• Get a Taste of the West at 4 Ranches in the Steamboat Springs Area.

     
    POSTED January 8, 2019
     

    Spend a day or a week in settings inspired by the true American West.

Located at the base of the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness and the Continental Divide on 38 acres, Elk River Guest Ranch hosts up to 15 guests in the summer, fall and winter. Horses are the heart and soul of the ranch, while other ranch activities take advantage of the natural surroundings such as hiking, mountain biking, fishing, kayaking and rafting right out the back door. Rates are all-inclusive in summer and can be lodging only during other seasons.  

Vista Verde Guest Ranch blends AAA Four Diamond amenities and authentic western hospitality. Authentic log cabins with master suites are a highlight along with activities such as a horse program, fly fishing, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, stand-up paddleboarding, photography, yoga, rafting, kayaking, and culinary adventures. Rates are allinclusive. 

The Home Ranch, a Relais & Chateauxaffiliated guest ranch, offers multi-sport adventures, horseback riding vacations and Orvis-endorsed fly fishing. The property also features well-appointed cabins, swimming, hiking and yoga during summer months and cross-country skiing, tu bing, sleigh rides and backcountry skiing in the winter. Pork, herbs, flowers and much more are raised onsite and used extensively in the ranch’s culinary program. 

Only 14 miles from downtown Steamboat Springs, Saddleback Ranch is a fourth generation, 8,000-acre working cattle ranch that is perfect for a day trip. Choose from horseback riding, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, ATV tours, hunting, tubing and cattle drives. 

Who says you can’t have a meeting without some pampering mixed in? Several hot springs resorts in the U.S. Mountain West can accommodate smaller meetings complete with lodging, function space, din- ing and soaking. Some even have on-site spas and other standout features like an ice museum or microbrewery to include on an itinerary.

 

Erase any vision you might have of a dude ranch, especially the “City Slicker” version. For the purposes of this story, let’s use the name ranch resort and picture a big dose of vision and thousands of acres for both herds and people to roam. It’s a fairly different option, but one with similar friendliness and the Western spirit of a dude ranch.

 

To say Wisconsin is having a moment would be an understatement. A statewide renaissance resulting in plenty of new developments, impressive renovations and entrepreneurial ventures has been years in the making and shows no sign of slowing anytime soon.