9 All-Inclusive Resorts for Outdoor Recreation

Skip complete relaxation in favor of exciting adventures and wellness-oriented activities.

By Holly Johnson, ContributorNov. 17, 2017
By Holly Johnson, ContributorNov. 17, 2017, at 10:31 a.m.
U.S. News & World Report

9 All-Inclusive Resorts for Outdoor Recreation

A mountain biker takes in the sunset in Tucson, Arizona.

With versatile outdoor activities, from mountain biking to cross-country skiing, included in a predictable price tag, these all-inclusive properties are ideal for adventure-loving travelers.(iStockPhoto)

Today's all-inclusive properties offer access to beautiful white-sand beaches, cerulean waters and top-notch activities at a reasonable (and predictable) rate. But not all all-inclusive resorts are created equal. While many properties position themselves as relaxing, oceanfront hideaways, there are just as many hotels that offer action-packed and exhilarating sporting opportunities. If you like the idea of planning a stress-free getaway at an all-inclusive but don't want to lounge along a beach all day, consider these off-the-beaten path options that will keep you active all day long, with heart-pumping activities such as mountain biking, horseback riding, yoga lessons and even dog sledding.

Tanque Verde Ranch
Tucson, Arizona

Arizona's Tanque Verde Ranch sits within the stunning desert landscape of Saguaro National Park in Tucson. The property includes outdoor activities all age groups can enjoy, three hearty daily meals and riding tours on the trails of the Sonoran Desert. Other inclusive amenities include horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, guided hikes, yoga and arts and crafts. Indoor and outdoor pools and a supervised kids ranch are also included, along with evening activities and entertainment.

The Ranch at Rock Creek
Philipsburg, Montana

Set among the rugged Montana wilderness, The Ranch at Rock Creek is an all-inclusive dude ranch. Families can stay in authentic log cabins and historic barns, along with luxury canvas cabins ideal for a glamping getaway. Year-round activities offered include fly-fishing, horseback riding, clay-shooting, geocaching, hiking, biking and more. Winter sports offered include snowshoeing, sleigh rides, ice skating and sledding, as well as trips to a local ski area. What's more, guests can enjoy farm-to-table dining with meals prepared with locally sourced ingredients.

Vista Verde Guest Ranch
Clark, Colorado

Steamboat Springs, Colorado, hosts more than beautiful views. At Vista Verde Guest Ranch, a luxury ranch with all-inclusive experience, you can tap into your inner adventurer with adrenaline-pumping activities. Vacation packages include airport pickups, log cabins accommodations and meals prepared by talented chefs. Plus, the 600-acre property is surrounded by millions of acres of national forest, making the area ideal for backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, horseback riding, fat biking and more. Other active offerings include dance and yoga lessons and cooking classes.

Vermejo Park Ranch
Raton, New Mexico

Vermejo Park Ranch, which is part of the Ted Turner Expeditions portfolio, offers an eco-conscious all-inclusive experience adventure-loving families will swoon over. The property boasts a variety of wildlife, including elk, deer, pronghorn antelope, bison, black bears and mountain lions. Luxury accommodations are offered, and nightly rates include all meals and activities like horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking, hiking and 3-D archery.

Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
Puerto Aventuras, Mexico

The all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya has partnered with extreme sports lifestyle leader Woodward for its first ever action-sport facility in Mexico. This means guests can take advantage of a traditional all-inclusive resort experience, complete with beautiful beaches and flowing drinks, along with the option to participate in various sports programs catering to all age groups. You can take your pick from skateboarding, scooter, gymnastics, cheer and dry-land snowboarding and skiing, among other included programs.

Tordrillo Mountain Lodge
Anchorage, Alaska

If you love the great outdoors, consider retreating to Tordrillo Mountain Lodge in Anchorage. This all-inclusive property boasts lavish accommodations along with opportunities for extreme sporting activities that aren't for the faint of heart. During winter, you can participate in heli-skiing, fat biking, snow hiking and other cold-weather sports. In the warmer months, you can enjoy king salmon fishing, hiking and river trips. Fine dining is also included in the nightly rate, along with hot tubs, saunas and access to an on-site spa.

Snow Mountain Ranch
Granby, Colorado

Snow Mountain Ranch is part of the YMCA of the Rockies, and sits just outside Winter Park, Colorado. The property boasts more than 60 miles of hiking trails perfect for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Fat biking is also popular the resort, along with dog sledding, ice skating and snow tubing. Families who want indoor fun can also roller skate, swim, participate in archery or rock climb. Accommodations vary from rustic to high-end rooms, and some units are dog-friendly. What's more, all-inclusive meal packages can be paired with overnight stays.

Waterfall Resort Alaska
Hydaburg, Alaska

This all-inclusive saltwater fishing resort offers a welcome respite for anglers who dream of fly-fishing on freshwater rivers. The property, which sits on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska, offers access to sought-after fishing of wild king and silver salmon. Amazing wildlife can also be seen during the day, including humpback whales, sea lions, black bears, deer and bald eagles. Even better, the all-inclusive meals rely on local fare and ingredients, including freshly caught fish from the day's catch.

Twin Farms
Barnard, Vermont

Vermont's Twin Farms, an 18th-century farmhouse, offers a unique combination relaxation and adventure. Sports offered on-site include tennis, canoeing, fly-fishing, and croquet. Plus, nearby ski slopes and trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular during winter months. Luxury cottages and rooms are available to suit any taste, and rooms include added amenities like in-room snacks and drinks, puzzles and laundry service. All meals, including wine pairings, are included in the nightly rate.

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