Luxury in
Your Inbox

Channel Your Inner Cowboy at Luxury Dude Ranches That Take Roughing It…Out

luxury dude ranch Magee Homestead in Wyoming

Magee Homestead

If you’re looking for a taste of the Old West combined with the activities and amenities of a luxury vacation, look no further than this list of dude ranch vacations.

A dude ranch is intended to preserve the romantic, rugged appeal of the Old West and conjure up ideas of dusty roads, sparse accommodations and chuckwagon dinners. But don’t think you’ll be roughing it at these five spots. Quite the opposite, actually. Expect plush linens, guided adventures and farm-to-table cuisine—all in a breathtaking setting. So, saddle up (literally) and prepare for luxury and adventure at these five ranches.

A dude ranch is intended to preserve the romantic, rugged appeal of the Old West and conjure up ideas of dusty roads, sparse accommodations and chuckwagon dinners.

Wyoming dude ranch Magee Homestead cabin

Magee Homestead

\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\
MAGEE HOMESTEAD | Saratoga, Wyoming
Opened in 2016, the Magee Homestead is an adults-only property that sits on the 30,000 acres that make up Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming. Magee can host a total of 27 guests in nine cabins, and you must be at least 21 to book.

When it’s time for adventure, Magee offers fly fishing, horseback riding, river floats, guided-ranger tours, ATV experiences and even a private hike to the top of 12,000-foot-high Medicine Bow peak. After you’ve worked up an appetite, try some typical dude ranch fare made from the fresh produce that’s grown in the property’s greenhouse.

Another food highlight? Brush Creek is one of just three locations in the world that’s licensed to raise Akaushi cattle, a type of cow prized for its high-quality beef.

Magee Homestead Spa and dude ranch in Wyoming

Magee Homestead

When you’re ready to relax, Magee also focuses on wellness. Quieter activities include group Pilates, meditation, and essential oils classes. Certain yoga classes even overlook the stunning Platte River Valley.

The spa features a grotto soaking pool, a hot tub, a sauna and steam rooms. After a day full of adventure, soothe fatigued muscles with the Wind River Hot Salt Stone Massage—the therapist uses Himalayan salt stones to work out the kinks.

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: THESE EASY BUCKET LIST IDEAS THRILL WITHOUT THE ADRENALINE

Depending on the season, guests can participate in a plethora of activities including fly fishing, backcountry skiing, sleigh rides, rafting, rock climbing, hiking and photography.

dude ranch cabin at Vista Verde in Colorado

Vista Verde Ranch

\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\
VISTA VERDE RANCH | Clark, Colorado
Just 25 miles from Steamboat Springs, Vista Verde Ranch in Clark, Colorado is an all-inclusive dude ranch where food, drinks, meals and activities are part of the package. It’s located within the Routt National Forest, and, depending on the season, guests can participate in a plethora of activities including fly fishing, backcountry skiing, sleigh rides, rafting, rock climbing, hiking and photography.

Vista Verde luxury dude ranch in Colorado

Vista Verde Ranch

The Vista Verde Horse Program is notable for its full-size indoor riding arena; they also have a horse breeding program and horsemanship clinics for riders looking to further their skills.

There’s plenty to enjoy indoors, too. Dude ranch vacationers can take a chef-led wine tasting or cooking class or indulge in a massage. Unwind in one of ten cabins complete with plush furniture and private hot tubs on the decks or lounge by the outdoor pool or in the impressive Great Room featuring sweeping views of the natural surroundings, a chandelier and a roaring fire you can cozy up to in the winter months.

Tanque Verde dude ranch in Tucson Arizona

Tanque Verde Ranch

\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\
TANQUE VERDE RANCH | Tucson, Arizona
Tucson’s Tanque Verde Ranch sits on 60,000 acres in the shadow of the nearby Rincon Mountains, which makes for one scenic backdrop. Sticking to its cowboy roots, the Arizona ranch offers a variety of horseback riding experiences ranging from the walk-ride that’s suited to any experience level to a four-hour adventure ride through the desert terrain on one of the ranch’s more than 150 horses.

Tanque Verde dude ranch outdoor pool in Tucson

Tanque Verde Ranch

Get active with outdoor activities like mountain biking, hiking or yoga classes. Soothe tired muscles with a spa appointment at the on-site La Sonora Spa. Post-treatment, you can relax in the outdoor pool or whirlpool.

After a day of exploring, retire to your individual dude ranch room or casita—each has gorgeous desert views. Many casitas have fireplaces, plush leather couches, and private patios. Tanque serves up modern Southwest cuisine in each of its two indoor restaurants and outdoors at the Cowboy Cookout or before morning horseback rides. If you’re looking to indulge, try the six-course, exclusive, chef-created dinner that’s paired with wine.

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK

luxury cabin at The Resort at Paws Up dude ranch

The Resort at Paws Up

\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\
THE RESORT AT PAWS UP | Greenough, Montana
Located on an expansive 37,000 acres in Montana, The Resort at Paws Up is a working dude ranch that has attracted A-listers like Leonardo DiCaprio and Gwyneth Paltrow. Guests can enjoy the wilderness as they fly fish, rappel down cliffs, white water raft, and ride ATVs or horses.

This five-star property offers a choice of safari-style tent or indoor accommodations that feature amenities like rain showers, heated bathroom floors, hot tubs, and flat-screens. Guests can receive body treatments and massages in private white tents featuring full baths and showers, complete with meadow views at Spa Town at Paws Up.

The Resort at Paws Up dude ranch Montana

The Resort at Paws Up

When dinner time rolls around, consider reserving a Chuck Wagon dinner. Guests at this dude ranch get picked up at their tents, and are transported via wagon to, weather permitting, a spot alongside the Blackfoot River near Paws Up’s newest camp North Bank Camp where dinner is served.

You can feast on all-natural chicken, grilled asparagus, and fruit cobbler warmed in a Dutch oven while listening to a banjo player and cowboy poet. Even s’mores get the luxe treatment here. Curl up next to a campfire as one of Paws Up’s “S’moreologists” teaches you how to make a s’more fit for a gourmand, with options like sea salt caramel squares and even smoked salmon.

Vermejo Park dude ranch in New Mexico

Vermejo Park Ranch

\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\
VERMEJO PARK RANCH | Raton, New Mexico
At 585,000 acres, CNN Founder Ted Turner-owned Vermejo Park Ranch is by far the largest dude ranch on our list. Located in both Colorado and New Mexico, Vermejo Park Ranch offers activities that shift as the seasons do. Guests can participate in ice fishing, snowshoeing and Nordic skiing in the winter. During the warmer months, enjoy mountain biking, horseback riding, and fishing. Since the ranch is dedicated to conservation and is home to more than 180 species of birds, photography classes and wildlife viewings are available year-‘round.

Casa Grande at Vermejo Park dude ranch in New Mexico

Vermejo Park Ranch

For a truly extravagant lodging experience, book the entire 25,000-square-foot Casa Grande—Turner’s private seven-bedroom, nine-bath residence. The main floor of the lavishly decorated home features a ballroom and a 1905 Steinway Concert Grand piano.

You May Also Like

Iconic Life Black Horizontal Logo

Receive the latest in luxurious stories from ICONIC LIFE.

Luxury in Your Inbox