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My Route du Bonheur

The Legendary West, trip across The Rockies

Craig Barrett
By Craig Barrett, owner of Triple Creek Ranch, together with his wife, Barbara

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"I grew up in the San Francisco, California area, in a somewhat urban setting. When I was younger, I dreamed of working as a ranger in the forest, but since Stanford University did not offer any nature-oriented qualifications, I chose to become an engineer, earning a PhD in materials science.  I worked for thirty-five years at Intel Corporation, the leading global maker of semiconductors. I joined the company as an engineer and worked my way through the ranks, finally becoming the company's President, CEO and Chairman. Today, my friends make fun of me when I tell them how much fun it is to live in an area without network coverage, in the heart of the mountains on the United States Continental Divide. Away from technology, I indulge in skiing, hiking, horseback riding, dog sledding, hunting and fly fishing. Being able to live in Montana, the "Treasure State", is a dream come true."
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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
*Total price provided for information only, based on accommodation for two people in a double room for the number of nights per property as indicated on this page, exclusive of recommended activities, properties that cannot be reserved online and restaurants.


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The Ranch at Rock Creek

Philipsburg - Montana, United States

Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. In the legendary Montana ranch land, The Ranch at Rock Creek spans over 2,500 hectares of lush meadows and rolling foothills, framed by distant snow-capped peaks. In addition to its outstanding staff, superb amenities and stunning scenery, the ranch offers an array of activities: horseback riding on spectacular trails, fly fishing on the Blue Ribbon Rock Creek, hiking, wildlife watching, mountain biking, archery and more. History buffs can visit nearby historic ghost towns, while lovers of the West can experience a summer rodeo. After a vigorous day outdoors, the excellent spa provides welcome relaxation. Experience the true West without sacrificing true comfort. ... Learn moreless

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The Ranch's rodeos

The Ranch's rodeos

A key destination near the Ranch at Rock Creek, every summer week offers a genuine experience of the West when the Camp Roosevelt Arena hosts the region's best cowboys for wild rodeos. All disciplines are practiced (bareback riding, wild bull riding, calf roping, etc.).  An event that brings together local thrill seekers.

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In search of sapphires of Gem Mountain

In search of sapphires of Gem Mountain

As far back as 1892, "Gem Mountain" attracted fortune seekers from all over the country. In one century, hundreds and hundreds of mines have been dug all around the mountain, bringing suffering and rewards. The entrails of Gem Mountain are still hiding many sapphires. People dream of being precious stone hunters, and today you can discover your very own treasure.

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Triple Creek Ranch

Darby - Montana, United States

Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. In the summer, slip your boots into the stirrups, don your cowboy hat and set off to explore the magnificent scenery of Montana, with its majestic wildlife, conifers and mountain meadows adorned with wild flowers. In the winter, grab your skis and carve down the slopes of the Rockies, mush your own dog sled team or enjoy a romantic massage for two. The pleasures change with the seasons but the program is always delightfully fulfilling, immersing you in an authentic Western experience. The Blue Ribbon trout streams, horseback riding adventures, vintners' weekends and authentic western cattle drives are only a few of the experiences to embraceduring your stay at Triple Creek Ranch. ... Learn moreless

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Dog sled race

Dog sled race

Jessie Royer is one of the most talented “mushers” in the world: after recording many successes, in 2015 became the first woman finisher in the famous "The Last Great Race on Earth," the Iditarod.   At home on Triple Creek Ranch, the champion musher offers our guests an unbelievable introduction to this discipline that is just as demanding as it is fun. The dogs love running so much it is harder to slow them down than to make them speed up. It is an exciting adventure even if you fall off!

Playing cowboy in the midst of cattle

Playing cowboy in the midst of cattle

Fancy spending a day in the shoes of a real cowboy? Our ranch offers the possibility of discovering your inner cowboy self from within a herd. For a day, you will travel on horseback among a herd of hundreds of cattle– the herd may be made up of up to 500 cows. A unique experience offered in June and October in landscapes that bring to mind the best John Ford westerns.

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Magee Homestead

Saratoga - Wyoming, United States

Hotel and restaurant in the country. With log cabins scattered under the trees, an avalanche of cosy cushions and blankets, carefully preserved rustic furniture and hunting trophies hanging over the mantle — you know that you have arrived in the Far West! Magee Homestead is a real Wyoming ranch, where cattle has been raised and grains grown since the early 1900s. Even the newly renovated individual cabins once housed cowboys in their time. Today, this luxe prairie hideaway is devoted to leisure and rejuvenation, whether for a romantic getaway or a group adventure. For an ultimate pleasure, savour the delicious cuisine featuring ingredients produced at the ranch or from the surrounding Rockies, as the sun sets on the horizon. ... Learn moreless

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The Little Nell

Aspen - Colorado, United States

Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. Aspen, nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, has become a premier ski destination for jetsetters and one of the most famous resorts in the world. The Little Nell is a luxurious hotel in the heart of the town, with direct ski in/out access to Aspen Mountain, a true Colorado gem, which can be enjoyed in every season. The stylishly decorated guest rooms and suites with their fine furnishings, fireplaces, and works of art offer a gentle, comforting ambiance after a day in the fresh air, as do all its attractive public areas, which have been designed with your comfort in mind. The hotel’s signature restaurant, Element 47, offering an extensive wine program, and New American cuisine based on locally sourced ingredients was awarded a Forbes Five Star designation in 2015. ... Learn moreless

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Aspen, "off-piste"

Aspen, "off-piste"

Some 26 ski resorts are scattered over the flanks of The Rockies in Colorado. It seems there are infinite possibilities for back country skiing. One of the biggest and most popular spots sits in Aspen, at Highlands Bowl. It takes nearly 45 minutes' trek in powder snow from the station to the top. While snow cats allow those especially pressed for time - or the lazy - to climb faster, local skiers prefer to climb unaided. The local philosophy on the subject is clear: Earn your turns! For a turn down some of the lightest powder snow in the world...

Biking around Aspen

Biking around Aspen

What makes Aspen stand out is first and foremost the atmosphere. Through its geographical position and history, it is a place that attracts intellectuals, sportsmen and women, as well as lovers of culture. Barbara and I often came here not only to ski, but also to bike on the heights of the city. The vicinity of this chic resort is a cyclist's paradise. And, at 3,687 m above sea level, Independence Pass remains a legendary pass for all professional and amateur cyclists. Once at the top, you realize the view is worth the effort put in…

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Dunton Hot Springs

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Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. The last inhabitants left in 1918. This former mining town deep in Colorado has been restored from top to bottom and offers an exquisite retreat. Log cabins and spacious tents provide delightfully comfortable rooms; meals are taken in the saloon which has retained its original character, and provides a convivial gathering spot. The landscape of this splendid alpine valley, nestled in the San Juan mountains, changes with the passing seasons, from pristine white snow to flaming orange in autumn. This magnificent site’s natural hot springs with their life-enhancing benefits are an added bonus. ... Learn moreless

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Hot spring bathing

Hot spring bathing

It is impossible to resist the hot springs after which the site is named. Old sepia pictures show worn-out miners enjoying moments of calm in these waters that are naturally heated between 30 and 40°C. In the same former mining town, hot baths remain an extraordinary experience to be enjoyed in daylight, as well as at night. It is perhaps the best way to discover Colorado's starry sky…

Discovery of pueblos, Mesa Verde national park

Discovery of pueblos, Mesa Verde national park

Placed in 1978 on UNESCO's World Heritage List, the Mesa Verde site hosts an unbelievable concentration of houses built in the cliffs between the 6th and 12th centuries. Situated at more than 2,000 m above sea level, these brick pueblos remain a unique testament to Native American culture. Today, there are more than 600 houses in the Mesa Verde national park, the biggest of which have about a hundred rooms!

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Photos : © NPS, Sandy Groves - © Colorado Tourism Matthew Inden Miles