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 traveled to Paws Up Resort for a bachelorette party for my best girlfriend. Words can't even describe how breathtaking the property is, not to mention the star-treatment we received all weekend. During the two days we were there, our group did horseback riding, which was so beautiful through the snow (and sunny!) After that, we brought a bottle of champagne to the snow tubing, where we had a dance party and went down the hill in intertubes, only to be brought back up on a snowmobile (YEAH, I'm not walking back up.) This was followed by a "Paint and Sip" event with an amazing winery from Napa Valley (Round Pond, amazing) and a our own personal photographer. This winery also hosted both dinners, with wine pairings. I went to the spa the next day and got a scrub and massage from an exceptionally talented massage therapist. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect weekend. Lastly, thank you Drew for setting all of this up for us and treating us like celebrities! Will definitely be back soon!
My experience was that everything about Paws Up was just great -- the accommodation, the staff, and the property. I was there with snow and look forward to visiting in the summer, as I'm sure that it's very beautiful then as well. I recommend booking as far in advance as possible for the best options.
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