This working guest ranch is tucked away from the rat race in a secluded mountain valley.
The rustic but upscale Vista Verde ranch is surrounded by 500 spectacular acres of forest, meadow and pastureland. It's popular with families and is often rented out for weddings and business retreats. Accommodations include deluxe lodge rooms and charming log cabins with wood-burning stoves and private hot tubs. All maintain a designer Western spirit, furnished with original art, antiques and handmade furniture. In the summer, horseback riding is the main attraction, and there are special equestrian and nature-related programs for kids. This season also offers fly-fishing, hiking, rafting and kayaking, and to cool down, guests head to the Fountain Deck for ice cream and the refreshing spray of spouting water jets. In January and September, adults can participate in cattle drives. Winter activities include dog sledding, snow shoeing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Year-round, special photography and culinary programs are offered. Three meals a day with wine and beer, as well as take-on-the-trail snacks, are included in the rates.