Looking for a luxury ranch vacation? Why not go one better and choose an ‘Ultra Ranch’?
Updated May 2023
What is an Ultra Ranch?
The world's leading authority on ranch vacations, Gene Kilgore’s exciting Ultra Ranches category recognizes and celebrates dedication and excellence, not only to the ranch vacations phenomenon, but to the travel industry worldwide.
These elite luxury ranch vacation properties set the highest standards, are nestled among the very best hotels in the world, and are recognized by leading travel experts and travel publications as being the crème de la crème.
Ultra ranch vacations go above and beyond luxury ranch vacations, catering for the discerning traveler who knows and expects the very best from their destination.
A Top50 Ranches Ultra Ranch distinguishes the highest level of luxury travel, hospitality and excellence in accommodations, experiences, amenities, food/wine and service.
Of the hundreds of ranches that host vacationing adults and families, Gene Kilgore has selected just a few luxury ranches to be elevated to the stratospheric position of an Ultra Ranch.
Welcome to the best ranch vacations in the world, for when the sky’s the limit!
Primland Resort (Auberge Resorts Collection), Virginia USA
Primland Resort, also a member of the luxury Auberge Resorts Collection, is a private estate that defines the ultimate Blue Ridge Mountains Experience.
From the regal Lodge with its skirt of emerald fairways, to its romantic log cabins and treehouses perched above the Dan River Gorge, winding trails lead to myriad fresh discoveries and adventures in the stunning Virginia wilderness abound.
Price tag per night: Summer rates range between $1,349 and $2,869 per night; winter between $549 and $1,889. No minimum stay.
Branded Rock Canyon, Colorado
Branded Rock Canyon was originally a popular five-star Marriott hotel, the Kessler Canyon Ranch. Sold in 2017, it was converted back into a private estate, offering limited availability to outside guests by advance reservation only.
Hidden away in the rugged western Colorado landscape, Western-style hospitality, luxurious accommodations, superb meals and a variety of exciting activities make this destination ranch the perfect escape.
Price tag per night: Summer rates range between $1,100 and $1,750 per night; winter between $950 and $1,750. Three-night minimum stay.
Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, BC Canada
Echo Valley Ranch & Spa has been recognized as a Green Step Sustainable Tourism Gold Certified Business and was listed in the 2020 Trip Advisor Traveler's Choice Awards.
This stunning ranch in Canada is a small, eco-luxury ranch and spa fusing elements of Canada and Thailand – here you'll fully rest, relax and rejuvenate your soul.
Price tag per night: $1,400 per night; three-night minimum stay.
Brush Creek Ranch, Wyoming USA
Brush Creek Ranch was named the Number 1 Resort Hotel in the U.S and Number 3 Hotel in the World in Travel + Leisure Magazine’s 2017 World’s Best Awards.
Named Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Number 1 Resort in the USA and Top 5 Resort in the World for the 3rd Consecutive Year.
Member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Legend Collection, Beretta Trident, Orvis Endorsed Fly-Fishing and Wingshooting Lodge.
Price tag per night: Summer rates are between $1,100 and $1,500 per person per night, winter between $700 and $1,350. Three-night minimum stay in summer, two nights in winter.
The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana USA
The Ranch at Rock Creek was named the World’s First Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Guest Ranch. A Relais & Chåteaux property, National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, Virtuoso, Signature Travel Network, Andrew Harper, AFAR, Kiwi Collection.
Price tag per night: Summer rates are between $2,000 and $20,000 per person per night, winter between $2,000 and $10,000. Five-night minimum stay in the summer, four-night minimum in the winter.
The Resort at Paws Up, Montana USA
The Resort at Paws Up is a member of Virtuoso, Signature Travel Network, Andrew Harper and Conde Nast Johansen.
Price tag per night: Summer rates are between $1,890 and $4,387 per person per night, winter between $1,250 and $3,270. Four-night minimum stay in the summer, two in the winter.
Triple Creek Ranch, Montana USA
Triple Creek Ranch is a member of Relais & Chateaux, Virtuoso, Signature Travel Network, Andrew Harper and Orvis.
Price tag per night: Summer rates between $1,300 and $3,000 per person per night, winter between $950 and $2,650. No minimum stay.
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