For cowgirl and cowboy wannabees — at the heart of the 26,000-acre Sun Ranch sustainable ranching operation, this rustic, secluded lodge — which caters to a only 16 guests at maximum capacity—offers a guest ranch experience that’s far from “dude.” Enjoy heavenly views of the glorious Madison Valley and chef-prepared gourmet meals made from local and organic ingredients. A smart staff combines outdoor adventure — from horseback riding to fly fishing to naturalist-guided hiking to custom tours of nearby Yellowstone National Park—with personalized learning for a meaningful connection to nature. Take the special “green tour,” archeology tour, or just wander a nature trail at your own pace.
A variety of packages are available, starting from $900 per person, double occupancy, for a three-night basic Sun Ranch Package (activities priced a la carte) in a deluxe lodge room. More info @ sunranchlodge.com. Looks like an awesome, laid-back scene.