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
Every single aspect of our time at Paws Up exceeded any expectation we could have had.
Due to events outside our control, the my husband and I had planned in our backyard couldn't take place on the date we had wanted to get married. So, we decided that rather than change our wedding date, we would go and do something special, just the two of us.
The reservation and concierge staff somehow managed to put orchestrate an entire trip, fully of excursions and activities, not to mention a fully planned and officiated wedding - all with less than one week's notice. They even managed to work into the itinerary complimentary transportation to and from the Missoula County Courthouse so that we could get, and then file, our marriage license!
Our accommodations, the staff, THE ACTIVITIES (do not pass up all of the incredible activities - fly fishing, ATV tours, go karting, shooting clays, and more!), the ease of communication with their exclusive Paws Up Resort app, the extraordinary beauty of our surroundings, the list could go on forever - everything, was just perfect.
We are so grateful for everything Paws Up did to make our wedding and trip so memorable.
We have already booked our anniversary trip for next year!!
Ultimate glamping experience in Montana. It's Exquisite. My husband and I stayed at the Cliffside Camp Honeymoon Tent that over looks the Blackfoot River & Elk Creek. This Resort is on 37,000 Acres. Stunning! The staff is Fantastic. If you ever have the opportunity to stay at Paws Up do it. You will Love it!!!
We were extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to stay at River Camp right next to the Blackfoot River. The Glamping experience was incredible with the river flowing right outside our tent each night (the heated floors in the bathrooms attached to our tent was a real bonus)! The food and service in our pavilion was exceptional. We also had the most amazing advanced horseback ride across the stunning property. This is truly the Last Best Place and we can't recommend the trip highly enough.