I arrived in Gillette, Wyo., in the middle of February, when the temperature was a balmy 1 below zero. But I didn’t hear anyone complaining about the wind kicking them in the teeth or the hands they could no longer feel. They were too busy putting together a frozen connex that doubled as a gym, splitting wood for the fire and putting in work with the Sig Sauer MPX while charging through 3 feet of untouched snow. No, you would have only seen shit-eating grins and sweaty foreheads from this group—and for any group that is brave enough to experience the High Bar Homestead in the middle of winter.
It can be whatever you want it to be. If you’re looking for a team-building retreat, a training facility, a place to shoot your next TV or magazine ad/editorial or just want to get away, this place is the ultimate facilitator. The ethos is in the name, and the staff sets its standards far above average to give every person who visits a world-class experience that cannot be matched by your average business retreat or vacation.
“Homestead” is appropriate because once you walk through the door, you truly feel among friends and family. You may attribute this sentiment to the massive fireplace in the corner, the wet bar stocked with everyone’s favorite libations, the comfiest leather couch your hindquarters may ever experience or the assortment of trophy mounts on the raw-lumber walls.
For me, the feature that truly made this place feel like home was the intoxicating smell coming from the gourmet kitchen, where Chef Tex prepared his “upscale ranch cooking.” Rest assured that you can always rely on Tex for a great meal—morning, noon and night—accompanied by a story that will leave you in tears (the happy kind).