Triple Creek Ranch
What We Love
- Wood-burning fireplaces in all cabins
- The letter the ranch sends you before your stay with packing tips, depending on the season of your visit
- The batch of freshly baked cookies presented to guests after a day of strenuous outdoor activities
- The award-winning wine cellar, which stocks nearly 2,000 bottles
What To Know
- Room rates include meals, drinks, and select activities
- Because the ranch is a Relais & Chateaux property, Club 5C members can use their loyalty program perks
- There is no cell phone service here, but each cabin has its own direct-dial line and wireless Internet connection
- No children are allowed—the ranch is only open to guests 16 and up
Nearly half the guests at this well-appointed mountain resort, set in the arresting Bitteroots, are repeat visitors. It could be due to the thrilling outdoor expeditions, which range from wildlife spotting and cattle drives to helicopter rides that soar above Yellowstone National Park. Perhaps it’s the relaxing soundtrack of a burbling brook and rustling pine trees, which neighbor each of the 23 log cabins here. Or, the variety of extravagant and inventive ways to unwind, from deep tissue and essential oil massages in guest rooms, a seven-course private dinner with ingredients sourced from the retreat’s orchards and gardens, or fireside jigsaw puzzles at the Main Lodge. When combined with the ranch’s signature brand of personalized, your-wish-is-our-command service, there’s little that rivals a stay at this captivating natural wonderland.
Open floor plans, private hot tubs, and colossal king-size beds are consistent throughout all the accommodation options (as is a collection of locally knit woolens), which include one-bedroom cabins and luxury ranch homes. There’s also the especially grandiose Ponderosa, a 3,600-square-foot lodge with a multi-tiered deck that hovers above a private trout pond.
Evening meals at the grand, vaulted-ceiling Dining Room tend to be the highlight for many visitors here: no two dinner menus are alike, thanks to the vision of Chef Jacob Leathermen who churns out a delectable array of French and Southwestern-inspired plates—roasted quail over a bed of cilantro pesto rice, anyone? Cabin meal service is also available at no additional cost.
The ranch is an hour and a half’s drive from Missoula International Airport, in the town of Darby near the southwestern border of Montana and Idaho. For a fee, the property offers airport shuttle service for up to six guests at a time, though renting a vehicle is highly advised for off-ranch activities.
How to Get There
Amazing weekend at our favorite Montana all inclusive get-a-way Ranch and the opportunity to enjoy time with other Stave Puzzlers. Fabulous food and awesome attentive staff. Did some panning for Montana Sapphires in between light snowfalls. A must see property.
Absolutely phenomenal. I stayed at Triple Creek Ranch in May of 2013 and I still dream of going back. It is stunningly beautiful. The scenery is breathtaking. You have a wide variety of activities that you can do including horseback riding, ……
Unbelievable place. This is a must-do, bucket-list, etc. The location, the amenities and the experience is over the top. Staff are all focused on meeting any and all needs. There is no way not to walk away with a big smile!
My husband had never been out west and when I found this rated high on one of the best lodging lists, I decided to book a trip. We stayed for five nights in the chipmunk cabin.
Beautiful part of the world
Very pretty lodge
Good trails for hiking
Dining room has good food and excellent service
Pretrip communication from the Ranch was excellent
Plenty to do, much of it gratis, like archery
Staff very friendly, mostly, and helpful
Wildlife on the property like elk
Small details like s’mores by the outdoor fire
Great tour guides (thank you Hope) The horseback scenic tour with a small group was my favorite. We drove to a nearby spot and rode for a few hours amid great scenery
We received complimentary photos from our activities
The bar upstairs from the dining room was excellent
Our cabin was pretty small for two people. We never used the loft and would have liked a much larger bathroom. We had been assured the cabin was big enough for two but the bed dominated the living room leaving no space to just hang out by the wood stove. It would have been nice to have the bed upstairs instead, and a sitting room downstairs.
There wasn’t a true outfitter on site for gear, so bring it all. They had much to borrow but make sure you have your stuff.
Excursions are expensive. The two hour lunch ride was private and very nice. But....just a trail ride on fire roads with a sack lunch for $125 apiece. So those fees added up very fast and felt a bit high imho. Might be nice to offer some extras if you book more than three?
No fault of the ranch’s, but I had hoped for and envisioned more open grassland areas. Be aware the ranch is nestled deep in a thick forest in very, very steep terrain of the mountains. Sun was minimal, so we were mostly in shaded areas. And there are no sweeping vistas from your cabin! We also got a bit tired walking to and from the main lodge and we are walkers. While the Bitterroots are pretty, I felt a bit closed in while staying here.
This isn’t the fault of the lodge. I was surprised how many alcohol fueled know-it-all blowhards held court in the dining room, pouncing on any hapless new arrivals. Every night there was one. It got old. Some of the guys acted like it was a boys club talking openly about sexual exploits....perhaps they forgot women have ears. I addressed it to them personally but was surprised how classless and brazen their behavior was.
It was surprisingly cold for Sept. Wool coat and glove weather - and we are from Wisconsin and used to cold. Bring lots of good gear.
We went here for our honeymoon. I did alot of research on all inclusive resorts in the Rocky Mountains before we chose Triple Creek. This place was the most reasonably priced all inclusive resort I found. We were blown away from the minute we got there! The entire staff was so nice and helpful.
We stayed in a private (studio) cabin so we were not bothered by anyone. We were close to the main building so we just walked but they provided golf carts for cabins that were farther away. The cabin was BEAUTIFUL with all the amenities! The cabin was stocked with treats and they would replenished the snacks each day. There were also toiletries in case we forgot anything. The bathroom had a sink for each of us and the shower was huge!
The property was beautiful. All the activities were included and we could do them as many times as we wanted! We hiked in the mountains twice and the staff provided us with maps. And when we saw them later, they asked how it went! The staff really cared about us and really made us feel special.
Horseback riding was amazing in the mountains. Our guide was wonderful and got to know us. We also played horseshoes many times. The new disc golf course was fun and challenging.
Last, the food was so delicious and fancy. Because it was all inclusive, I tried so many new foods that I would have never paid for at a fancy restaurant! The breakfast and lunch menus would change every 2-3 days. The dinner menu was different every night. You could order something different if you did not like was on the menu. They were very accommodating. Also, you could order in to your cabin for free at any time and the gourmet meal came on REAL plates and everything! This place has top notch service!
Overall, this is a great place that has lots of activities, great food, and great people. We will definitely be back!!