Room to Roam
Similarly, the Ranch at Rock Creek in Philipsburg, MT, also around 90 minutes from Missoula International Airport, is a high-dollar luxury ranch that welcomes meetings and business travelers with a full roster of amenities and facilities.
The property has 95 beds across 38 rooms in the lodge, cabin houses and luxury tents, plus more than 10,000 acres to roam amid Montana’s wide-open prairies. There is plenty of outdoor space to take care of large groups in terrace and patio spreads and temporary canvas pavilions. A bowling center/bar and lounge handles the post-dinner play and, as a working ranch, you’ll find scores of horses ready to be saddled and plenty of cattle wandering the foothill paths.
Riding there, unlike many ranch resorts out West, is on demand and accordingly what and when the guest wants it – not when the ranch hands have a line ready to go out. All riders are welcome here – walk‘em, trot‘em, even canter and run. BYOB, or else boots and chaps can be provided at no charge.
Fly-fishing, too, happens on demand in the creek or rivers, or in secret spots known to the staff. Leave the tackle on the banks and take a family-sized inner tube for a float down Rock Creek in warmer weather.
All is inclusive here, from horseback rides (all skill levels accommodated), fly fishing, rafting, guided (and solo for the adventurous) hikes along seemingly endless miles of scenic trails, the soothing saltwater pool, the gourmet meals (meatloaf is a must-have here, as is the venison), the wine list and the bowling and movies afterwards.
Operated as a working ranch, it’s not unusual to round up an errant steer or two while riding a rugged trail on horseback. Guests need only bring the right clothes and shoes. All else is provided -the gear, the tackle, the shooting equipment (Glocks included) and the mountain bikes.
Added amenities include a spa designed somewhat like Westworld meets Greenwich Village, a saltwater pool, a plethora of prairie dogs and nights full of stars. Dining is as creative as one