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Vista Verde Guest Ranch

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An aerial view of Vista Verde Guest Ranch in Steamboat Springs, CO

COLORADO

Steamboat Springs
Vista Verde Ranch

Encompassing more than 500 acres in the Routt National Forest in Rocky Mountain high country, this ranch offers an opportunity to go beyond the basics of horseback riding. Specialized clinics focus on horsemanship theory and cattle work, and guests can even learn how to be a “horse whisperer.” The log cabins and lodge rooms are sophisticated where it counts, with antiques, western art and, in many cases, hot tubs on private decks. Made-to-order "cowboy cuisine" features hearty breakfasts, al fresco lunches and gourmet dinners paired with fine wines. Better yet, all-inclusive really does mean just that, with rates including wine tastings, photography workshops, cooking classes, fly fishing and winter activities such as ski lessons, sleigh rides, snow shoeing and cross country skiing. Kids' programs are offered year-round.

Plan your trip and find out how to become a "horse whisperer" by visiting the official Vista Verde Ranch website

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