The Ranch at Rock Creek: About

Located in Western Montana Wilderness, United States

Experience unparalleled luxury behind rustic cabin walls.

Due south of Glacier National Park, in a secluded valley split by the sparkling waters of Rock Creek, lies a working cattle ranch where the spirit of old Montana is alive and well.  The Ranch at Rock Creek is subtly extraordinary: a five-star luxury experience that takes place within weathered barns and log cabins, where the guests are typically dressed in jeans or waders, and an incomparable culinary adventure is also relaxed and fun.

Spend your day with top-notch guides, fly-fishing in cool mountain streams teeming with trout or riding horseback through the hills. Hike or mountain bike on empty trails, or test your skills with a bow and arrow. Come winter, The Ranch becomes a snowy wonderland ready to be discovered by snowshoe, cross-country ski, or horse-drawn sleigh. The Ranch holds its own rodeo every week during the summer, and guests can experience more of Montanan life on visits to a nearby sapphire mine or the historic town of Philipsburg. Finish the day with an exquisite meal paired with fine wines and fall asleep in exceptional comfort to the sound of the creek murmuring past your door. 

Why We Love This Lodge

This 6,600-acre ranch offers up all that is authentically Montana, creatively blending elegant and rustic, informal and world-class. Settle into your own private log house, go “glamping” in a canvas cabin, or stay in the cozy main lodge: every accommodation is stunningly decorated with western antiques, period fabrics, and vestiges of the days when this part of Montana was filled with pioneers and silver miners. The year-round staff are mostly Montanans, dedicated to The Ranch, and eager to share its history and that of the region.

The culinary experience at The Ranch is outstanding, with a highly skilled and enthusiastic chef who not only takes the idea of farm-to-table very seriously, but goes to great lengths to source his products responsibly, always going for the most local that he can. The architecture is very much in keeping with the local vernacular: all buildings have been built from reclaimed wood and fit discreetly into the landscape. Among many other thoughtful touches, a great collection of old photographs from the area helps create a strong sense of western culture and ranch life.


  • Take a seat on a saddled stool in the Silver Dollar Saloon and enjoy a drink with your traveling companions.
  • During the summer months, cheer on the cowboys and cowgirls at a rodeo held on the lodge grounds.
  • Immerse yourself in the Montana wilderness while fly-fishing, horseback riding, or hiking.
  • Sample a wide range of delectable farm-to-fork cuisine prepared by a renowned chef.
  • Set out on an evening stagecoach ride, and later, toast s’mores around the fire.

National Geographic Exclusive

Each of our lodges has created a special complimentary experience offered exclusively to guests who visit through a National Geographic Expedition. At The Ranch at Rock Creek, National Geographic guests are hosted by the lodge’s ranch ambassador on a private excursion to one of The Ranch’s highest peaks. You may choose to set out on foot or ride in an all-terrain vehicle up to a mountain summit or scenic overlook, where you’ll sit down to a delicious picnic breakfast or lunch, or enjoy refreshments as you watch the sunrise over the Rockies. Hear the history of The Ranch’s homesteaders and the surrounding area along the way.

Lodge Features

  • 29 accommodations, including rooms and suites, private cabins and log homes, and luxury canvas cabins
  • More than 20 year-round, on-ranch guided outdoor activities
  • Multiple dining experiences with farm-to-table cuisine
  • Old West Saloon with bowling, billiards, and a theater
  • On-property access to four miles of a Blue Ribbon trout fishery
  • Fitness center
  • Mountaintop yoga sessions
  • Spa with a range of treatments
  • Swimming pool, hot tubs, and cedar soaking tubs
  • Wi-fi throughout the lodge

Spotlight on Sustainability

This working ranch is also home to moose, deer, elk, eagles, wolves, and big horn sheep, not to mention the Blue Ribbon trout stream that flows through the property. The Ranch at Rock Creek has repurposed traditional buildings such as old stables into innovative guest accommodations, using reclaimed timber and fittings and keeping the character of old Montana. Many of the products used on property and in the restaurant—including soaps, shampoos, and spa products—are made from locally and regionally sourced organic ingredients.

The Ranch is actively engaged in preserving cultural heritage in nearby Philipsburg, supporting the historic opera house, the hospital, and a variety of community initiatives. They have even been known to host a prom dinner for the high schoolers in town.

Awards and Recognitions

  • The T&C Travel 100: Best Family Getaways 2015
  • Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award, 2014, 2015
  • Robb Report Top 100 Resorts in the World, 2014
  • World Travel Award United States' Leading Ranch, 2014
  • Virtuoso Best of the Best, 2013
  • International Traveller Magazine Top Ten Best Hotels and Resorts, 2013

Photos From Our Lodge and Travelers

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