A local ranch just outside of Steamboat Springs offers more fun on the snow for your family vacation. Saddleback Ranch has snowmobiling, horseback riding, dinner sleigh rides, and a great tubing hill.
“It’s something that everyone in the family can do,” says Luanna Iacovetto, owner of Saddle Back Ranch. “I see 80-year-olds coming down whooping and hollering and acting like eight-year-olds.”
Iacovetto says that’s the fun of tubing. “You don’t have to have a lot of skill. You just want to have a good time.”
Saddleback Ranch’s tubing hill has been around for about six years. Iacovetto says she kept telling her husband that they had a perfect spot for a tubing hill but it took him five years to realize it. After a local company had their Christmas party at the ranch, he saw the light and put in a small tow rope to get folks up Yee-Haw Hill.
She says people come back year after year. “We have return people all the time on the tubing hill because it will absolutely bring out the kid in you,” says Iacovetto who describes herself as “just an old cowgirl.” She says she’s never sent an email in her life.
Iacovetto says they’ll stay open as long as the snow keeps falling. “We’ll stop when the good Lord tells us we can’t run anymore.” She adds that last year was rough, with such little snowfall. “The tubing hill turned into a water park overnight.”
The Saddleback Ranch tubing hill is open from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. six days a week (closed Tuesdays). Every age is welcome except kids 5 and under need to ride with an adult. It is groomed and lighted, tubes are supplied, and there’s a warming lodge with snacks. They’ll pick up your group at the Steamboat Transit Center in town. They’ll pick you up at your hotel if you’re coming out to the ranch for any other activities.