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Remote & Refined

'Remote & Refined' is a breathtaking journey to the most luxurious hideaways in the western United States. Join host Ryan Van Duzer as he travels long distances through difficult terrain each day, stopping off for unique and thrilling adventures along the way.

The World's 19 Best Wilderness Lodges

Best Wilderness Lodges

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Van Duzer wanders through the tight walls of Secret Canyon, a network of slot canyons on a Navajo reservation near Page, Utah. Photograph by Robert Wright

Host Ryan Van Duzer climbs his way up a narrow canyon wall while videographer Scott Johnson films from above. Photograph by Robert Wright

We say 'via', you say 'ferrata!' This Italian invention translates to 'iron road' and allows climbers to safely navigate the steep canyon walls using a system of ladders and fixed cables. Photograph by Robert Wright

Adventure expert and host Ryan Van Duzer with the 2013 Range Rover. Photograph by Robert Wright

The lodge blends in perfectly with the surrounding desert, creating an environment very much in tune with nature. Photograph by Robert Wright

Amangiri, our forth and final destination, is a world-class spa featuring massage rooms with endless views of the desert. Photograph by Robert Wright

Episode 3: Cattle-Wrangling on a Real Working Ranch

10 Ways to Beat Jet Lag

10 Frequent-Flyer-Approved Ways to Beat Jet Lag

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Imagine taking a dip in here after a long day on the ranch, watching the sun set over the canyons walls while listening to Coyotes howl. Caesars Palace has nothing on this pool. Photograph by Robert Wright

Situated just above a lake, the giant open-air dining room makes you feel like you're on top of the world. Photograph by Robert Wright

Host Ryan Van Duzer stares down a sea of Black Angus while participating in a cattle drive. It looks romantic from afar, but up close, it's a stinky bustle of stubborn, frothing cows. Photograph by Robert Wright

Sharper optics and better construction make the latest binoculars ideal for seeing everything from the game to the night sky.

The ranch hands at Red Reflet eke out every last drop of sunlight in order to practice their rodeo skills. Not a second is wasted here, and there's always something happening on the ranch. Photograph by Robert Wright

The main room in Red Reflet's Panorama Chalet is the kind of place you'd want to get married, have a birthday party, watch football, or simply enjoy sitting on the couch twiddling your thumbs. You can't go wrong here. Photograph by Robert Wright

The main lodge at the Red Reflet (French for reflection) Ranch is an awe inspiring sight first thing in the morning. Photograph by Robert Wright

Episode 2: Fly-Fishing in Montana

A sturdy long-distance tourer, a mellow coastal cruiser, an all-levels whitewater rider, and a canoe that combines old and new — these are the season's best boats, paddled and approved.

Best Canoes and Kayaks 2012

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One of the many treasures inside Triple Creek Ranch is the massive wine cellar, which contains over 500 varieties from around the world. Photograph by Robert Wright

Fly-fishing is a very popular activity for guests at the Triple Creek Ranch and experienced guides are always ready to provide an unforgettable experience. Photograph by Robert Wright

The new crop of hiking boots provides unprecedented levels of protection and durability – and, most important, comfort.

Hiking Boots, Reinvented

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Host Ryan Van Duzer takes a stab at team penning — cowboys call out numbers correlating to certain cattle and guests try separating them from the herd. Photograph by Robert Wright

In Episode 2, we check into Triple Creek Ranch. Here's the main lodge, which is nestled at the foot of Montana's Bitterroot Mountains. Photograph by Robert Wright