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Company: Vee Bar Guest Ranch
Address: 2091 St. Hwy 130
City: Laramie
State/Province: WY
Zip/Postal Code: 82070
Country: USA
Phone: 307-745-7036
Fax: 307-745-7433
Web Site:
Information & Reservations: 1-800-483-3227
Owner: Jim Cole, Kelly Cole, and Brent & Kari Kilmer
Company Media Contact: Kari Kilmer
Phone: 307-745-7036
Adventure Media Contact: Stephanie Parnell
Phone: 832-755-7661
True Western Hospitality: The Vee Bar Guest Ranch

Nestled in the shadows of the Snowy Range mountains along the banks of the Little Laramie River, the Vee Bar Guest Ranch tells stories of yester-year with its hundred-year-old barn and lodge in the Centennial Valley.  The ranches' western charm is enhanced because of the rich history that stretches back over a hundred years. With a past that at various points in time includes being a cattle, horse, sheep, and buffalo operation, a stagecoach stop, a post office, a freight line to  local mines, and a government training school for boys from low-income families, the unforgettable Vee Bar is now operating as a guest ranch in the summer and a bed and breakfast & corporate retreat location in the winter. It's a quiet get-away for many, and sure to make quite an impression on travelers who like a healthy dose of history and western culture with their vacation.

The Vee Bar was added to a select list of buildings on the National Registry of Historic Buildings in 1986, and the original lodge was a one-story, ten-room house built in 1891.  After several additions and renovations over the past century, the lodge is still used today as a restaurant, conference center, office, and home for ranch employees.The Vee Bar is now owned by local rancher Jim Cole and his son, Kelly Cole, who have added new guest accommodations in the form of three log duplexes. Kelly’s oldest daughter Kari and her husband are currently managing the ranch and hope to gradually take over Jim's shares of the ranch in the future. These duplexes which decorated with antiques and American West decor, replaced the guest rooms located on the second floor of the lodge in order to provide added privacy and comfort for guests. The Cole Family also own and operate the Deerwood cattle ranch, located approximately ten miles south of the Vee Bar, nestled in the Centennial Valley below the Medicine Bow National Forest. The Deerwood is home to three generations of Cole's including son Kelly and his family, daughter Jana and her family and son Curt. The Coles' seven grandchildren play an active part in the operation of the Vee Bar Guest Ranch, particularly during guest ranch season working as wranglers, assisting in the dining room, helping with housekeeping and maintenance chores and wherever else a hand is needed, establishing the family-friendly atmosphere of this historic guest ranch.

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We Are Family: Adventures At the Vee Bar

The Vee Bar Guest Ranch, located just 2 1/2 hours north of Denver, offers the ideal vacation destination for travelers in the region (or across country) who want a travel destination with outdoor adventure and western fun. With its family-friendly atmosphere and hands-on approach to western adventure, the whole clan is guaranteed a good time with a Vee Bar vacation. Family Guest Ranch activities range from horseback riding to evenings gathered around a campfire.

Highlights of the ranch experience include horseback riding, hiking, excellent fly fishing, hayrides, trap shooting, camping, herding cattle, and river tubing. Many activities center around western horseback riding and the Vee Bar claims one of the best horseback riding programs to be found at any guest ranch. The horseback experience will range from riding in the meadows to riding across the top of Centennial Ridge in the stunning Medicine Bow National Forest. Scenic hiking is just minutes away with several well marked trail systems in the nearby Snowy Range mountains. Cattle work and sleeping out on the range will further the families' appreciation of the western lifestyle. Some of the best trout fishing around is right on the ranch, or anglers can find beauty and solitude by fly fishing in the mountains.

The ranch is a great vacation place for kids. The terrain is gentle and safe with plenty of room to run and play. For children under six, child-care providers will be available with notice. Children six and older are eligible for horseback riding activities with parents or other children. All children can work on their horsemanship skills by competing in the gymkhana or moving cattle while receiving pointers and coaching from the Vee Bar's kid-friendly wranglers.

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For Outdoor Adventure Enthusiasts

Any time is a good time for a vacation at the Vee Bar, and visitors can select from a menu of adventures and activities to help them "get away from it all" and enjoy the great outdoors. Summer guests can experience a diverse horseback riding program, including half-day rides, all-day rides, cattle drives, and an overnight camping trip.  Their week-long stay involves not only riding, but also river tubing, fishing, skeet shooting, hiking, and country swing dancing.  History and stories are also shared informally by the staff and family, creating a fun and unique experience.

Winter guests will find the Vee Bar to be a convenient location to the Snowy Range for winter activities such as skiing and snowmobiling.  Located only ten miles from the Snowy Range Ski Area, the ranch provides overnight guests with a full breakfast and a hot tub to soothe sore muscles after a day on the slopes.

All of this is enhanced by the accommodation, which is rife with western heritage. The cabins and lodge offer antique furnishings from the Vee Bar's rich and colorful past. Happiness can be found with ease at the lovely Vee Bar Guest Ranch, whether riding across the grassy meadows on a beautiful summer morning, relaxing to the sound of the Little Laramie River flowing just outside the cabin, or spending a day on the slopes of the Snowy Range, the Vee Bar offers families a memorable and unique vacation experience.

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Accommodation: Comfort and Style at the Guest Ranch and Bed & Breakfast

Perfect for a week-long vacation or a weekend getaway, the Vee Bar cabins are in close proximity to the Snowy Range Mountains. These cozy, comfortable cabins have decks and chairs just right for relaxing with a good book, daydreaming, or visiting with friends and family. Deer, rabbits, chipmunks, and squirrels wander the grounds around the cabins, and the peaceful sound of the Little Laramie River flowing just outside offers the perfect nighttime lullaby. Whether travelers are looking for a romantic mountain getaway or a rough and tumble family vacation, these warm and inviting cabins will be a perfect fit.

Riverside Suites (2 Sleeping areas, 1 bath):
The rustic exterior and interior of the Riverside Suites match the rustic look of the historic lodge built in the 1800's. The interiors offer modern conveniences surrounded in antique furnishings preserved from ranching days. The Riverside Suites, located near the lodge & hot tub include two private bedrooms, full bath, small refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer. All are within walking distance to the lodge and sit along the banks of the Little Laramie River.

Cabins 1, 2, 3 -- (2-3 Sleeping areas, 1 bath):
The more secluded Vee Bar Ranch Cabins are nestled among the trees farther away from the lodge. Two of the cabins have two to three sleeping areas and a bathroom with a coffee maker, small refrigerator, and hair dryer. Two of the cabins have cozy lofts, while the third is designed on one level. Each cabin is heated primarily by a gas fireplace.

4 Lodge Rooms (sleep 2-3 people, only available Sept. - May):
The lodge rooms are only available September through May.  Each room has one queen bed and its own bathroom.  One of the rooms has one additional twin bed, and another room has a twin futon.  These rooms are perfect for a romantic getaway. 

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Hearty Western Fare: Cuisine at the Vee Bar

Never to be forgotten, the Vee Bar's menu of home-cooked food is part of a fun stay at the ranch. During the summer, dining is buffet-style in the informal western tradition. Guests enjoy a varied menu of meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade breads, and desserts. These buffet meals are served three times a day during the summer at 8 am, noon, and 7 pm, after cocktails at 6pm in the John Wayne Saloon.  During the months of Septebmer through May, meals are served off of the dinner menu, and the Vee Bar is known for their delicious steaks. Every “home cooked meal from scratch” is prepared by the guest ranch chefs and served in the historic main lodge dining room near the large river rock fireplace.  The hearty western or gourmet meals are supplemented with fresh salads, fruit, homemade breads, pastries and desserts at every meal.  Not everyone can eat like ranch hands, so the ranch chefs accommodate special diets with prior notice.

Guests begin every morning with hot coffee or tea, a fresh fruit plate, homemade pastries, and a variety of freshly prepared breakfast items from the buffet. Lunch and dinner menus appeal to the appetites of young and old alike with a variety of fresh salads, homemade breads, and desserts accompanying delicious main courses choices. The John Wayne Saloon features a variety of sodas, wines, liqueurs and other alcoholic beverages.

All American Cookout and Picnic:

Tuesday and Thursday evenings during ranch stays, guests are in for a treat for the Vee Bar All-American picnic and Campout.  Tuesday evenings guests join a fiddle and guitar player on the horse-drawn, haywagon ride around the ranch returning to the John Wayne Saloon for entertainment along with All-American Picnic. Thursday evenings, guests enjoy a BBQ featuring ribs and chicken over the campfire at the ranch campsite nestled in a canyon near the edge of the  Medicine Bow National Forest.  After a night of sleeping out in teepees under the stars, guests enjoy a hearty “breakfast on the range” before herding cattle at the main ranch.

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A Unique Meeting & Corporate Retreat Destination

The Vee Bar Guest Ranch specializes in small conferences and retreats, with space for up to 40 guests for day conferences and 25-30 guests for overnight retreats. The great room in the main lodge is the primary meeting space. It provides a relaxed atmosphere with large picture windows with spectacular views and a cozy river rock fireplace. The saloon can also be used for meetings; with smaller windows it can be the ideal setting because it's dark enough for slide presentations.

A typical conference starts with a full or continental breakfast featuring a homemade bread or pastry. Lunch can be served buffet-style, depending on the size of the group. Water, coffee, and sodas are available all day. If an overnight retreat, several options are available for dinner. The chef is happy to offer suggestions for a buffet style dinner or guests may order from the restaurant menu. Many groups also choose to have a social hour before dinner.

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