December 14, 2018

American Excursionist's Guide to North American Ranches

Few experiences in North America are more evocative than ranching but each has a distinct style, and putting the right guest in the right property is paramount. Here's our cheat sheet to picking the right ranch:

The Ranch at Rock Creek

  • Location: Montana ranchland outside Philipsburg
  • Best For: Couples or small groups looking for high-end, tailor-made experiences
  • Why Go: Relais & Chateaux, full-service spa, wildlife watching, target shooting, ropes course, The Silver Dollar Saloon, horseback riding on 6,000 acres
  • Accommodation: 4 different luxurious styles: lodge rooms, canvas cabins, historic barn and luxury homes
  • Season: Year-round, 3 to 5 night mi depending on season
  • Price: From US$1000 pp/pn, all inclusive

The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch

  • Location: Wyoming’s Platte River Valley
  • Best For: Families & couples looking for outdoor adventure and luxury amenities
  • Why Go: Award winning ranch & spa, wine cellar, fly-fishing, horseback riding, zip line, sunrise yoga and L'il Wranglers child friendly dude ranch
  • Accommodation: Rustic-chic luxury in three styles: Lodge Rooms, Cabin Suites and Cabin Residences
  • Season: May-Oct, 3 to 4 night min depending on season
  • Price: From US$900 pp/pn, all inclusive

The Ranch at Emerald Valley

  • Location: Pike National Forest by Broadmoor Resort
  • Best For: Couples, families & small groups that want to get out into nature without sacrificing comfort
  • Why Go: Cattle herding, fly fishing, hiking, horseback riding and archery, access to the main Broadmoor Resort, including its Forbes Five-Star Spa
  • Accommodation: Luxury cabins with fireplaces and Rocky Mountain-inspired furniture
  • Season: May-Oct. 2 night min on weekends
  • Price: From US$975 pp/pn, all inclusive

Lone Mountain Guest Ranch

  • Location: Near Yellowstone Park
  • Best For: Families with younger children and bigger groups looking for adventure
  • Why Go: Youth programs, horseback riding, hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, exploring Yellowstone, fly-fishing, snowshoeing, skiing and sleigh rides
  • Accommodation: Rustic but comfortable - one or two bedroom cabins, connecting cabins and lodges
  • Season: May-Oct, 4 to 7 night min depending on season
  • Price: From US$500 pp/pn, all inclusive

The Resort at Paws Up

  • Location: Working Montana ranch
  • Best For: Younger couples, larger groups and families
  • Why Go: Fly-fishing, rappelling, clay shooting, whitewater rafting, ATV riding, and kid-friendly activities. Great culinary and activity focused events throughout the year
  • Accommodation: Private homes and luxury tents with comfortable amenities and attentive service.
  • Season: Closed Feb-Mar, 2 to 4 night min depending on season
  • Price: Fom $1,000 pp/pn including meals and many activities

Siwash Lake Wilderness Lodge

  • Location: British Columbia’s remote, southern interior
  • Best For: Sophisticated couples and families looking for unique wilderness experience
  • Why Go: Award-winning Siwash Synergy with Horses™ riding program, wildlife safaris, helicopter adventures, shooting, archery, fly-fishing, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, outdoor yoga, and water skiing
  • Accommodation: ultra-luxury two-room canvas cabin tents
  • Season: Jun-Sep, 3 night minimum
  • Price: From US$636 pp/pn, including meals and many activities

Triple Creek Ranch

  • Location: Montana Rockies
  • Best For: Couples looking for a romantic getaway, adults only
  • Why Go: Relais & Chateaux, wine and food tastings, romantic scenery, wide variety of native wildlife and all-inclusive outdoor activities.
  • Accommodation: Refined rustic elegance with private luxury log ranch cabins and ranch homes
  • Season: Closed in Mar, no min stay
  • Price: From US$550 pp/pn all inclusive

320 Guest Ranch

  • Location: Mountains near the Montana/Wyoming border
  • Best For: Families interested in outdoor adventure and frontier history, and more adventurous couples
  • Why Go: Experience the early West at a preserved homestead, horseback riding, world-class fly fishing, wildlife viewing, skiing, sleigh rides
  • Accommodation: Deluxe log cabins and luxurious mountain chalets
  • Season: Year-round, no min stay
  • Price: From US$275 pp/pn, only includes contiental breakfast

Zapata Ranch

  • Location: On the eastern wall of the San Luis Valley, Colorado
  • Best For: Families & groups looking for adventure and to experience authentic ranching
  • Why Go: Wild bison and traditional horsemanship
  • Accommodation: Restored chinked log buildings
  • Season: Mar-Oct, 3 night min
  • Price: From US$900 pp/pn all inclusive

Ladder Ranch

  • Location: Foothills of the Gila Mountains.
  • Best For: Families & groups searching for an extraordinary ranching
  • Why Go: Exclusivity, once personal home of Ted Turner, spectacular wildlife and magnificent mix of ecosystems, over 150,000 acres of New Mexico to explore, tranquil, discover fossils and canyon tours
  • Accommodation: Rustic-chic and spacious five bedroom, three bathroom ranch house.
  • Season: Year-round, no min stay
  • Price: From US$1,500 pp/pn all inclusive.

Dunton Hot Springs

  • Location: Restored 19th century ghost town surrounded by mineral hot springs in southwestern Colorado
  • Best For: Families interested in exploring nature
  • Why Go: Nature-lover's haven, endless summer and winter outdoor activities, hot-spring-fed pools, close to Telluride
  • Accommodation: Rustic, hand-hewn log cabins with luxury furnishings and strong service
  • Season: Year-round, 2 to 4 night min depending on the season
  • Price: From US$1000 pp/pn all inclusive