9 western ranches to live like in Yellowstone


In Yellowstone, the Paramount Network hit drama about a super rich Montana cattle baron and his dysfunctional offspring, Patriarch John Dutton (played by Kevin Costner) goes to great lengths to protect his colossal ranch – he is the largest landowner in the United States – Big and bad corporations are salivating at the idea of ​​turning so many pristine properties into the next luxury resort. While his methods of fending off them are questionable, any fan of Yellowstone who faithfully followed the Dutton dynasty for four seasons can relate to his predicament. Their way of life is portrayed as so pure and the salt of the earth, and very American– just cattle, cowboys, horses and absolutely virgin land.

In a recent episode, Beth (Kelly Reilly), John’s acid-tongue girl, meets Caroline Warner (Jacki Weaver), CEO of Market Equities, one of the aforementioned last big and bad companies, determined to transform the slice of the market. Montana des Duttons following her Aspen. “The fantasy of the west,” says Caroline, “is Montana’s only precious resource.” While that may not be entirely true, the ‘fantasy of the west’ has certainly become one of the most lucrative and enticing calling cards of late. , at least for a brief moment, that he’s a tough macho man in tune with Mother Nature. Even Rupert Murdoch got on board: he just bought a $ 200 million ranch in Montana from a member of the Koch family.

With Yellowstone now halfway into its fourth season, the attraction of the Wild West is bigger than ever. While we keep in mind that the very idea of ​​a luxury ranch vacation would make John’s skin crawl, below are 9 great Western destinations to get a taste of Dutton’s lifestyle.

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Ranch Triple C by Cuvée, Colorado

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Anyone, even at a distance, familiar with Yellowstone will know that John Dutton doesn’t like strangers or sharing. So, to truly channel the Dutton way of life, only a private, self-contained ranch adorned with wood-burning fireplaces and wooden chandeliers can do the trick. Enter: Triple C Ranch, one of the latest offerings from luxury villa rental company Cuvée. Located just 90 minutes from Denver, the sprawling 250-acre property can accommodate an intimate group of 16 people. Yellowstone-worthy experiences are included with rentals (which start at $ 14,375 a night), horseback riding, ATV rides, archery and fly fishing in the summer with snowshoe and snowmobile in winter. You’ll also have your own private chef (no, he’s not called Gator) to whip up regional specialties like local bison ribs, smoked trout canapes, and cheddar cookies with Palisade peach jam.

Sage Lodge, Montana

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Located just 35 minutes from Yellowstone National Park in an area known as Paradise Valley, and nestled in the shadow of the majestic Emigrant Peak, is the Lodge of Sage, a rural haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Activities include llama treks, fly fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hot air balloon rides, helicopter tours, skiing and snowboarding, rafting, rock climbing, biking, yoga, stargazing and, of course, exploring America’s first national park. The spa will be a godsend after a long day of sports and adventure, as will relax with a glass of wine and take in the panoramic views from one of the property’s two restaurants.

Sorrel River Ranch, Utah

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Sorrel River Ranch enjoys distinction as the only luxury resort in Moab, the Utah city rich in national parks (Arches and Canyonlands) and otherworldly landscapes. Plus, the property itself spans 240 acres that hug the Colorado River and offer some of the city’s most incredible, up-close views of these iconic sandstone buttes and mesas. For the more intrepid travelers, the best way to experience all the sights may be by skydiving: the hotel has just launched a new package that includes a skydiving experience that takes off from Canyonlands Airport and lands directly on the terrain of the complex. Acrophobic, fear not: there is plenty more to do, from UTV tours to sunset horseback rides.

Hot springs in Dunton, Colorado

Dunton Hot Springs was an 1800s ghost town turned into a cattle ranch that languished for years before anyone saw its potential as a luxury destination. With just 13 log cabins on 1,600 acres of land, it’s as close to a private ranch dream as you could get, with all the amenities and perks of a 5 star resort. And true to its name, you can add natural mineral hot springs to the long list of required western activities. When it comes to celebrity credit, Dunton Hot Springs earned a major seal of approval in September when Emilie in Paris Star Lily Collins married fellow Hollywood star Charlie McDowell in an intimate ceremony at the property.

Lodge in Blue Sky, Utah

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For those who want a taste of rural ranch life without straying too far from civilization, there is the Lodge at Blue Sky, an Auberge Resort, which spans 3,500 acres in the Wasatch Mountain Range, just 35 minutes from Salt Lake City. And since Park City is the winter playground, the long list of activities includes dog sledding, ice fishing, snowmobiling, sport clays, wildlife tracking, sleigh rides, and all the fun. types of skiing possible, whether it’s heli-skiing, backcountry skiing, or exploring remote backcountry trails with a pro. It’s just as beautiful in the summer, when you can ride horses, hike and fly fishing.

Ranch Lone Mountain, Montana

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Located in scenic Big Sky, Montana, about an hour north of Yellowstone National Park, Lonely Mountain Ranch is the real deal. First homestead over a century ago, in 1915, the rugged 148-acre property existed long before the area – and luxury ranches – became popular. Authentic charm is found everywhere, from the 27 historic log cabins that were recently renovated in 2016, to the local and a la carte dishes served at its Horn & Cantle restaurant (think menu items like Montana beef, flat head, elk meatballs). Expect all the ranching activity required, plus naturalist-guided tours of Yellowstone and proximity to Big Sky Resort on miles and miles of ski and snowboard trails.

Brush Creek Ranch, Wyoming

Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming, is upscale. (This is also where Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner celebrated their second wedding.) There are only 44 keys, ranging from lodge rooms to 3-bedroom residences, on a beautiful 30,000-acre lot. From rock climbing, archery, golf and fly fishing to ice fishing, cross country skiing and snowshoeing, there are plenty of activities for every season. For the foodie, the Brush Creek Farm offers cooking classes, wine tastings, tours of distilleries, and multi-course meals featuring the ranch’s 100% American Wagyu Beef.

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Triple Creek Ranch, Montana

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As a Relais & Châteaux establishment, Triple Creek Ranch is one of the most romantic destinations in the country, with impeccable hospitality and excellent food and wine. Better yet, it’s for adults only. Nestled in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley, where the real Dutton Ranch is also located, Triple Creek Ranch features 25 beautifully appointed accommodations, all with wood-burning fireplaces and hot tubs, and plenty of activities including dog sledding, skiing, hiking, horseback riding, cattle racing, mountain biking, white water rafting, trapping and nature safaris.

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Resort in Paws Up, MT

Resort at Paws Up maybe as well his – or rather, your– own mini national park. There is no main lodge or visitor center. No descent through the carpeted hallways to reach your room. Instead, there are 28 luxury homes and 36 rigged glamping tents scattered throughout the property. A multitude of activities making great use of this immense natural playground abound – horseback riding, fly fishing, electric biking, hot air ballooning, skijoring (mainly horse-drawn skiing), dog sledding, the list goes on. In addition to meals and activities included in the rate, guests staying in the cabins can also use a Lexus SUV to get around the resort.

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