Saddle Up for a Cowboy-Cation: Our 7 Favorite Ranch Resorts & Spas

Last updated February 23, 2024

In the mood for a wild west adventure? Saddle up for a wellness vacation to one of these seven ranch resorts and spas.

From the beautiful landscapes of Wyoming and Montana to the sunny skies of California and Nevada, these resorts and spas offer a chance to relax and unwind while enjoying all the fun and adventure of a traditional ranch vacation. 

Whether you’re a seasoned horseback rider or a beginner looking to try your hand at cowboy life, there’s something for everyone at these incredible ranch resorts.

So pack your bags and get ready to ride off into the sunset. We’ve rounded up the top ranch resorts and spas for the ultimate cowboy-cation. Yee-haw!

1. Devils Thumb Ranch — Colorado

This Western-style resort offers a range of activities. Guests can enjoy skiing and skating in the winter and hiking, biking, ziplining and fishing in the spring and summer. The beautiful hand-hewn log spa is nestled in a quiet corner of a meadow overlooking the lush valley.

With rustic touches like crackling hearths, homemade tea and panoramic mountain views, the spa offers a range of massages and seasonal treatments that are designed to reset the body, mind and spirit.

Whether you’re looking for a wild, unscripted adventure or a perfectly planned getaway, this resort has something for everyone.

2. Red Horse Mountain Ranch — Idaho

This all-inclusive dude ranch resort is located at the foothills of the Coeur d’Alene Mountains and is known for its stunning scenery, top-notch hospitality and western-style horseback riding. In addition to horseback riding, guests can enjoy a range of activities. These include fishing, archery, geocaching, fitness hikes, kayaking and bike tours.

The resort’s well-trained staff and 300,000 acres of Idaho forest provide the perfect setting for a truly memorable adventure. Plus, the resort has 100 horses and serves delicious food that will seriously tantalize your taste buds. 

3. The Ranch at Rock Creek — Montana

Escape to The Ranch at Rock Creek, a stunning 6,000 acre private ranch that offers breathtaking views of wildflower meadows, snow-capped peaks and beautiful vistas. Experience ranch life like never before with a variety of unique activities and services.

Relax and unwind at the Granite Spa, which offers therapeutic massages, access to a cedar sauna, showers and relaxation room. For a more holistic experience, take part in the mind-body program that emphasizes disconnecting from the city and connecting with nature through yoga, meditation, forest meditation and wildcrafting. And of course, don’t miss out on the fly fishing and fine ranch-style dining.

4. White Stallion Ranch — Arizona

Recharge and rejuvenate while surrounded by nature and tranquility at White Stallion Ranch. Take part in guided western horseback rides led by friendly wranglers and explore the scenic trails on well-trained horses. As a working cattle ranch, you’ll also have the chance to see Longhorn cattle come in for water daily.

Whether you prefer an action-packed itinerary or a more relaxed pace, your vacation will be filled with authentic experiences. White Stallion Ranch boasts one of the largest private horse collections in Arizona.

Every guest is paired with a horse that suits their riding level—whether a seasoned rider or first-timer. In addition to horseback riding, the ranch offers a variety of activities including rock climbing, hiking, shooting, archery, fat tire biking and more!

5. Sage Lodge — Montana

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the American Northwest at Sage Lodge! With stunning vistas just outside your door, this is the perfect place for an action-packed, wild vacation filled with fly fishing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing or any other outdoor adventure that you desire.

Although Montana is known for its outdoor adventures, this luxurious resort is dedicated to providing a completely indulgent indoor experience as well. Whether you choose to stay in the main lodge or a cozy Ranch House, you can relax and rejuvenate at the spa, or enjoy delicious, locally-sourced cuisine. One thing is for sure, you’ll feel right at home at Sage Lodge.

6. The Resort at Paws Up — Montana

Get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime Montana adventure! Located on a sprawling 37,000-acre working cattle ranch near the beautiful Lubrecht Experimental Forest, this luxe resort is just a 30-minute jaunt from Missoula.

Stay in style in one of 27 log cabin homes that come with cozy stone fireplaces and private hot tubs on the deck. If you’re feeling adventurous, book one of their posh tents with electricity, most of which have heated en-suite bathrooms.

Satisfy your hunger with some delicious rustic ranch cuisine served up at one of their two restaurants. With resort fees, enjoy meals, horseback rides, a workout at the fitness center and group yoga classes.

And if you’re feeling extra adventurous, try cattle drives, whitewater rafting or ATV riding (but these come at an additional cost). And don’t forget to indulge at the spa or head to the lake for some boating and swimming fun! 

7. Spring Creek Ranch — Wyoming

Spring Creek Ranch is a beautiful resort located on a wildlife sanctuary in the town of Jackson, Wyoming. Located almost 1,000 feet above the town of Jackson, the resort boasts stunning views of the Teton Mountain Range. Guests can enjoy a variety of recreational activities, including fly fishing, white water rafting and exploring Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

The resort also features an award-winning restaurant, which serves western cuisine and boasts floor-to-ceiling windows with unforgettable views, and the Wilderness Adventure Spa, where guests can relax with a High Altitude Hot Stone Heaven Massage. Spring Creek Ranch has even been described as “luxury with rustic flair” by the Robb Report. Swanky!

Find Your Inner Cowboy (or Cowgirl) at These Rustic Ranch Resorts & Spas

Are you ready yet for the ultimate cowboy-cation? These ranch resorts and spas are sure to provide the relaxation and adventure you’re looking for. Happy Trails!

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