Embracing the life of a cowboy, here at H&L we have scoured the land of stars and stripes to bring you our top picks of the finest USA ranch stays.
The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek – Wyoming
Set in spectacular surroundings on the Rocky Mountain high country in Wyoming, The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek is the perfect combination of a luxury resort with all the charm of a western ranch. The all-inclusive rate includes up to 35 activities, one of which is the obligatory horse riding. Well ok, you don’t have to go horse riding but surely no ranch stay is complete without channelling your inner John Wayne and riding horseback?
Prices start from £6,255 per person based on two adults staying in a Lodge double room for 7 nights on an all-inclusive basis, including return economy class flights from London Heathrow via Denver to Laramie Airport and return transfers. Book with Western & Oriental www.westernoriental.com, 020 3588 6130
Canyon Ranch – Tucson, Arizona
The 80,000 square-foot spa complex at Canyon Ranch, Tucson is beautifully set in more than 150 acres of the iconic Sonoran Desert in South Arizona. The Ranch’s positioning ensures guests can experience beautiful sunny weather all-year-round, clear desert air and easy access to the surrounding canyons and nearby Catalina Mountains. Once the heart of a large, working cattle ranch, Canyon Ranch has since been transformed into one of the best destination spas in the US. The property offers guests a perfect spa getaway, whether that means relaxing by the pool or embarking on life-changing wellness program. From whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms and even underwater treadmills to hiking, biking, high-ropes, golf and tennis there is plenty to cater for all guests dream spa and wellness break.
For more information please visit www.canyonranch.com/tucson/
Dallas, Fort Worth and Wildcatter Ranch
Wexas Travel is inviting travellers to embrace their inner cowboy on this tailor-made holiday to the ‘Lone Star State’, more commonly known as Texas. The trip will commence with two-nights in Fort Worth, ‘the City of Cowboys and Culture’, before heading into the beautiful North Texas Hill Country. The following three-nights will be spent at the traditional Texan Wildcatter Ranch. The stay is offered on a full-board basis and guests can taste a range of tasty traditional Texan food. The lodge is surrounded by 25 miles of horse riding trails and there are lots of additional activities available including archery, jeep experience and clay pigeon shooting. There is also the option to relax in the ranch’s infinity pool and hot tub. Finally, head to vibrant Dallas for two-nights to explore its fantastic arts, theatre and food scene.
Wexas Travel is offering a nine-day Dallas, Fort Worth and Wildcatter Ranch itinerary from £2,695 per person, based on two sharing. This includes return international flights, four-nights’ accommodation on a room-only basis and three-nights’ accommodation on a full-board basis, transfers and a horse riding excursion at Wildcatter Ranch. Based on travel year-round (low-season) For more information please visit wexas.com
Dunton Hot Springs – Dolores, Colorado
Play prospector or lone-ranger against the backdrop of the rivers and valleys of the San Juan National Forest. Buried in rural and rocky Colorado, this idyllic ranch on the site of an old mining town is made up of several log cabins. As the name suggests, it sits on natural hot springs where the original Ute Indians once lazed, so put down the chaps and hop into the restoring waters under the infamous big Colorado skies.
Prices start from £1,260 a night for a double bed log cabin on an all-inclusive basis via HotelsCombined.co.uk
Ocean Point Ranch – Cambria, San Luis Obispo, California
Ok, so this may not be a luxury horse ranch but it is a ranch nonetheless. As an alternative to the expected mountain ranch, Ocean Point Ranch is a modern and chic hideaway. Having undergone a $4mil re-design and re-opened in November 2016, the Ocean Point Ranch is the place to be for an alternative ranch stay. Visible from the Pacific Coast Highway, set it the beautiful San Luis Obispo County, Ocean Point Ranch is brand spanking new in every way. Located on nine seaside acres with direct access to Moonstone Beach, the hotel also has a solar-heated pool, wood burning fireplace and outdoor fire pits for enjoying the California coast.
NEW FLIGHTS (2017)
– On 28 March, British Airways launches a direct route from Gatwick to Oakland
– Also on 28 March Virgin Atlantic launches a direct route from Manchester to San Francisco
– On 14 May Thomas Cook Airlines will launch direct flights from Manchester to San Francisco
The Home Ranch – Elk River Valley, Colorado
Located in the stunning Elk River Valley, in Colorado, The Home Ranch is distinguished by its stunning Rocky Mountain setting amid a million-acre wilderness. The ranch is an equestrian, fly fishing and hiking paradise in the summer and autumn and a skiing nirvana in the winter. Renowned for its Western horseback riding program, the rustic elegance of its lodging, and the beauty of its setting, the guest experience is topped off by the celebrated Haute Mountain Cuisine of Head Chef Jonathan Gillespie, prepared with ingredients from the property’s own farm.
For more information please visit https://www.relaischateaux.com/gb/united-states/homeranch-clark
The Ranch at Emerald Valley – Colorado
Surrounded by over 100,000 acres of the Pike National Forest, the Ranch at Emerald Valley is an all-inclusive retreat that combines the rustic charm of a wilderness enclave with The Broadmoor Group’s incomparable luxury and service. Travellers can spend their time fly fishing in pristine mountain lakes, hiking and biking along the trails or exploring the mountains on horseback.
For more information please visit www.broadmoor.com/the-wilderness-experiences/the-ranch-at-emerald-valley/ or www.Colorado.com
The Resort at Paws Up – Montana
A 37,000 acre 5* ultra-luxurious working cattle ranch set in the wilderness depths of Montana, The Resort at Paws Up offers luxurious accommodations in either a super chic wilderness home or in an ultra-cool private safari-style tented camp. There’s an almost endless array of outdoor activities to enjoy at Paws Up in the summer season, from fly fishing the legendary Blackfoot River and cattle drives suitable for all ages across the range to white water rafting – level 1 for beginners and level 3 for adrenaline junkies, bespoke tuition for horse riding beginners and experts, mountain biking and conquering the challenging one mile Grizzlyman Fitness Trail. In winter, try dogsledding, cross-country skiing, skating, snowmobiling, or enjoying horse-drawn sleigh rides across the snow-blanketed meadows with teams of magnificent Percheron draft horses, furry rugs, gourmet hot chocolate and mesmerising stories woven by the wise old wranglers.
For more information please visit http://www.pawsup.com/
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain – Tucson, Arizona
Time stands still at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, a scenic Tucson, Arizona resort that blends majestically into its Sonoran Desert and Tortolita Mountain setting. Surrounded by a lush Saguaro forest, the luxury mountain resort sits on land once inhabited by the indigenous Hohokam people, who honoured its natural beauty with a spirit that still endures today. Guests can immerse themselves in the region’s natural beauty on hikes, bike rides and horseback rides through the spectacular mountain terrain by day and cosy up by the terrace fire pit beneath a star-filled velvet sky by night. Rooms and suites offer soaring views of the nearby mountain ranges and the hotel offers a Jack Nicklaus Golf course, four restaurants and a destination spa.
Rooms are from US$264 (approx. £215). For more information please visit www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/arizona/dove-mountain.
Triple Creek Ranch – Montana
Triple Creek Ranch is located in the heart of the Montana, surrounded by thousands of acres that are purposefully undeveloped and serve as a wildlife sanctuary for elk, deer, bison and various birds, making this destination perfect for wildlife lovers. Guests staying at the ranch have a huge variety of activities to choose from, including traditional Western American cattle drives, golf, rafting, horse riding, skiing and dog sledding. After an active day out in the countryside, guests can return to their spacious rooms and relax in front of a roaring fire.
Prices start from £852 a night per person. https://www.relaischateaux.com/gb/united-states/triplecreek-darby
Vista Verde Guest Ranch – Colorado
Located just outside the famous ski town of Steamboat Springs – known to produce more winter Olympians than any other town in North America – is the luxurious Vista Verde Guest Ranch. The cabins and lodge rooms are authentic log structures, keeping in mind the Northwest Colorado locale. In addition to fresh food, the Executive Chef hosts a hands-on cooking class and fact-filled wine tasting sessions during most weeks – great for those looking to take a break from the outdoor adventures and explore the culinary arts.
White Stallion Ranch – Picture Rocks, Tucson, Arizona
Be your own John Wayne living on a real Wild West film set. Used for Hollywood cowboy classics such as Arizona (1930) and Confessions of Dangerous Mind (starring George Clooney!) at the White Stallion Ranch is located in the Sonoran Desert. Whether travelling in a herd or as a lone ranger, this ranch has all the action you’d expect in a saloon bar at 11pm, from rock climbing, fly fishing and trick roping to wild Mustang rescue training.
Prices start from £612 for 5 nights in a double room including breakfast via HotelsCombined.co.uk
Zapata Ranch – Colorado
The Zapata Ranch borders the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, the property is a 103, 0000-acre bison and guest ranch located on San Luis Valley, Colorado. As well as a luxurious stay, the ranch features working ranch vacations, educational programmes centred on the locally based bison. Those staying at Zapata Ranch can exclusively horse ride at the Great Sand Dunes National Park.
10 night twin-centre luxury ranch-stay holiday
Is one ranch stay not enough? Well then Bon Voyage are offering a 10 night twin-centre luxury ranch-stay holiday in the Real America states of Montana and Wyoming from £11,995 per person. The price includes direct BA flights from LHR to Denver, return private airport transfers between Denver and accommodation in Wyoming, return internal flights between Denver and Missoula, Montana, five nights at Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming followed by five nights at The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Montana and return private airport transfers from Missoula. The price is based on two adults travelling and sharing accommodation. Valid for travel in May 2017