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 would give the Ranch at Rock Creek six stars if we were allowed. Undoubtedly the best hospitality experience we have ever enjoyed. The website does the whole experience justice, so we will focus on the things you can't see there.
The atmosphere is amazingly relaxed and down-to-earth. The Rod and Gun staff and all the activities leaders really make the place - they are helpful, friendly, relaxed and really encourage you to relax too. With our 14 year old and nine year old we were able to shoot pistols, shotguns and rimfire, do archery, fly fish, downhill mountain bike and ride some of the 80+ horses. The all-inclusive nature also contributes enormously to the relaxation. Even phone calls did;t show up on our bill.
The food is terrific, whether five course tasting menu or barn dance barbecue. You mustn't miss cowboy breakfast - riding or wagoning up to a field in the valley for breakfast cooked in dutch ovens over the fire.
Finally, while the days may look full on paper there is plenty of time to relax and recover, ready to go again!
Thank you Ranch at Rock Creek!
We had the most wonderful family trip. All tastes catered for and we could split up and do different activities individually or in small groups. Accommodation and food top notch. Bar staff charming and they mix a mean martini!
Our family recently stayed at the ranch for the first time and wow did we make the right choice. From the moment we arrived until the last minute we had to soak up all this special place had to offer we experienced nothing less than perfection from a guest experience standpoint. While the majestic setting, 5 star amenities and the simple pleasure of not wanting for anything are what you seek out when spending good money on a family vacation it was the ranch staff that blew us away at every turn. It is obvious they take this seriously and we really felt as if each employee went out of their way to ensure we had the perfect experience. Cowboy hats off to you all!
Can't wait to return with friends and family now that we know what all the talk is about. Special shout out to Jack and Eli in activities, Chris the bellman, Stephen in the dining room and Katie at the front office - each one of you made such an impression on us and collectively ensured our family was cared for. Keep it up!
Need to bring all appropriate clothing for the activities. The staffs are most accommodating.
The food was very special and unique. We enjoy all our breakfast, lunch and dinner. All the guided activities are well arranged and explained.
Terrific trip for all ages. There's something to do for everyone from early morning to late at night. The family wanted to stay much longer but it is pricey. All food and activities were included which encourages guests to enjoy all aspects of the ranch.