Brush Creek Ranch
What We Love
- Over 50 miles of private equestrian trails
- Campfire meals under the stars by Brush Creek
- A prolific wine selection in the property’s 800-bottle ranch cellar
- Customizable massages at the Brush Creek Spa
What To Know
- If staying in the main lodge, request a room that’s far from the activity center for a quieter stay
- The resort’s concierge can arrange for off-the-ranch experiences (i.e. golfing at nearby Old Baldy Club in Saratoga) for an additional cost
- The nine cabins that make up the Magee Homestead are available for group bookings
- The ranch adheres to a strict no-pet policy
This century-old ranch, a highly sought-after wedding venue—actress Allison Williams tied the knot here last year—comes with a jaw-dropping backdrop: 30,000 acres of rolling hills, prairies and panoramic mountain views. A perfect day here might involve sunrise yoga overlooking the Platte River Valley and channeling your inner cowboy with a horseback ride through notable sites like the bison paddock and historic Robber’s Roost Lookout (once rumored to be a hideout for thieves), then retreating to a private teepee at the Trailhead Spa for an afternoon facial—there’s a hops-and-herbs version for the gentlemen—before heading back to your log cabin, where you can squeeze in a cat nap before indulging in a family-style barbecue feast at the ranch’s lively fire pit.
Fur throws, soft suede pillows, and antler chandeliers all amp up the warmth and snuggle factor in the 41 spacious rooms here, a combination of log cabin residences, lodge rooms, and cabin suites. In-room accessories like buffalo nickels on headboards and cowhide leather chairs tip a hat to the Western surroundings, while the hand-hewn exteriors are inspired by the ranch’s original 1884 homestead.
Though the dishes trotted out by the ranch’s five dining venues all have the Rocky Mountain stamp, it’s Creekside Camp, where the star players are a couple of grills, that steals the culinary scene here. A classic dinner spread might consist of hearty treats like carved prime rib, tea-brined chicken, and a sumptuous venison chili, the house chef’s signature dish—all enjoyed beside a campfire.
Nestled in the heart of south central Wyoming, Brush Creek Ranch is situated next to the lush Medicine Bow National Forest. It’s a scenic 3.5-hour drive from Denver International Airport and just an hour from nearby Laramie Airport.
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it offers horse back riding , atv trips , shooting ranges along with the spa and relaxed setting, great food and wonderful staff, I stayed for just 2 days and one night but wish i had more time to do everything the offered.
Travelled here as a work group incentive. I stayed in the Main Lodge
-- upscale, rustic experience
-- all inclusive activities were FUN (archery came out as the top of our list)
-- well trained staff, especially for activities
-- home cooked meals with fresh ingredients
-- property is MASSIVE so you're not on top of each other -- you can really lose yourself LITERALLY get lost
-- a lot of hidden gem areas for lunches, picnics, dinners -- explore & eat outdoors if you can it's worth it
-- tranquility at it's best
-- spa with sauna & steam room at the main lodge
-- laundry facilities --- you WILL get dirty
-- it's a LONG drive to get to the ranch (3-4+ hours from Denver)--- there were 60+ of us so it was cost prohibitive to fly to the ranch, if you are able to and there's not a lot of you, it might make sense to fly into the ranch
-- we didn't have cars, we were bused in so we weren't able to explore the neighboring town where most of the staff live --- rent a car if you want to explore outside the MASSIVE property
-- they're serious about relaxation --- there's no TV or phone in the rooms (at least in the main lodge) they have a games room with TVs outside the main lodge, after the initial shock wears off, it's actually a good thing not to have TV, radio or phone in the rooms
-- be prepared to get DIRTY
-- they have an artist colony in the property -- but we didn't see any art for sale, their gift shop that's at the activity center is really focused on outdoor wear--- if you love shopping, be sure to take a car into town
-- beds are getting old & lumpy -- pretty much everyone in our group who stayed at different lodges in the property said the same thing about the mattress springs poking through or the bed being squeaky & lumpy
The PERFECT anniversary vacation! Right from the start, the warm welcome from Jeremy and Emily set the stage for 4 days of blissful relaxation, and fun ranch activities. The chic rustic lodge and cozy cabins were exquisitely decorated. Chef Patrick and his team served fresh, delicious meals - Wyoming portions - to the sounds of Davis & Mavrick and the Burn It Bluegrass band. Akaushi steak needed no embellishment...so rich and tender, it literally melted in our mouths. And Craig's house-made cocktails hit the spot. Daily lounging in the sauna, steam room, heated outdoor pool, and indoor grotto hot tub made every day more relaxing than the previous. We filled up the rest of the days with a legit cattle drive (fav!), horseback riding, shooting at the gun range, hiking, fly fishing, and attempting to conquer the 20' & 40' ropes course (um, we may have to come back to accomplish that one, ha!). We cannot say enough about the friendly, helpful, energetic, and passionate guides, wranglers, and staff of Magee. Thank you all so much for making this trip one of the top 3 trips we've ever done! We WILL return!
It is challenging in a growing and dynamic enterprise like BCR to keep improving but they have hit that nail on the head in our second time there. We have two small children and each and every person they encountered could not have been more friendly, welcoming and kind.
The fact that we noted improvements in the front and back of house activities makes it all the more impressive. Food and beverage quality, presentation and service speak volumes about the organization that Mike Williams ramrods and that the White Family supports. Maintenance and upkeep of facilities and all of the many support vehicles were in evidence, as were ongoing major investments in everything from a new and stunning ropes course as well as an impressive greenhouse operation that we toured and which put delicious home grown organic products on the table each night.
The activities menu is so comprehensive that a week is not nearly enough. This was especially true for our five year old who shouted one night, "But I have only done three activities today!" Chances to just unwind were plentiful and although we recall the excellence of the spa from last time, frankly turning out the lights with the little ones was a race to see who fell asleep faster, so we were relaxed and content from shooting, fishing, archery, horseback riding and on and on. The next time cannot arrive fast enough.
The backbone of this comes from the many people who make up the team and from the Activities Center staff to the Food and Beverage to Housekeeping and especially to the folks in the Outfitters area. We will "name names" in an email to management to commend all the many wonderful, very competent and kind young people. I had to go to the Saratoga Clinic to have some stitches removed (from another adventure) and from Mike Williams to the front desk folks (Liz Brach) they could not have been more on the ball.
Jon Kruger is one of the best shots in the world and runs the shooting school. It is worth the trip just to see his shooting demonstration, experience his good humor and patient teaching as well as his team. In the bird shooting outfit Doug, Paul and Braden have amassed a world class operation for hunting over dogs as well as driven pheasant. Of course Matt's big operation at French Creek is growing by leaps and bounds for those who would like to pursue other game opportunities. More than anything an indefatigable determination to provide a safety first as well as rewarding and fun experience helping show my little ones what the outdoors is all about.
So if you like the best of food, fresh air, fun and new friends everywhere you turn the. Set your course for Saratoga, WY and the Brush Creek Ranch.
We visited BRC as a couple last year and it was such a success that we brought a group of 8 back. Our experience was almost perfect last year….in fact, our TA review is quoted on their promotional materials. This year, several aspects of our stay were disappointing, so, though it was still a fantastic getaway, we were underwhelmed in some areas.
We worked with a travel agent this year and it felt like he was almost pulling teeth to
get answers and confirmations. We were very unimpressed that NOT ONE person we encountered had any idea that we were repeat visitors. That is not acceptable
for a resort this size and at this price point. We travel a lot and even Hampton Inns
remember that we have been there before, let alone high end properties, who typically make a fuss, write a note, etc. I found the front desk typically empty and the
woman in charge rather cold and indifferent, when we saw her at all. It just doesn't
set the right tone.
This is the point of visiting BCR and it is a world class operation, both in terms of
facilities and instruction. Every single person we encountered in this department was knowledgeable, fun and patient. There are a range of activities, with early morning, morning and afternoon time blocks and all guests have the opportunity to try a variety of things throughout the stay. It's really fun to have a chance to try fly fishing,
horseback riding, shooting, yoga, ropes course, etc. in a safe, easy manner.
I only have two very small nits here: I do think more information should be provided
to guests about what to wear/expect for new activities, as some of us are clueless. As well, the evening program is very thin. We saw on a paper in the room that one evening there was two step dancing, however it was NOT on the lodge information board. When we asked about it, we were told that it was happening at 8 PM (in the middle of dinner) and that information was supposed to be provided by "word of mouth." Huh? But these are nits, indeed, and the activities piece is a well oiled machines staffed by engaging young people from all over the US.
Honestly, it probably doesn't matter. The point of coming here is to be in the amazingly beautiful setting and try new activities. In general, I don't think the rooms
are quite as luxe as travel magazines would want you to believe, but they are fine.
Think about location - do you want to be right next to/in the lodge, or in a more remote room? We had Kintas (a very nice house/cabin) and Coop, which was a smallish rustic cabin that has a great porch for sitting. The only issue we had was
one night we returned to the room to find it infested with flying bugs, probably because the door was opened too long during evening service. We asked for more care to be taken, and it never recurred.
The 9 AM check out time is a bit aggressive - don't know how flexible they are on extensions, as we didn't need one.
There is a decent size gym and quite an extensive array of spa services, all of which
were good to excellent - quite an accomplishment.
Although we didn't encounter anyone overtly rude, our overall sense was that the
resort was understaffed, as we picked up a stressed vibe at times. I don't think
I'd ever go to this type of resort late in the season again, as I imagine workers are getting burned out, tired of the isolation and maybe the guests. At another resort I was told there was such a thing as "Angry August" and I admit I sensed it on occasion.
The level of graciousness on the hotel side was probably not commensurate with
the price point. As well, here is how a typical conversation goes:
-is it your first time here?
-what activities are you doing/did you do today, to which the response is pretty much
always "awesome." It felt like this is instruction to staff members and, while it
is charming the first few times, it gets contrived feeling quickly. Many of the staff members we encountered were smart and articulate - maybe not everyone needs to
be on the same script at all times?
As with rooms, it probably isn't that important, but the meals were fine. Breakfast is
fantastic, and a lot of care goes into providing a range of hot and cold options and
sticky buns, which should be outlawed. There is a great baker on property for sure.
Lunch is a buffet and there is a decent, but not amazing, range of options and sometimes long lines. Dinner was the weakest meal of the three, with the same menu three nights running, which isn't that inspired. We also had our worst service
at dinner when, again, it felt like they were overtaxed both from a server and kitchen
perspective. One night it took hours to eat, we ended up pouring our own wine, had to ask for things several times. The best meal was the cookout near the creek, at which great care was taken to have a variety of food and fun entertainment.
Last year we did not enjoy eating with other people for every single meal so, before
we arrived, we asked for the opportunity to sit together. As a party of 8, that should
not be that challenging, but it only happened at dinner. Every morning, we ended
up pushing tables together, squeezing in extra place settings, etc. At some point,
someone should have taken note and preempted it. On the last day, when it had
happened too many times in a row, I was told that they only had communal seating
for breakfast and lunch. That was not told to us in advance and should not be the response. The staff would do the moving required without complaint, but
anticipating guests' needs should be part of the program.
One of the best extras was the extensive array of lawn games that could be played
at any time, but best with a beer in hand at sunset. The saloon was a great place
to get a drink, play shuffleboard or just sit on the extensive deck. For rainy days,
there is a large barn filled with games (shooting, pop a shot, etc.) and a full court
There were a lot of them during our stay, being summer vacation, and, as always, some are better behaved than others. We thought about trying the adults only Magee, but opted for BCR again due to the extensive offerings, and that was the best choice for us. As others have noted, this is a good place for multi-generation groups, as people can easily do age appropriate activities then regroup for meals.
It was our hope that BCR might become an annual destination for our group, now that zika has taken our beloved Anguilla off the map. However, we didn't feel
graciousness across the board (although it definitely existed in some quarters)
and will try something else next year in search of "our" place.