Dust off your Cowboy boots! These handpicked ranches offer exceptional outdoor adventures without sacrificing luxury.
Some of the most influential creatives of our time sought solitude and inspiration within the mountains, lakes and forests of the great outdoors. Whether you crave adventure like Hemingway, or seek a more meditative escape like Thoreau, our handpicked ranches are certain to satisfy all tastes and styles.
Paws up — Montana
A true cattle ranch set on a jaw-dropping 37,000 acres of untamed Montana wilderness steeped in Lewis & Clark history. Choose to stay in spacious, comfy, multi-bedroom timber homes, or in their famous luxury tents. These take Glamping to the next level; spacious, air-conditioned, and with marvellous amenities, including a copper tub (for two), and your own “camping butler.”
Riding here is dreamy—with more than 100 miles of trails and a private wrangler who will take you along the Blackfoot River and beyond. There’s also a cattle drive (where guests round up the herd on horseback and learn to drive them back to the ranch) and horse wagon-team driving lessons where a real Cowboy teaches guests to drive horses under harness.
If Glamping isn’t your cup of tea, the recently opened adults-only wellness-focused escape and neighbouring property, the Green O, is just for you. A secluded, modern treehouse retreat nestled in the forest allows you to find the perfect balance of nature and serenity, still with full access to the action and adventure at Paws Up when you need it.
Dunton Hot Springs — Colorado
Set in what could easily double as a Western movie set; with 13 hand-hewn log cabins, a hot springs-fed bath house, and an old-timey saloon. Discover uncompromising service, spa, fabulous cuisine, and year-round mountain adventure. The meticulously restored 1800s ghost town is now a well-loved quaint mountain resort where guests can horseback ride in the high Rockies, hike in the San Juans, or fly-fish on an exclusive stretch of the Dolores River. Soothe tired muscles in the natural 39-degree hot spring pool after a long day, before enjoying dinner at the communal dining table with new friends at the Saloon. Winter may be the resort’s best-kept secret, though, with opportunities to snowmobile, snowshoe, and cross-country ski on a course laid out by a former Olympian.
The Lodge at Blue Sky — Auberge Resorts Collection Utah
An exquisitely modern mountain resort doubles as a real-deal Dude ranch and working farm nestled in the middle of the spectacular Uinta mountain range near Park City. Located within a few hours of some of the most spectacular National Parks in the US including the Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, Arches, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone. Observe how the modern architecture artistically blends in with its spectacular mountain backdrop from the
serene infinity pool. When adventure calls, the generous hotel staff can arrange anything from high alpine heli-hiking, biking, fishing, and yoga to winter heli-ski adventures.
Animals and nature are at the heart of this property; the owner rescued her first equine (the famous Gracie) a few years ago and she’s been on a crusade to save poorly treated horses ever since. Today, the Saving Gracie Foundation rehabilitates neglected and mistreated horses on the Blue Sky estate, which includes 25 cows, 12 chickens, and three cats. Learn the art of western ranch-riding techniques such as roping and cutting in their state-of-the-art riding arena.
Taylor River Lodge — Colorado
This rustic riverside property feels like a luxe adult summer camp. Cozy cabins are dotted along the Taylor, a semi-private river leading to a fully stocked trout pond. While fly fishing lies at the heart of the experience, the activity menu also includes a host of frontier-inspired pursuits like axe throwing, rock climbing, and archery —not to mention an exquisite wellness program. Take a dip in the gorgeous pool, enjoy a massage at the spa, stroll by the river, play table tennis, and watch a movie snuggled up on one of the comfy couches in the game room. Or, head to the charming mountain town of Crested Butte to ride its world-famous single-track mountain bike trails just 30 minutes away. By nightfall, refuel at the Lodge while the resident chef prepares a seasonal feast, served as a BBQ under the stars or in front of the cosy fire in the winter.
Dotted across the United States you will find some incredible lodges, ranches, and experiences in nature. Connect with one of our team to book your next trip to feel like you are in the Wild Wild West.