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The Bighorn Lodge would dominate almost any landscape, yet here, where the young Teton’s jagged peaks steal every day’s show and grazing bison recreate archetypical scenes from mankind’s collective past, the 16,000 square foot structure seems appropriately at ease.

With architectural ancestry reaching into the early days of our nation’s National Parks, The Bighorn Lodge ambitiously places itself among the few new structures that pay authentic homage to the West’s historic “Great Camps.”

A series of timber-framed gathering spaces featuring towering Moss Rock hearths provide dramatic hospitality. Beyond, a sleeping wing of peaceful, private retreats offer cozy respite and the priceless romance of a legendary destination. The true test of The Bighorn Lodge’s undeniable western grandeur: step inside and all one can say is “wow.” Kitchen island cabinetry finished in antique black offers a handsome visual contrast to the natural woods used throughout. Six porches, some with stone fireplaces or fire pits, offer sage-scented views of the surrounding mountains and migrating wildlife. A regal hallway paved in Brazilian Slate and lined with soaring tree columns. The hallway leads to the master bedroom, where peeled log windows and a private terrace blend indoor and outdoor living. Clerestory windows adorn the entire length of the 240 foot home, bestowing natural light and heightening architectural drama.

Elk, mule deer, and moose antlers are shed naturally every year and are collected to create the organic chandeliers which have become synonymous with fine western interiors.

In Wyoming, scale is spectacular and style is unapologetically extravagant, but never stuffy. Inside and outside of the two National Parks near Jackson Hole (Yellowstone and Grand Teton) nature remains untamed and her noble beasts still roam freely. Bison, wolves, elk, moose, deer, bear, and wild horses, as well as a number of smaller creatures, can be found near The Bighorn Lodge. Walk comfortably from the Port Cochere to the spacious tack room in any weather and just beyond, you’ll discover a horse corral and direct access to some of the West’s most spectacular trail riding in Grand Teton National Park.

COWGIRL magazine would like to extend a sincere thank you to the Spackmans and Sotheby’s Jackson Hole for a making the Bighorn Lodge available for this editorial feature. We hope you will remember Sotheby’s for all your Jackson Hole real estate needs.

Architect & Builder: Legendary Log Homes of Jackson Hole LTD. (Originally published in the November/December 2009 issue of Cowgirl Magazine).