Prestigious Colorado Guest Ranch Bordering National Forest with Up-to-Date & Refined Accommodations

Shadowed by the rugged peaks of the snowcapped Zirkel Range at the headwaters of the Elk River, the 552-acre Vista Verde Guest Ranch has over 80,000 square feet of refined improvements. No expense was spared with the recent renovation of the guest cabins, existing improvements and infrastructure. The new lodge addition, large indoor riding arena and luxury cabins provide the ultimate balance of indulgence and customized adventure for guests from around the world. Public land permits provide access to tens of thousands of acres in the surrounding Routt National Forest. Steamboat Springs, with its world-class skiing, boutique shopping and fine dining is a half-hour drive south of the ranch.

Vista Verde Guest Ranch is uniquely situated within national forest six miles east of Clark, Colorado. The picturesque drive from Clark is along a paved county road that parallels the wild and scenic Elk River. Clark, a charming and friendly community 17 miles north of Steamboat Springs, is home to a charter school, pre-school, fire station, country store, deli and post office. The friendly resort community of Steamboat Springs is 30 miles south of the ranch and about 160 miles northwest of Denver. The private yet easily accessible luxury ranch resort is set amidst the Rocky Mountain’s scenic natural beauty and is convenient to numerous recreational opportunities, facilities and amenities. The ranch is surrounded by the Routt National Forest which contains over one million acres stretching from Wyoming to central Colorado. Yampa Valley Regional Airport, with daily flights to Denver International Airport, is a one-hour drive south and west. During the ski season, direct flights are available from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Newark, New York City, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles.

Steamboat Springs, with a population of about 12,000 is a popular resort community that features many amenities found in larger towns. Yampa Valley Medical Center, constructed in 1999, is a full service acute care hospital. The Bud Werner Memorial Library, recently constructed following an $11,000,000 voter-approved tax is a 28,000 sq.ft. state-of-the-art facility. Colorado Mountain College, an established community college, continues to experience growth and success and recently added two 4-year degree programs. Steamboat Ski Resort, among the top ranked ski resorts in the nation for powder, variety of runs and hospitality, has nearly 3,000 acres of skiable terrain ranging from 10,500 ft. along the Continental Divide to 6,900 ft. at the mountain village.

Situated at 7,700 feet in elevation, Vista Verde Guest Ranch’s contiguous block of land consists primarily of level ground in a small, park-like valley surrounded on three sides by mountains that rise to 9,000 feet above sea level. The distinct, 12,000 ft. saw-tooth peaks of the Zirkel Range and the Continental Divide are less than ten miles to the east. The Elk River – said to flow more water for its length than any other river in North America – is just ouside the southern boundary of the ranch.

The improvements on the ranch are clustered near the northeast corner of the property with horse pastures extending south toward the tree-lined river corridor. A conservation easement exists on a large portion of the land; three additional parcels are excluded from the easement and allow for typical area residential development.

The fenced pastures in the valley floor provide excellent native forage for horses and wildlife and the aspen covered hillsides rise up to the spruce and fir forests at the higher elevations overlooking the ranch.

Weather in Clark is generally cool and dry with an abundance of sunshine. Average annual precipitation is just over 16 inches of rainfall and nearly 400 inches of snowfall. January is the coldest month with lows averaging 1 degree F and highs averaging 28 degrees F. July is the warmest month with an average low of 42 degrees F and a high of 82 degrees F.

Distinct seasons allow for a wide range of outdoor activities. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on several feet of white powder snow during the winter to hiking and biking in the tall, brilliant green understory during the summer to long rides in the golden aspen groves during the fall are among a long list of activities guests enjoy both on and off the ranch.

Vista Verde Guest Ranch improvements lend themselves not only to an outstanding, luxurious guest experience, but also to excellent employee attraction and retention. Guests can enjoy a week in one of ten private, well-appointed log cabins ranging from 900 – 1,400 sq.ft., or in one of three new lodge-style rooms, each with fine linens, attractive artwork and a stocked refrigerator. All guest cabins have a private hot tub to soak sore muscles after a day on horseback or a backcountry hike.

The lodge was built on a grand scale that skillfully invites intimate conversation or curling up on one of the oversized chairs with a good book. The dining area easily accommodates a full house in comfortably arranged seating. Weekly culinary classes are held in the impeccable kitchen, allowing guests to re-create a memento of their Colorado experience when they return home.

The notable equestrian program is offered during all seasons with summer activities taking place primarily outdoors in the arena, trails and adjoining national forest. A new state-of-the-art indoor riding arena expanded the equestrian activities to a year-round opportunity. The insulated facility is surprisingly efficient; it is economical to heat in the winter and remains cool during the warm summer days.

Vista Verde’s adventure center is the launching point for the wide array of adventures guests enjoy on the ranch. Every outdoor mountain activity imaginable starts here: a seemingly unlimited supply of snowshoes, bicycles, cross country skis and fishing rods, to name just a few, are matched to guests so they can safely experience mountain recreation.

The kids cabin is similarly outfitted with everything fun for the younger Vista Verde Ranch guests. Summertime guests can enjoy time in and around the swimming pool after a day on the trail or in the saddle.

The comfort and variety of the on-site housing enables the ranch to attract and retain excellent staff with quality accommodations ranging from dorm-style with several private bunks to apartments, cabins and homes.

Various barns, sheds, shops and outbuildings are all updated and impeccably maintained.

No stone was left unturned during the renovation of each structure and no expense was spared during the construction of the newer buildings. The impeccable and well-planned improvements offer a premium and luxurious environment for guests and families while also creating predictability for future maintenance costs.

Vista Verde Guest Ranch is operated as a luxury guest ranch, hosting visitors from around the world. It is unique in the industry, setting a high standard in guest ranch experience, quality of accommodations and level of service. The majority of bookings come from returning guests and word-of-mouth referrals. Staff turnover is extremely low. The ranch generates a positive operating cash flow with opportunities to increase revenue. The ranch’s standing as a highly rated, globally recognized destination resort together with top quality improvements, infrastructure and staff in a pristine alpine setting position the next owner for predictable success.

Water Resources:
Vista Verde Guest Ranch lies at the confluence of Coulton Creek, which flows just inside the ranch’s western boundary, and Hinman Creek, which flows along the southern boundary of the ranch. Water rights include:
Sunnyside Ditch No. 1 – 6.6 c.f.s. Irrigation, domestic and stock use. Adjudicated 11/30/1944. Appropriated 5/1/1912. (Alternate Point of Diversion for 0.22 c.f.s. from Tufly Spring No. 1. Adjudicated 5/27/1972).
Tufly Spring and Pipeline– 0.0156 c.f.s. Domestic use and stock watering. Adjudicated 5/3-/1964. Appropriated 6/2/1964.
Coulton Creek Ditch– 3.4 c.f.s. Irrigation use. Adjudicated 3/30/1964. Appropriated 7/1/1934.
Sunnyside Ditch Enlargement– 6.4 c.f.s. Irrigation and domestic use. Adjudicated 9/11/1972. Appropriated 5/10/1966.
Coulton Creek Ditch– 0.25 c.f.s. Irrigation use. Adjudicated 03/30/1964. Appropriated 07/01/1934.
Bill’s Spring-0.033 c.f.s. Domestic use. Adjudicated 10/25/1991. Appropriated 07/01/1988.
Van Straaten Pond-7.39 a.f. Adjudicated 01/03/1992. Appropriated 06/01/1988.
Commercial well– Permit 51820
Residential wells- Permits 154872 and 152494
The Elk River is just south of the ranch and flows from the adjoining Routt National Forest. Giant boulders in the river are rearranged every spring as the river drains enormous amounts of snowpack from the watershed. The river is tamed with the onset of summer, creating outstanding fishing opportunities in the healthy, nutrient-rich waterway.

Colorado’s mostly sunny weather and dry climate create the ideal setting for outdoor recreation in every season. Adventures both on and off of the ranch are tailored to each individual. Guests can develop and hone skills in horse clinics, culinary classes, wine tastings and photography workshops. With a string of over 80 horses, riders are aptly matched to experience a great trail ride through the forest or master a particular skill during a clinic that takes horse and rider to the next level. Hiking, biking, riding, fishing, rock climbing, rafting/kayaking, backcountry skiing, snow biking, yoga, and snowshoeing are just a few of the ways guests can experience adventure in the Rockies.

Taxes: $90,638.38

Mineral Rights: Any Seller owned minerals will convey

Broker’s Comment:
Vista Verde Guest Ranch has long attracted guests with an impressive variety of activities, outstanding cuisine and ultra-comfortable accommodations. Recognized among the most exclusive luxury guest ranches in the world, Vista Verde Ranch is one of three ranches in the nation awarded the prestigious AAA Four Diamond rating, North America’s premier hotel rating program. With a strong expectation of quality and an eye toward ease of ownership in the future, the owners diligently and thoroughly upgraded every improvement on the ranch. New improvements have recently been added, expanding opportunities available to guests and enhancing the welcoming elegance of the ranch. Somewhat unique in the industry, is the ranch’s ability to generate a positive cash flow with room to increase revenues. Federal and county permits that accompany the ranch operation are exceedingly difficult, if not impossible, to obtain in today’s regulatory climate. Vista Verde Ranch, with a long history of outstanding service and quality, combined with its location and irreplaceable entitlements, is being offered turn-key.