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Vista Verde Guest Ranch

Top 10 Family Resorts in the US

Vista Verde Guest Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado in wintertime


Steamboat Springs
Vista Verde Guest Ranch

You gotta love a place that boasts its own Kid Wranglers. These babysitters in boots may not round 'em up and rope 'em in, but they do teach horseback riding basics and fill tiny bellies with nutritious food, while mom and dad enjoy a wine tasting class or dinner à deux. From hayrides to marshmallow roasts, Vista Verde's all-inclusive getaways are filled with traditional ranch activities and a few unusual extras, such as gold panning and antique fire truck rides into town for hand-cranked ice cream. The ranch has separate programs for younger children and teens, and if you'd like to come in the winter, activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoe outings and sleigh rides. Just outside Steamboat Springs, this working ranch offers traditional lodge accommodations and private cabins, multi-course dining events, hands-on cooking classes and outdoor adventures for all ages.

Plan a rustic ranch vacation at the Vista Verde Guest Ranch official website

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