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
I wasn't going to visit here but my agent told me it was the BEST she said if you don't go to Paws up you're missing the experience of a lifetime. My kids went bananas they loved it. I can't thank the staff enough for the horseback riding the marshamallow the hats for the kids the long walks and fly fishing. Wholly molly amazing.
Just returned from a fantastic and energizing long weekend with 16 girlfriends. Paws Up is a place where you can relax and pace yourself or max out on experiences. Highlights included 1) bucket list ticking cattle drive; 2) the adrenaline rush and camaraderie that comes with rappelling down a rock face 16 stories high - facilitated by our lovely guide Amanda 3) rekindling a teenage love affair with horses; and 4) an acoustic performance by Crystal Bowersox in the intimate Tank bar. The gorgeous property and buildings provide endless “eye candy” and material for hobby photographers. And there is a delightful charm to the way both gourmet food and comfort food is presented. Personal favs were fresh pressed apple juice in mason jars, decadent grilled cheese with grill marks and the chocolate chip cookies available from the moment we stepped onto the shuttle. There was lots of opportunity to bond with the travel group but also to socialize with other guests, visiting chefs and the wonderful staff. It was sad to leave but the memories are amazing.
We arrived at Paws Up after a week in Glacier National Park. We had only scheduled a couple of nights here. I think it probably takes a couple of days to get used to how it all works because we probably got comfortable with everything as we were leaving. The property is absolutely breathtaking and quite expansive. We had our own car but if you don’t they will escort you around to wherever you need to be. We were given a beautiful tent in Cliffside Camp. This is back away from the main road and on the water. We were promptly greeted at the camp by the camp butler for a tour of our tent and the camp itself. The tent was amazing - glamping at its best. These tents are spacious and beautiful. The bed was so comfy. We were there at the end of September and the nights were cold. There is radiant heat in the bathroom and when you returned from dinner turn down service heated up the blankets so it was warm and cozy for sleeping.
We ended up having dinners in the camp each night because the food was excellent and we loved being outside. They do a wonderful job with the meals and the ambience. The fire was roaring in the fireplace every night, there were heaters if you needed them and also blankets all around if you got chilly. We did have a buffet lunch one day in the main area and that was an excellent experience as well.
We did two excursions while we were here and both were amazing:
We did the cattle drive one morning which exceeded our expectations. We were actually allowed a lot more freedom than we expected. This wasn’t strict trail guided riding. We actually were allowed to work with the cattle and do some herding practice work. It was a lot of fun and really a wonderful experience. We even saw some coyote while we were out. Our guides were fantastic.
We did the river raft excursion with Stephanie as our guide. I can’t say enough about our driver or Stephanie. She was amazing and did a beautiful job of navigating some lower water. We also had told her that the last animal that we were really dying to see was the bald eagle and she found us one in a spot she frequented. She as friendly and knowledgeable and incredibly attentive. The experience we had with her was exactly why you come to a high end resort like Paws Up!
- There is no indicator of where to actually go to check in when you arrive if you are coming from the east. The property is very spread out and we had a difficult time trying to figure out where to actually go to check in.
- The individual sitting at the excursion desk the first day of our visit was not very friendly or welcoming. We were just trying to figure out what the process was to check in and she was not very helpful but everyone else at Paws Up was amazing.
- Coffee was hit or miss across the property
I wished we had more time here because it takes a while to get accustomed to how it all works but this definitely exceeded our expectations. Between the property itself and the experiences it is well worth the visit. It is very expensive so be prepared for that but it is a luxurious experience.
My husband and I cannot say enough about Paws Up! The staff was so delightful and accommodating! The tours were amazing, my family had a ball! The tents were perfect, the food was delicious and the scenery was breathtaking. We are definitely going back!
We had lunch there and a tour. It is spectacular! They are starting a herd of Bison, small , but great! The buffet lunch was delicious and everything was fresh! Prime rib, prawns, fresh salads, fruits, huckleberry muffins! The staff was very friendly.