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

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

     
    POSTED January 8, 2019
     

    Vista Verde Guest Ranch

    Vista Verde Guest Ranch

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. 

Born and raised in Bryan, about 90 miles east of Village of Salado, Chadley Hollas, Village of Salado’s director of tourism, says he came to the town with one goal: to help Salado become Texas’ best small destination. His favorite thing about his adopted hometown is the people. “They are quirky, creative and hospitable—a neat combination that makes for many good conversations,” says Hollas.

 

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