Dude Ranch Holiday: 5 Hotels Where You Can Be a Cowboy

If you’re looking to fulfill your childhood John Wayne fantasy, think again. Dude Ranches aren’t just for playing cowboy. In fact, spending a few days home on the range can provide you with a surprising amount of rest and relaxation, and enough first class pampering to put any city slicker hotel to shame. Take a look at our picks for the top five Dude Ranch lodgings in the U.S.

Brush Creek Ranch

Tucked away in Wyoming’s natural landscape of rolling valleys is Brush Creek Ranch, guests will experience fly-fishing, hiking, horseback riding and more. Accommodations include cabin rooms, full suites, private log cabins, and lodge rooms that can sleep up to 180 guests. All guest quarters are finely appointed, complete with heated floors. Enjoy an authentic western meal in one of four dining possibilities. At the end of a long day on the range, soothe those muscles by treating yourself to a body treatment in the spa.

  • Address: 66 Brush Creek Ranch Road, Saratoga, Wyoming 82331
  • Rooms: 13
  • Hotel program:  I Prefer
  • Reservations: 307-327-5284
  • Price: $$$$

C Lazy U Ranch

Any time of the year is a good time to visit the C Lazy U Ranch. Whether it’s winter for skiing, sledding and skating, summertime fly fishing and biking, there’s always something for every season. And after a long day out on the ranch, make sure to relax in one of the spacious guest rooms, cuddling up in lush robes while snacking on their fresh fruit baskets. Meals are served in the central dining area in a family style manner. When the dinner bell rings, it’s time to skedaddle on down to eat.

  • Address: 3640 Colorado Hwy 125, Granby, Colorado 80446
  • Rooms: 38
  • Reservations: 970-887-3344
  • Price: $$$$

Lone Mountain Ranch

Montana, where the deer and the antelope play. You’ll see playing animals and more when you stay in the Lone Mountain Ranch, where lodging is every bit as important as the prairie. The log cabin accommodations nestle you up with fireplaces and soaking tubs. Meals are planned with great care and can be delivered family style, by a campfire, buffets or however you desire. With an activity for every season, you can choose to spend the day outdoors or relax inside.

  • Address: 750 Lone Mountain Ranch Road, Big Sky, Montana
  • Rooms: 30
  • Reservations: 406-995-4644
  • Price: $$$$

Red Horse Mountain Ranch

Red Horse Mountain Ranch is an all inclusive Dude Ranch open from May through October. Nestled in northern Idaho, an hour and a half from Spokane, Wash., accommodations at Red Horse are inviting and comfortable. Wi-Fi, complimentary phone service (including long distance), free snacks throughout the day, full service bar, library and game room are all part of the amenities. Meals are served in the dining room during specified times during the day. And don’t forget to check out The Trading Post, it’s the perfect place to pick up a souvenir.

  • Address: 11077 East Blue Lake Road, Harrison, Idaho 83833
  • Rooms: 17
  • Reservations: 208-689-9110
  • Price: $$$

Rancho de los Caballeros

Whether you want to experience the old Southwest, pamper yourself in the spa or hit the links, Rancho de los Caballeros offers all this and more. Guest rooms are decorated with desert color and are outfitted with custom handcrafted furniture. And just because you’re in the desert doesn’t mean you need to be out of touch: there’s complimentary Wi-Fi. Take some time to renew yourself at the spa with a body treatment of desert minerals, especially necessary after playing 18 holes.

  • Address: 1551 S. Vulture Mind Road, Wickenburg, Arizona 85390
  • Rooms: 79
  • Reservations: 1-800-684-5030
  • Price: $$$$



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