If you love beautiful
horses, you can
combine the two at
Vista Verde in the
“It’s worth it to hear the sound of snow crunching under
the horses’ feet,” says Wilson. “You feel the warmth of their
furry coats, and watch their breath as it comes out of their
noses like steam.”
Besides snowy trail rides, Vista Verde also offers sleigh
rides, pulled by one horse or two.
Getting out of the cold at the ranch doesn’t mean giving
up being around horses. Horsemanship clinics held in the
ranch’s heated indoor arena allow guests to hone their riding
skills. Private lessons and clinics are offered for both novice and intermediate
riders, with western and ranch horse instruction provided by the ranch’s teachers.
“The instruction applies to any sort of riding since much of it is really focused
on understanding the horse and how to communicate with him,” says Wilson.
The horses used for trail riding and lessons are carefully chosen by the ranch,
the winter, offering guests a chance
to experience the Rockies during this
very special time of year.
“Imagine a snow globe; that’s
what it looks like here in the winter,”
says Stephanie Wilson, director of
hospitality for Vista Verde. “A blanket
of snow covering the valley and
surrounding hillsides, and snow falling
around you as you ride on the trails
around the ranch property.”
While trail rides at Vista Verde vary
from winter to spring—the winter
rides are shorter because of the
cold—they are just as picturesque.