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The Ranch at Rock Creek

The Ranch at Rock Creek is a luxury destination guest ranch that brings together upscale amenities, limitless outdoor activities and distinctive accommodations while providing an authentic “True West” lifestyle without sacrificing true comfort.

Nestled amid Montana’s most breathtaking landscape, The Ranch at Rock Creek is an all-inclusive luxury ranch resort offering a slice of raw western adventure paired with unprecedented comfort and amenities. One can cast into legendary fly-fishing at sunrise, indulge in a relaxing massage treatment after lunch, ride horseback at sunset, and taste world-class, regionally inspired cuisine in the evening. Your days at The Ranch can prove to be as diverse in experience as they are pleasurable.

Prepare yourself for an unforgettable vacation that will redefine the boundaries between outdoor excitement and sophistication in accommodations.

The Ranch at Rock Creek comprises more than 6,600 acres (or approximately 10 square miles) of ranchland nestled at the base of the John Long Mountains and encompassing four miles of river frontage along Rock Creek. The Ranch borders the Deer Lodge National Forest with views of the Flint Creek Range to the east.
The land is diverse, featuring open meadows, high ridges, alpine lakes and rich creek bottom. The Ranch at Rock Creek provides a peaceful, natural environment for your enjoyment. As part of our efforts to maintain this atmosphere, we thank you for helping us keep motorized travel to a minimum.

We encourage guests to enjoy Montana’s fresh air and “Big Sky” while walking to and from activities. In addition, a mountain bike will be provided to each guest upon arrival. For your convenience, there are bicycle racks outside each Ranch building. Traditional shuttles are available upon request.

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Activities

Activities

The ranch has a large variety of activities to choose from. All on ranch activities are included in the rate. The Ranch at Rock Creek provides all guests with the opportunity to find their inner sharpshooter. With four separate shooting ranges available year-round, we can accommodate some of the most popular shooting disciplines, utilizing the most current and recognized equipment available to challenge avid shooters and train amateurs alike. The Ranch at Rock Creek encompasses four miles of private access and pristine river frontage on acclaimed blue ribbon trout stream Rock Creek. Our experienced guides will share their secrets of the stream to ensure each day of fishing is exceptional. A unique hiking archery course, with eleven 3-D targets, sits nestled into the hillside behind the Granite Lodge. The Ranch offers a genuine Western equine program with a variety of disciplines available to satisfy every guest.

In addition to these activities, we do provide the following: Mountain biking, Hiking, Paintball, Little Grizzlies Kids Club, Wildlife watching, Stagecoach rides, Horseshoes, Outdoor swimming pool & hot tub, Cross-country skiing, Snowshoeing, Ice skating, Snowmobiling, Snow cat tours, Sauna services, Entertainment in the Silver Dollar Saloon: bowling, billiards, shuffleboard, movie cinema & board games

Facilities

Facilities

The Ranch at Rock Creek now offers casual full-service dining at The Blue Canteen. The outdoor grill, situated between the banks of Rock Creek and the fences of the corral. Greet the morning sun as it rises over the mountains with coffee and a warm morning glory muffin by the fire.
Walk from the range to lunch at The Blue Canteen for grilled Alaskan salmon and lacinato kale salad or a more traditional burger and fries. Before turning in after a long day in the saddle, come into The Blue Canteen for a rack of ribs or a hearty steak under The Big Sky. This canvas tent-style venue features indoor and outdoor fireplaces, seating for up to 30 guests, an open kitchen area with bar seating and a selection of Montana drafts on tap.
The Blue Canteen is the perfect component to life on The Ranch where a little dust on your jeans won’t keep you from experiencing one of The Ranch’s finest meals.

The Silver Dollar Saloon, located adjacent to the Granite Lodge and Spa, provides a comfortable, authentically Western environment and an abundance of entertainment options. The Saloon, which features a fully stocked and tended bar, generally opens at 6pm daily, or by arrangement with the Concierge, and closes at midnight. In the Saloon, you will find a four-lane bowling alley with computerized scoring, a selection of balls and bowling shoes in assorted sizes, billiards tables, a 14-foot HD video screen and viewing area (also equipped with karaoke equipment), shuffleboard, various board games, cards and game tables, darts and several additional TV screens and viewing areas.

Each of these facilities offers meeting and private function areas per request.

Accommodation

Accommodation

There are nine rooms in The Granite Lodge, each finding design inspiration in iconic Western themes, such as the great old railroad hotels during the turn of the century and the classic guns that helped win the West. Our Lodge weaves luxury, style and authenticity together in a manner unique among guest ranches in Montana.

We offer private cabins & log homes to provide guests with additional privacy on their ranch vacations, while easy access to the Granite Lodge remains. We have a wide variety of homes that are ideal for families and friends to spend time together.

For some, the definitive experience at our luxury guest ranch is to stay in one of our signature Canvas Cabins—the true ‘glamping’ experience. Yards from Rock Creek, these ‘tents,’ as they are casually called, offer the best way to feel a part of nature. They are individually furnished in a rustic camp style, featuring private baths, comfortable beds with luxurious bedding and the murmur of the creek running by just outside your front door. The luxury canvas cabins are truly the best of both worlds, a luxury guest ranch experience rooted in the deepest creek side privacy. Immerse yourself in nature by staying in one of our eight canvas cabins.

Location

Location

Granite County and its county seat, Philipsburg, came to life during the silver mining boom of the late 1800s. Philipsburg’s Hope Mill was the first silver mill in Montana, and nearby Granite Mill was the greatest silver producer in the state. At its peak, Philipsburg was home to more than 3,000 residents, but the Silver Crash of 1893 devastated the mining business and most of the population disappeared nearly overnight. Meanwhile, alongside the mining boom, Utah cattle baron Fred Burr introduced cattle ranching to the Flint Creek Valley in the 1850s – a pursuit that has persevered through the decades. The Ranch at Rock Creek was originally a mining claim in the late 1800s. Somewhere around the turn of the century, The Ranch was homesteaded by W.W. Shaffer and P.W. White and has since been operated continuously as a working cattle ranch. The current owner, Jim Manley, purchased the property in 2007 after a lifetime search for the perfect ranch.
With the exception of nearby Philipsburg (population approximately 930 persons), you will put anywhere from 30 to 50 miles of mountains, meadows, lakes and streams between yourself and any real evidence of civilization once you arrive at The Ranch. Whether you’re looking for big mountain adventure, peaceful strolls by Rock Creek, relaxing spa treatments or all three, you’ve arrived at the right place.
We have designed our guest ranch to offer a unique Western style of a luxury getaway. From the carefully decorated rooms in the Granite Lodge to the unforgettable ‘glamping’ experience’ in our Canvas Cabins, we have strived to maximize your comfort, enhance your enjoyment and allow you to relax fully. No matter what you have come here looking for or who you’re travelling with, The Ranch offers something for everyone and many unforgettable memories will be made.

Directions

Directions

There are three large airports within a three-hour radius of The Ranch. We offer transfers to the two closest of these airports, Missoula (MSO) and Butte (BTM), for $225 per car for one-way transportation. We also offer transfers to Bozeman (BZN) for $325 per car for one-way transportation. In addition, there are private airports in Anaconda ($175 per car one-way transportation), Missoula and Butte ($225 per car per one-way transportation). All guests are also welcome to rent a car for transportation to our property. For more details about private airports or helicopter transfers, please let us know.

Missoula – MSO
Exit the airport by taking a right onto Broadway St.
Take your first left onto Airway Blvd.
Merge onto I-90 E toward Missoula.
Take exit 153 for MT-1 toward Drummond/Philipsburg.
Turn right at the end of the exit ramp onto MT-1 S.
Turn right onto Skalkaho Pass Rd/MT-38 toward Hamilton.
Turn right onto Rock Creek Rd.
The Ranch will be on your left with a marked entryway.
Estimated time of travel: one hour, 35 minutes

Butte – BTM
Exit the airport by taking a right onto Harrison Ave.
Merge onto I-15 S/I-90 W by taking a slight right.
Take a slight left to stay on I-90 W.
Take exit 208 for MT-1 N.
Turn left onto Skalkaho Pass Rd/MT-38 toward Hamilton.
Turn right onto Rock Creek Rd.
The Ranch will be on your left with a marked entryway.
Estimated time of travel: one hour, 20 minutes

Bozeman – BZN
Exit the airport onto Gallatin Field Rd.
Turn right at I-90 Frontage E.
Turn left onto Jackrabbit Ln.
Turn right to merge onto I-90 W.
Take exit 208 for MT-1 N.
Turn left onto Skalkaho Pass Rd/MT-38 toward Hamilton.
Turn right onto Rock Creek Rd.
The Ranch will be on your left with a marked entryway.
Estimated time of travel: three hours

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