Explore Montana37,000 acres of pristine private wilderness
Destination: Montana, USA
Vacation: Private nature
Seeking: Luxury Montana resort
Highlight: Breathtaking country
The Resort at Paws Up is a luxury Montana mountain resort situated on a sprawling, 37,000-acre, authentic working cattle ranch in western Montana.
Whether you choose an expansive private home or a sophisticated, safari-style luxury tent, The Resort at Paws Up provides an unfiltered connection with the natural beauty of Montana amidst a landscape of impeccable rustic elegance and comfort. Living day to day, adventure to adventure, you can spend an hour, a day or a week on horseback—all in your own private wilderness sanctuary .
Cast a fly in sparkling waters to eager trout, explore the land Lewis & Clark swooned over or lose yourself in a world-class spa. You’ll sleep on the finest sheets, eat world-class cuisine and receive impassioned personalized service.
Here, in this wilderness nirvana, every day brings new beauty. And every season brings change and wonder. Summer offers warm days that never seem to get dark. Fall brings a pageantry of gold, orange and fiery reds. Winter is a time for any sport that makes use of a land blanketed by white. And, of course, spring is all about renewal at The Resort at Paws Up, with meadows exploding with wildflowers and rising rivers swollen with mountain runoff. No matter when you choose to venture to The Resort at Paws Up, the adventure of a lifetime awaits.
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“Gorgeous location and incredible service. I can’t recommend Paws Up enough. The price is well worth the location, food, comfort, and service. We were so well-cared for and found it hard to leave. The resort makes for a great stay whether you want to explore the great outdoors across their gorgeous property, or enjoy a relaxing staycation in their luxurious accommodations. The food is so good and the staff and service made the whole trip so memorable for us.” Tripadvisor Review
Best food & drink
1. Huckleberry French toast
Drawing from the agricultural wealth of Montana and the West, the executive chef at Paws Up creates refined rustic ranch cuisine that articulately blends the most sophisticated culinary techniques with the freshest meats, produce and ingredients available. Huckleberries picked from the slopes of surrounding mountains might complement a breakfast of French toast and hand-made sausage.
2. Fresh Rocky Mountain trout
Fresh Rocky Mountain trout, sauteed with herbs, and paired with an exquisite Napa Valley Chardonnay.
3. Paws Up barbeque
Soak up the rustic luxury of Paws Up at a lavish barbeque where guests may indulge in a flight of vintage Pinot Noirs as dinner sizzles nearby.
Year-round, Paws Up offers a selection of 28 vacation homes, each nestled within a forest of tall timbers that overlook rolling meadows, majestic rivers, pastoral creeks and panoramic mountainscapes, and from mid-May through mid-October, The Resort at Paws Up is North America’s premier Montana glamping resort too, featuring six camps with safari-style luxury tents that cater to families, couples and groups.
During your stay you can take a trip to the Island Lodge at Salmon Lake, a private retreat nestled among the pines. It serves as the central gathering spot for a whole host of summertime lake activities.
In every direction, you’re surrounded by the largest and oldest ecosystem in the Lower 48. To the west, you’ll take in the incredible Mission Mountains; to the south, the gorgeous Garnet Mountain range and to the east, the legendary Bob Marshall Wilderness Area.
Just a 15-minute drive from The Resort at Paws Up, reserving the Island Lodge at Salmon Lake is like having your own private island where you can enjoy water sports, fine cuisine and breathtaking scenery. Full-day plus three-hour morning, afternoon and evening excursions are available.
The Resort at Paws Up is one of the best places to stay in Montana if you’re looking for a relaxing luxurious way to experience the breathtaking country Montana has to offer.
No other resort or ranch in Montana offers more wilderness adventures and outdoor activities than Paws Up. There’s something for adventurers of all ages.
Spread across its 37,000 acres of resort property, The Resort at Paws Up offers 100 miles of trails, 10 miles of the Blackfoot River and 1.5 million acres of the nearby Bob Marshall Wilderness Area, combining to make for the ultimate outdoor playground for adults and kids alike.
Saddle up for a definitive Montana horseback riding adventure, take your best shot at a world-class sporting clays course or experience Montana fly-fishing with an expert guide. Or kick up some dust on an ATV tour. And, if that doesn’t satisfy your adventure appetite, there’s also boating, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, paintball, rafting, rappelling, swimming and more. When it comes to outdoor dude ranch activities in the Montana wilderness, Paws Up is an all-you-can-eat buffet.
The Resort at Paws Up features a pristine Rocky Mountain environment most kids will only see on TV. Supervised, age-appropriate activities include everything from hiking and horseback riding to fishing and mountain biking, as well as nature education, wildlife appreciation and wrangler activities.
Time to cowboy up. From spectacular views of the legendary Blackfoot River and Jones’ Pond to sprawling meadows waiting to be explored and endless conifer forests, Paws Up features scenic equestrian experiences you won’t get on any other Montana dude ranch horseback riding vacation. At The Resort, you’ll take in a wide-eyed gulp of the surrounding wilderness. Whether you’re an experienced rider or you’ve never been horseback riding before, you’ll lay eyes on historical and breathtaking sights during your unforgettable riding excursion. Trail rides, customized lessons for kids in Montana’s largest private equestrian center—the Saddle Club at Paws Up—and private advanced rides are all available. Or try your hand running and sorting cattle with an authentic cattle drive.
Afterwards unwind and relax at Spa Town, a colony of pristine white tents stitched together by a wooden boardwalk, situated just past an authentic babbling brook and nestled among towering pines. The welcome tents feature full baths and showers, while individual treatment tents are fashioned with a lovely sink, a heated massage table and a view of the meadows, spotted with horses. A traditional “spa” soundtrack isn’t required because the brook, chirping birds and a rustle of the wind in the trees above are played daily by Mother Nature herself.
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