Ride horses through the Wyoming frontier
It doesn’t get much more ’Merican than the wide-open West, complete with its majestic mountain backdrop straight out of an Annie Proulx story. Whether you’re looking for a horseback escapade or a poetically scenic respite, put your “out of office” up for the week, and get you to a dude ranch.
You’ll find them around Texas, Colorado, Arizona -- “dude” ranches (aka, guest vacation ranches) are deeply rooted with history, hospitality, and of course, horses. The CM Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming, for example, has been around since 1927 and offers the all-inclusive Western experience: trail rides, rustic cabin lodging, fishing and pack trips, hiking and swimming in glacial lakes, top-notch family dining (BYOB), and real-life cowboys crooning Willie Nelson by the campfire.
Look, it won’t be the cheapest sojourn (a week will likely run you over a grand), but you can’t put a price on loping through the Badlands and getting up close to a herd of bighorn sheep, or making bourbon-tinted half-memories while stargazing on the porch with new comrades. Plus, dude-ranching is the perfect “escape” that forces you (in a good way!) to disconnect and be adventurous. Good luck finding a cell tower in the Shoshone National Forest. That Instagram post of you donning a Stetson and cheesing with your steed will have to wait until you touch down at JFK. -- Brooke Sager