The Ranch at Rock Creek
What We Love
- The property’s close proximity to Philipsburg, one of North America’s most charming ski towns
- Rodeo on the lodge grounds during the summer months
- An extensive indoor entertainment menu at the Silver Dollar Saloon onsite, including billiard tables, a bowling alley, karaoke, and more
- The generous 2:1 staff-to-guest ratio
What To Know
- Your stay includes a transfer from Missoula International Airport (about 90 minutes away)
- Guided outdoor activities can be arranged with little to no notice
- For children ages 4-12, there’s a kids’ club that offers up a range of outdoor educational activities (geocaching, pool games) while parents take a breather
- Despite being located at an elevation of 5,200 feet, all homes and cabins feature WiFi
World-class wilderness awaits adventurers at this 6,600-acre cattle ranch, where co-inhabitants include moose, elk, and eagles. Harking back to the days of pioneers and silver miners, the all-inclusive Relais & Chateaux resort is at once deeply rugged and exceedingly comfortable. The interiors are an inviting palette of deep crimsons and chocolate browns, paired with reclaimed wood furnishings and an impressive collection of antique photographs depicting ranch life. Attentive staff members, who all dabble in their own fair share of wrangling and mountaineering, are always ready to share a historical Montanan anecdote or two and make terrific guides for the vast array of outdoor excursions—fly-fishing on Blue Ribbon Rock Creek, horseback riding, hiking—offered in the resort’s backyard.
Choose from a quartet of accommodation styles: ranch-style suites housed in Granite Lodge, the resort’s centerpiece; lofts in the property’s revamped barn; classic log cabins; or a clutch of canvas cabins (the most private) flanked by cottonwoods, aspens, and gurgling Rock Creek. All room options are kitted out with frontier-themed antiques, Frette linens, and freestanding bathtubs. Being home on the range never looked so good.
Local bounty—Montana alfalfa sprouts, Sapphire Mountain honey, grass-fed beef—is prioritized in Chef Josh Drage’s dining room, where the organic menu items change daily. For an alfresco experience, don’t miss a chance to chow down on grilled flank steak and Alaskan salmon on the flagstone at the Granite Lodge, fired up every Thursday.
In an idyllic valley just south of Glacier National Park, it’s no surprise that outdoor activities are the main draw at this secluded resort. The ranch is a 30-minute drive to nearby Philipsburg, a restored former mining town, where hot spots include The Sweet Palace Victorian, America’s second largest candy shop, and an award-winning brewing company.
How to Get There
We were FINALLY able to get our kids home from college over the Holidays. A rare event. We took the opportunity to return to The Ranch as a family to spend New Year's. My wife and I had been previously and we thought this would be the perfect place to celebrate New Year's and our family being together.
Well....our trip exceeded all expectations. We struggle at home to get the kids to agree on anything. Not a problem at The Ranch.....everyone could choose their own daily activities and we could start and end the day together as a family. The activities were fantastic.....cross-country skiing and snowmobiling being the highlights. Every day was a different experience, the common thread being fun and excitement of new adventures in the beautiful Montana setting of the Ranch! Food was excellent and the special events were all indeed very "special."
The staff at the Ranch felt more like family by the time we left. Doug and Ray were wonderful ambassadors for the Ranch and were always there to help when we needed it. Kevin, Maddy, Eli and Rich were all fantastic guiding us through our backcountry experiences. Candace does a wonderful job with the spa and fitness activities.
We've travelled to many "destination" resorts around the world. NOTHING compares to the family experience we had at The Ranch. We will be back!! Thank you for creating the wonderful experience for our family.
I predicate this review by saying that I have been to some pretty amazing and spectacular places around the globe. Paris, London, Sydney, Tokyo and more rural places like New Zealand and western Canada and stayed in some very swanky properties.
That being said, this is one of THE most awe inspring places I have been. This is not a place you come and expect to go out into town in the evenings or do other things. This IS the destination and lodging and activities all in one.
When I decided on activities, I expected to be part of a group. No, not even! They are tailored to be small and personal and just you and your family on most activities although there may be one or two that they have to have a certain number to do (ropes). It was me and the guide for horseback riding, shooting, and wildlife tour. How awesome is that?
This place is old time past meets modern conveniences. Rustic cowboy decor in modern times. I had wifi in home and restaurant/bar but out and about it's sketchy, which is exactly what you want/need if you are coming here anyway - to unplug, unwind and get away from hectic life for a bit.
I have chased the elusive moose in Canada to no avail, so what a treat to see a mother and baby on the porch. The food is real home cooking, and everyting is included, EVERYTHING (beer/wine/spirits), activites, bowling alley, small movie theatre. (Not spa treatments).
This is about an hour and a half from Missoula, so when you get here, you really don't want to leave, and I certainly don't recommend it. My stay was way too short. If you are looking for somewhere to go that is different from the normal and mundane, this is it. I must confess to not being an avid gun lover, but I really enjoyed the shooting activity (target). Remington even gives RR their own model numbers, how cool is that?
There's just not enough kudos I can give to the great people who work here and look after you. I was spoiled and truth be told, felt guilty for the indulgence I experienced!
I pulled my lounge chair into the backyard and sat at night and realized why this is called Big Sky country. Beauty, serenity, luxury.....
Best vacation my wife and I have taken. Activities and food amazing! The most impressive aspect however is the staff. Defines 5 star experience. All that and spending time in on a ranch with the most picturesque backdrop drove up our experience to 10 stars.
We recently returned from our 2nd trip during the exact same window last year. I was initially a little worried about this trip because it is exceedingly rare for any experience the second time around to live up to memories of an incredible first experience that then subsequently can set impossibly high expectations for the next go around. Well, I can now say that despite extremely high and strongly emotional memories and expectations, my concerns ended up being completely unfounded.
There are just so many areas of staying at the Ranch at Rock Creek that are so far above any other comparable experience that it’s difficult to describe but equally important to comment on in this review. For starters, the entire setting, including accommodations, the Lodge, the Rod & Gun club and vast property views are all simply gorgeous. The perfect rustic ranch feel combined with luxury and exclusivity without being the least bit pretentious or uppity. It truly is the most relaxing environment our family has ever experienced.
Transitioning to the food and drink is even more impressive. While I suppose it’s possible for other resorts/ranches to be located in similar areas with comparable views and accommodations, I have serious doubts that anywhere else can provide the consistently over-the-top quality and individuality of the daily menus. We are admittedly a bit of a foodie family with an equal appreciation for quality of the drinks and yet, again our expectations were exceeded. There simply was not a single meal that we didn’t absolutely love.
Probably the most talked about and anticipated part of a visit here are the activities and with good reason. We live in Texas, so visiting in the winter and basically doing everything outside gives us an opportunity to enjoy an environment we simply don’t get the chance to at any other time. Our activities ranged from snowmobiling to sledding to skating to horseback riding and of course the occasional snow ball fight mixed in for good measure. The 6,600 acres provide a backdrop that is unequaled in our experience and creates the perfect setting for great photos and memories of an amazingly active and fun vacation. And a big bonus for us was that on a majority of these outings, we were able to observe a wide swath of Montana wild life including moose, elk, deer, coyotes, badgers, bald eagles, etc. Finally, when we weren’t outside, nothing beats sitting in their lodge by the always crackling fire.
Finally, I want to comment separately on what we believe to be the Ranch at Rock Creek’s greatest and most unique asset – the people. Whether it is the always friendly and welcoming voice and chats with Linda in the lodge. Or the passion and guidance of Rich and Gabe educating us on the key outdoor skills of survival like shelter construction and starting fires. Or the knowledge and love for horses that Anna shares over the most beautiful path through the property. Or the sincere interest and curiosity for new experiences that Kelsey shares with us and our daughter. Or the spontaneity of keeping us on our toes as demonstrated by the snowball skills of Doug and Nick. I could go on and on and on. I am leaving out so many of their staff but suffice to say there isn’t a single Ranch staffer that won’t make you truly feel like you are not only welcomed but wanted. The genuine nature of everyone creates a warmth that we’ve never previously experienced.
So in summary, if you are even scarcely considering a trip here, do yourself a massive favor and do it. We now have 2 of our best life long family memories. We can’t wait to come back and make more.
I honestly don’t even know how to write this review. I don’t have enough adjectives to describe how wonderful our four days at The Ranch were!
It really all started months ago when I received a phone call from Erin to set up the itinerary. I told her I was visiting with my best friend and asked if we could do a conference call. To which she replied, “of course!” This became a recurring theme at The Ranch. After our conversation Erin sent out an itinerary that was perfect and I just have to share it and all the people who made it possible.
It started on Monday with Daren picking us up at the Missoula airport. He knew our names, was wonderfully welcoming, and had water and snacks waiting in the car. During the approximately 2 hour drive he told us the history and interesting facts about the area and even detoured to show us the nearby town of Phillipsburg. Once we arrived at The Ranch GM John was waiting outside to greet us along with Katie who checked us in, and she made that process amazingly easy and quick. Then Daren, who had already taken our luggage to our room, gave a tour of The Ranch including the Rod and Gun clubhouse and the Barn and finally showed us to our room. After unpacking we came downstairs to the Great Room where Lindsey and Brooke were just about to give a cocktail tasting, meant for staff, but as we were there we were welcomed to join the activity. It was a perfect beginning to our stay, and a continuing theme: We were always welcome! We then headed to the dining room for the first of four superb dinners. There we were served by Nick and Micha who were incredibly knowledgeable about not only the food but the wine as well. By the time we got back to our room, housekeeping (whom we never saw but there must be a small army of them) had already taken care of our nightly turn down and left a little welcome gift.
The next morning we woke up bright and early and were greeted by a roaring fire, coffee, and pastries in the Great Room. Tim (with the cowboy hat) was there to bid us good morning and make sure the fire was adequately stoked. Then we had a breakfast that I will be raving about for weeks in the dining room, served efficiently by Trisha. We then walked over the Rod and Gun and met up with Quin for a hike. He took us on a nice easy, but beautiful trail by the river and then treated us to a ranger tour to Hidden Peak, the highest spot on the property where we were able to take in amazing views. But, the day wasn’t over, after lunch we had a wonderful horseback ride adventure with Lauren. They were so accommodating and even outfitted us with appropriate footwear and toewarmers for the ride. After dinner that night we mentioned that we were going out to the hot tub. Daren immediately ran out to light a fire in the fire pit for us. Then after a soak we called the front desk and asked for hot cocoa and some sort of sweet treat, the answer was “of course” and Marcella soon arrived with hot cocoa and fresh baked brownies!
On the second morning there was fresh snowfall and so Doug drove us over the Rod and Gun where we met up with Myron who took care of us for the rest of the day. That morning we had an unbelievably fun snowmobiling trip and then after lunch he took us to the gun range and instructed us in pistol shooting. At that point we could not have asked for a better day, but it still wasn’t over! We then met with Tim in the Silver Dollar Saloon for a wine and bourbon tasting. Not only did he teach us about wines and bourbons, but he chatted and laughed with us for hours! After dinner on our way back to our room we stopped to talk with Ellie at the front desk and had the most delightful conversation.
The third morning we met with Quin again for an amazingly fun and informative archery lesson and spent another afternoon with Lauren riding the ridgelines above the ranch. We ended the day with an hour massage at the spa performed expertly by Candace, who stayed late to accommodate us. We finished the day in the dining room for another utterly amazing dinner served by Nick, Tim, and Stacy who all felt like friends at this point and kept coming over to chit chat with us and kept us beyond entertained.
We were so sad on the morning we had to leave because each day we had spent on the ranch had been labelled BEST DAY EVER. It was hugs all around from the staff and Matt was so thoughtful to bring our luggage down and drive us to the airport (with a detour to the Sweet Palace in Phillpsburg for a little treat for the plane ride).
I had to mention every single staff member we interacted with because they were all beyond fabulous. They were so welcoming, so accommodating, and so genuinely friendly. Every need was anticipated, and every want met with a smile and an “of course”, every thank you earned you a “my pleasure”. There are not enough good things to say about The Ranch. You simply must experience it for yourself!