Virtuoso Traveler - June/July 2018 - 54
Horsing around and (right)
taking aim in Big Sky Country.
YOU'LL ALSO LIKE
Saddle up and hit the trail.
In northern New Mexico,
Ted Turner's 45-room Vermejo Park Ranch sprawls over
54 V I R T U O S O T R A V E L E R
The laid-back resort makes trying
any activity - from fly-fishing to
horseback riding - a no-risk proposition. Pine-covered mountains and
meandering streams invite explorers.
Guests can practice archery, take a
wildlife safari to see black bears and
bighorn sheep, or just play a game
of horseshoes and relax by the pool.
Creative workshop weekends feature
well-known Western artists, and
preeminent winemakers headline
"As a kid you think, 'What do I do
today to have fun?' " says Ourisman.
"That's what Triple Creek Ranch is like.
You do things." As an added bonus,
the resort is all-inclusive, "so you don't
spend time signing receipts."
585,000 acres, home to wild
horses and herds of bison and
elk. In addition to daily hiking,
wildlife watching, and trout
fishing, special programs focus
on climbing and photography.
Doubles from $850, including all meals, nonalcoholic
beverages, and daily activities.
Virtuoso travelers receive a
$100 resort credit and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Tauck leads several tours
in the American West that
visit bucket-list national parks,
including Yellowstone and
Grand Teton, plus a Wyoming
dude ranch where guests can
ride horses or learn equine se-
DO IT: Doubles from $1,050, including all meals; house wines, spirits, and
beers; and most on-ranch activities.
Virtuoso travelers receive a custom
leather photo album and ten percent
off standard rates.
crets from a "horse whisperer."
Tour to consider: an eight-day
cowboy-country escape beginning in Jackson Hole. Departures: Multiple dates, June 12 to
August 19, 2018; from $3,990.
owboys aren't born much
anymore, but they can be
made - and fast.
My own cowgirl crucible
occurred when Triple Creek
Ranch's head wrangler, who
had his reins full escorting
800 Angus cattle up to the
high meadows of western
Montana's Bitterroot Mountains,
rasped, "Breakaway! Left, 10 o'clock.
Go get her!"
Though I'd ridden English in high
school, my equestrian skills were as
rusty as an old spur, but I dug my Frye
boots into Fuji, my quarter horse, and
lit out at a full gallop after the wayward calf, exhilarated to contribute to
corralling the headstrong animal.
Between June and September, the
25-cabin property indulges cowpoke
fantasies by housing guests on a
neighboring 26,000-acre ranch. At the
end of long days in the saddle, wranglers return to hot tubs in the woods
and elegant wine-paired dinners.