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Fishing? Riding horses? Eating like a king? These destinations have it all.

Whether you're into fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking, relaxing, or eating like a king, these places have you covered. (Courtesy of Three Forks Ranch)

Fishing? Riding horses? Eating like a king? These destinations have it all.

Whether you’re out to ride, fish, soak in a hot spring, pitch in on chores or get treated to a farm-to-table feast, you'll be able to find your home on the range at one of these stunning ranches.

The Ranch at Rock Creek: Philipsburg, Montana 

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After a long day of fly fishing, horseback riding, and hiking, kick back at the Silver Dollar Saloon, which serves up seasonal artisan cocktails. There’s also a private movie theater and bowling alley. From $667 per night.

Mountain Sky: Emigrant, Montana

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Mountain Sky Guest Ranch is nestled in the aptly named Paradise Valley, 30 miles from Yellowstone National Park. With nearly 9,000 acres of varied terrain, this working dude ranch is an equestrian’s dream—returning guests are given the opportunity to ride the same horses year after year. From $370 per night.

The Home Ranch: Clark, Colorado 

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There’s no shortage of activities at the Home Ranch in Clark, Colorado: fly fishing, riding, rafting, climbing, yoga, cycling—that’s just in the summer. But the real magic happens around mealtime, where guests can refuel with a meal sourced from the ranch’s organic gardens, greenhouse, and livestock. From $635 per night for 2 people.

Three Forks Ranch: Savery, Wyoming 

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This 200,000-acre working cattle ranch straddles the Colorado-Wyoming border, 40 miles north of Steamboat Springs. In the summer, guests can join in on a cattle drive or fish the pristine upper 16 miles of the Little Snake River. When winter rolls around, the ranch offers first-class cat skiing on 1,100 vertical feet of the Sierra Madres. From $695 per night.

Vermejo Park Ranch: Raton, New Mexico 

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Vermejo Park Ranch is a sportsman’s dream. Situated on a gargantuan 580,000 acre spread of pristine wilderness high in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of New Mexico, the property stretches over wildflower meadows and steep peaks. The property's range of ecosystems means it plays host to a wealth of species, from hulking bison and bull elk to fat cutthroats and rainbows that swim in the 30 miles of remote streams. From $300 per night.

4UR: Creede, Colorado

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With miles of private tailwater, a top-notch horseback riding program, and a chef known to cook up trout filets streamside, 4UR Ranch in Creede, Colorado, is a perfect Rocky Mountain refuge. Throw in the property’s natural hot springs—which has attracted travelers since the 1800s—and you’ve really got something special. From $2,600 per week.

Siwash Lake Ranch: British Columbia, Canada

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Tucked deep in the Caribou country of BC, Siwash Lake Ranch offers guests an extensive trail system for moutnain biking, or they can try their luck with BC’s rainbow trout in miles of pristine rivers. But the real gem is the Siwash Synergy with Horses riding program, where personal guides mentor riders to build a special bond between horse and human and help guests explore remote spots on the open range. From $2,148 for three nights.

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San Marcos, Texas

Billed as the world’s toughest canoe race, the Texas Water Safari, held each June, is a four-day, 260-mile jaunt from the headwaters of the San Marcos River northeast of San Antonio to the small shrimping town of Seadrift on the Gulf Coast. There’s no prize money—just bragging rights for the winner. Any boat without a motor is allowed, and you’ll have to carry your own equipment and overnight gear. Food and water are provided at aid stations along the way. Entry fees start at $175 and increase as race day approaches.

The Ring

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Strasburg, Virginia

The Ring is a 71-mile trail running race in early September along the entire length of Virginia’s rough and rocky Massanutten Trail loop. To qualify, you need to have run a 50- or 100-mile race before the event and win a spot through the lottery system. Entry is free. Complete the run and you’ll become part of the tight-knit Fellowship of the Ring and be eligible for the Reverse Ring, which entails running the trail backwards in the middle of winter.


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Santa Fe, New Mexico

Each spring, competitors gather in Santa Fe’s historic plaza with a simple goal: be the first to reach 12,308-foot Deception Peak, 17 miles and 5,000 feet of elevation gain away. Competitors run or bike the first 15 miles to the local ski area before transitioning to their waiting ski-touring setups for the final push to the top. Time stops only when they’ve skied back down to the tailgate in the resort’s parking lot, which is funded by the modest entry fee of around $25. To add to the sufferfest, some participants sign up for the Expedition category, in which they strap their skis, skins, boots, and poles to their bikes for the long ride up. Start dates vary depending on snow conditions, but look for the event page to be posted on Facebook in late March or early April.

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