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Lone Mountain Ranch, Big Sky, USA

Cowboy Experience: Ranches of the USA

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

10 Days

Prices Start from

£3,300 ex. flights

Unveiling some of the most visually stunning landscapes of the USA, our cowboy adventures go far beyond the tourist trail to working ranches in places like Big Sky Montana, Elk River Valley, Zion National Park or the Colorado Prairie.

Encompassing anything from hands-on branding experiences to horse painting workshops, this highly customisable adventure can begin or end with time spent amongst the bright lights of Las Vegas, on the beaches of San Diego, or on the rolling streets of San Francisco.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Cowboys, Montana, USA 1

Dramatic Backdrops

Stay anywhere from the colossal Rocky Mountains to the expansive Great Sand Dunes.

Horse ride, Triple Creek Ranch, Montana, USA 2

Working Ranches

Immerse yourself in the day to day life of a working cattle ranch, even herding and branding.

Entrance, Brasada Ranch, Bend, USA 3

Remote Ranches

Stay in intimate mountain retreats, traditional dude ranches or wide open campsites.

Ranchlands Camp, Chico Basin Ranch, Colorado Springs, USA 4

Al Fresco Suppers

Sleep out under canvas in stylishly furnished tents and an authentic ranch experience.

Why we like it

Suited to horse lovers and those who endeavour to live like a real cowboy, the USA offers a plethora of colossal wilderness playgrounds. Whether surrounded by wide open prairies or overlooked by soaring snow-capped mountains, our ranch itineraries combine hands-on experiences with family-friendly options. Throw in unique experiences that range from camping in exclusive private sites to horsemanship workshops, high chances of spotting native wildlife, and the unique opportunity to learn about the realities of ranching from the experts, and this cowboy becomes truly extraordinary.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Ranchlands Camp £££££

  • USA
  • Farmstead and Ranches

Ranchlands Camp offers a fully immersive experience in the world of a working cattle ranch. For generations, camping out has been an integral part of cattle ranching. Now, you have the opportunity to sleep out under canvas too. The camp is set up with six stylishly furnished tents for a maximum of 12 guests. The camp is available for set weeks during the months of May and June. Each week is themed, from horsemanship and branding to painting and drawing.

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Brasada Ranch £££££

  • USA
  • Farmstead and Ranches

Born from a genuine love of the land, Brasada Ranch is a 1,800-acre resort in central Oregon that looks out on to breath-taking, uninterrupted and panoramic views of the Cascade Mountains. Its intimate boutique-style rooms have been decorated in harmony with the surrounding nature, and some include private firepits and hot tubs.

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Brush Creek Ranch £££££

  • USA
  • Wilderness
  • Farmstead and Ranches
  • Wellness and Spa

Brush Creek Ranch is a high-end lodge set in 30,000 acres of Rocky Mountain wilderness close to Saratoga, Wyoming. The ranch has 39 units designed and inspired by the original homestead. There are lodge rooms through to three-bedroom self-contained cabin residences, all furnished to a very high standard in the rustic style of the ranch. Five miles from the main ranch is a homestead with a separate lodge building and seven restored cabins, perfect for a large family or group of friends. There are daily adventures on bikes, foot or horses, as well as fly fishing, a high ropes course, zip lines and various other sports facilities. For younger family members there is a weekly programme of activities.

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Triple Creek Ranch £££££

  • USA
  • Farmstead and Ranches

Triple Creek Ranch is an intimate mountain retreat hidden within the stunning landscape of Montana’s Big Sky Country. Nestled within the towering pines of Trapper Peak, the ranch is surrounded by rugged wilderness. With a cluster of private log cabins, Triple Creek offers natural beauty with top-level service and comforts. A range of outdoor activities await with horse riding, hiking, rafting and fly-fishing just a taste of what is on offer and at the end of the day relax with a massage in the privacy of your own cabin. Furnishings have been inspired by the region to incorporate local materials and crafts to reflect an authentic design.

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The Ranch at Rock Creek £££££

  • USA
  • Farmstead and Ranches

Set in the spectacular big sky country of Montana, The Ranch at Rock Creek is the ideal backdrop to explore the outdoors. Surrounded by lush meadows, dynamic rivers and snow-capped peaks, it offers both the idyllic western experience with the highest level of comfort. The accommodation has been carefully designed to reflect a traditional Montana ranch. Rooms and cabins are spacious and decorated in a unique style with fur rugs, opulent blankets and cosy bedding. Canvas tents are discretely scattered along the river bank and beautifully designed to combine comfort with the raw experience of sleeping out in the wilderness. Horse riding is a key feature with horses on hand suitable for all abilities. Other activities include hiking, fly fishing, wildlife watching and rafting.

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Chico Basin Ranch £££££

  • USA
  • Farmstead and Ranches

Chico Basin Ranch is a family run working cattle ranch, on 87,000 acres of high prairie in southeastern Colorado. The property has an intimate atmosphere and is aimed at experienced horse riders looking to learn and get an insight into modern ranch life. Accommodation is comfortable and simple, consisting of just two rooms with a shared bathroom, kitchen and living room area.

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Zapata Ranch £££££

  • USA
  • Farmstead and Ranches

Zapata Ranch is a 103,000-acre working bison and cattle ranch on the border of Great Sand Dunes National Park in Southern Colorado. It is a property for those looking to experience life on a working ranch with comfortable accommodation and good home-style food. The original 1800s’ ranch homestead is now the main lodge building housing a dining room and cosy sitting area. There are five lodge rooms, a Bunkhouse with five rooms and a separate five-bedroom house perfect for small groups or families. Hiking, fly-fishing, guided bird and wildlife watching are activities available at Zapata Ranch, and of course many horseback adventures including working and moving cattle or exploring the surrounding countryside. For those that want to learn and get involved, work alongside the wranglers and ranch staff on ranch projects.

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Zion Mountain Ranch £££££

  • USA
  • Farmstead and Ranches

Zion Mountain Ranch is located just outside Zion National Park in a spectacularly scenic setting. It is the closest lodging to the east gate of the park. From here it is possible to visit several other national parks including Bryce Canyon National Park, the Grand Canyon and Lake Powell. The ranch is surrounded by 2,700 acres of high mountain meadows and forests where a herd of buffalo graze and roam. There are a selection of private self-contained cabins and lodges, all comfortably furnished and with views over the meadows, the grazing buffalo herd or the canyon. Some cabins come with private sauna or jacuzzi. Activities available include horse riding, canyoneering, mountain biking, fly fishing and hiking.

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Mountain Sky £££££

  • USA
  • Farmstead and Ranches

Mountain Sky Ranch sits on 8,000 acres of wilderness in Paradise Valley, close to Yellowstone National Park. Originally a working cattle ranch, the property diversified in the 1920s to welcome guests. A selection of one to three-bedroom cabins are scattered around the main lodge, with views of the surroundings. The majority of the log cabins have been beautifully restored from original buildings, each is unique and furnished to a high standard of rustic design.

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Lone Mountain Ranch £££££

  • USA
  • Farmstead and Ranches

Tucked away in the forests of Big Sky Montana, historic Lone Mountain Ranch was established in 1915 as a working cattle ranch. The ranch now offers a great year-round base to explore the Montana wilderness, with dramatic peaks and towering forests of spruce and aspen, to the endless streams and rivers that meander through this range.

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Tanque Verde Ranch £££££

  • USA
  • Farmstead and Ranches

Tanque Verde Ranch is a 60,000-acre ranch close to Tucson, Arizona. The desert landscape setting is close to the Rincon Mountains and Saguaro National Park. The accommodation has a Santa Fe style with traditional adobe walls. A selection of room types are available; some of which have desert and mountain views. Activities are endless at Tanque Verde Ranch, including guided hikes, biking, dancing, fishing, tennis, yoga and swimming in one of the pools. Children are well catered for with specific activities tailored for their needs and enjoyment. Of course, there are horse too: it would not be a ranch without them. Tanque Verde offers everything from basic lessons to cattle herding. If it all gets too much, then just relax in the stunning setting or head to the spa for some pampering.

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The Home Ranch £££££

  • USA
  • Farmstead and Ranches

The Home Ranch is a dude ranch in the Elk River Valley under the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The property consists of the main lodge building with six lodge rooms and eight separate cabins. All comfortably furnished in a rustic style with views of mountains, meadows and horses. The Home Ranch is a Relais & Chateaux property with gourmet food, much of which comes from the on-site organic farm.  

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When to travel

USA in July

Being one of the hottest months of the year, with temperatures regularly reaching 28°C in the big cities, July remains a peak time to visit the US.

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