bride and groom kiss under the wooden Vista Verde Ranch

Western Romance at Vista Verde Ranch


May 20, 2024
Words by Carolyn Steere
Photos courtesy of Vista Verde Ranch

Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and sweeping expanses Vista Verde Guest Ranch is truly a little bit of heaven on earth. Located just north of Steamboat Springs, Colorado this luxury all-inclusive dude ranch exudes warm western hospitality, personalized service and every amenity you could ask for in a very romantic setting.

A romantic dude ranch you ask?  One might not immediately think of a dude ranch as the perfect setting for an intimate elopement or honeymoon but for the couple who envision a magnificent mountain setting, year-round activities and cozy cabins to retreat to you may want to think again.

large green lodge with numerous windows amongst snow

two people sit in two brown adirondack chairs by a pond

Warm weather activities at Vista Verde Guest Ranch include horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking and fly fishing and all are personalized with instruction at every level. A heated pool awaits you when you are ready to just relax and enjoy the magnificent beauty of this mountain ranch. During the winter months, the landscape transforms into a snowy wonderland, offering opportunities for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and even sleigh rides.

When you come in from the chill, the atmosphere of warmth and hospitality as you interact with the staff is distinctively welcoming and they make you feel part of the Vista Verde family. Wine tasting in the evening, cooking lessons and photography classes are all part of the weekly activities to keep you busy when you want to be, but the cozy, romantic cabins afford privacy and solitude as well.

The ranch also makes it easy to spend a day skiing or snowboarding the slopes of Steamboat or exploring the restaurants, shops and galleries in town.  

man on bended knee in snow placing ring on woman with horse in the backdrop

Vista Verde Guest Ranch  is “a little bit luxury, a little bit Old West, a place for adventure, and a place for rest.” Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or a bit of both, this tranquil destination promises an unforgettable romantic getaway that rejuvenates the spirit and reconnects you with nature. It is definitely an elopement or honeymoon location to put on your shortlist.

Photos courtesy of (in order of appearance; from left to right & top to bottom): Jad Davenport (1-3, 5, 8-11); Carolyn Steere (4); Jenny Smiley (7 & 14); Jason Loeb (8); Benjamin Rasmussen (12); Mike Laughlin (13)

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