Need To Know
29, including seven log cabins and 10 luxury 'canvas cabin' tents
11am, but flexible if there’s availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm.
Double rooms from $2000.00, excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates include all activities, meals and drinks; the 20 per cent ranch fee includes taxes, snacks, phone calls and WiFi.
Smoking is allowed in the designated outdoor area. One bedroom in the Granite Lodge is suitable for wheelchair users.
At the hotel
Rodeo grounds (for the weekly rodeo), cinema, the Buckle Barn event space, library, spa, bowling alley, hot tub, billiards table, stables, fishing ponds, WiFi throughout and 6,600 acres. In rooms, iPod dock, minibar and free bottled water. Some rooms have TVs.
Our favourite rooms
Camping fans won’t know what’s hit them in a Luxury Canvas Cabin, where the toilet is inside the tent, and a private bath house is nearby. They line the banks of Rock Creek, and come with a rocking chair and porch out front. For sturdier lodgings, head inside to the Appaloosa Suite, with a four-poster white birch bed and wooden walls, or the masculine Loft, which has rafter ceilings and an elegant freestanding bath tub.
The thousands of acres have room for a heated outdoor pool. Brave sorts can jump in the creek.
Checked shirts, jeans and cowboy hats – and if you don’t normally dress like you’re in a Western, stock up at the Mercantile, where you can buy genuine cowboy articles. The ranch has a whole storage room of sports equipment, so don’t worry about lugging your own.
There’s a spa in the Granite Lodge, with luxury pedicure stations and framed flowers on the walls; treatments include the aptly named Saddle Sore Soak, guaranteed to bathe away the day’s aches. There's also an ice rink for skating and games of ice hockey.
Very welcome; just remember that the area is remote and that a babysitter will need a fortnight’s notice. Cribs must be ordered in, so let the hotel know well in advance. Some rooms have pull-out beds for children.