It is still autumn, but it is never too early to start thinking about where to go for a winter vacation. Yes, winter vacations can be cold, but with the right clothes, you can feel like a kid again by enjoying sleigh rides, building snow men, skiing and ice skating.
The Western United States is a popular area to visit in the summer when you can go hiking, horseback riding and sit around the campfire in the evening. However, it is in the winter months that this part of the country truly sparkles. As a Colorado native, I might be biased, but I think the West in the winter is always a win for a cold weather getaway. If you are plotting some winter escapes this year, consider heading to one of these awesome western resorts.
Located just outside of the skier's paradise of Steamboat Springs in Colorado, Home Ranch is a luxury dude ranch with a classic Western feel. Perched in the scenic Elk River Valley, in the town of Clark, this ranch resort features a main lodge with six unique rooms, all of which have views of the surrounding meadows and mountain peaks. In addition to the lodge, guests who want more privacy and space can stay in one of eight different cabins on the property.
While nothing says "winter getaway" quite like a ranch-style lodge or a cozy cabin, Home Ranch offers an almost endless menu of wintertime activities for guests. Adventure-seekers can take advantage of skiing, horseback riding, sleigh rides and even tubing. With all these offerings, guests won't feel like they have to confine themselves to the indoor areas of the ranch during the winter.
Sitting on 37,000 acres, the impressively large Resort at Paws Up proves Montana isn’t just a summertime destination. It is also downright stunning in the winter with its wide-open spaces, mountain peaks and natural beauty. The Resort at Paws Up features both private residences and luxury-tented suites. While those tents might be too cold for winter visits, the other accommodations provide a cozy, Western feel. The cabins boast a tremendous amount of space and also a lot of privacy.
This authentic working cattle ranch in Western Montana really comes alive in the winter months. Guests can appreciate over 100 miles of lightly traveled wilderness trails. Popular wintertime activities on the resort’s grounds include dogsledding, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, tubing and ice skating. There are accommodations for larger groups available at Paws Up.
Stretching for 15,000 scenic acres along the Platte River Valley, the Brush Creek Ranch is perfect for a winter getaway. The spacious 38,000 square foot lodge has suites, and the resort also has larger residences. Brush Creek also boasts a luxurious spa where you can relax and unwind after taking part in all of the ranch’s winter adventure options.
Brush Creek Ranch doesn’t shy away from the winter weather. It offers guests a number of activities such as snowmobiling, horseback riding, Nordic skiing and tubing. You can even take a guided tour to a remote yurt or explore the ranch's 50 miles of trails. plan a route Founded in the 1800s, Brush Creek Ranch has a pioneering spirit that is almost tangible. If you are seeking a winter adventure, this is the place for you.
Which of these resorts in the West would you like to visit for a winter wonderland getaway? Share your pick with us in the comments below.