If you’ve got a crew with spurs that jingle jangle jingle, then you’re in the market for a cowboy vacation. From open prairie to luxury ranches, we’ve found 11 places worth hopping along to. Click through the gallery to find your next home on the range.
Few places are as truly cowboy as Wyoming, where the Wild West is not a thing of the past but still all around. For some of the most beautiful natural sculptures on earth, visit the Vedauwoo Recreation Area in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest. It’s about 27 miles west of Cheyenne proper, and we promise you will be stunned by the massive stone sculptures created by ice, wind and water. Back in Cheyenne, go on a scavenger hunt for 19, eight-foot-tall cowboy boot sculptures all over town (you can get a location map at the Depot in the Visitors Center). Saddle up at the Terry Bison Ranch (where the buffalo roam!) for some horseback riding and don’t miss the Children’s Village—a three-quarter acre site with a historic sheep wagon, tipi village, puppet theater, prairie plantings, an arts/crafts plaza and more. For accommodations, check out the The Little America Hotel & Resort ($134/night) that includes a new outdoor play area for kids.
For more info, check out cheyenne.org
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