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
For travelers familiar with Clayoquat, Twin Farms, or Deplar Farm, the Ranch at Rock Creek is our favorite. We really LOVE all those places, but the RCR just has it figured out to the point that the experience is borderline flawless. Most of the time after a trip, I don’t remember the names of the staff. Here it’s easy. Lindsay, Luke, Myron, Dani, Denisse, Matt, Gup, Brianna, and Doug. So many of them are memorable because they are that good. There were others who were great and I didn’t spend enough time to remember their names (like the guy who helped me out with the small cans of Perrier at the Buckle Barn during the Barbecue Tuesday evening, just crazy helpful). All just so genuine and made everything nice. The staff/guides are neither obsequious nor preachy. They all strike the right balance of simply acting like helpful friends. Each time we come (fourth time in four years) everyone there, from the staff to the other guests (the culture of friendliness is pervasive) it feels like a homecoming.
This is my father’s and my fourth trip to The Ranch and we were blown away by the tremendously kind and knowledgeable guides/staff and the phenomenal activities! Some staff that particularly stood out were our drivers Luke and The Doug. Both made our hour-forty-five minute drive to the ranch entertaining and enjoyable! Great guys, loved Doug’s stories! At the ranch, Myron, Dani and especially Gup made each activity even more fun. Can’t wait till our next trip.
This was our first visit to the Ranch at Rock Creek and our first visit to a dude ranch of any kind. Given that this is a 5 star resort, our expectations were high. Nevertheless, our experience far exceeded my expectations.
The accommodations were rustic yet amazingly comfortable. Having a screened in porch where you can sit and listen to the reek running outside the cabin was excellent at the end of the day.
The food was amazing and not what you would expect from a ranch experience. The chef’s tasting menu on Friday night was arguably one of the best meals I have ever had.
The staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome and comfortable and seem genuinely committed to making our trip extraordinary. From the activity guides, to the front office staff, and to the service staff at the restaurants, everyone was outstanding.
I can’t wait to go back.