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If you’re looking for the ultimate wilderness experience in the Rocky Mountain States, be sure to include a stay at one of these amazing lodges that can be found in Idaho, Colorado, Montana and Wyoming.
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Located in Victor, Idaho just 25 miles from Jackson, Wyoming, the Teton Springs Lodge & Spa boasts jaw-dropping, sweeping views of Teton Valley and a host of amenities. Spend your days exploring Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Parks, and take a break in between to tee off on one of the world-class golf courses or indulge in relaxing treatments at the full-service spa. During the chillier months of the year, you can head out on the miles of groomed cross-country ski trails, enjoy thrilling heli-skiing onsite or glide down the slopes at one of the two best-in-class alpine ski resorts close by. This tranquil property that was named the best hotel in the entire state of Idaho for four consecutive years, offers a warm, elegant atmosphere inside, in addition to the striking scenery outside. The 51 rooms include private balconies, fully-equipped kitchens, flat-screen TVs and heavy wooden furnishings, while the 17 cabins all sleep up to 12, and come equipped with outdoor barbecue grills as well as washer/dryers.
The Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch is in the fortunate position of having the spectacular Sawtooth Mountains and Salmon River as its backdrop, surrounded by more wilderness than anywhere else you’ll find in the lower 48. It welcomes guests to enjoy a uniquely western experience with a nearly limitless possibility for outdoor adventures, both onsite and throughout the majestic Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Enjoy a dip in the natural hot springs pool, fish the stocked pond or the Salmon River, go hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, or simply kick back on the front porch in the Old Hickory rockers. There are 14 cabins, a honeymoon cabin, family cabin and four main lodge rooms, all with luxury linens and fireplaces, and a skilled onsite chef prepares delicious and healthy breakfasts, picnic lunches and dinners using local ingredients, while live music can be enjoyed four nights a week.
McGregor Mountain Lodge is nestled between Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park, Colorado. It offers an ideal stay all year round – in the winter, the pristine landscape is often covered in snow, allowing guests to take part in activities like snowshoeing, sleigh riding and ice skating during the day and then come back and soothe sore muscles in the hot tub, soaking up those gorgeous vistas through huge windows and large skylights before cozying up to the warmth of the a crackling fire. During the warmer months, there are endless miles of trails for hiking and streams for fishing. No matter when you’re here, you’ll have the chance to view all sorts of wildlife right from your door, with elk, fox, deer and other animals frequently walking by.
The Winding River Resort is situated near Grand Lake, the gateway to the western entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park. This family-friendly resort is surrounded by the stunning wilderness beauty of the Arapahoe National Forest, in a setting the provides the opportunity for a wide range of recreational activities, including horseback riding and hiking, as well as fishing, boating and other water sports at nearby Grand Lake and Lake Granby. Accommodations range from cozy lodge rooms and log cabins that include gas fireplaces, kitchenettes and private porches, to spacious tent and RV campsites.
The Resort at Paws Up, set among Montana’s unspoiled wilderness in the lush, scenic Blackfoot Valley just 30 minutes east of Missoula, is considered one of America’s top wilderness resorts. Guests enjoy a magical, tranquil retreat among the peaceful countryside at this grand ranch resort that’s tucked into some of the most jaw-dropping scenery on Earth. Set across 37,000 acres on an authentic working cattle ranch, it hosts a wide variety of accommodation options from luxurious, expansive private homes to upscale, sophisticated safari-style tents for “glamping,” AKA glamorous camping. This mountain sanctuary offers the chance to spend an hour, day or even a week on horseback, cast your line into world-class fly fishing waters for cutthroat trout and indulge in heavenly in-room spa treatments.
Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in southwest Montana, the Rainbow Ranch Lodge blends the rugged West with service you’d expect from a high-end resort. Guests have the opportunity to participate in all sorts of outdoor adventures and then come back to savor luxurious comforts at this award-wining lodge that’s considered the epitome of rustic elegance and warm hospitality. The main lodge hosts a renowned restaurant and lounge as well as a wine cellar, and just a few of the ranch activities available include hiking or snowshoeing, horseback riding and fishing. The ranch provides flies and fly poles for guest use, and they can be utilized on the stocked trout pond or anywhere along the Gallatin River that borders the property – in fact, some of the best fishing on the Gallatin is just steps away. After a day of play, guests can look forward to a relaxing massage or participate in yoga sessions.
Nestled in Wyoming’s Rockies, about 60 miles from Yellowstone National Park, this tranquil resort is ideal for a quiet getaway with its rustic cabins and breathtaking scenery. The over century-old historic lodge offers a unique blend of outdoor adventure and country living with gourmet dining, 5-star service and outstanding accommodation. Choose from one of seven lodge rooms and eight cabins, all of which feature western décor and wooden furniture, gorgeous views and wood-burning stoves. Guests can enjoy a wealth of activities year round, including snowshoeing, ice fishing, skiing and snowmobiling in the winter, as well as wildlife excursions, hiking, fishing, canoeing, archery and trail rides in the warmer months. The restaurant serves up breakfast, lunch, tea time and gourmet dinners, with a selection that includes a variety of high quality seafood, beef, game and poultry dishes like elk bratwurst and Cajun diver scallops.