Brushed by alpine tundra and spread over 550,000 acres of grounds, Vermejo, the brainchild of entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner, feels more like an outdoor playground than anything else. Here elk and wild horses roam free while eagles swoop overhead, protected within the reserve. The intention here is to provide up-close encounters with nature in an area of sparkling fishable lakes, meandering rivers and other incredible scenery.
Days are fluid; riding through the prairies, snow-draped mountains on the horizon, followed by cookouts of sizzling bison steaks and freshly caught trout. It’s the perfect place to embrace one’s inner child and embark upon quintessential American activities, whether that is shooting clays, kayaking or shed hunting – collecting precious antlers shed by elk during season. Evenings allow time to reflect on the privilege of this remote location when there’s nothing between you and the stars.
Nine lodgings consist of Flintstone-esque cottages and lodges constructed of stone and timber, and an enormous turn-of-the-century mansion. This historical building has been restored to splendour with marbled columns, a Steinway piano and a billiard room harking back to when the house entertained guests such as Herbert Hoover and Douglas Fairbanks. Additionally, ten relatively new rooms have been built around the spa drawing those in need of recuperation.
In true luxury, meals can be taken just about anywhere, and no two dinners are the same. One day it could be picnics at the water’s edge and hearty cowboy breakfasts by a crackling fire. Or perhaps a lakeside fish fry followed by supper under chandeliers fashioned out of elk antlers. Dishes are always accompanied by fine wines from the extensive on-site cellar.
Photography credits: Sean Fitzgerald, Jen Judge, Ted Turner Reserves Archives
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