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
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.