An eventer friend and I are looking to go on a riding vacation out west. We would not be bringing our own horses. I would love recommendations for relatively upscale ranch destinations. Also, please pm me with any that I should avoid.
I may be (ok, am) biased, but my friend is head wrangler at Red Rock Ranch just outside of Jackson Hole in the Gros Ventre Wilderness. The ranch is gorgeous, and she keeps a herd of horses that are not only in good shape but also responsive under saddle.
"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out." ~John Wooden
I went to Bitterroot a bunch of years ago, and loved every second. Wonderful horses, you ride more than one so they are always rested. Great food, good wine, fun company.
They take about 30 people at a time, but rides are broken up by level. 1500 acre ranch and something like 50,000 acres of federal land, stunningly beautiful.
We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........
I lived in Jackson for eight years. Rode my horses everywhere. Spectacular! So spectacular that even my horses stopped to look at the views! The ranches others mentioned are all great. Go for it! Montana is excellent too.