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Alisal Ranch
Alisal Ranch. Photo by Teal Thomsen.

Every year the Sunset Travel Awards honor the best in travel in the West. This year we had over 600 entries across all categories (a record number!). These ranches, resorts, and hotels are the 2023 winners of the Where to Stay: Rad Ranches Category. Check out the complete list of winners here. For our definitive directory to travel in the West, click here.

Rad Ranches

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The Green O Tree Haus

Stuart Thurlkill

This Montana mini-resort really leans into luxury. Situated on 37,000 pristine acres of mountains, rivers, and meadows, the cabins are a subsection of Paws Up that blends rustic charm with modern touches for undisturbed, adults-only romance.

Magee Homestead

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Brush Creek Ranch

Nestled among sagebrush and meadows in Saratoga, Wyoming, this authentic dude ranch offers rejuvenating experiences for the body and soul and plenty of outdoor adventure. The picturesque property is the perfect spot for fly fishing, cattle wrangling, or archery—a true taste of the Old West.

Brasada Ranch


Brasada Ranch

Offering panoramic views of the Cascade Range on nearly 2,000 acres, this is an ideal stay for those seeking diverse luxury accommodations. Located just 30 minutes from Bend, the ranch features activities like horseback riding, golf, swimming, hiking, and more.

Alisal Ranch

Alisal Ranch

Teal Thompson

Sited on 10,500 acres in California’s Santa Ynez Valley, Alisal offers a throwback take on the American West. Here guests can stargaze, learn the secrets of barbecue, canoe on a 100-acre lake, or unwind with a massage after a horseback ride or day on one of the two championship golf courses.