Never underestimate the restorative powers of shouting High Ho, Silver! while galloping off into the sunset. Now git — in touch with your inner Annie Oakley and Lone Ranger, that is.
Wide Open Spaces
It’s a rootin’ tootin’ gals-only time at High Wild & Lonesome on the Wyoming plains. Brush up on your equestrian psychology by observing wild horses along the Continental Divide, lead the campfire sing-along, and sleep under the big sky in your own canvas tent. You giddy up, girl.
Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’
No sissies allowed at the Double E Ranch, a 100-year-old working cattle farm in southwestern New Mexico. Riding, barrel racing, and roping are just the beginning. When saddle soreness gets you down, pan for gold, hunt for arrowheads, or just listen to the crickets chirp from the porch of your private cabin.
Home on the Range
Tenderfeet are paired with a horse upon arrival and given personal instruction before hitting the trail at Homeplace Ranch in Alberta, Canada. You’ll learn to make cowboy cappuccino (um, boiled coffee), feed livestock, clean corrals, and throw hay. Which will get you in big with the wranglers.
Rocky Mountain High
City slickers head to Dunton Hot Springs, a fully refurbished ghost town in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, for frontier-style rejuvenation. End a day of trotting through the alpines with a soak in the natural springs and a hot rocks massage. Yoga is also spoken here.
Days of Wine and Ropers
Ride off into the sunset (literally) on an evening trail excursion through the sweeping canyons of the Santa Ynez Valley at the The Alisal Ranch. Ditch your dusty dungarees for dinner at the elegant Alisal River Grill. Then skip the whiskey and sip Central Coast wine before bunking down in a quaint 1950s cottage.
Deep in the Heart of Texas
History buffs and adventurers relive the 1800s at the Cibolo Creek Ranch in West Texas — where, heck, you can ride nearly all the way to Mexico. You can also chow on gourmet Tex-Mex, see the spectacular Marfa Lights, and saw logs at one of the ranch’s three original forts.
Go really west at The Molokai Ranch in Hawaii. Master the art of rounding up cattle as taught by a real paniolo (that’s Hawaiian for cowpoke) in the resort’s rodeo arena, take in staggering views from the back of your steed along the Kaana Trail, and fall asleep counting stars from your beachfront tentalow. Now that’s roughing it.