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Top 5: North American Ranches

Striking a perfect balance of rustic cowboy culture and resort-level luxury, ranches will keep you active with adventures set in elemental landscapes, then wind you down with farm-to-table dining, spa treatments and sumptuous accommodation. Here are our some of our favourites.

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Triple Creek Ranch, Montana, USA

This is the wild west, Relais & Chateau-style at Triple Creek Ranch, an upscale adults-only resort set in the heart of the Montana Rockies, home to elk, deer, bison and a panoply of birdlife.

Defined by a rustic elegance, Triple Creek is made up of private log cabins and secluded ranch homes which are as spacious as they are extremely comfortable, overlooking the Bitterroot Mountains. This award-winning ranch offers the perfect base to get out and explore Big Sky Country.  Spring and summer see the ranch spring to life with wildflowers and rivers teeming with fish, where you can spend your days herding cattle, riding and fly-fishing. Come winter, take the dogs for a sled or cross-country ski through silent forests, blanketed in snow. Every evening, look forward to fine dining served in your cabin or the dining room featuring steaks, chillis, fish and salads, paired with  vintage wines from the cellar.

“Embrace the cowboy or cowgirl in you at Triple Creek Ranch, an authentic but thoroughly luxurious experiential retreat.”

Best For: Adult Luxury

Unless you want to hire out the entire resort for a special gathering, no under 16s are allowed giving Triple Creek Ranch a rarefied ambience. The experience is all-inclusive so expect impeccable service and total opulence.

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Siwash Lake Ranch Resort, British Columbia, Canada

In the heart of British Columbia, Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort only takes a maximum of 16 guests despite being found in an area the size of a national park, making it very exclusive. Family owned and operated, this enormous retreat offers a beautiful main ranch house as well as a selection of under canvas options from which to appreciate nature and relaxation.

The emphasis at Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort is indulging in pastimes rooted to cowboy culture and Indigenous people. You might spend a day panning for gold, fly fishing for rainbow trout or learning about wilderness survival. Enjoy hiking to the top of Marble Mountain, take a gentle trek to waterfalls edged by wildflowers or enjoy a lazy float on a tube down the river. Horses play a big part in life here – and with their own herd of ranch horses, and the award-winning Siwash Synergy with Horses™ riding program, saddle up for equestrian adventure.

“Surrounded by snow-dusted peaks, be immersed in this vast wilderness with hands-on activities on an authentic dude ranch in the heart of British Columbia.”

Best For: Off-Grid Adventure

With a huge range of activities, adults and children alike can challenge themselves away from the distractions of modern life, learning new skills, bonding in the great outdoors and spending quality time together. The short opening season from June to September makes it an appealing summer holiday option, but do book early.

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The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana, USA

Your own private wild west, with 6,000 acres of land to play wrangler on this working ranch, upscale wilderness resort The Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana is a big sky cowboy fantasy brought to life in awe-inspiring natural landscapes. Accommodation is in rustic-luxe wooden cabins, lodge rooms and historic barns, all furnished to a very high standard with traditional Native American fabrics, open fireplaces and verandahs replete with rocking chairs for that end-of-the-day porch moment.

Days are spent exploring the endless wilderness by horse or fly fishing on the famous Blue Ribbon River – Rock Creek boasts six species of trout, so the chances of catching one is high. Also on site is a bowling alley, an ice rink (in season), a rodeo showground and a cinema. Round off your day with a rejuvenating Saddle Sore Soak at the spa followed by a top-class dinner of local braised elk in the lodge dining room and a fireside craft whiskey in the saloon. Ranch life at Rock Creek is truly good for the soul.

“Combining a top-class spa, fine dining and epic ranch experiences, The Ranch at Rock Creek comes highly recommended for memorable wild west adventures.”

Best For: Wild West Family Adventure

With activities part of their all-inclusive program, Rock Creek is the place to try it all and have fun while doing so. There is plenty to engage young minds such as sapphire mining, learning how to light fires and joining the intrepid Forest Rangers kids’ club, but your most memorable family moments may well be quiet star gazing with a hot chocolate in hand.

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The Lodge at Blue Sky, Utah, USA

Just outside of Utah’s Salt Lake City and guarded over by the Wasatch Mountain Range, lies The Lodge at Blue Sky, amid 3,500-acres of untamed landscapes that play host to a variety of adventure, relaxation and interaction within its epic terrain. Paired with facilitating can-do staff, The Lodge ensures you truly make the most of your time here.

Characterised by a stylish aesthetic, the retreat is made up of a collection of architecturally designed suites, lodges and houses, all decorated in a chic, contemporary style which contrasts beautifully with the raw topography and mountainous views as seen from floor-to-ceiling windows. Outside, epic scenery is there to be experienced, either on skis in winter, on horseback, on a mountain bike or even up and away in a helicopter to land you in remote spots, inaccessible by any other means. There’s also a neighbouring whisky distillery to drop by. With a wellness slant, The Lodge’s spa has a spectacular setting and offers mindfulness pursuits such as sound healing, meditation and yoga. Dinners are nourishing and delicious, created with ingredients from the resort’s own farm.

“Perfect for design-savvy travellers, The Lodge offers a stylish entry point into Utah’s wilderness and incredible natural beauty in immersive activities in the great outdoors.”

Best For: Back to Nature Escapes

With plenty of space, modern retreat The Lodge at Blue Sky has it all – couples wanting privacy and spa time to families enjoying a big gathering get-together. It’s positively encouraged that you experience as much as you can here and the variety is simply amazing from alpine art classes to wildlife tracking, sage ceremonies to cowboy horsemanship.

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Dunton River Camp, Colorado, USA

Complete immersion into nature is practically guaranteed at this peaceful river camp, once a former cattle ranch in Colorado that dates back to the late 1800s. Located within 500-acres of forest and meadow, Dunton River Camp is just five metres from Dolores River which winds its way through the valley, presided over by distant snow-capped peaks. A place to completely disconnect and unwind, the setting at Dunton River Camp allows for easy access into raw nature while providing a private and comfortable place to stay.

Without any compromise on luxury, your tent is spacious with a deep pile bed, plush sofa and outdoor decking for evening drinks and stargazing. An ensuite bathroom comes replete with bathtub and shower. Mountain bikes are yours to use for your stay making heading out onto nature trails easy or you may prefer to while a way an afternoon fishing for trout, paddleboarding the calm riverway or taking a riverside sauna. As the sun sets, anticipate dinner served in the farmhouse, a culinary feast featuring crafted cocktails, roast lamb, and local fruit and vegetables. Afterwards, sit by the fire and marvel at the twinkling constellations overhead.

“With a gentle pace and surrounded by pristine nature, Dunton River Camp is a good-for-the-soul experience in the wilds of Colorado.”

Best For: Peaceful Nature Immersion

The perfect respite from modern life, Dunton River Camp is ideal for couples looking to connect with nature in this peaceful part of Colorado. It would make a great stop as part of a longer Colorado-Arizona-Utah itinerary – talk to us about creating your perfect USA road trip.

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