  • Maximum Guests

  • Works with travel agents?

  • Great For

    Romance, Action & adventure, Pampering
  • Memberships

    Dude Ranchers Association, Colorado Dude Ranchers Association

Vista Verde Ranch offers a wide array of summer activities like many Colorado ranch resorts, but what sets us apart is the flexibility and personalization that goes into each experience. And, unlike a resort, we're still a just a ranch with down to earth people who treat you like family. We're ideal for families, but also offer adult weeks!

Our diverse selection of summer activities can make it hard to choose what to do each day. We come around at mealtimes and you tell us what you want to do. Your day, your way! Do you want to hike? Ok. How long, what kind of terrain would you prefer? Do you want to pack a lunch and go all day? The wranglers and guides will go out of their way to tailor each experience to your interest and ability. Top-notch gear and equipment are provided to make these summer activities all the more enjoyable in our cool Colorado climate.

Good time to go

September is our favorite month in the summer. It is adult only and such a beautiful time of year! Christmas is also very magical in a totally different way. It’s just what Christmas should be.

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 6 and over

We offer many wonderful activities for kids, tweens, and teens headed up by our eager and energetic counselors.

Vista Verde accommodates families with children 6 and up as we have such an active program and evening activities that make it hard for the younger ones to hang in there. Our children’s program was designed by a mom, so it has a lot of thought into the minds of children and how to engage them. The teen program gives the teens a chance to split off and be a little more independent and adventurous with activities like special teen rides and an overnight campout.

From the Welcoming Day Hayride -- to the toasted marshmallows on the last night, the kids days and nights are filled with experiences only found in the great outdoors.

Arts & Crafts

play-doh, coloring, sketching, We offer a variety of arts and crafts activities for your children.


hiking, biking, picnics, outdoor play area, cookouts, campouts, whitewater rafting, floating, supervised swimming, Gold panning, ride on an antique fire engine, haywagon rides, and more!


scavenger/treasure hunts, board games, horseshoes, soccer, volleyball, pool table

Riding based activities

animal care, horse care, arena riding, trail riding, gymkhana, rodeo

Ranch History

Vista Verde – literally “The Green View” – was named by a relative of the Tufly family in the 1930’s. Hollis and Jean Tufly took over some early homesteads in the depths of the depression and built a cattle ranch that continues today. The old Homestead cabin located southeast of the Lodge was hand built by Hollis for his bride in 1936. In the 1950’s the Tufly’s added a couple of cabins – now Dome – to create a small and very rustic hunting and fishing camp.

Frank and Winton Brophy purchased the Vista Verde in 1975 and built the guest ranch business as we know it today. When John and Suzanne Munn became the owners in 1991, they took the ranch to the next level. The characteristics of the ranch that distinguish it – attention to detail, fine food, authentic log cabins, the diversity of activities both summer and winter, the feeling of a ranch not a resort – were developed by them. Peggy and Jerry Throgmartin took over ownership in 2006 and have put us in place as stewards of this fine property. In 2016 Laura and Chris Jones became the owners of Vista Verde Ranch. We now we have a tradition to uphold. We intend to preserve the small and special nature of the Vista Verde and to maintain its position as one of the premiere guest ranches in the country.


  • Enjoy

    Gourmet, Ranch-style
  • Meals served

    family style, buffet style, everyone eats together, children dine separately, scheduled meals
  • Alcohol

    wine provided with dinner, available for purchase
  • Enjoy dining in

    patio, dining room (casual attire), dining room (formal attire), bar & grille, in-room dining, private dinners
  • You'll definitely love

    ranch-raised beef, ranch-raised pork, ranch-raised chicken, farm fresh eggs, ranch garden, organic produce, locally grown produce, fresh daily bread, fresh daily desserts
  • Dietary restrictions catered for

    lactose intolerant, vegans, vegetarians

Our cuisine at Vista Verde Ranch is designed to impress even the most experienced palates.

We serve food that walks the line between ranchy and fancy. The chefs take as much pride in preparing creative and freshly prepared cookouts as they do in the formal dinners served in the dining room. Wine and beer are included in the stay and wines are thoughtfully paired with the meals. We look at wine as an integral part of the dining experience and take pride in having a Chef who takes time to be trained in wines of the world so he can lead his weekly wine tastings.

We do not publish our wine list as it changes frequently and our Chef is constantly keeping an eye on special and new wines (as well as fun beers) to bring into the ranch.

Guest Favourites

  • Eggs Benedict
  • Colorado Lamb Shank
  • Jumbo Sea Scallops


  • Address

    PO Box 770465
    Steamboat Springs
  • Remote Location

  • Elevation

    7800 ft
  • Private Land

    250-1000 acres
  • Public Land

    more than 50k acres

Nearest Town - Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs has a population of 10,000 (approx), and is situated 45 miles / 45 mins from the Ranch.

Facilities in Steamboat Springs include: grocery store, pharmacy, church, school, post office, medical clinic, hospital, bank, atm, gas station, museum.

For shopping Steamboat Springs offers: boutique shops.

Ranch shuttle


Nearest Airports

Steamboat-Hayden Airport, Hayden


40 miles / 45 mins


Delta, United, Frontier, American, Continental, Delta - Winter Season

Ranch shuttle


Private Air Travel

Nearest location(s)

Steamboat Springs

Travel by



45 miles

Ranch shuttle



  • Type of Riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Most riders are

  • Rides are grouped by

  • Max riders per ride

  • Wranglers per ride

  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot, Lope
  • Guest Horses

  • Horse Types

    Quarterhorse, Geldings, Mares
  • Hours in the saddle

    Morning - 3 hours
    Afternoon - 3 hours

The Setting

Private Land (250-1000 acres)

Public Land (more than 50k acres)

Guests ride in the Routt National Forest.

Our Riding

Unscheduled rides

We typically tend to ride at the same time each day; however, it's not scheduled. Guests have the ability to determine the length and area of ride for that day. If you would like to trailer out, we'll be happy to accommodate.

Guided rides

Rides are fully guided at Vista Verde.

Good to know

We assess rider's ability to trot and canter through our Monday morning orientation with a lot of instruction on first ride.

Weight limit for riding

225-250 lbs

Riding considerations

no riding experience needed

Why our riding stands out

  • Personalization - rides are small and geared to ability
  • Horsemanship opportunities for each guest - clinics/learning opportunities
  • Professional horseman on staff as well as a quality breeding program ensures that good horses are on hand at all times

Sample Riding Itinerary

Please contact us directly for our schedule of events.

Riding Lessons

We are exceptionally accommodating to each guests needs and goals. We will truly arrange the type of riding lesson you are looking for. Just ask!


lessons come with package, basic riding lessons, advanced horsemanship lessons

Given by

wrangler, horse trainer, ranch owner or manager


on the trail, in the arena

Natural Horsemanship Clinic


Clinics occur weekly, Clinics occur yearly, Included in package, Clinics occur in the arena

Focuses on

Our ranch trainer and wranglers cover general horsemanship with a bend toward reining. Weekly clinics cover Balanced Riding Clinic, Cattle Working Clinic, Groundwork Clinic. There is a yearly winter clinic, generally in late-March, and covers basic horsemanship. This is a 4 day clinic.

Cattle work - pasture gathers

We have 600 yearlings that reside on National Forest Service that we ride through and check each week. In the fall we gather and move yearlings from their summer pasture on National Forest Service land.


Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep



No. of yearlings



Guests participate

Arena Work

Guests enjoy the ability to work in our arenas and further their riding skills. They have the opportunity to work with our wranglers and horse trainer for enhancement of their riding abilities. Guests tend to spend a good amount of time with our riding experts as their knowledge and personalities are very infectious!


indoor arena, outdoor arena


penning, sorting, barrels, pole bending, cutting


  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    Summer: $400 - $675
    Winter: $400 - $550
  • Nightly Rates (per child)

    Summer: $300 - $575
    Winter: $300 - $450
  • Minimum Stay

    Summer: 1 week
    Winter: 3 days
  • Preferred Arrival Day

    Summer: Sun
    Winter: Any day is fine
  • Preferred Departure Day

    Summer: Sun
    Winter: Any day is fine

Vista Verde can cater for up to 52 guests. Accommodation includes Cabins and Lodges. See below for details and indicative rates.

Cabin | Vista Verde Cabins

Rates (Per Person)

Summer: $385 - $542
Winter: $285 - $425

Minimum Stay

No minimum


With 9 cabins on-site, 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 are all standalone units, not duplexes, and range from one to three bedrooms and one to three bathrooms with living rooms, wood stoves and private hot tubs out on the deck. Named after the local mountains, our nine cabins are rustic on the outside and anything but on the inside. Of course like the mountains, they are beautiful and spectacular.


Private bathroom, Shared bathroom


seating area, wood fireplace


hot tub

Lodge | Vista Verde Lodge

Rates (Per Person)

Summer: $385 - $542
Winter: $285 - $425

Minimum Stay

No minimum


Vista Verde style is first class, and friendly, whether our guests select to stay in a private cabin or deluxe lodge room. The spacious lodge rooms are very convenient and have sitting areas, balconies and gorgeous mountain views. Located just up the stairs of our Main Lodge, you don't even have to put on shoes to come down for breakfast! Our three lodge rooms are named after nearby lakes that have captured our fancy just like the views from the lodge room balconies have captured the hearts of our guests.


Private bathroom


mini-bar, fridge, hair dryer, seating area

Booking Policy

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.

Included in your stay

meals, activities, ranch shuttle, lodging, gratuity, Riding, guided backcountry ski and snowshoe tours, skate and classic skis and boots, snowshoes, sledding(a snowmobile brings you back up!), horsemanship clinics and lessons, sleigh rides, photography workshop, kids and teen programs, evening entertainment, cooking classes and wine tasting, top-not gear and equipment





downhill skiing at Steamboat Springs, adventure activities by local outfitters - hot air ballooning, dog sledding, snowmobiling, ice climbing, power cat skiing, premium wines from a select list


  • You can borrow

    Cowboy boots, Riding helmets, Saddle bags, Rain coats
  • Communications

    Wireless Internet/Wifi, telephone, free long distance.
  • Business Services

    common computer, Meeting Room and Vista Verde can fax for you.


Outdoor Activities

climbing, mountain biking, Yoga, wagon rides

Water based Activities

outdoor pool, hot tub, whitewater rafting-adventure


relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, scrubs, manicures, facials, pedicures

Winter Activities

cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, down hill skiing, snowshoeing

Fishing & Wildlife

Guided fishing on stocked ponds, small streams, larger rivers, private water and high alpine lakes. Access to RMAC gold medal waters at an additional rod fee.

Fishing on offer

fly, river, stocked pond, lake, stream, guided inclusive, instruction available


Elk, deer, foxes, moose, bears, and little critters like ermine

Additional Services

Corporate Retreats

For groups of 30-40. We offer an exlusive ranch buy out for corporate retreats

Local Attractions

Steamboat Ski Resort

Enjoy skiing at one of the finest ski resorts around. Just minutes from the ranch, enjoy off-site activities at Steamboat and the luxury of Vista Verde to relax.


25 miles / 45 mins

Ranch shuttle



  • Outstanding riding facilities, including an indoor heated arena for winter riding, lessons and clinics geared toward all riding levels, and their high-end horse program means you know you're riding top horses
  • Children's program designed by a mother who knows what children enjoy and takes into consideration their attention span
  • Full-time, year-round management team ensures they truly know the ranch inside and out
  • One-to-one guest-to-staff ratio ensures premium customer service


  • Although it's one of the pricier ranches, it's all-inclusive so you don't have to worry about a thing

Visitor Reviews

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Super Amazin

Best place I’ve been to in my life. They are like extended family. Everyone greets you by name and asks how you are. Room stays stocked with drinks and food. All activities were planned ahead of time so you always knew when, where and who you would be with. Very accommodating to your needs. Everyone from management to maintenance was a pleasure

5 stars

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