Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana

Glamping at its finest

Sep 4, 2014
Outside Magazine
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Glamping may take the fun out of actual camping for some, but that's not the case at The Ranch at Rock Creek. This Montana retreat combines the best from both worlds—unrivaled pampering when you want it and the freedom to go wild and explore.

Ranch owner Jim Manley spent his life looking for the perfect ranch before settling on Rock Creek in 2007.   Photo: Courtesy of The Ranch at Rock Creek

Located 75 miles southeast of Missoula, Montana, this working cattle ranch/all-inclusive lodge sits on 6,600 meadow-lined acres with views of the Sapphire Mountains and easy access to great stream fishing, hiking, mountain biking, stagecoach and horseback riding, and wildlife-ogling (moose, elk, wolves, and bighorn sheep have all been spotted on the property).

At the Ranch at Rock Creek, a full day of fly fishing can end in a hot stone massage.   Photo: Courtesy of The Ranch at Rock Creek

Pick from 28 accommodations, including nine rooms at the main lodge, eight luxury “canvas cabins,” and 11 private homes. If we had to choose, we’d go with the cabins—canvas and wood structures that blend home-y comforts (i.e., big, plush beds, private bathrooms, gas fireplaces) with a wild, home-on-the-range vibe.

Executive Chef Josh Drage incorporates flavors from Southern France, Italy, and Spain into his locally-sourced dishes.   Photo: Courtesy of The Ranch at Rock Creek

We’re extra fond of the “Trapper Cabin,” which sits just off the banks of Rock Creek and has a custom soaking tub on the porch.

The Blue Canteen is the perfect place to grab a locally roasted coffee and homemade granola before heading off to the horse corral for a day of riding.   Photo: Courtesy of The Ranch at Rock Creek

Each accommodation is within walking distance of the ranch’s shared spaces, which include the main lodge, home to a restaurant plating locally sourced meats with a European flair, a canvas canteen acting as a more casual dining option, a Wild West-style saloon with a bowling alley, and an upscale spa.

The Silver Dollar Saloon offers everything from billiards to karaoke so you can be entertained while you enjoy a hand-crafted beverage.   Photo: Courtesy of The Ranch at Rock Creek

The Details: The Ranch at Rock Creek is located just outside the small town of Philipsburg. A four-night minimum stay is required, and kids and pets are welcome. Rates vary.

Outside GO offers customized trips to The Ranch at Rock Creek year-round.

Private home living options at the ranch can accommodate anywhere from two to 10 guests.   Photo: Courtesy of The Ranch at Rock Creek

Filed To: Montana, Missoula

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