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Luxury Ranches and Resorts

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Are you ready for a luxury vacation? If so, four high-end guest ranches and resorts in the mountains of southwest Montana are ready to welcome you.

• Triple Creek Ranch in the Bitterroot Valley, near Darby, Montana, offers much fun. TrippleCreekRanch.com (406) 821-4600
• The Resort at Paws Up near Greenough, Montana, 35 minutes northeast of Missoula, rivals the best. PawsUp.com (877) 580-6343
• The Sage Lodge a few miles south of Livingston, Montana is sparkling new. SageLodge.com (855) 400-0505.
• The Silver Bow Club near Butte offers has abundant activities for guests in a beautiful setting. Silverbowclub.com (406) 491-2157

These Luxury vacation destinations offer extra nice lodging, great cuisine, and activities galore, all in beautiful surroundings. Best of all, highly trained staff are eager to help and guide you at every turn. Prices at luxury guest ranches and resorts are high; still, for those rolling in the dough, the experience is well worth the cost.

Triple Creek Ranch offers wellness treatment, stocked trout ponds, fitness center, swimming pool, tennis court, horseback riding, hiking trails, and more. A wine cellar will satisfy the most discerning oenophile. If that’s not enough, off-ranch activities (for an extra fee) such as guided fly-fishing, trap shooting, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, and cattle driving, and golfing, can be arranged.

The Resort at Paws Up offers mountain biking, cross-country skiing, archery, tennis, nature hikes, fitness center, and more. If you like to learn new things, this is the place to go. You can participate in workshops on photography, wildlife painting, and wilderness skills. Most interesting is Paw’s Up cookbook live culinary series. This activity features talented chefs who share recipes, cooking skills, and what inspires their cookbooks. Chefs at two on-property restaurants prepare exceptional cuisine. For breakfast, be sure to savor the taste of huckleberry pancakes. Plenty of entertainment is another reason why guests come here. This ranch caters to families and kids.

The Sage Lodge has exceptional guest rooms and suites. So nice. A spa is onsite for those who like to be pampered. Guests dine in The Grill at Sage Lodge or in The Fireside Room. On the menu Bison Bolognese, pappardelle, dark roasted hazelnuts, and pecorino, $31. Activities at Sage Lodge include fly-fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, trail hiking, snowshoeing, and more. The Sage Lodge is in a convenient location near Livingston and Bozeman. Yellowstone National Park is a few miles to the south.

Silver Bow Club is an 1,800-acre paradise, with frontage on the legendary Big Hole River in southwest Montana. Guests can choose to stay in suites, lodge rooms, or log cabins. Activities include fly-fishing, pheasant hunting, horseback riding, trap shooting, ATV riding, and duck hunting. The Silver Bow Club is a classic, with definite western-style flavor and ambience.

Before you go, learn more about these wonderful destinations. Choose the one that best suits your tastes and interests. A lot to consider, cuisine, lodging, activities, and location. No two of these luxury destinations are alike. Still all are excellent.

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Many Glacier Campground

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Many Glacier Campground is a favorite of many folks who like to stay close to nature in Glacier National Park. The setting is unrivaled in nature with high mountain peaks in view from inside the campground. Swiftcurrent Creek and Lake are nearby.

Many Glacier Campground is located on the east side of the park, along Many Glacier Road which runs east to west inside the park and is a continuation of Glacier Route 3 from near the tiny village of Babb, Montana. Elevation at the campground is about 4,500 feet, so after sunset it can get cool outside.

Many Glacier Campground
Map of area in vicinity of Many Glacier Campground. Map courtesy National Park Service.

The area around the campground is heavily forested. Large lodgepole pine, Douglas fir, quaking aspen, and other vegetation blanket the landscape. Wildlife including bear, bighorn sheep, and moose live in the mountains near the campground.

Space is available for tents and RVs: 109 sites. The campground has potable water, restroom facilities, and bear proof food lockers. Each campsite has a picnic table.

This campground is a good stop for hikers, since Grinnell Glacier, Iceberg-Ptarmigan, Swiftcurrent Pass, and Cracker Lake Trailheads are nearby. Swiftcurrent Nature Trail in this area is an outdoorsy delight.

Many Glacier Trails
Trailheads near Many Glacier Campground. The Many Glacier Campground is near the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn. Map courtesy National Park Service.

For services, Swiftcurrent Motor Inn is a short distance from the campground. The Inn has a restaurant, some groceries and shower facilities (for a fee). More services are available in the town of Babb, about 12 miles east of the campground, outside the east entrance to the park. Babb has general store, gas station, general store, restaurants, and a U.S. Post Office.

Check for details about the Many Glacier Campground on the park’s Website. Notice: NPS says Many Glacier Campground is closed for the 2020 season.

Campgrounds in Glacier National Park have regulations on length of stay and the types of RVs allowed. Other rules for using the park’s campgrounds must be followed, as well.

In addition to Many Glacier Campground, other popular campgrounds in Glacier are at Apgar (west side); Avalanche (west of Continental Divide); and St. Mary’s (east side). All three campgrounds are along Going-to-the-Sun Road inside the park.

Most campgrounds in the park are first-come, first-served, signed up for at entrances to the park. For some campgrounds, however, advanced reservations may be allowed. Check the park’s Website.

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Hiking Glacier

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Glacier National Park boasts over 700 miles of trails. A hiker’s paradise to be sure. No matter the trail, magnificent scenery can be seen in every direction. Four nature trails are very popular:

  • Forest and Fire
  • Hidden Lake
  • Running Eagle Falls
  • Trail of the Cedars
  • Swiftcurrent Nature Trail

Trails often mentioned by hiking pros are:

  • Iceberg Lake
  • Grinnell Glacier
  • Highline Loop
  • Cracker Lake

The National Park Service wants hikers to have a fun time and an enjoyable experience when hiking in the park.

Highline Trail Glacier NP
Highline Trail, Glacier National Park. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of the Interior.

Some good advice is offered by the National Park Service and hiking professionals:

  • Always take along bear spray
  • Let someone know where you are going (including route), description of what clothing you’re wearing, when you plan to return, and a description of your car (including where parked and license plate number)
  • Don’t count on cell phone service in the park
  • Be prepared to help yourself as help from others may be a long time coming
  • Get familiar with the hazards associated with hiking
  • Learn about the trail(s) you will be hiking on before you go
  • If available carry a map of the trail(s)
  • Always check the weather before heading out on a trail
  • Stay close together with your hiking group
  • Above all always hike with a group for safety

Some good advice to prepare yourself for hiking:

  • Wear suitable hiking shoes
  • Take along first-aid supplies
  • Carry plenty of water
  • Pack some food and ready-to-eat snacks
  • Physically condition yourself for walking in rough, often steep, terrain
  • Tackle only trails that match your abilities and condition
  • Be prepared for changes in weather conditions
  • A light rain jacket and suitable clothing (think layers) are essential
  • Take along sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and insect repellent
  • Carry a sturdy water-proof backpack

There are many challenges in hiking Glacier as there would be in any mountainous area. It’s unlike a stroll in a city park. But the rewards that come with hiking Glacier are well worth the effort.

The publishing world has many guides for happy and successful hiking. Read one.

Consider:

  • Day Hikes of Glacier National Park Map-Guide by Jake Bramante
  • Top Trails: Glacier National Park by Jean Arthur
  • Day Hiking: Glacier National park & Western Montana, by Aaron Theisen

Excellent trail maps by the National Park Service are online.

The authors of Hiking in Glacier have published a very good online guide to 65 trails in Glacier. They did some sifting and came up with a list of the 10 best trails in the park.

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Horseback Riding

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Montana horseback riding
On a horeback ride in the wilds of Montana. Photo courtesy Summer Star Ranch, Helena.

Horseback riding is an activity many visitors enjoy in Montana. The rider and horse come together in a way nothing else can match. Horseback riding takes skill but anyone with patience can learn. Fun for sure. A bonus, ranches which offer horseback riding are found in scenic areas of the state.

This is an activity that families can enjoy together in the great outdoors. Memories never forgotten. If you stay at a guest ranch, horseback riding is usually part of the package. Ride as often and as much as you like.

For other visitors a short ride, maybe an hour or half-day, is all that’s wanted. Many ranches/outfitters offer this more limited service. A few are listed here. Always contact the ranch/outfitter in advance before arrival to make sure horses and wranglers are available when wanted.

Billings: Bitter Creek Outfitters (406) 855-6075

Absarokee: Paintbrush Adventures (406) 328-4158

Livingston: Bear Paw Outfitters (406) 222-6642

Bozeman/Gallatin Gateway: Broken Hart Ranch (406) 586-5421

Red Lodge: Elk River Outfitters (406) 860-3699

Missoula: Dunrovin Ranch (406) 273-7745

Whitefish: Bar W Guest Ranch (406) 863-9099

Gardiner: Yellowstone Horseback Riding (406) 848-7510

Glacier National Park: Swan Mountain Outfitters (406) 387-4405

Cooke City (near NE entrance to Yellowstone): Skyline Guest Ranch (877) 238-8885

Helena: Summer Star Ranch (406) 461-2659

West Yellowstone:  The Diamond P Ranch (406) 646-0606

Pray (south of Livingston): Rockin’ HK Outfitters (406) 333-4933

Big Sky: 320 Guest Ranch (406) 995-4283

 

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