01/12/2014 08:09 am ET Updated Mar 14, 2014

Top Guest Ranches

A vacation on a guest ranch is like nothing else. Spending days on horseback and evenings around a campfire, guests can take a break from civilization and reorient with nature without sacrificing comfort--perhaps now more than ever before. Boutique resorts throughout North America are continually elevating the standards of dude-ranch accommodations, pairing ultra-inviting-yet-rustic lodging with unparalleled outdoor adventures.

Suites in main lodges and cozy cabins are expected, but "glamping" (glamorous camping) has added a new dimension to the experiences. Wherever you choose to lay your head, don't forget to bring one essential element: a pioneering spirit.

--Katie Shapiro

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Top Guest Ranches