How Was the Food, Lodging and Staffing at Vista Verde?

Hilary sitting in the Great Room at the Vista Verde Ranch

You’ve read my blog from the other day on the Best Ranch in Colorado. To continue the story, I want to tell you about the food, lodging, and staffing at Vista Verde. I was invited to stay free of charge in early 2022 in exchange for my honest impressions.

The Food at Vista Verde Ranch

Every meal was better than the next at the Vista Verde Ranch. All meals are included in the rate so when you go you pay one price and get all three meals plus a happy hour each night.

If you wanted to get up early, Vista Verde Ranch offers a continental breakfast with fresh fruit, yogurt, and a variety of baked goods. But if you go to the dining hall between 8 am and 9 am, you can snag yourself a full breakfast of eggs, pancakes, waffles, and more!

For lunch, every day was different. The first day, we had tacos consisting of either fried Mahi-mahi, flank steak, or grilled chicken. They also offered a variety of fixings that you can include in your soft shell taco.

lunch at Vista Verde Ranch

The next day was burger day. If you didn’t want a burger, you could also get grilled chicken or a vegetarian burger.

For Dinner

There was always something very special. The first night was a buffet, consisting of prime rib and salmon with lots of additions.

roast beef at the ranch

The second night we were there was formal night. This consisted of a nice trout salad, followed by either a pasta dish, vegetarian dish, or a seafood stew.

trout salad at Vista Verde Ranch

seafood soup at vista verde

We were served by Joey, one of their staffers who also works as a bartender at the ranch. There were three selections on the menu, including appetizer and dessert.


At the ranch, I was given a two-bedroom suite, that came with two bathrooms, a kitchen, and a living room with a fireplace. Outside on the porch was a small hot tub, which was incredible! The view was even better. We saw the 100+ horses grazing in the field.

Here’s a look at the suite:

Living room

living room at Vista Verde Ranch

Master Bedroom

master bedroom

Master bathroom

master bathroom


2nd Bedroom

2nd bedroom

2nd bathroom

2nd bathroom

The Staff

The staff at Vista Verde Ranch were so awesome. Everyone we talked with was nicer than the next. Shanon checked us in and was also the activity director. She was great. Here is a few other outstanding staff I met during my stay:

happy hour at Vista Verde Ranch

Joey – the waiter and bartender


Maddie – the riding instructor and horse whisperer


Greg – the snowmobile instructor

We had an awesome time at Vista Verde Ranch and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a very special vacation, where everything is taken care of for you. You will thank me later! The website is