Updated: May 27, 2022
Shown seated horseback in a beautiful meadow in the mountains of Wyoming, popular family travel writer Melynda Harrison shared her family’s visit to Brooks Lake Lodge & Spa in a recent article for Outdoor Families Magazine. “With a background of striated cliffs, a creek running over a mountain edge into a thin cascade, and late summer wildflowers hanging on for just a little longer all around us, I decided this might be one of the best family vacations we’ve had,” Harrison writes.
Located in the Wyoming Rocky Mountains between Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, Brooks Lake Lodge creates experiences that connect its guests to the stunning natural surroundings in a manner that honors the generations of adventure seekers who have visited the lodge throughout the lodge’s nearly century-long history. The guest ranch provides a blend of country living with outstanding accommodations, gourmet dining and five-star service that allows families to truly disconnect from the tech-filled, everyday routine and log into days of exploring the scenic mountains, meadows, lakes and rivers with no people, buildings, vehicles – or digital screens – in sight.
As travel expert Melynda Harrison of TravelingMel described for Outdoor Families Magazine about her experience at the lodge with her husband and two sons aged 10 and 11, “One of the things we love about trips like these is the opportunity to spend time together in spectacular surroundings. Even when choosing different activities, we had two days to wander and talk as a family. I think the best conversations happen on a trail, whether on foot or horse, when there is time to share what’s on our minds.”
The lodge offers a variety of choose-your-own-adventure outdoor activities such as horseback riding, fishing, hiking, archery, canoeing and kayaking, all of which can be enjoyed with or without a guide. Kids tend to forget about their iPads and engage in the rugged brand of fun that comes with the dude ranch lifestyle. And parents can relax knowing that the all-inclusive experience means no cooking or ordering meals based on price as the meals are notoriously delicious and included in a stay, no cleaning and no overthinking. In addition, the 36-guest limit for the resort’s seven lodge rooms and eight private cabins ensures all needs are tended to and the service is VIP for everyone.
Evenings can be spent playing board games by a giant crackling fire or at the on-site Cowboy Bar where kids can play shuffleboard or air hockey and sip on hot chocolate while parents sample a delicious Manhattan cocktail made with locally-produced Wyoming Whiskey or perhaps a huckleberry margarita, incorporating the wild-foraged mountain berry.
Over the decades the lodge has become a very special place for families to experience and return to, often making an annual visit to the lodge a tradition or a place for reunions. As Harrison explains in Outdoor Families Magazine, “Doing whatever we wanted to do, eating what we wanted to eat, entirely surrounded by mountains and meadows… this is a family vacation we definitely want to repeat.”
With over 4 million visitors traveling through Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park each year, many of which are families on road trips, Brooks Lake Lodge is an ideal spot to take a few days off the road and explore and relax in the luxuries of the Wyoming wilderness.