Just 40 miles from Santa Barbara in the middle of wine country, The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort is not as remote as many other ranches on our list. But it offers plenty of wide-open range on which to roam: 10,000 acres of grazing fields, hills and canyons, in fact. This working cattle ranch dates back to the early 1800s and has been welcoming guests since 1946. Once the home of Kentucky Derby winner Flying Ebony, it keeps 100 horses for guest use. Private lessons are offered, and guests can participate in team sorting competitions at the weekly summer rodeos. For those who don't feel like saddling up, there's championship golf on two eighteen-hole courses, tennis and bass fishing. While most guest ranches are all-inclusive, this one offers its activities à la carte, but packages are available for riding boot camps, round-up vacations and wine, golf and spa retreats.