Surrounded by the grandeur of Rocky Mountain high country, this ranch offers an opportunity to go beyond the basics. Specialized clinics focus on horsemanship theory and cattle work, and guests can even learn the secrets of a "horse whisperer." Lodge rooms and log cabins are sophisticated, the latter featuring antiques, western art and 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 like sleigh rides, snowshoeing 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 Vista Verde Guest Ranch official website