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Vista Verde Guest Ranch

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


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Vista Verde Ranch

Sand cabin living room at Vista Verde Guest Ranch in Steamboat Springs, CO
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 general horsemanship and competitive riding, and guests can even learn how to communicate with their steed. The log cabins and lodge rooms are sophisticated where it counts, with antiques, Western art and, in many cases, hot tubs on private decks. For daily dining, 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, in the winter, ski lessons, sleigh rides, snow shoeing, cross country skiing and much more. Kids' programs are offered in both the summer and winter seasons.

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