When you think of a luxury vacation, your first thought might not be a ranch property. However, these eight US ranches (plus an honorable mention of a British Columbia-based ranch) offer laid-back luxury in incredible outdoor settings complete with adventurous activities and fun for the entire family.
We’ve rounded up the best ranches to go to during peak summer season when warm, sunny days fade into orange-colored sunsets over many of America’s western frontiers and where you can choose from every activity from cowboy classes to fly fishing to horseback riding.
One thing’s for sure: Peace and quiet are guaranteed whichever luxury ranch you choose.
The Ranch at Rock Creek
With room for only 29 accommodations, The Ranch at Rock Creek is a serene escape nestled in a Montana valley (see our Remote Suites of the World piece). It’s a ranch-style experience through and through from its ranch-style cuisine at Blue Canteen (think bison burgers and Montana ribs) to a ropes course and shooting sports to exploring the endless, untouched nature around you via foot or horseback. You’d be remiss not to book one of seven luxury homes ranging from one- to five-bedrooms.
Bear House is one of our personal favorites and each is decorated in Western-style decor where no detail has gone unnoticed. Don’t miss summer rodeos from June through August on Tuesdays: Watch professional cowboys ride broncos or steers at The Ranch’s very own Camp Roosevelt Arena. We promise this is about as Western as it gets.
Brush Creek Ranch
Brush Creek Ranch houses myriad experiences for every type of person on a 30,000-acre stretch of land that also is a working cattle ranch. Brush Creek houses The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek, a family-friendly accommodation with plenty of activities; Magee Homestead, the ranch’s Relais & Châteaux counterpart that offers seclusion and renewal throughout outdoor yoga and spa treatments; and French Creek Sportmen’s Club with 15,000 acres of land for wingshooting, fly fishing and Big Game hunting trips.
Stay in one of the Cabin Residences, the largest and most luxe of all the amenities. You can’t go wrong with any of them, but for large families and groups, the Homestead Residence is the most private of them all and can be combined with Jo’s Cowgirl and Stagecoach residences for the ultimate private experience. Each has massive floor-to-ceiling windows in a log cabin with Western decor and jaw-dropping views.
Go for Independence Day Week, the biggest week of the year. Culinary experiences at the resort’s Cheyenne Club await, as does a performance by country group Runaway June. In July, The Farm at Brush Creek will open on this Saratoga ranch.