The Resort at Paws Up
What We Love
- The kid-centric Adventure Club program, where young ones can learn to kayak, shoot bows and arrows, and mine for sapphires
- Complimentary use of an electric car to navigate your way around the sprawling property when you book one of the resort’s Wilderness Estates
- Most of the resort’s 28 luxury homes feature natural stone-and-timber fireplaces
- Easy access to Lewis & Clark’s famous Lookout Rock
What To Know
- Dogs are allowed in specified homes, though there is a nightly pet fee.
- Round-trip airport shuttle service to and from Missoula International Airport is included in the resort’s luxury home rates.
- For the best weather, go between late May and September.
Rolling pastures, wandering elks, the majestic Blackfoot River—welcome to Lewis & Clark territory, the setting for what might just be America’s swankiest dude ranch. Here, tents come equipped with camping butlers and 300-count linens, while lodges have flat-screen LCDs, wine coolers, and six-person hot tubs. For a taste of the great outdoors, choose from a range of hosted activities like rappelling, quad biking, white-water rafting, or horseback riding through idyllic meadows studded with daisies. When your energy is spent, head to spa camp, a pine-scented cluster of relaxation tents, and indulge in an hour-long Après Adventure massage before ending your evening with a riverside barbecue, s’mores, and a ghost story or two as you marvel at the stars above Big Sky Country.
Whether you’re staying in one of the resort’s 28 vacation homes (1 to 3-bedroom lodges) or 30 luxury tents, you won’t exactly be camping out. The former category consists of five lodging options — the newest, the Wilderness Estates, are ideal for larger families with their three large suites and a second-floor loft. Cliffside Camp, which overlooks the confluence of Blackfoot River and Elk Creek, is home to a pair of “honeymoon tents” that feature eye-popping copper bathtubs.
Seasonal and local ingredients—freshly picked huckleberries, Rocky Mountain trout, foraged mushrooms—are often featured on the menu at Trough, which is open for breakfast and lunch. Come evening, the ranch’s fine-dining option, Pomp, dishes up eclectic American plates with a distinctly Western flair.
Up until 2004, Paws Up was the site of a working ranch that sold Black Angus cattle and stud horses. The resort is located in the northeastern Montana town of Greenough, wedged in the center of the verdant Blackfoot Valley, just a 45-minute ride from Missoula International Airport.
How to Get There
The accommodations (both cabins and glamping tents) are top notch at Paws Up. We had excellent service with the concierge and drivers making deliveries for us and always being prompt with service thru their concierge app.
The ranch is expansive, calming and beautiful, and their wide range of activities are exciting and great quality. My favorite was their equestrian program - coming from a formal, english background I assumed I'd be in for a regular old touristy trail ride. But the ladies (and guys) are true horsemen, and they have a horse for every level of rider, including life-long experienced equestrians. A private trail ride with head wrangler Jackie the following morning as a true treat to explore the Montana backcountry and discuss all things horsemanship and equine. Highly recommend!
At my recent stay at Paws up, I was incredibly impressed with their service, food and amenities. The horses are not only well taken care of but also an absolute pleasure to ride. Whether taking hikes or fly fishing; taking it easy or driving in a razer ... there is no better place to take in all in than the beautiful nature and scenery provided by the 37,000 at paws up.
Seventh visit with my dad and brothers. No surprises, just another great four day experience. Terrific activities included cow croquet, hot air balloon, fishing, shooting, and 3 hour ATV ride.
Upside of going in early May is a quiet ranch. Only downside was a fixed chefs menu (excellent courses) as the only choice given for dinner although the kitchen was able to accommodate some main course flexibility for my picky eating colleagues.
The staff continues to be amazing and we will be back.
Paws up has been able to combine serene, beautiful aspects of Montana nature with the luxuries of a 5 star resort. From atvs, flyfishing and shooting to taking a ferry to their island and go karting ... to the lake house to horse riding. There is so much to do as you can tell by the start of my review, I don't even know where to begin. The food was so delicious you miss it the minute you leave for the airport. The staff is so efficient they anticipate your every need before you even have a chance to think about it. my dear friend is a vegetarian and I am an avid meat eater ... we both left raving about the food. Paws up takes care of everything from the moment you land, and there is no where more beautiful to enjoy a mouthwatering meal after one of various amazing activities offered to the guests. You want to camp luxuriously .. be one with nature and retreat in a 5 star oasis... look no more and book paws up.
Just back from a girls trip at Paws Up and was blown away by all of it, especially the helpful and friendly staff, the spacious cabins, and all of the opportunities to get out of my city-life box! The enormous, wide-open space allowed me to recharge and come back with lots of energy and excitement for different kind of vacation (our past vacations have usually included mai tais and little movement from a chaise lounge). Paws Up opened my eyes and allowed me to try things I would have never done, especially on vacation (fly fishing was a blast as was my first ATV ride). And there are so many other ways to relax and just enjoy the scenery. I can't wait to take my family back and have them experience this amazing property and all it offers. It really is a special place, Maybe we will try the lux tents? All I know is I miss the huckleberry pancakes!