Merge beautiful scenery and shooting sports into one ultimate vacation at one of these luxurious nature resorts. If crunchy leaves, pumpkin spice and blasting clays set your heart a flutter, we already did all the digging on the best locations for a fall family trip or romantic getaway.
Gateway Canyons Colorado (Gateway, Colorado)
This resort is surrounded by the Uncompahgre Plateau, Piñon Mesa and La Sal Mountains. With crisp mountain air and brightly colored leaves, fall is the perfect time to partake in some shooting sports out West. Gateway Canyons offers ranges for pistols, clay pigeon shooting and modern sporting rifles. Instructors are available to introduce new shooters, while challenging targets keep experienced marksmen engaged. Other ideal fall activities available at the Canyons are off-roading, horseback riding and hiking amongst the gorgeous Colorado scenery.
The Lodge at Blue Sky (Park City, Utah)
Located in the foothills of the stunning Wasatch mountains, the Lodge at Blue Sky is an amazing autumn destination. The 18-stand sporting clays course provides participants with safe and light-hearted competition overlooking the picturesque landscape. Guests also have the option to book a simulated driven shoot, where clay discs are launched over the heads of the shooters to mimic a United Kingdom hunting tradition. Other activities like fly fishing, axe throwing and biking are sure to make this trip an unforgettable adventure.
The Ranch at Rock Creek (Philipsburg, Montana)
Shotgunning has deep roots in Montana history, and you won’t want to miss a trip to the range at the Ranch at Rock Creek. The most popular shooting range at the ranch is the sporting clays course neighboring Mallard Pond. Featuring a covered shooting stand and a wood-burning stove, you’ll be able to experience the magic of fall while blasting clays in peak comfort. This pristine valley also offers unique accommodations ranging from glamping cabins to luxury homes.
Preserve Sporting Club & Residences (Richmond, Rhode Island) The Preserve Sporting Club & Residences hosts a 10-station five-stand course on the wraparound deck of a rustic hunting lodge. Positioned high on a hill, you’ll find 300 different target presentations and breathtaking views. Alternatively, guests can visit the sporting clays course in a diverse and picturesque setting. With 19 shooting pavilions, you’ll never tire of the variety of challenging prospects in open fields and rugged landscapes. After a long day of shooting, you can visit the Maker’s Mark hobbit houses for dinner! The hobbit houses allow you to eat chef-curated meals with exquisite bourbon pairings in a unique, fairytale-like restaurant.
The Lodge at Glendorn (Bradford, Pennsylvania)
This luxury nature resort offers trap, skeet and compact sporting clays shooting with Beretta shotguns. From breaking clays amongst the fall leaves to taking a cooking class, your autumnal adventures await. The pet-friendly policy also ensures that your best four-legged friend can accompany you on wooded trails and by the fire in the evenings. Your Northeastern getaway wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the wine cellar. The Lodge at Glendorn even features special vintages from Pennsylvania.