Does the dude ranch still exist in today’s modern world? The short answer is a resounding “Yes!”, and the scenery is still unspoiled and the views still magnificent. Travel + Leisure continues to cover this jewel of a resort for good reason.
Dude ranch history stretches back to the late 19th century when wealthy men like Theodore Roosevelt made hunting trips and sightseeing excursions to the American West to chase wild game and magnificent scenery. After World War I the popularity of dude ranches increased, becoming the main tourist attraction in the Rocky Mountain area. Famous writers like Mary O’Hara and painters like Remington brought the romance of cowboy life and the open frontier to millions throughout the world. Then came Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show which was an unprecedented success in Europe and gave western life worldwide fame. Simultaneously, the industrial revolution was transforming the East Coast, destroying wildlife and the countryside. It is no wonder that the mystic of the West attracted many; galloping horses, cowboys and Indians, magnificent scenery and, above all, the freedom of the frontier captured the imagination of the Western World. In the West a man was judged for his courage and performance; not for his family background or the amount of money he had.
There at the Brush Creek Ranch, you are transported right back to the 19th century and the remote wilderness of Wyoming. Unspoiled, unpolluted and breathtakingly beautiful, this luxury dude ranch offers 30,000 acres of adventure, scenic landscapes, and wide-open space to breathe fresh air while living out your authentic western fantasy. There, guests can spend a morning learning the delicate art of fly fishing before escaping to the spa for a signature facial that will leave their skin looking as fresh and glowy as a western summer sunrise. Enjoy activities ranging from yoga to horseback riding, as they offer over 50 miles of trails. Over 40 different activities are geared towards giving families a true western experience, or adults can spend an evening at the saloon hoping for the winning hand of poker.
Visit one of the farm branches like the bakery that uses timeless techniques with a dash of innovative expression. They feature a full range of breads, sweets and more, all prepared with top shelf ingredients and an intuition only honed by experience. What’s pulled fresh from their oven is crafted daily by their extraordinary Baker, and enough goods are produced to supply both The Farm and the rest of the ranches on property. After that, venture over to the creamery where their award winning Creamer masterfully instills their dairy products with complex flavors, blending old world and old west traditions. Using the finest milk from their own Alpine goats, Medicine Bow Creamery is dedicated to creating superior products they have masterfully and exquisitely perfected. Delight yourself with their hand-crafted yogurt, ice cream, butter, and more, or if you’re seeking a more family-friendly experience, participate in creating the products yourself through one of their classes.
If you are a snow sport enthusiast, come during the winter months and enjoy Green Mountain. There, you can enjoy the ultimate winter experience. This winter, guests of the Brush Creek Ranch Luxury Collection have exclusive access to this private 600 acre mountain getaway. Located 25 minutes from the gates of Brush Creek Ranch, Green Mountain is completely surrounded by National Forest lands, combining a secluded outdoor adventure with awe-inspiring views. Green Mountain is home to one-of-a-kind snow skiing and snowboarding for all skill levels, miles of wilderness for snowshoeing and cross country skiing terrain throughout the property.
As you can see, this Dude Ranch offers a multi-angled and unforgettable experience. All that is missing is YOU!
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