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
Our stay was very well organized., and pretty much seamless from check in to check out. There was ton of outdoor activities that you could choose to do, and the meals were great. You could relax when you wanted to, and be active when you wanted. Overall, great family experience.
I just returned from a long weekend at The Ranch at Rock Creek. What an amazing place. The surroundings, the accommodations, the activities (fishing, horseback riding, hiking, shooting, etc.), the food and, more than anything, the people/staff exceeded all of our expectations.
I look forward to coming back again.
This diamond in the rough was a family vacation to always remember! Outstanding beauty, dining, activities, accommodations and staff! Nature is everywhere and there is deep sense of it all around! So much to do for everyone!
Where do I start? A lucky Google search led me to The Ranch at Rock Creek. I booked a week stay to celebrate a return from deployment, a 17th wedding anniversary and an early 40th birthday for my wife. We were greeted at the airport by the Ranch's driver, Darren. He helped us with our bags, provided us with a picnic lunch for the drive and gladly answered all questions we had concerning the property and Montana. He gave us the dime tour of Philipsburg prior to arrival at the Ranch. Once we arrived, we were greeted warmly by the front desk staff and then driven to our accommodations. We booked the Trapper Cabin, which sits a good distance away from other accommodations, but were provided with our own vehicle to get around. If you're looking for romance and solitude, book the trapper. A stone's throw from the actual rock creek, fire pit, cedar soaking tub and no TV. It has a beautiful shower (no tub) and a small kitchen with wine cooler, Keurig, sink, ice maker and fridge. Other accomodations are nearer to all the events. In the summer, you get your own bike. They also have a fleet of beautiful Yukon Denali's that will pick you up and take you wherever you need to go, whenever.
Food was on point. Every dinner (served in the Buckle Barn since the main kitchen was getting a remodel) was as delicious as it looked. Multiple wine and beer pairing menus, bbq, wagyu beef meatloaf.....all delicious. Lunches were equally as good, but not sure if it was just because it was winter, the menu did not change. It was a daily selection of sandwiches, salad, and burger.
My itinerary was built prior to arrival based on our interests and everything was wonderful, from learning to fly fish, to snowmobiling, to blowing up tannerite targets on the rifle range.
I'd like to take the time to thank people individually, as it really felt like we were the only ones on the ranch.......
Myron - Super knowledgeable and helpful running my wife through the different pistols at the pistol range.
Phillip and Dani - Great on the rifle range, helping us get situated and getting my wife dialed in to hit the 600 yd target time and time again.
Hunter - Took us on a great horseback ride along Rock Creek and around the property. Joy to talk to!
Dani - Took us up in the mountains around the property, showing us multiple trails that will be awesome for hiking when we return, as well as finally finding us a herd of elk we had been looking for.
Christopher - Guided us on our first snowmobiling experience; had a great time!
Nick - stuck it out with us fly fishing, continuing to check out spots until we finally landed a pair of cutthroats.
Jeff/Matt - Our final even, sporting clays on our final day. We were joined by John Shim, a world champion trap and skeet shooter, that comes to help training staff throughout the year. We had a great time shooting singles, doubles, flurries and even from the hip.
Chelsea - We had heard about the famour horse run, where they move the horses to the far pasture for feeding, but had missed it every day. Chelsea caught us in the road as we were walking to our car and told us they were about to do it, so we finally got it on our last day.
Restaurant and Bar staff were impeccable. Masa, Misha, Alcy, John and Lindsay were always there to describe our meal in detail or provide us with another beer or cocktail. Shawn, the new bartender, made a killer, outside the box cocktail w/mezcal that was awesome.
Interacted with John, the GM, on multiple occasions. Always helpful, willing to answer questions and super friendly and easy to talk to.
Icing on the cake was our driver, Doug Gursky, who took us to the airport our final day. Found out he was a locak Philipsburg boy. Told us all kinds of stories about the town back in the day as well as the state of Montana. Absolute pleasure to talk to. He informed us that there was a documentary made about the revival of Philipsburg and offered to send us a copy of the dvd. I gave him my address, and sure as hell about a week and a half later, my copy of the dvd showed up in the mail yesterday! Thanks Doug!
Bottom line, yes it is expensive, but I can say its worth every penny. We went in the winter (March) and are already planning on returning in the spring or fall with kids. With all the other spring/summer/fall activities we heard about, it sounds like a different place!
Hoping they have a job opening for a driver in 3 years when I retire from the USAF!
Thank you for a wonderful trip, Ranch at Rock Creek.
Wonderful experience with our three year old son- the ranch made sure our itinerary was well-planned and even provided excellent babysitters so we could do some adult evenings out and day time activities.