Luxury Ranch Vacations: Riding High at Brush Creek Ranch

The first thing that hits you on a stay at this ranch resort in Wyoming is the space. In the city you are lucky to have a few hundred square feet to yourself but at a luxury ranch resort like The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, you have 15,000 acres of it.

The second thing you notice is the quiet. There’s an eerie, almost religious wind overhead that rustles through the cottonwoods. And adding a sacred harmony to it all on this riding ranch is the distant baying of horses. It could be any year here – the mid-1800s before Civil War outposts and telegraph wires. Or, the time that we are in now. The full-growth tree brush, trout-topped ponds and distant peaks of the Snowy Mountains betray little about time at Brush Creek Ranch.

Time stands still here, that is, until you get to the cabins and suites of this Wyoming luxury ranch resort and experience just why you came this way. There are 39 rooms, cabins and residences here, all protected in comforting knotty pine logs and planks, with windows on undulating vistas, and beds high and piled with soft, warm blankets and lofty threadcount linens.


Furnishings run in plush leathers, complemented by Native American textiles and warm woolen throws. It does not take much stretching to imagine a life here long ago, a magic portal into a Larry McMurtry novel. There is always a fire in the stone hearth or heat coming off an antique potbelly stove. Light fixtures made of antlers and candles in glass vases provide the illumination. Wild Bill could be walking up the wooden steps to take a seat on a rocking chair on the verandah.

But then it is back to modern life. There is the call to culinary bliss as the chef prepares a customized meal for your party in the private dining room. Or dine family style on fabulous steaks and western favorites by an open fire and with 28-foot ceilings and views in the Great Room.

By day, the sounds of saddled horses beckon and you ride the ranges with family and friends along scenic mountain passes and plains. You walk with the pack, you gallop with the wind. It is you, your horse and the great Platte River Valley holding your attention.

On another morning you decide to whip and cast. A guide brings you to a legendary fly-fishing location where you wade into the waters and lean into the Zen of your rod and the laws of the river.

But you are here to rest and rejuvenate and some of that must also come from the inside. You flow through yoga positions in the cool morning air on the spa terrace overlooking a holy horizon of boulders, plains and mountains for as far as the eye can see. Personal trainers and wellness practitioners are ready to take it from there, building you up and then bringing down for the calming relaxation you require.

Brush Creek Ranch may be a solid choice for luxury ranch vacations for families, and it is also a sensational selection for weddings. Every guest gets what he or she wants at this ranch resort: time with horses, time with nature, fishing time, hiking and exploration time, spa time, reading time, and most of all, “me” time. Yet, no one but the staff needs lift a finger. Marrying couples can choose from any number of places for saying their vows under the stars or in heavenly settings. Receptions can run from Champagne formal to hay wagons and barbeques. The ranch provides entertainment, both scheduled and arranged, and a wedding party buyout means a corral full of one-of-a-kind memories at this 15,000-acre riding resort.

For couples tying the knot this summer, consider the Rustic Romance Honeymoon Adventure Package at Brush Creek Ranch. Pricing begins at $1,700 per night, per couple, all inclusive** with these added features:

  • Champagne & Chocolates welcome amenity
  • Private guided horseback ride with mountaintop al fresco picnic
  • Couples massage at the luxury Trailhead Spa
  • Horseback Riding—Trail rides, arena activities, riding instruction, roping and bull riding lessons
  • Fly-Fishing—Orvis-endorsed private water fishing
  • Shooting Sports—Brush Creek Ranch Gun Club with sporting clays, skeet, rifle/pistol range and multi-unit archery course
  • Trail Adventures—Mountain biking, hiking, trail running, guided ranger tours
  • Challenge Pursuits—Paintball, zipline, high/low ropes course, rock climbing walls, orienteering
  • Fitness & Wellness—Yoga and full fitness center


From dawn until dusk, enjoy all daily hearty feasts, outdoor picnics, inspiring happy hours and elegant dinners presented in a variety of venues, including the outdoor Chuck Wagon & Saloon, Creekside Dinner Camp on the banks of Brush Creek, on the Falcon Peak overlook and in the Trailhead Lodge great room.

** Included throughout the stay are all beverages, including premium spirits, beers and open wine cellar access.

For families who want have some togethering on the Wyoming open range, Brush Creek Lodge is offering its Home on the Range 7-Night Package this summer. Book seven nights at The Ranch and receive 15% off. Valid June 9 – August 31, 2013.


The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch
66 Brush Creek Ranch Road, Saratoga, WY 82331
(307) 327-5284

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