Luxury Ranch to Open

Ranch at Rock Creek provides guests with range of accommodations

By: By Kenneth Shapiro

The Ranch at Rock Creek // (c) 2009

The Granite Lodge at the Ranch at Rock Creek

The Ranch at Rock Creek will make its grand debut in May 2010, following a soft-opening period from January to April 2010. Situated on 6,600 acres to the southeast of Missoula and west of Butte, The Ranch at Rock Creek offers guests a luxury escape, while also providing an authentic Montana ranch experience.

Guests at the ranch have a choice of accommodations, ranging from nine luxury rooms in the Granite Lodge; the couples’ Trapper Tent, a half-cabin, half-tent accommodation complete with private hot tub; as well as two private homes — the five-bedroom Bear House and the three-bedroom River House. Finally, adjacent to River Camp lies the 1,000-square-foot Bluebird cabin, a quaint one-bedroom accommodation, featuring a mini-spa, complete with sauna and large bathtub, as well as a front deck overlooking a meadow and large screened-in back porch, ideal for private massages.

Each of the rooms and tents reflect a blend of Western antiques with the modern amenities and comforts that guests expect from a five-star resort. The lodge rooms are inspired by an old railway station hotel, and are an option for bridal groups or large families who wish to be at the center of ranch life.

Trapper Tent is the most unique and secluded accommodation on the ranch, great for couples seeking a romantic retreat. Trapper guests have a tented bedroom, connected by a tented breezeway to an intimate cabin featuring a small kitchen and spacious bathroom, complete with a rock-floored shower facing the stream. For those chilly Montana mornings and evenings, the cabin is equipped with a gas fireplace, radiant heat flooring and a wooden hot tub with a heated rock bench located right off the tent’s deck.

Serving as the heart of the ranch, Granite Lodge also houses a communal great room, grand dining room, 2,100-square-foot spa and the Silver Dollar Saloon, complete with a four-lane bowling alley, game room, dance hall and movie screening area. The ranch’s full-service spa features five treatment rooms and a menu offering massages and facials.

Guests at The Ranch at Rock Creek can partake in a wide range of activities and adventures to complete their ranch vacation. Rock Creek has long been considered a fly-fisher’s paradise, with access to just under four miles of private water on a wild trout stream (the ranch observes a catch-and-release policy). Guests may venture off-ranch for professionally guided float-fishing trips on several of Montana’s blue-ribbon streams, such as the Blackfoot, Bitterroot, Big Hole and Clark Fork (all-day fishing with a guide off the ranch is an additional expense). Additionally, the property boasts a number of hiking, biking and riding trails for guests to enjoy Montana’s natural beauty and wildlife. Sporting clays, archery and paintball are also available.

The Ranch at Rock Creek is located one hour and fifteen minutes southeast of Missoula and one hour from Butte in western Montana. Rates for rooms in the Granite Lodge begin at $800 per person, per night, and rates in River Camp luxury tents begin at $825 per person, per night. Trapper Tent is $1,150 per person based on double occupancy, while the log homes begin at $5,000 per night. The Bluebird cabin is available for $1,200 per person, per night. All rates include accommodations, meals, beverages (including spirits, beer and wine) and all activities. Spa treatments and reserve wines are available at an additional charge.