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Wow wow wow
Oct 5th, 2020
As I sit by the fireplace overlooking this amazing landscape, the only thing I can think of is how badly I don’t want to leave this place and how much I want to come back. From the moment we checked in we felt like royalty. I can’t say enough great things about the staff and how wonderful they are and how great they are at what they do. First the food: OMG, we were lucky enough to eat the Farm twice and when you think of gourmet food this is the place. From breakfast to dinner, everything tasted delicious and fresh. Thank you Sarah for helping us arrange our activities. Our cooking class was cancelled which was disappointing but Sarah was able to book us a baking class as well as a tour of the greenhouse and it worked out perfectly. Horseback riding was great, thank you Grace!! If you haven’t tried paintball this is the place to do it. Thank you to all the staff who came out to play with us. I’m still a little bruised up but would definitely do it again. What can I say about Chef Keisha... love her!! She taught us how to make Soufflé of all things and it came out perfectly, just as good as the one we had the following night for dinner. Gretchen, thank you for what I would call the best wine tasting experience of my life. We will definitely reach out in the future. Travis, our lakeside hike was unforgettable and the pics you took of us came out great!! Hiking was definitely a highlight of this trip. Couldn’t leave the ranch without trying rock climbing. It was a definite challenge and so much fun. Enjoyed the s’mores by the fire, drinks at the saloon, bocce ball, basketball and table tennis. Not a huge fan of mountain biking but glad I tried it. This place really did have it all. Thank you thank you thank you all for making this an unforgettable experience. We hope to see you all soon!! TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
Beautiful property, but some issues with follow up
Aug 26th, 2020
I stayed here for a women's weekend away and we stayed here in July in the Trailboss suite. Once you arrive onto this property, you just begin to relax and unwind. The staff is fun, knowledgeable and will do everything they can to make sure you have an amazing experience and you can tell that they really love their jobs. During our time at the ranch we rode ATV's and horses, shot guns, archery, ate and drank way too much It's everything you could want in a weekend away during these crazy times. I'm taking one star away because of our pre-arrival experience and their desserts. I had a call with Jeremy about a month before we arrived to discuss our arrival and plan out our activities and then another email from the concierge team about two weeks before asking about our activities. Once we arrived, nothing was booked and most activities were full so they just wasted our time with these phone calls and emails and never told us along the way that there was nothing booked yet. After telling them that we would need the spare bed in the room made, we came to find that it was not made and we were given sheets to make it ourselves since the housekeeping staff was not available. The desserts were the weakest part of their culinary program and this was the first time I have ever not looked forward to eating dessert. The chocolate chip cookies and cakes were dry and many just lacked depth and flavor that one would hope for in sweets. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
Great Weekend Getaway!
Aug 2nd, 2020
We stayed 2 nights at Brush Creek Ranch & the only regret is that we didn't stay longer. Fantastic experience just a little over 3 hours from Denver. We stayed in Trailboss, which I highly recommend. It was our own cabin (which is good during covid times) just up the hill from the main lodge -- which gave us great views! We also got a golf cart making it easy to get to everything. However, the highlight of our stay were all the activities -- magical location to go mountain biking, fly fishing, atv tour & the gun range. And the best part were the guides -- they were all fantastic & an expert in their area. Lastly, the food -- overall very good -- but the best experience was was dinner at The Farm, which was a new addition as of last year. Make sure you take a tour of the wine cellars/basement (don't want to give anything more away). My only feedback is on the food -- as a vegetarian they didn't have a ton of options. Most time my options were just the sides/vegetables they had planned for the dinner vs. something additional -- whereas my husband was dining on wagyu beef, sirloin, etc., etc. I guess that is what you get going to a Ranch:) But regardless of this feedback, still a wonderful experience that would recommend to all. We will definitely be back in the winter time to experience the skiing/snow activities! TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
The Perfect Family Getaway
Jul 15th, 2020
We visited Brush Creek the first 3 nights they reopened—my family of course had connecting rooms in the lodge that were perfect-super comfortable beds, the bathroom with the two beds had a shower/tub combo our king room had an oversized shower. The decor was rustic luxury. We really loved the convenience of being in the lodge as breakfast and lunch are served right downstairs and the activities barn and saloon are just steps away. Perfect for families with kids to give everyone the freedom to “roam” but staying close by. Scheduling activities was easy at the barn and the guides were all top notch! We did the cattle drive-highly recommend—trail rides, shooting, barrel racing, ranger tour—everyone was on top of their game-we were very impressed! Food and drinks were outstanding-the filet mignon at The Farm was the best I have ever had. We loved the authentic feel of the saloon and the drinks were fantastic. The sports barn was a huge hit with my 8yr old-especially the full sized basketball court. My only non wow experience was the spa-for a Resort with spa in its name you would expect an amazing experience. The locker room is very small with only one shower—and even without COVID they only have a small steam room and dry sauna-the massage was great but for the price point I expected a “full spa” experience. (That being said the spa at their Magee Ranch is amazing-it is only open to guests who are buying out the whole facility at this point but once operations are back to normal you can get treatments at this location) Overall this was one of our best family vacations-this truly is a special place and we hope to be back and spend even more time there soon! TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
Ones Dudes Journey to Brush Creek Ranch
Jan 22nd, 2020
I was looking for an “out of the box” vacation for the summer. I’ve done the “beach thing” before and while the beach is always fun, wanted a little bit of a change. I had heard a few friends over the years mention Dude Ranch Vacations, so I began to research about it. Found out that there are Dude Ranches all over the west in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and other areas. I’ve been to Colorado before, so that was out. When I think Dude Ranch first state that comes to head is Montana, but soon enough I realized Wyoming is an amazing place as well for these sorts of experiences. After researching websites for a few hours, and comparing the offers and facilities of several ranches, I found one that stood out from the rest. Brush Creek Ranch was the ranch that seemed to check all of the boxes. The reason I chose Brush Creek Ranch though was that they offered the most activities, it was an intimate and high end property, it was all inclusive, and located in Wyoming, a state I had not visited before. It just so happened that they were running a special for the “Independence Week.” for the 4th of July, too many stars aligned, so I couldn’t miss this opportunity. Finally, the day arrived!! As we entered the main gate, we were greeted by two polite, and friendly young ladies that asked for our names and about our reservation. Once they verified, we were in the right place, they escorted us to the main lodge area for check in. The drive into the property was beautiful, lined with large rock formations and rolling hills. We pulled up to the entrance and was greeted by a concierge, Tiago, along with two luggage and valet staff members. We made our way into the lodge, checked in, and got the tour of the lodge. Tiago told us more about the resort, the amenities, and where and when the meals happened. Luggage was delivered to the room, so the fact that it was in the second floor and a bit of a walk was not even an issue. We entered the room and were pleasantly surprised by several gifts laid out on the bed. There were T-shirts, water containers, Chapstick, sunscreen and various nick knacks. (This was the first of many classy touches we would experience during the week). There was a good size closet, a nice bathroom and two Queen beds. There was also a Keurig coffee maker, a combination safe and a comfy armchair in the corner. The decorations were very country/ lodge feeling with cool old pictures and various baskets and décor items to accentuate the rustic vibe. The room had good wi-fi signal and NO TV! This was awesome and it turned out we did not miss it at all during our visit. We received our luggage, tipped the bellhop and unpacked our bags. We were just in time for dinner, so we made our way to the “Chuck Wagon” food pavilion. This is where most lunches were served. It happened to be that the ranch was having a BBQ competition that night with all of the ranch divisions. As we sampled the food, we got to meet other guests. While the food was being tasted a bluegrass, duet was playing live music, with a banjo, a violin, and their voices. The atmosphere was amazing! The next morning, we woke up and made our way down to the lodge for breakfast before the first activity session started at 9am. The breakfast spread was superb. After a great breakfast we made our way to the activities barn. This location is where you meet for the two different activity session each day. The sessions start at 9am and 2pm each day. Our first activity was a private a horseback ride. We were greeted by the Wranglers at the barn, then everyone doing horseback riding for that session got into a wagon and we were all taken down to the horse stables. Katie, the lead wrangler introduced herself and we got a selfie with her!! We lined up according to skill level and we were introduced to our guide. Our wranglers for the day were Jamie and Chloe. They helped us on the horses, and we started walking towards the trial. The wranglers were giving us tips and correcting our form and tuning up our riding throughout the trial. We went through. Few gates and headed up hill to a beautiful vista where we took several pictures. The views were amazing! We headed back down hill and they let us trot some and then we headed back to the stables. This was an awesome first ride! We loaded up into the wagon and headed back to the lodge to freshen up and have lunch. We sat around and relaxed for a bit and then it was time to head to the next activity. We arrive at the archery Yurt then, the guides outfitted us with our protection gear and compound bows. They allowed us to rest, fire the bows, and dial in the sites to our liking. The course was a 3D course so there were life size animal targets that you shot at. After we were done, we put the gear away and loaded back up into the Polaris and took the fun and bumpy road back to the ranch. The next morning, for the first session, we did Level 2 horseback ride, we had a great group, we gathered, were transported to arena and made our way out onto the property. We climbed a good size hill, throttle for a little, and made our way to another overlook on the top of a hill. Great photo opportunity! Once we were done with the session, we rode back to the stables and rode the wagon back to the lodge for lunch. The second activity session was something special that was only done during “Independence Week”, mounted shooting!! We went down to the rodeo ring. There was an extremely kind and nice family that had trained the horses so that they would not get spooked from the sound of gunfire. The ring course consisted of orange cones, sticks and balloons. They also supplied each rider with two six shooter pistols. The instructors did a demonstration and showed us how the course worked. We ended the session, jumped into the wagon and headed back to the room to change and get ready for the offsite dinner and concert event at The Farm. The Farm is BCR newest addition. It’s a 5-star event facility featuring a large ballroom, greenhouse, restaurant, wine cellar and whisky vault! We boarded the sprinter vans and made our way to this premier location. When we arrived, we were taken on a tour of the greenhouses to see how they plant and grow the food that they serve us farm to table. The greenhouses were a state-of-the-art and it was amazing to see how fresh everything we were eating was. We even got to eat tomatoes’ off the vines on the tour, yummy! After the greenhouse tour they drove us in Polaris vehicles to the front door of The Farm, there we were greeted with drinks, music, and a spread buffet that was out of this world. There were various staff members giving guests tours of the facility. We walked along one and saw all of the areas of the farm, we were in awe the whole time, this place was amazing! After the tours and food, we made our way to the ballroom where there was a concert by Runway June! They were very enthusiastic and joyful, so we danced the night away! The next morning, we woke up, and boy we were tired but had to get a good breakfast as we were about to embark on a full day horseback ride!! We fueled up and made our way to the activities barn where we met our Wranglers Cody and Garrett. They loaded us up in a private truck, with the horses on the trailer behind, and took us to the Sanger Ranch area in Brush Creek. Not many guests get to experience this part of the ranch as its where the owners Bruce and Beth White have their own personal ranch estate. As we arrived to the departure point, they unloaded the horses off the trailers, saddled us up and we started our journey into the wilderness. We rode uphill to the top of the area where we overlooked a huge river and sprawling valleys! As we were riding, Cody and Garrett told us to look for “sheds” this is where the wild deer rub their antlers off each spring and leave them laying on the ground. As we rode down into the valley, we spotted some “sheds” and then a few more! This was “cowboy crack” as they call these antlers were so cool! We made our way to the bottom of the valley down by the river and there we had a great picnic lunch! After lunch we stood by the river and threw rocks into the water and took the horses over to drink. We mounted back up and headed off to the next area of the ride. As we made our way through the rocky area, we found even more “sheds.” Cody and Garrett explained to us that we were lucky because most people don’t find one and we were up to around 5 or 6. We even had a few “pairs” which are both left and right-side sheds from the same animal. Cool stuff! As we got to an uphill little gorge, we asked if we could run the horses. The wranglers said yes so, we all secured our items and took off up the hill. We got the horses up to a full gallop and man what a feeling! We ran for a good bot and then slowed things back down to a walk and made our way around and back through a marshy area in front of the owner’s estate. We all gazed at the massive home in awe and also enjoyed riding through the tall grass. We made our way back to the horse trailer where we laid out our “sheds” and stood happy with our bounty. After six hours on horseback, we quickly understood the meaning of saddle sore! This was a full day ride, so we headed back to the lodge and chilled out for the rest of the afternoon. That evening there was a lobster broil and we ate lobster and steak as the sun went down. After dinner and a stop into the saloon for a nightcap, we promptly returned to our room for some much-needed sleep. We woke up the next day and it was the 4th of July!! This was a very special day at BCR not only because it’s our Independence Day but it’s also the day with all the fun extra-activities!! Paintball was the adventure for our morning for us! We got geared, split into teams and then brought into the paintball cabin. Equipment was top-notch (to our standards; which are not low but not pro either). Coveralls, jerseys, pads, chest protectors, helmets and face masks. The guns were also top notch with a large paintball holder for lots of ammo! We walked to the back area behind the lodge where they had a paintball ring roped off. The ring had rocks, elevations, trees, barrels, bunkers and various other terrain features. We split into two teams and the game was on!! Of course, with all the teenagers and the video games these days, the present kids were very well prepared and surprisingly good. They took me out but not before I got a few of them first! The second activity we had planned was the ropes course. This was a wood built three level ropes course. The guides hooked us into the belay system, and we made our way through the course. There is a two-line safety system that allows you to navigate throughout the course from obstacle to obstacle clipping in and out to get to the next feature. This experience was really cool, we enjoyed it a lot. We traveled back to the lodge, went to the room and got ready for the July 4th cookout. We all had red, white and blue clothes to wear so we dressed for the occasion and headed out to the event. They took us in Polaris down to the Creek, where the cookout took place. Upon arrival we got a chip to vote for the best decorated door and golf cart. As we walked to the event, they were doing cattle roping, axe throwing, archery and had a covered wagon for pictures. Like always they were serving drinks and hand passed bites. A band was playing bluegrass songs and the atmosphere was excellent. The cookout was a full spread of meats, veggies, side and fixings. We ate, drank and were very, very merry; then it was time to head back to the lodge for the fireworks show! We rode back on the Polaris and got ourselves a cozy spot on the grass near the lodge; grabbed some blankets and there we were, ready for the show. I have seen many fireworks shows before, but this was one of the best. I believe the fact that we were so close but did not feel overwhelmed by the fireworks loud noise; and it seemed they were exploding right over us, helped a lot. Or maybe it was the entire atmosphere, environment and company around. The show lasted about fifteen minutes, great music track accompanied the display, and it was truly a magnificent day and experience. Worn out again, we headed to the room to fall face down in the bed and sleep, after a night cap of course in the saloon! Next morning, hearty breakfast and back to the activities barn for our morning of shooting! We were shuttle out to the BCR range where we were introduced to our shooting instructors for the day. After a safety briefing, getting our guns and heading to our positions, we started with the clays course and man that was fun. They were coming from the left, right, up and down. This was a lot of fun! After we completed the clay course, we headed for the target shed. Here we shot pistols and long-range rifles. We hit a good bot of the targets on the range; and to me this was super fun, and one of the highlights of the trip. After lunch that afternoon, we headed to Medicine Bow national forest to rip up some 4x4 ATV’s through the woods. They geared us up again and put us on the ATV’s; this was 2.5 hr. ride through the forest. There were hills, mud pits, steep inclines, technical and rocky areas, open stretches and a few humps and jumps! A highlight was getting to the top of the main hill in the forest and seeing another spectacular elevated view of the beautiful state of Wyoming! Muddy and wet, we went back to the lodge to shower, relax and get ready for the Rodeo and carnival in the evening. Dinner that evening was at the rodeo ring under a big top tent. There was a full spread yet again full of meats and veggies and various other foods. Something for everyone to enjoy. Inside the tent there were carnival games for all of the children, and adults! The prizes were cool hats and various other toys and BCR branded items. They also had gift shop certificates as prizes which was a great option for the picky ones. After dinner we all made our way to the grandstands to watch the rodeo. Maintaining its first-class style, BCR had blankets on the stands and also offer passed concessions for all of the ranch guests. In the spirit of community, BCR also invited the local towns folks to attend the rodeo as well. The rodeo opened with an amazing celebration of the USA and the national anthem. Then the fun began, there was bull riding, bucking Broncho riding and barrel racing. Of course, the rodeo clown as a hit and kept the event moving along. After the rodeo, we went to the room and passed out from an excellent day and evening! We woke up to our last day at the ranch. This was a happy but sad day as we knew our amazing adventure was starting to come to an end. With all of the physical activities that we experienced during the week, our old but young bodies were demolished; it was time for a massage! My son wanted to do the level 4 horseback riding so after a good breakfast we headed to the activities barn, dropped him off and headed out to the spa! The massage we booked was called the Teepee experience. This was a two-hour meditation-based spirit cleansing massage. The therapists loaded us into an SUV and took us to the Spa Teepee located in the valley about 5 minutes from the lodge. These were traditional Teepee’s with open roof tops. The interior of the Teepee was comfortable and cozy with Native American featured décor, and two massage tables with accompanying spa items for the treatment. When we entered the Teepee, we were told about the Journey we were about to embark on, and then we were asked to undress to our comfort and get under the covers on the table. The therapists left, we got undressed and ready; and then they came back in and started the treatment. First, they lit a bundle of sage and conducted a spirit cleansing over our bodies with the burning sage. Then, after the sage treatment, the meditation-based pressure massage begun. The therapist conducted verbal mediation and relaxing techniques. As they told us to relax certain areas, they would put pressure on that area, this was really cool as it made the meditation and body relaxing pressure touches be in synch and created an ultimate state of calm and relax. Once relaxed the traditional deep pressure massage began. The therapists were awesome. That is saying a lot because we get a lot of massages and are not easy to impress. I even fell asleep and had an out of body experience at one point. After the treatment concluded we relaxed for a bit and then got up and made our way back to the lodge happy, calm, and like mush, ha! We went and sat in the courtyard and just took in the air, nature and the wonderful atmosphere. Lunch was awesome and then we went to our last activity for the trip, Fly fishing. The fly-fishing activity has its own building and team. There is also a great store that has a lot of great fly-fishing clothes, gear and accessories. Upon arrival to the building, they geared us up with high quality overall waders and fishing boots. Fly rods were also provided as well as all the nets, flies and accessories needed for the adventure. We loaded up into the Polaris trucks and went to Brush Creek to give our luck a try at catching some fish. At the creek, the guides gave us a fly rod tutorial and instruction lesson on how to cast and maneuver the rod. None of us had been fly fishing before so this was new territory. They made it easy to understand and we were headed upriver in no time looking for “holes.” We fished several spots along the river and ended up catching six fish during our time on river. My son ended up catching one of the largest fish of the week! We all really like this adventure and will be doing this again in the future. Back at the room we started to pack and get ready for our departure the next day. We were all talking about how much fun the week was and how it was the best trip ever! We got all packed up and got ready for the last nights closing dinner evening events. Dinner that night was in the lodge dining room and it was an assigned tables dinner. This was a seated served dinner. Most of the families sat together and had smiles from ear to ear happy from the week and its adventures. All of the management staff made their way from table to table thanking the guests and talking with them about their week. Yet another classy touch! After dinner there was a closing event in which the weeks awards were given for all of the activity accomplishments, best decorated door, best decorated golf cart and a variety of other fun and funny awards. There was also a highlight video that was filmed all week during our stay. This great video was set to music and highlighted all of the experience we all had during Independence week at BCR! After the awards presentation we made our way to the saloon along with the majority of the other guests that were there all week. We all had drinks, played pool, darts and sang Karaoke until late into the evening! The next morning, we awoke, had our last spectacular breakfast. The staff helped us get our luggage loaded gave us a fond farewell and we went on our way back to Denver to catch our flight home. As we drove out, we were sad to be leaving but at the same time, we all had full hearts. Another gift from BCR. We decide to drive back a different way than we had arrived. We were pleasantly surprised by the beautiful scenery on the drive out. This was the final gift that our BCR adventure gave us. Looking back, this was the best experience I have ever had. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
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