Wendy Shattil / Bob Rozinski
There are over 100 excellent guest ranches in the Western U.S., offering a range of family vacations. Brush Creek Ranch, in southern Wyoming, is one of the more exclusive properties, offering an enormous range of activities on 15,000 acres of stunning high-mountain ranchland. This is the main lodge building, looking out over the horse pastures.
Camp Hotels: Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga
Log cabins and wood-paneled rooms are decked out with potbelly stoves or open-hearth fireplaces, wood-carved dressers, and leather armchairs, providing a snug respite after an action-packed day of western adventure. In the surrounding 15,000 acres of rolling meadows and woodland, visitors can go fly-fishing by drift boat, hike the grassland trails, or even hunt elk. The ranch itself offers rock climbing, paintball, and horse shoe pits.