The Best Honeymoon Ranches Across the US

Arid and breathtaking landscapes, historical saloon towns and romantic rustic ranches are just a few unique "quirks" you'll find when planning your trip.
A romantic ranch getaway nestled among the mountains.
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Esther Lee - Deputy Editor, The Knot
Esther Lee
Esther Lee - Deputy Editor, The Knot
Esther Lee
Deputy Editor
  • Esther is the Deputy Editor of The Knot. She currently leads all content on The Knot Wellness, focusing on financial, relationship, and mental wellbeing.
  • She oversees The Knot's travel vertical (honeymoons, destination weddings, bach parties), as well as overarching features and trends.
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Updated Mar 30, 2023
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A secluded honeymoon ranch wedged between arid desert and rugged mountain ridges comes to mind when planning a romantic getaway in the American West. In 2022, The Knot found half of all couples opted to honeymoon in the US over international destinations–a trend that continues to generate interest as couples seek romantic getaways fueled by nature and ease. Staying at a honeymoon ranch, particularly, offers a variety of unique experiences and accommodation options, from rustic to ultra-luxurious to suit every level of taste.

It's no wonder folks are flocking in droves to states like Colorado, Montana, Texas, Utah, Arizona and Wyoming–all scenic options for either a destination wedding or honeymoon. Travelers have the option to explore historic saloon towns (some completely abandoned, others reimagined into five-star resorts) as they engage in adventurous outdoor activities. The adventurous types will also find an endless amount of unique couples trip activities during a dude ranch vacation (of sorts), including fly-fishing, hiking through canyons, racing across dusty plains on horseback, and taking in new shades of colors among natural wonders. Those on the lookout for both quality and luxury will especially be pleasantly surprised to find a variety of options among top-tier honeymoon ranches (and accompanying amenities and service). Below, find the best ranch honeymoon destinations and stays across the US for the ultimate romantic vacation out west.

Amangani, Jackson, Wyoming

A hyper-luxury Aman property located right at the base of the Tetons in Wyoming, Amangani is so much more than a pretty face. The design of the hotel and its rooms blends seamlessly against the foothills and the surrounding Western environment. Wellness-oriented pairs will appreciate this five-star property for its custom programming options too.

Alila Ventana Big Sur, Big Sur, California

Romantics and couples who prefer privacy will appreciate the peace, quiet and intense beauty of this Big Sur property. The hulking coastal redwoods shield the rustic, ranch-inspired property along the Pacific Coast Highway. With 59 rooms, suites designed across the coast, a sense of serenity certainly transcends across the 160 acres of astounding sights and sounds to take in.

Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga, Wyoming

All-inclusive and located right on the Medicine Bow National Forest in Wyoming, is Brush Creek Ranch–a dude ranch that's arguably one of the hottest properties of the moment. With 15,000 acres of quiet escape and rooms featuring panoramic views of the glorious landscape, this four-star property provides five-star experiences for couples who decide to venture west.

Carmel Valley Ranch, Carmel-By-The-Sea, California

Care to take a dip in this elegant swimming pool?
Credit: Stephanie Russo Photography

Driving along the Pacific Coast Highway and landing at the Carmel Valley Ranch is an otherworldly experience. With sweeping views of the Santa Lucia Mountains and rolling vineyards, this hyper-luxury ranch property oozes romance and stays true to its organic principles. Couples will appreciate that each suite (there are 181 sprawled across 500 acres) comes with fireplaces and private decks. The active sets will appreciate a morning tennis match or afternoon Pickleball lessons. The property also houses an activity center in case you're looking for something more: honey harvesting and beekeeping, taking yoga classes with a view, or enjoying archery or falconry lessons. Relaxation is ultimately encouraged after an exciting day: the ranch is home to three swimming pools, as well as its own Treetop Spa Aiyana.

Montage Big Sky, Big Sky, Montana

Reeling in the day's big catch, biking along trails, and hopping across ski lodges are only a few activities that outdoorsy couples will appreciate in this luxury development out West. As it's a Montage establishment in the developing Big Sky region, couples will enjoy the proximity, amenities and service that accompany a stay often under this hotel collection.

San Ysidro Ranch, Santa Barbara, California

The early morning sun dapples the gardens of San Ysidro Ranch.
San Ysidro Ranch

There's good reason why celebs flock to this property located just 90 miutes away from Los Angeles. Not only does this ranch offer privacy and beauty among its immaculate grounds; you'll find yourself smitten by sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands. In addition to the view and its adorable honeymoon cottage options, the property's 19th-century history as a citrus ranch means you'll find yourself surrounded by citrus groves, olive trees and the sweet scent of orange blossoms. The ranch has been called one of the most romantic hotels in the world—John and Jacqueline Kennedy would have agreed, as they honeymooned at this iconic California property in 1953. Newlyweds can book the 2,700-square-foot Kennedy Cottage where the iconic couple stayed during their getaway.

Tanque Verde Ranch, Tucson, Arizona

At the base of the Rincon Mountains of Tucson, you'll find the charming Western getaway that is Tanque Verde Ranch. Traditional adobe walls and ranch-style architecture are complemented by leather accents that set the scene for an authentic experience enveloped by stunning desert views. Couples can book a private Chef's Table dinner that serves up a six-course selection of food and wine with a fresh twist of modern flavors, or keep it casual with a prickly pear margarita at The Dog House Saloon.

The Ranch at Rock Creek, Philipsburg, Montana

Montana is known as Big Sky Country, and under that vast expanse, The Ranch at Rock Creek's sequestered lodge and glamping accommodations provide an idyllic start for your next chapter as a couple. Whether you stay in one of the secluded Trapper glamping tents or opt for the whimsical Bluebird honeymoon cabin, you'll be just a short distance from a bubbling jacuzzi, fresh farm-to-table fare and a bevy of year-round adventures (fly fishing or archery, included).

Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, Montana

As a quintessential ranch locale, yes, Montana makes this list twice. In this part of The Treasure State, you'll discover an intimate luxury resort nestled among the towering pines of Bitterroot Valley. The all-inclusive, adults-only ranch offers an ample dose of adventure just outside the refined log cabins for two. Outdoors, enjoy all-inclusive activities like hiking, snowshoeing or panning for sapphires to gift your partner, along with options to unwind, including yoga, guided meditation and mindful forest walking. Inside, king-size beds, wood-burning fireplaces and hot tubs await.

Blame Her Ranch, Santa Fe, New Mexico

At this family-owned ranch in Santa Fe, roughing it doesn't mean giving up your creature comforts. From chef's kitchens to home theaters, these cowboy-chic cabins leave no luxury spared. In the Main Lodge, the master suite provides romantic amenities like a remote-controlled fireplace and blackout shades, while outdoor additions like a hot tub, a cliffside sauna and some of the best views in New Mexico round out the honeymoon experience.

Westgate River Ranch Resort, River Ranch, Florida

Florida may be a surprising addition to this list, but just east of Tampa, you'll find a one-of-a-kind Western experience at Westgate River Ranch Resort and Rodeo. Surrounded by 400,000 acres of uninterrupted nature, accommodations range from luxury glamping tents to spacious Luxe Conestoga Wagons, where you'll receive daily coffee service and a nightly campfire setup. Days at the ranch are spent disconnecting from daily stress and diving into nature through scenic trails, skeet shooting, airboat rides and more. On Saturdays, guests are able to enjoy a hayride dinner with a singing cowboy before moseying on over to the weekly Westgate Rodeo.

Magee Homestead, Saratoga, Wyoming

The ultimate in sophisticated Western accommodations, the Magee Homestead hideaway unfolds as a spellbinding escape for adults-only getaways. This all-inclusive boutique hotel—part of the Relais & Chateaux collection—is tucked into a tranquil, creek-side setting amidst the high mountain desert plains of Wyoming. Their luxury ranch vacations include lodging, amenities, world-class food and beverage, and an array of local experiences that promise to fully immerse you in the adventure of a lifetime.

Brasada Ranch, Bend, Oregon

After months of wedding planning, Brasada Ranch is the perfect place to escape and embrace the unbridled spirit of Oregon. Following a day of curated excursions in the great outdoors, retreat to your private jetted hot tub or bask in the warmth of crackling fire pits situated throughout the ranch. When you're ready to indulge, the property boasts two fabulous farm-to-table restaurants with extensive wine lists and an on-site general store to grab a late-night bottle of bubbly.

Rowse's 1+1 Ranch, Burwell, Nebraska

Located in the Sandhills region of Nebraska, Rowse's 1+1 Ranch is a family-run working cattle ranch that can provide adventuresome honeymooners a place to experience what it's like to be a real-life rancher. You'll each be assigned a gentle, well-trained horse during your stay as you learn how to rope, drive a herd and sort cattle on horseback. While there's no luxury spa or trendy fitness classes to be found here, you will encounter breathtaking wide-open spaces, genuine hospitality and a phenomenal opportunity to bond with your partner as a married couple.

Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch, Stanley, Idaho

Built in 1930 and part of the National Register of Historic Places, the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch blends the ranch lifestyle with luxury touches. The living history of the Old West mingles with the modern comforts of well-appointed cabins, providing the perfect base camp for your love story in the American West. From thrilling whitewater rafting and mountain biking to soothing front-porch views of the Sawtooth Mountains, there's something for every couple here.

Mystic Sky Ranch, Dripping Springs, Texas

The rolling green landscape of Texas Hill Country invites honeymooners to take advantage of spring-fed rivers, expansive lakes and, of course, the best barbecue in the country. In the middle of it all, Mystic Sky Ranch sits on almost 60 acres of gorgeous scenery and includes four romantic casitas made for newlyweds. These cozy villas are finished with colorful Tex-Mex decor, luxurious linens, Frette bathrobes and private patios with tranquil valley views. When you're not sweating it out in the outdoor sauna, you'll be making friends with the neighborly goats or listening to the hypnotic buzz of the on-site honeybee hives as you tune into nature.

Sorrel River Ranch Resort and Spa, Moab, Utah

This riverside oasis situated on the banks of the Colorado River is encompassed by the majestic landscape of Utah's iconic red-rock arches. The authentic hospitality of a traditional ranch is fused with attention to detail and upscale amenities to create an unforgettable five-star experience. Whether honeymooners are looking for a laid-back vacation or an adrenaline-filled getaway, the resort effortlessly marries thrill and relaxation with spectacular scenery and direct access to an endless variety of outdoor activities across the region. Opt for the Majestic Romance honeymoon package to indulge in daily breakfast, a romantic dinner for two and an 80-minute couples massage before you literally ride off into the sunset on horseback.

Vista Verde Guest Ranch, Steamboat Springs, Colorado

This luxury dude ranch strikes the perfect balance between adventure and relaxation. When not canoodling in their cabin, couples can enjoy a diverse offering of activities, from cattle work and horsemanship clinics in the fall to dog sledding and snowshoeing in the winter. Snag the Honeymoon Dome Cabin for your romantic getaway and snuggle up in a sizable one-bedroom oasis as you overlook the horses' winter pasture or melt into each other's arms in the outdoor jacuzzi.

–Raven McMillan contributed to this story.

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