A glamorous Montana ranch

29 Rooms

Tucked amid meadows and tree-covered hilltops between the Pintler and Sapphire mountain ranges in Southwestern Montana, The Ranch at Rock Creek unites luxury with wide-open spaces. At the center of the 6,600-acre ranch is Granite Lodge, a two-story stone and timber basecamp layered with elegant Western furnishings. Housing the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel's dining room, nine guest rooms (each with an iconic Western theme, such as Appaloosa or Winchester), The Granite Spa and a room with a massive hearth and game tables, the lodge is a great spot to play Scrabble or sip Missoula Mules while perched atop cowhide barstools after a day of trail riding or single-track mountain biking.

Just downhill from the lodge across Rock Creek — one of Montana’s premier pristine streams for trout fishing — are classic log homes (a total of nine, each of which sleeps up to 10, dot the property) and canvas “glamping” tents. Tucked beneath cottonwoods and aspens, these hidden accommodations are rustically furnished with a luxury twist, including wood floors, exquisite rugs, sumptuous linens and decadent bath products. Sweet Grass Tent (good for families or two couples) features two master suites with a private full bath and a freestanding clawfoot tub, a wood stove, a king bed and a trundle in each. Its front porch has a cedar soaking tub, ideal for stargazing or watching the creek babble by.

You can spend days trail riding through meadows awash with purple lupine, fly-fishing for rainbow trout, hiking to snow-capped ridge tops in the Sapphire Mountains, or on pre-breakfast or after-dinner wildlife viewing excursions. Sports-minded travelers will enjoy the 3D archery course, paintball matches, or shooting sporting clays. Others may simply prefer to soak up the scenery by the pool or indulge in spa treatments.

At night, all activity centers around chef Josh Drage’s dining room — a locavore’s paradise, where entrées like Granite County beef tenderloin with Montana farro, portobello mushroom and grilled radicchio are served by an attentive fleet of waiters. Afterward, shuffle to the Silver Dollar Saloon where the reclaimed barnwood walls and ornate billiards tables make it feel straight out of Deadwood, but the four-lane bowling alley with computerized screens, raucous karaoke and 14-foot HD video screen with spaghetti Westerns flickering on it make it clear this is the New West.

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