From a Texas estate with room for 60 of your nearest and dearest to the Montana mansion where Yellowstone was filmed, these plush ranches let you saddle up in style
The season five premiere of Paramount’s hit series Yellowstone has begun—and whether or not you’re invested in the fate of the Duttons’ ranch and family legacy, there’s no denying that the show has tapped into the America’s collective fascination with cowboy culture and the Western aesthetic that comes with it. Who doesn’t want to post up in that gorgeous great room with a glass of small-batch bourbon after a day of ranch handling?
If you’re looking for all of the romance that comes with the old West combined with the five-star service and amenities of a 21st-century hideaway, then it’s time to pack your chaps. From a sprawling luxury ranch on the banks of the Colorado River to an eco-friendly fishing lodge in the high-desert plains of Taos, New Mexico, here are eight luxury ranch rentals across North America where you can live the cowboy life—with style.
French Creek Sportsmen’s Club, Saratoga, Wyoming
For some bonafide low-key luxury, French Creek Sportsmen’s Club has four cabins and a glamping yurt inspired by the rugged beauty of south-central Wyoming’s high mountain desert landscape. Part of the Brush Creek Luxury Ranch Collection, Sportsmen’s Club is set on the historic Sanger Ranch and has room for 14 guests. This private, creekside property has plenty to keep guests busy, from fish and hunting to enjoying farm-to-table dining. A “man cave” clubhouse with a spacious great room with a fireplace, billiards and poker, a bar and dining room, along with creek-side spa tents and campfire patio, are all nestled along the banks of French Creek. Rates start at US$1,250 per person, per night, all-inclusive, based on double occupancy and a three-night minimum.
Green Valley Ranch, West Glacier, Montana
Running across 480 acres of rolling ridges and sweeping country meadows, Green Valley Ranch is a private retreat just five miles from Montana’s Glacier National Park. The sprawling 557-square-metre lodge and cabin can sleep up to 14 guests at a time, and days at Green Valley can be whiled away fly-fishing in nearby rivers, horseback riding and hiking through the Whitefish Mountain Range and sailing and kayaking in Flathead Lake and the Hungry Horse Reservoir. Rates start at US$3,000 per night (November through May) and US$4,050 per night (June through October).
Rocker B Ranch, Fort Worth, Texas
With three baseball fields, a swimming pool complete with a 15-metre waterslide, fishing lake, driving range and spa, Rocker B Ranch is the ultimate friends-and-family dreamscape. Just outside of Fort Worth, Texas—the home of the famous livestock exchange and rodeo—Rocker is spread across 320 acres, and with options including the Main Cabin, Skybox and Casitas, it can sleep as many as 60 guests at a time. Rates start at US$5,500 per night, two-night minimum.
Chief Joseph Ranch, Darby, Montana
Fans of Yellowstone will surely recognise this property as the Dutton’s Montana mansion, but in real life, the 464.5-square-metre home is Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby. The 2,500-acre working ranch has been mostly closed to guests during the filming of the show, but word has it that reservations will reopen starting in February 2023. The Ben Cook Cabin and the Fisherman’s Cabin can sleep up to eight guests—all of whom get a tour of the ranch and set of the show included in their reservation. Rates start at US$1,200 and US$1,500 respectively, three-night minimum.
Sorrel River Ranch, Moab, Utah
Surrounded by Utah’s iconic arches and red rock mesas in Moab, Sorrel River Ranch is an oasis on the banks of the Colorado River. From its setting on the outskirts of Arches National Park, you can take guided hikes through the La Sal Mountains and jeep tours overlooking Fisher Towers, go mountain biking and rafting down the Colorado River and sample farm-to-table fare at the on-site restaurant. Bring along everyone you want to see: the ranch can host up to 220 guests at a time. Buyouts require a three-night minimum starting at US$394,316.
Journey’s End at Twilight Moon Ranch, Oakley, Utah
Surrounded by the High Uintah Mountains 20 minutes outside of Park City, Journey’s End at Twilight Moon Ranch is an 790-square-metre modern luxury ranch home. Eight bedrooms spread across a main house complete—with a bunk room and family suite that can sleep up to 22—as well as a newly built barn house that can sleep an additional 10 promise plenty of room for the whole family to roam. With a massive in-ground jacuzzi, catch-and-release fishing lakes, pickleball courts and eight acres of ranch horses and cattle pastures, you can split up and spend your days exploring. Fun fact: this property was featured on the third season of Yellowstone. Rates start at US$5,000 per night for use of the entire ranch, six-night minimum.
Costilla Lodge, Taos New Mexico
Located in the high-desert plains of Taos, New Mexico, Costilla Lodge at Vermejo is a luxury ranch retreat perched at an elevation of 3,108 metres. Part of Ted Turner Reserve property, this unique, eco-friendly ranch includes eight guest rooms that can sleep a total of 16, and is considered the property’s hidden gem. Also included: a private chef, guided hikes to Ash Mountain to high-country horseback riding and fishing in one of the 19 lakes. Rates start at US$12,500 per night, two-night minimum, and includes three meals daily, non-alcoholic beverages and two daily activities.’
Skeena River Ranch, Terrace, B.C
Serious skiers and extreme sports enthusiasts with a penchant for exclusivity and super fresh powder will love what they find at Skeena River Ranch. Nestled deep within northern British Columbia’s Skeena Mountains, the palatial 604-square-metre riverside ranch also happens to be located on a working farm. With six bedrooms, six bathrooms, a game room, massage room and sauna, it’s designed for groups of skiing enthusiasts. New this season is a Best of the Best heli-skiing adventure that includes a helicopter along with private ski guides, Red Seal-certified chefs, massage therapist and snowcats to use as backup on stormier days. The seven-day Private Heli Ski Package with Northern Escape Heli Skiing costs US$106,350 and accommodates four to five people.
This article was first published on Robb Report USA