I’ve been fortunate enough to stay at a few of these ranches, including Elkhorn and Lone Mountain ranches in Montana; Redfish Lake Lodge in Idaho; Redstone Inn in Colorado; and Triangle-X Ranch in Wyoming, among others. They are probably a bit more luxurious today than in the 1950s, and the menus have no doubt kept up with the times, but physically they haven’t changed a great deal. Lone Mountain is a personal favorite as it has become a great cross-country ski lodges in winter, which wasn’t true in the 1950s.
The prices are also higher today. Many of the lodges listed in this booklet cost around $15 a day or $100 per week, including meals, which is about $125 a day or $800 a week in today’s dollars. By comparison, many dude ranches today charge $2,500 a week, or $350 a day, including meals.