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 were told to visit here over a few other "glamping" ranches from some friends and while I cannot tell anyone a 'difference', this resort is top-notch and amazing! BUT, do not be fooled thinking that it is JUST a glamping experience. They have plenty of traditional wilderness-style home options. With the latter, each home gets a Kia Soul (and we got two because of six drivers in the home). Meals are outstanding but probably a little bit better in the camps because they are essentially made-to-order and family-style. Our group of six stayed in a wilderness home and the Northbank camp (the newest). The camps and tents are TRULY "glamping!" Each camp has a couple of butlers that will get you basically anything you need. The activities are amazing also. I could NOT pick my favorite out of the cattle drive, float trip, fly fishing, ATV-ing, RZR-ing, downhill mountain biking, or sporting clays! They were ALL great and the guides were outstanding also! They let you know that the guides and butlers are paid very well but we still tipped a small amount. They do pick up and drop off at the airport in Missoula so transportation is not an issue. We had a few small issues with our bill but they were quick to change as needed based on our package. I highly recommend the Family Package to make it easier to calculate things. In addition to all of this, the resort has an app that allows almost immediate communication with staff and transportation which is HUGELY beneficial. Overall, this one of the best week's of vacation for my family and our friends! We will be going back!
We stayed for 5 days in the river camp. The tent is much, much older than the pictures. Looking on their website at the river camp page it shows a tub. No tub or ceiling fan in the rooms. Its not clean or updated. We love spending time with our grandkids but this was a trip for my wife and myself. We had kids climbing on the post that held our tent and running around the area as kids do being very loud. No chance for a nap or quite time on the porch. After dinner siting by the fire having a glass of wine would have been nice but several kids running around the fire every night making s'mores. The whole experience was like being a Disney Fort Wilderness. Our meals were no better than what you would get at Cracker Barrel. The first night we eat chicken wings because we didn't like oysters or half cooked pork. Lunch was a buffet that offered hamburgers, fried white fish or a turkey wrap. Breakfast is anything that you ask for cooked only with a propane grill. The wine we had for dinner each day sell for under $15 at our local grocery store. This explains everything because that was the quality of everything.
No surprise, this is a high end resort and it’s pretty much amazing. Biggest take away was the staff tho. Rather than gushing, here’s 3 stories showing what I’m talking about. A guy just got dropped off at the campsite and was walking to his tent. The butler met him more that half way with drink in hand and said, “Hey Vince. How was the presentation? Here’s your drink”. Remembered his name, what he did that day, and favorite drink. Didn’t see that one coming. 2nd Story: We had an “Amazing Race”. Our teams had to answer riddles, and the staff/vans took us to the various activities. We were timed, there were points, etc.. The next day, the staff was “Who won? Who won? My team had 20 points for archery, 15 for hatchets and James made 5 laps for the grizzly man”. They were engaged in our teams. These are not sleepy college kids doing their summer job. Last story: I was being dropped off at the cabin after dinner. The van pulls up with the lights shining on the cabin. When I start to get out, the driver says, “Do me a favor. Go in through the back (where the vans lights were shining) so I know u make it in safe”. My mouth dropped. That was pretty much the sweetest gesture anyone has showed me in years. Conclusion is this. The staff is engaged, focused, sweet, kind, funny, friendly, and pretty much the most amazing staff I’ve encountered. EVER.
Just returned from a winter trip to Paws Up and had a great time. As i am writing this I realize now you'll all go there and spoil it for me! LOL. The place is fabulous and a special shout out to Conor in the Pomp restaurant. The guy is an amazing S'moreologist and has created some amazing delicacies. Highly recommend and you've gotta try savory version. You'll be surprised. See ya soon!!
Oh My what a magical place!
We went there to celebrate my milestone birthday. This place was above and beyond what we expected. The food and service is top notch. The accommodations we're so lovely and relaxing.
We enjoyed the beautiful setting on horse back, by dog sled and by horse drawn sleigh!
The food, being a Top Chef weekend, was 5 star.
They had a night in the barn with roping, whip cracking, hatchet throwing, etc, and dinner buffet. It was so fun.
The lstaff is friendly and out of their way helpful. And the spa in the old farm house was a wonderfully relaxing experience and included as one of the weekends activities. We can't wait to return for another wonder weekend.