Vista Verde Ranch Mountain Retreat

I was so excited to have the opportunity to travel to Steamboat Springs, CO to photograph the highly rated guest ranch Vista Verde. It was about a 3-hour drive from Littleton, but the drive was one of the most beautiful parts of the trip. The landscape covered in winter, and every turn took my breath away with beauty.

Experiencing Superb Service


I was never so impressed with such a place before, the lodge was fantastic, my room was so rustic and cozy with an amazing view of the snow covered mountains that surround the ranch. They had plenty of snow and guests were coming and going during my stay. It is truly a winter wonderland.  

The one thing that was evident and that many of the guests kept repeating is yes this is a beautiful place with plenty of enjoyable activities, but what truly makes this place special is the staff. I could not agree more. They all go above and beyond what you would expect. Like the amazing chef prepared food and courteous kitchen staff, the cleaning crew that keeps everything in tip top shape and comfortable, the instructors for all the Nordic activities, their great horsemanship clinics, and the fantastic front desk and management. This service-minded team is the best I have experienced anywhere.

I was never so impressed with such a place before. The lodge was amazing, my room was so rustic and cozy with an amazing view of the snow covered mountains that surround the ranch. They had plenty of snow and guests were coming and going during my stay. It is truly a winter wonderland.  

The one thing that was obvious and that many of the guest kept repeating is yes this is a beautiful place with plenty of amazing activities, but what really makes this place special is the staff. I could not agree more. They all go above and beyond what you would expect. Like the amazing chef prepared food and courteous kitchen staff, the cleaning crew that keeps everything in tip top shape and comfortable, the instructors for all the nordic activities, their great horsemanship clinics, and the amazing front desk and management. This service minded team is the best I have experienced anywhere.

All the Winter Activities

 


There was plenty to do on the ranch, horse-drawn sleigh ride, tubing in the snow, cross-country skiing,  snowmobile tour, cooking lessons, dog- sledding, snowshoeing, horsemanship clinics, feeding the horses with a draft horse team, riding horses through the snow, the list goes on and on. 

When you are a guest at the Ranch, your accommodations will delight you, whether it is one of the many log cabins placed in the woods on the ranch property or a beautiful rustic room in the lodge. Many of the guests were talking about how they enjoyed the outdoor hot tub on the porch of their cabins as they drank wine and watched the stars. An amazing experience I am sure. So this ranch is like no other I have ever experienced. Having been someone who has worked at a few guest ranches I can see why this guest ranch is rated one of the best. 

Even though I was there to work, the entire staff treated me like an honored guest. I met some great people from all over the country, and it was a joy to listen to all their stories. . 

Organizing A Workshop & Retreat

 It was truly an amazing experience. So much so that I am making plans to organize a photography workshop & retreat on the ranch in January 2017. I would love to share this experience with others. There are many photo opportunities from the moment you come to the area, like old wooden barns,  snow-capped mountains, and then, of course, all the horses that reside at Vista Verde.  Above all, this is a place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the winter season at it's best in the company of people who want you to feel welcomed.

 

Highlights from my Three Amazing Days at the Ranch

If you would love to stay at the ranch and play in the snow, relax by the fire, taste the amazing food, and either photograph or participate in all the activities fill in the form below and I can begin to organize and pick some dates.  There is no obligation just want to see if there is an interest.

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