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
This was my 4th trip to The Ranch at Rock Creek. We stayed in the Ponderosa house and it was perfect! Can’t say enough about the staff. Everyone is friendly and attentive to every detail. Doug, my favorite staff member, met us once again at the airport and drove us to the Ranch. Upon arrival he built a cozy fire for us in our house and got us settled in. His infectious personality never disappoints! I love to fly fish and had John, Phil, and Eli as my guides for this trip. We caught so many fish and I continue to learn from each of them. I had an incredible massage with Natalie in the spa. The food is incredible at The Ranch! Every meal is an experience. I highly recommend The Ranch at Rock Creek. Whether you are wanting a relaxing mountain getaway or an adventurous outdoor experience, this place has it all. Can’t wait to plan my next visit.
First time in a Ranch for us. It was a wonderful experience: not just the setting, the food and the activities - but the staff! we never heard "no we can't"...it was a treat from the moment we landed in Missoula to the moment we took off.
We have been going to the Ranch at Rock Creek for five years now. It is a very cool and unique experience! From the five star accommodations and culinary experience to the wide variety of nature-based activities, there is something for everyone! Once you experience the Ranch, you are already thinking about when you can come back!!