The Ranch at Rock Creek: About the Destination

Located in Western Montana Wilderness, United States

The Ranch at Rock Creek is located in the heart of the western Montana wilderness between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks, with the closest population center being the historic silver-mining town of Philipsburg, some 20 miles away. Set within Montana’s largest nation forest, The Ranch is encompassed by millions of acres of woodlands, as well as wide-open grasslands. This is also ranching territory, and cattle ranches are a common sight amid the swells of the surrounding Montana Rockies.

Wildlife and Natural History

The Ranch encompasses 6,600 acres of pasture, forest, meadows, and mountains. It is nestled among the spectacular Pintler, Sapphire, and John Long mountain ranges and the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. The namesake Rock Creek, a Blue Ribbon trout stream, flows through the property. The Ranch is home to an array of wildlife, including moose, deer, elk, eagles, wolves, and bighorn sheep.

People and Culture

The original inhabitants of this part of western Montana were the Native Americans of the Flathead Nation, a broad family of tribes that includes the Bitterroot Salish, the Kootenai, and the Pend d'Oreilles. They traditionally relied on buffalo hunting, gathering, and fishing for sustenance. Today, the Flathead Indian Reservation where many still live covers about 2,000 square miles north of Missoula.

Lewis and Clark passed just south of here in 1805 and 1806, and pioneers soon followed, drawn by the promise of a booming silver mining industry. The nearby town of Philipsburg grew and prospered as a silver mining hub until the Silver Panic of 1893. In the middle of the 19th century, ranching began to proliferate in the valleys and foothills of Granite County and it remains an economic and cultural mainstay today.

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