Top Ten Eco-Resorts in North America, Caribbean, and Central America

The Lodge at Sun Ranch, Cameron, Montana
Sunset over The Lodge at Sun Ranch, Cameron, Montana
Sunset over The Lodge at Sun Ranch (courtesy, Sun Ranch Group)

4. The Lodge at Sun Ranch, Cameron, Montana
If you're expecting some canned dude ranch experience at Sun Ranch, think again. Tucked away in the Montana River Valley in the southwestern part of the state, Sun Ranch is a 26,000-acre chunk of property manned by genuine cowboys who tend to more than 1,500 head of cattle. The recently renovated lodge consists of six rooms and two private cabins, all with breathtaking vistas of the ring of mountains that surrounds the swaying grasses. Horseback ride, fly-fish in trout-laden streams, go on a naturalist-led hike or paddle, and feel good knowing that the resort goes over the top to reduce its environmental footprint. Sun Ranch recently donated a ten-year lease to Trout Unlimited to make sure the tributaries on its property are free of irrigation. They also removed barb wire so elk can roam the grounds and used recyclable materials to renovate the main lodge. They consistently purchase local produce from nearby farmers to ensure fresh meals in the restaurant. Rates start at $1,400 a person for a three-night stay, including all meals and excursions.

Boston-based writer Stephen Jermanok has authored or contributed to 11 books on the outdoors, including Outside Magazine's Adventure Guide to New England , Discovery Channel's Backcountry Treks , Discovery Channel's Paddlesports , Outside Magazine's Guide to Family Vacations and Men's Journal's The Great Life . His latest book is New England Seacoast Adventures . His many adventures appear in National Geographic Adventure , Outside , Men's Journal , Forbes FYI , Travel + Leisure , Hooked on the Outdoors , and Backpacker . He can be reached at

Published: 13 Apr 2009 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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