America's Wildest Hotels
Dream vacations often call to mind sandy beaches, frosty cocktails and poolside massage service, but adventurous travelers can opt to wrangle cattle, sleep in trees, run zip-line courses and ski trails accessible only by helicopter.
During the summer, guests ride horses and fish the pristine North Platte River, which runs through 100,000 acres surrounded by national forest land. When winter temperatures dip down to -40 degrees and heavy snow closes most roads, well-bundled guests venture into the elements on the ranch's snowcat. Back at the lodge, longtime chef and cookbook author Kent Trebilcox prepares a daily-changing menu and fresh-baked bread each night. From $390; abararanch.com.