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Introducing The 11 Best Winter Ranches In The U.S.

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Bar W Guest Ranch; Whitefish, Montana

This Montana dude ranch offers year-round adventure, however it is a true winter wonderland come the latter part of the year. Offering B&B stays in a stunning location, Bar W offers a generous arsenal of winter activities, or the chance for some serious downtime; you can soak in the hot tub, play pool or simply take time out to read.

Winter activities: Horseback riding, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice-skating, various skiing, ice fishing, dog sledding and more

C Lazy U Ranch; Granby, Colorado

This all-inclusive ranch offers something for everyone. A simple and secluded retreat destination, it has been awarded many prestigious accolades, such as Conde Nast’s #1 Colorado Resort award. With picturesque mountains and inviting décor, get the family together at C Lazy U for Thanksgiving, or celebrate in style at Christmas and New Year.

Winter activities: Sledding luge, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, feed wagon, ice skating, ice hockey, snowcat skiing, ski packages, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, snow tubing, snowshoeing

High Lonesome Ranch; De Beque, Colorado

Breathtaking surroundings and Western elegance are the order of the day at this Colorado dude ranch. Open year-round, the ranch is dedicated to working with a model of sustainability that maintains biodiversity and ecological connectivity, enhances the lives of wildlife and fish, and preserves and restores degraded habitat while promoting a mix of uses.

Winter activities: Snowshoeing, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling

Latigo Ranch; Kremmling, Colorado

A member of the Colorado Cross Country Ski Association and the Cross Country Ski Areas Association, Latigo is based among stunning trail systems and offers day skiing experiences in some of Colorado’s best snow conditions, as well as festive winter ranch vacations.

Winter activities: Cross-country skiing, hot tub, snowshoeing, historic log lodge, snow tubing, cross-country ski racing, fat bikes

Lone Mountain Guest Ranch; Big Sky, Montana

Disconnect from the world while connecting with others on the number one ‘Nordic’ trail system in North America – tackle 85km of ‘Nordic’ ski trails and 30km of snowshoe trails, or have a go on the world class downhill skiing slopes just six miles from LMR. Enjoy cozy, peaceful cabin evenings, too after energetic days in the snow.

Winter activities: Various skiing, sleigh ride dinners, snowshoeing, Yellowstone Tours, winter fishing, dog sledding

Malibu Dude Ranch; Milford, Pennsylvania

This genuine working horse ranch gives you rustic luxury accommodations with an authentic Old West experience. Throughout the Fall and winter there are numerous seasonal events and celebrations to keep you entertained, and kids under 15 also stay free. You can enjoy unlimited horseback riding and all snow-based activities are included free with your stay at Malibu.

Winter activities: Skiing, snow tubing, snowmobiling

The Ranch at Rock Creek; Philipsburg, Montana

Escape to pristine alpine slopes for an all-inclusive luxury ranch vacation. Proud winner of Forbes Travel Guide’s only 5* Guest Ranch award, why not call this Relais & Chateaux property home this winter. Indulge in snow-based activities in the day and fireside relaxation in the evening over the festive season, but best of all, leave your bulky gear at home – their all-inclusive rates include equipment, gear and guides, as well as ranch cuisine, premium wine, beer and spirits, and daily children’s activities among other amenities.

Winter activities: Sleigh rides, various skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice skating, sledding, snowcat tours, snowga, snowboarding and more

The Resort at Paws Up; Greenough, Montana

Offering over 100 miles of lightly traveled wilderness trails for a diversity of unique Montana winter vacation excursions, the award-winning Paws Up also offers guests ‘Winter Packages’, which include several winter activities, meals and a winter wonderland so festive you’ll want to return year after year.

Winter activities: Dogsledding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, tubing, sleigh rides, ice skating and more

Triple Creek Ranch; Darby, Montana

A proud member of Relais & Chateaux amongst other prestigious accolades, Triple Creek Ranch offers year-round ranch vacations. Embrace the festive season in their cozy cabins, breathe the cold mountain air, and sample the fine wines and top-notch cuisine while taking in the beauty of a Montana winter.

Winter activities: Ice fishing, sledding, skijoring, skiing

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch; Sandpoint, Idhao

Offering B&B from September onwards, Western Pleasure is the perfect festive family getaway. Stay in one of the cozy, authentic log cabins and take in the ranch’s 1,100 acres from horseback or hiking the stunning trails. Winter vacation and spa packages also available for a truly relaxing, ready-planned vacation.

Winter activities: Sleigh ride packages, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, fat bikes, Nordic trails, snowmobiling

Vista Verde; Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Your all-inclusive winter vacation at Vista Verde combines the amenities of a luxury Colorado resort with the relaxed and intimate atmosphere of a ranch vacation. Hide out in a cozy log cabin with your private hot tub and enjoy delicious, freshly prepared meals in between adventures out in the snow. Christmas and New Year’s weeks are perfect for families looking for a unique way to celebrate the holidays.

Winter activities: Skiing, snowshoeing, horse programs, fat biking, snow tubing, snowga, dog sledding, sleigh rides, snowmobiling and more

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