Round up your gal pals and get ready for some fun at these luxurious ranches for cowgirl getaways that are perfect for Girls Trips
Cowgirls just wanna have fun, right? And what could be more fun than a girl’s trip to a luxurious ranch, complete with horseback riding, fly-fishing, and other outdoor activities?
Whether you’re looking for a wellness-focused retreat or a wine-filled adventure, there are plenty of luxe stay options for a cowgirl’s trip.
So git your best gal pals, pack your boots and cowboy hats, and get ready for a memorable adventure at one of these top luxury ranches.
- The Ranch at Rock Creek – Montana, USA: This all-inclusive resort offers a range of activities, including horseback riding, fly fishing, and even skiing in the winter. Accommodations include private cabins and luxury tents.
- Triple Creek Ranch – Montana, USA: This adults-only resort offers a variety of activities, including horseback riding, hiking, and wine tastings, as well as luxurious accommodations such as private cabins and log homes.
- Brush Creek Ranch – Wyoming, USA: This luxury resort offers a range of activities, including horseback riding, fly fishing, and even a spa. Accommodations include private cabins and luxury tents.
- The Ranch at Live Oak – California, USA: This wellness-focused resort offers daily yoga and hiking, healthy farm-to-table meals, and luxurious accommodations like private cottages.
- Alisal Guest Ranch – California, USA: This ranch features over 10,000 acres of rolling hills, meadows, and streams, making it the perfect place to experience outdoor adventures like horseback riding, hiking, fishing, and golfing. There’s guest rooms, suites, and private cottages, all of which feature rustic decor and modern amenities.
- Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort – British Columbia, Canada: A remote wilderness resort, this locale offers a range of activities, including horseback riding, fly-fishing, and hiking, as well as luxurious accommodations such as private cabins and tents.
Did you know?
The term “dude ranch” (we at Adventure Girl prefer “gal ranch”) generally refers to a type of vacation destination that offers visitors the opportunity to experience a taste of the American West, including activities like horseback riding, cattle drives, and other outdoor activities.
While they may be marketed towards families or couples, many also offer options and activities that would be enjoyable for groups of female friends on a girl’s trip.
A little history:
Some luxury ranches are also working farms, which are still used for agricultural purposes such as raising cattle or growing crops. They often allow guests to participate in work, such as herding cattle or fixing fences, and more leisurely activities like horseback riding and spa treatments.
The concept of these destination vacations can be traced back to the late 1800s and early 20th centuries when wealthy Easterners began venturing out west in search of adventure and a taste of the “Wild West” lifestyle.
Ranchers in the western United States began taking in paying guests who wanted to experience ranch life firsthand, and the industry was born.
The first dude ranches were relatively rustic, with guests sleeping in tents or simple cabins and helping with chores such as herding cattle and tending to livestock. In fact, Eatons can still be visited today, albeit upgraded with modern amenities.
As the popularity of these type of vacations grew, so did the amenities and level of luxury offered–offering a wide range of activities and amenities, from gourmet cuisine and spa treatments to horseback riding and fly-fishing, and often feature high-end accommodations such as private cabins and luxury tents.
Some of the most iconic resorts have operated for over a century and become beloved destinations for generations of families and travelers.
Despite their evolution over time, luxury farmsteads remain true to their roots as a way for guests to experience the beauty and adventure of the American West uniquely and memorably.