Vista Gold Corp. Announces Filing of Preliminary Short Form Base Shelf Prospectus and Registration Statement

    DENVER, April 17 /CNW/ -- Vista Gold Corp. ("Vista" or the "Corporation")
(TSX & NYSE Amex:   VGZ) is pleased to announce that it filed today a
preliminary short form base shelf prospectus with the securities commissions
in each province and territory of Canada (other than Quebec) and a
corresponding shelf registration statement on Form S-3 with the United States
Securities and Exchange Commission (collectively, the "Offering Documents"). 
The Offering Documents, when brought effective, will allow Vista to make
offerings of common shares, debt securities, warrants, subscription receipts
or units for initial aggregate proceeds of up to US$200 million during the
next 25 months to potential purchasers in each province and territory of
Canada (other than Quebec) and the United States.  Vista expects that it will
need to fund the initial capital requirements for the construction and
development of its Paredones Amarillos gold project, once necessary permits
and approvals have been received.  Although the initial financings under the
Offering Documents are expected to be used for the construction and
development of our existing properties, the proceeds from financings under the
Offering Documents may also be used by Vista to fund development of its other
existing or acquired mineral properties, acquisitions, working capital
requirements, repayment of outstanding indebtedness from time-to-time or for
other general corporate purposes.  The Offering Documents provide Vista with a
flexible and efficient approach for completing future financings for corporate
growth and development.

    A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with
the United States Securities and Exchange Commission but has not yet become
effective.  These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted
prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective.  This news
release shall not constitute an offer to sell nor the solicitation of an offer
to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which
such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration
or qualification under the securities laws of any such state.

    About Vista Gold
    Since 2001, Vista has acquired a number of gold projects with the
expectation that higher gold prices would increase their value. For more
information about our projects, including technical studies and resource
estimates, please visit our website at Vista has undertaken
programs to advance our Paredones Amarillos gold project, including the
completion of a bankable feasibility study and the purchase of long delivery
equipment items for use at that project. A drilling program was completed on
our Mt Todd project in 2008 and a new resource estimate was completed early in
2009. Metallurgical studies are underway and a new pre-feasibility study is
expected to be completed during 2009. Vista's other holdings include the
Guadalupe de los Reyes project in Mexico, the Yellow Pine project in Idaho,
the Awak Mas project in Indonesia, and the Long Valley project in California.

    Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking
statements within the meaning of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and U.S.
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and forward-looking information within the
meaning of Canadian securities laws. All statements, other than statements of
historical facts, included in this press release that address activities,
events or developments that Vista expects or anticipates will or may occur in
the future, including those relating to the proposed financing by Vista, are
forward-looking statements. The timing, occurrence and results or events could
differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements as
a result of risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation,
capital market conditions, risks relating to fluctuations in the price of
gold, uncertainties concerning reserve and resource estimates, risks relating
to the status of Vista's required governmental permits for the Paredones
Amarillos gold project, delays in construction of the Paredones Amarillos gold
project, feasibility study results and the estimates on which they are based
and studies and timing relating to new resources estimates, as well as those
factors discussed in Vista's latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly
Report on Form 10-Q and other documents filed with the securities commissions
in each province and territory of Canada and with the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission. Although Vista has attempted to identify important
factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause
results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no
assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate as actual results and
future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such
statements. Except as required by law, Vista assumes no obligation to publicly
update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information,
future events or otherwise.

    For further information, please contact Connie Martinez at (720)
981-1185, or visit the Vista Gold Corp. website at


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