Rocky Mountain Ranch Retreats
Collected by Jen Murphy, AFAR Contributor
Harken back to the days of the Wild Wild West at these ranch retreats in the Rockies where you can ride horses, learn to wrangle and enjoy the fresh mountain air.
40060 Paws Up Rd, Greenough, MT 59823, USA
One of the most luxurious Western guest ranches, opened in 2005, the Resort at Paws Up, in Greenough, sprawls over 37,000 acres of classic Montana landscape: elk-filled meadows, rocky peaks, and ponderosa pines in the Blackfoot Valley, with the...
45362 Needle Rock Rd, Crawford, CO 81415, USA
Live out your Western fantasies without roughing it at Smith Fork Ranch. A two-story log house and four cabins accommodate 26 guests on 265 acres. Saddle up to ride into the mountains and meadows along old Ute trails or help to pen cattle along...
3530 County Rd 83, Tabernash, CO 80478, USA
Winter came surprisingly early to Devil's Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado, crushing my plans to mountain bike and fly-fish amid fall foliage. Luckily, horseback riding is on offer year-round at the ranch stables. My horse Rusty braved the...
52068 W Fork Rd #38, Dolores, CO 81323, USA
Among the most lauded hotel openings in recent years, Dunton Hot Springs is a glitterati mainstay, with its batch of former mining community cabins that look straight out of a Ralph Lauren catalogue. You don’t have to book a pricey stay at...
82 Parque Creek Rd, Dubois, WY 82513, USA
"Are we still going to ride?" I ask, glancing at the storm rolling off the jagged peaks of the Absaroka mountains. Wrangler Dallin Maples, 25, responds by handing me a long, yellow raincoat as the first drops splat on the hard brim of my hat. "The...
Lundbreck, AB T0K 1H0, Canada
Surrounded by rolling hills at the base of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the Sierra West Cabins offer guests a chance to live a back-to-basics life on an authentic working cattle ranch. Experience the day-to-day activities of an Albertan cowboy...
Twin Bridges, MT 59754, USA
Peggy Dulany, a New York philanthropist and daughter of David Rockefeller, bought J Bar L to protect the 620-square-mile Centennial Valley, a former Native American hunting ground settled by a few cattle-ranching families in the late 19th...
5551 W Fork Rd, Darby, MT 59829, USA
There are helipads but no cell phones or young children at Triple Creek Ranch, a 600-acre luxury Western playground on a slope of 10,157-foot Trapper Peak, Montana’s highest mountain, near the Idaho border. Owned by Craig and Barbara Barrett...
79 Carriage House Ln, Philipsburg, MT 59858, USA
In 2007, hedge fund investor Jim Manley bought a working cattle ranch on the site of a historic silver-mining claim to stake as his bigger-than-life family retreat. In 2010, he opened up the Ranch at Rock Creek, a toy-filled haven in southwest ...
2020 Chevallier Dr, Wolf Creek, MT 59648, USA
This family-owned and -managed 1,000-acre guest ranch in Lewis and Clark County is paradise for riders of all ages looking to improve technique while learning about equine psychology and Western working life. The owners, Zack and Patty Wirth, and...
66 Brush Creek Ranch Road, Saratoga, WY 82331, USA
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...
3640 Colorado Hwy 125, Granby, CO 80446, USA
Grown ups will have just as much fun as kids at this working ranch in Granby Colorado. If you're a serious rider, you'll love exploring C Lazy U's 8,500 acres on horseback. On Saturday's guests of all ages can show off their riding skills at the...
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