“Go outside and enjoy nature, and let tomorrow take care of itself.”
Discerning travelers and ambitious adventurers, look no farther, Brush Creek luxury dude ranch is the place to be! We were very excited to travel to Saratoga to a 30,000-acre working cattle ranch in south central Wyoming. This grand destination with an ultra-private collection of historic guest ranches, is part of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts LEGEND® collection. Brush Creek is well deserved and honored to be named the Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice #1 Resort in the USA and Top 5 Resort in the World for the 3rd Consecutive Year! Also ranked #1 Resort in the West, #1 Spa in the U.S. and #1 Destination Resort in USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards!
With the magnificent views of the rolling hills, verdant river valleys and lush forests, the majestic rock formations created a magical environment and we knew we where escaping into true luxury. It’s a place where every amenity, every detail, every moment was tailored to us, and genuine Western hospitality, exciting adventures and a truly inspiring landscape came together creating an exclusive icon in international luxury destinations.
As home to the best guest ranch vacations, Brush Creek Ranch is situated in the heart of Wyoming’s famed Platte River Valley, between the Sierra Madre Mountain range and stunning Medicine Bow National Forest. An all-inclusive choice among Wyoming dude ranches, the Brush Creek Ranch Collection is exclusively designed for unbridled adventure seekers, corporate group retreats, family ranch vacations and destination weddings.
As the opportunities are as vast as the Wyoming sky, immerse yourself in the Great American West at one of their three refined luxury ranch destinations. We chose to experience The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch for a few days and submersed ourselves in the spirit of the west. This robust, family-friendly community setting offers a collection of well-appointed accommodations with refined Western personality. The expansive resort features a 38,000-square foot Trailhead Lodge, a rejuvenating spa, a collection of lodge rooms, cabin suites and residences and a variety of authentic outdoor adventures. Trailhead Lodge at Brush Creek Ranch is a premier destination for lodging in Wyoming, and the crown jewel of Brush Creek Ranch. This was our top choice for luxury glamping or glamorous camping. Yes, I said glamping, which I have come to know and experience as a fusion of glamour and camping. When you’re glamping, there’s no tent to pitch, no sleeping bag to unroll and no fire to build. It doesn’t matter whether you’re in a tent, yurt, airstream, pod, igloo, hut, villa, cabin, cube, teepee or treehouse. Glamping is a way to experience the great outdoors without sacrificing luxury. This was most definitely the perfect accommodation. Each of the13 luxurious guest rooms feature captivating ranch views, expansive rooms, and refined Western decor, Trailhead Lodge offers luxury Wyoming lodging in a rustic ranch setting. The lodge’s soaring 28-foot ceilings, huge open-hearth fireplaces, and rustically elegant decor throughout created a luxurious Western ambience. Another choice is the sophisticated luxury of the Magee Homestead, The ultimate prairie hideaway that unfolds as a romantic and spellbinding retreat for a maximum of 24 adults. Here, take the reins of your own time enjoying bespoke, personal attention, richly appointed accommodations, sumptuous culinary experiences, and adventures that rekindle your sense discovery and wellness. French Creek Sportsman’s Club, one more option, is located on the historic Platte River Valley sporting paradise known as Sanger Ranch, offering blissful, exclusive fly fishing and hunting adventures for up to 15 guests. The ultimate personal indulgence of sheer privacy of this Wyoming wilderness promises an unrivaled sporting experience. Their signature inclusive luxury experience ensures a convenient and streamlined stay, with all luxury lodging, gourmet chef prepared cuisine, premium beverages, wine cellar and a wide range of daily experiences included.
We had heard so much about the extraordinary culinary experiences and couldn’t wait to dig in to Executive Chef Dan Grunbeck distinct dining flavors, inspired by rocky mountain culinary heritage. With an unparalleled knack for creating unforgettably mouthwatering meals reflecting the culinary heritage of region, Chef Dan states, “The culinary team at Brush Creek Ranch aspires to impress every guest with every dish served. I want to highlight cuisine of the American West while also sprinkling in a variety of fare so our guests are always excited about their next meal. Our offerings will be spanning from the quintessential “cowboy cook-out” to luxurious multi-course dinner parties, all while maintaining an authentic and unpretentious atmosphere. Ultimately the food will connect the guest to the genuine Brush Creek Ranch experience.” Whether it was the tender smoked brisket, roasted rack of lamb or a whole smoked suckling pig, Chef Dan didn’t miss a beat, with a little bit of a ranch twist to it as our mouths watered. Our dining experiences were exemplified by a variety of unique venues. We thoroughly enjoyed the expertly prepared campfire meal under the stars at the Creekside Dinner Camp on our first night. When we thought it couldn’t get any better, we indulged in a multi-course meal in the opulent setting of the Trailhead Lodge. There is also the option of the convivial and casual atmosphere in the Chuckwagon and Saloon. Don’t forget, all of these delicious artfully prepared, fresh and hearty meals are included.
We were excited to unleash our Western spirit each morning and wake up to possibilities for our day’s adventures that seem as endless as our wide-open skies. With so much to choose from, we wanted to stock our itinerary full of remarkable experiences, from fly-fishing to shooting sports, horseback riding and more. Each of our experiences was designed to let us explore the ranch, acquire new skills, and experience our very own Western dream. All activities began at the Outfitters Barn, where the professional and experienced staff was ready to make suggestions, gear us up and guide the way on our chosen adventure. Creating lasting memories is always first and foremost for us and we tried our hand at fly-fishing in over 20 miles of private waters. With over 30,000 acres of unspoiled ranch lands, the trail adventures, archery and hiking were absolutely amazing. Horseback riding has always been a favorite family activity and Brush Creek’s program didn’t disappoint us. They blend the authentic heritage of traditional Western-style riding on their herd of genuine quarter horses and paints with a truly refined character on over 50 miles of private trails and endless open range. For the ultimate horseback experience, we enjoyed an once-in-a-lifetime cattle drive experience. Just like the true cattlemen who settled our country, this authentic 3-hour horseback experience took us through various terrains as we moved cattle to different pastures on the ranch. It was exhilarating and so much fun!
The vast array of outdoors and Western adventures available were as limitless as our imagination. We embraced the wide-open west together with an unparalleled range of luxury ranch activities. Beyond the simple pleasure of relaxing while enjoying views of the high mountain desert plain (which I was very happy doing), this immersive experience included endless opportunities to explore the surrounding landscape. The vast Wyoming wilderness is best enjoyed under the expert guidance of Magee Homestead’s remarkable hospitality team. These professionals crafted memorable outings, which thrilled and delighted each one of us. Whether we envisioned reconnecting with private guides via horseback rides, skeet shooting or archery, or simply strolling together as the sun rises or sets across the Ranch, the entire experience was tailored to our preferences.
After a busy day, you can always indulge with signature luxurious spa treatments and salon services for a revitalizing escape. The complete experience includes a robust assortment of health and wellness offerings. The all-encompassing wilderness setting of this ranch spa resort makes it the perfect environment for total rejuvenation of the mind, body, and spirit.
Togetherness came alive during our dude ranch vacation. After an epic day of outdoor adventures or relaxing spa time, our evenings were spent celebrating the day’s events around a blazing campfire, as the sun set over the mountains. Our luxuriously appointed accommodations provide us a restful slumber before the dawn of another day of exploration, relaxation, and adventure. What ever your dream is for the ultimate luxurious thrill of a lifetime experience, Brush Creek Ranch is a world-class outdoor paradise and an adventurer’s dream. Rustic and refined, it will be one of the most memorable vacations of your lifetime as it was for us. Embrace the moment…
By Marla Horn Lazarus