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
We just held a 3 night offsite board retreat for HATCH at Paws Up. It was outstanding. The lodging worked perfectly for our team— comfortable, well appointed. The meeting facility was the same level of attention to needs. We did a team building adventure on snowmobiles and the guides made alll of us feel successful regardless of abilities. The food....On, the good food. It really was an adventure in and of itself. Mmmmmmm
Paws Up’s attention to hospitality and forseeing our needs allowed us to really focus on our goals and agenda resulting in the most productive and enjoyable retreat we have ever had. Highly, highly recommend.
We decided to spend a week at Paws Up based on our travel agent and a family of 4 from our town who highly recommended it. I now highly recommend it too! Loved every activity (riding lessons for our 9 year old daughter who had just learned to ride properly at summer camp), family trail ride with guide, guided fly fishing trip with my husband while the kids were in the child care camp, all of the meals cooked at our tent area with a personal chef (used the outdoor grill for all meals--amazing!), camp fires with other families (we met 2 families from different parts of the US with children close in age to ours), the restaurants on property, experiencing "glamping" and liking it, obstacle course with the family, archery...shall I continue??!! The service!! The men and women who work here are truly remarkable in their service standards. It was an amazing experience and a family vacation filled with quality time and quality memories.
I would like to have seen better acoomadations and service but the views are amazing and the weather wonderful. Will visit again toon. Wonderful for a family visit or a place just to get away to all alone
Wow really as they say last best place really wonderful the staff was so friendly and helpful
They went above and beyond this property is truly amazing we were stayed in one of the timber homes they were so cozy and tastefully decorated really like a home away from home
They have so many activities they offer and the timber homes come with the use of a car that is really handy to get around as the property is really spread out the property abuts some forest land that you can access for hikes and trails
Were were lucky to be there and catch the Montana master chefs event the 5 course dinner and wine paring was esqusite would definitely recommend the paws up resort for a unique and adventurous vacation experience the price tag is high but for service and attention to detail it’s a real treat yourself type of trip I had some request while I was there I’m a expresso drinker so I travel with a brewer I need a burner fo it and they sent a runner to town and in about 2 hours had a brand new burner in my hands .... they also arranged for a pharmacy run to get some sufaed they have there own app that you can order room service on request more firewood and pretty much what ever you want when ever you want like a Bloody Mary fixings tray delivered to the room
Paw’s Up Resort has much to offer its guests. In this particular instance, the resort was starting a new experience with a wine weekend with Chappellet Winery. It was well received. The resort continues to offer much of its activities through the winter months, but be advised that it can come at an additional cost. We arrived as winter weather was starting to settle into the area, dusting the area in snow. While it may have been cold, it afforded great vistas and remarkable scenery. Horseback riding is still a available, just bundle up. The kitchen provided some memorable foods, the most remarked and delectable being the squash soup with popcorn. Yum. Our hosts for the wine weekend, Dominic and Amy Chappellet, were informative, experienced, and just plain fun. They provided two dinners featuring their different wines and vintages. Of particular enjoyment was our lesson in wine tasting in which we were given freedom to describe the taste of our wines. A few glasses into the lesson and folks were uninhibited in their descriptions. The wine pairings with each course of dinner was spectacular. Should you consider Paws Up in their off-season, this is the weekend to go!