We see ourselves much like we see the land: rooted in history. When the pioneers surged Westward in the late 1800s and established homesteads along the way, what they left in their path was a strong legacy of hard work and sustainability. Brush Creek Ranch and our growing collection of historic ranches continue in this tradition, operating as authentic cattle ranches.
Saratoga, Wyoming’s natural hot springs have been drawing people’s attention for centuries. It was a destination for Native Americans and eventually American frontiersmen as they pushed Westward in the late 19th century. It became a hub for settlers, trappers, and loggers, like the Sterrett brothers, who would later settle in the land we now call Brush Creek Ranch.
In 1884, these brothers would build the original homestead with logs cut, skid, and hauled from the adjacent area which is now part of Medicine Bow National Forest. Their spirit of hard work, recreation, and adventure is still felt in every square inch of the property. As a luxury guest ranch, visitors will find homage paid to these ideas all around them, meshed seamlessly with a plethora of modern amenities.
Brush Creek Ranch was first acquired in 2008 by Bruce White, Chairman and CEO of White Lodging, one of the most respected names in the hotel industry, and operator of award-winning premium
The driving mantra behind our sustainability efforts at the Ranch is “Educate, Enhance, and Enjoy”. Our stewardship plan is designed to promote responsible ranch management. We educate guests about the land and thereby improve the ecological health of Brush Creek Ranch and its surrounding areas while allowing them to fully enjoy all we have to offer.
Sharing the Ranch and the inspiration of the West with others is at the heart of our vision, which unfolds through programs such as our Staddle Camp science enrichment program and our dedicated Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts residency program.
Our dedicated, authentic staff bring together a harmonious balance of elegance and the true nature of a working ranch.
We oversee two cattle herds: 200 head of Wagyu cattle for our culinary program, and 150 head of Corriente cattle for drives or arena games. Both herds calve late April thru May. During this time, our team works tirelessly to care for the new generation of cattle.
Our 120 head of horses are available for our guests to ride. Additionally, we train and maintain 20 head of horses to be used by the agriculture team for tending the livestock. All our livestock work is from horseback as to preserve our western heritage.
We’ve thoughtfully crafted 90 miles of irrigation ditches to carry water from our nearby streams and rivers. This system feeds the 1,200 ton of native grasses used to feed the livestock from November thru mid May.
Maintaining a 30,000 acre ranch is no small feat. From the livestock, agriculture, or even tending to our 100 miles of fencing, our hands reflect a hard days work year-round. Yet, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
At Brush Creek Ranch, our greenhouse emphasizes the importance of effectively stewarding the resources in our care. To prevent wasting water or raising an over-abundance of crops, we've utilized water filtration systems such as hydroponics to reduce our usage of water by 80% (over traditional farming methods), and meticulously planned ahead of time out how much of a particular crop needs to be grown for that particular season. And in the event of a large surplus of fruits or vegetables, we offer them to local restaurants. This year, we're excited to be brewing our own fertilizer and composting any plant waste from our Greenhouse. We’ll also be installing in-floor heat and shading/energy curtains so as to reduce the need for cooling and heating. This will lower gas consumption and cooling needs in high sun loads— all in an effort to effectively steward our resources well.
Through a series of enrichment programs, Brush Creek Ranch is able to invest in the lives of people all over the world. The Big Shoulders Fund, Staddle Camp, and Outdoors Bound give students the opportunity to engage in fun, educational activities. The Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts is a non-profit organization that provides incomparable residencies for writers, visual artists, musicians, and composers. Corbett Medical Foundation and Cowgirl Up For The Cure seek to support, empower, and bring awareness to medical-related causes. We’re absolutely honored to have a hand in supporting noble causes such as these, and look forward to creating cherished memories in the process.
YOUR DESTINATION: THE GREAT AMERICAN WEST
Saying we typify the American West isn’t enough. We are the American West. Nestled on over 45 square miles of expansive, rolling wilderness in South Central Wyoming’s North Platte River Valley, you can find us just Southeast of the historic town of Saratoga.
Our Ranch landscape combines native sagebrush and pastoral meadows with lush forests of aspen, cottonwood, and conifers. Did we mention the spectacular views of the Sierra Madre and Snowy Mountain ranges? You’ll find that here, too.
Our adventures unfold from elevations beginning at 6,900 feet up to 12,000 feet at Medicine Bow’s peak, one of the highest mountain elevations in the United States. We deliver our guests adventures for every season, leaving them with memories that last a lifetime.
Private air access can be found an easy 13 miles from our front gate, at Saratoga’s local airport. We can be reached via I-80 and WY Hwy 130. We’re 3.5 hours from Denver and one hour from Laramie. Our team is here to assist you in every step of planning your visit.
Welcome to Brush Creek Ranch, the heart of the American West.