Experience the legendary hospitaliry and enchanting beauty of one of the world's best hotels* set in the heart of the breathtaking Bitterroot Mountain Range of the Montana Rockies. A proud member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux, Triple Creek Ranch offers an epicurean, all-inclusive vacation experience of refined rustic elegance, gourmet cuisine paired with an excellent wine list, and warm, welcoming, five star service amidst the romance of a forested mountain retreat.

Our Montana luxury ranch resort accommodations feature a fine selection of private log luxury ranch cabins and splendid ranch homes with easy access to our well-appointed and comfortable lodge. Our lodge and surroundings feature a curated collection of original Western art and the anticipated amenities of a luxury resort. Here, adult travelers enjoy a truly romantic setting with incomparable scenery, a wide variety of native wildlife, an almost endless menu of all-inclusive outdoor activities and the option of adding-on some of the finest off-ranch Western adventures in the continental United States.

Come join us for a wonderful retreat from the everyday and truly relax in our world-class accommodations, dine on the freshest contemporary cuisine and sample the world's finest wines while our caring staff pampers and cares for you and your every desire.

*#1 Hotel in the World, Travel + Leisure World's Best Readers' Survey, 2014

Good to know

  • Works with travel agents?

    yes
  • Belongs to

    Relais & Chateaux, Orvis, Virtuoso, Andrew Harper, Conde Nast Johansens
  • Good time to go

    Triple Creek Ranch offers an oasis of luxury within the rugged Montana wilderness and adventures abound for those who like to play in the snow, or bask in the warmth of the sunny Montana Big Sky. Year-round adventures await!

Lowdown

  • Owner(s)

    Craig and Barbara Barrett
  • Manager(s)

    Molly Smith and Kyle Whyard
  • Address

    5551 West Fork Road, Darby, Montana, USA, 59829
  • Tel

    800-654-2943, 406-821-4600
  • Fax

    406-821-4666
  • Capacity

    64
  • Open

    Jan-Feb, Apr-Dec - view details
  • Nightly rate

    $950-2650 - view details
  • Ranch Type

    Dude Ranch, Guest Ranch, Working Ranch, Authentic, Hands-On, Safari Ranch
  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, Diverse scenery, Kids - age 16+

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Highs

  • A luxurious resort also offering authentic cattle work; excellent fishing opportunities; good stewards of the the land
  • A couple's haven - Rated #1 for Romance with luxury accommodations; chef's table dining, candlelit dinners, moonlight strolls and a private cabin, movies under the stars - be welcomed with a bottle of wine and basket of goodies
  • Year round, something is always happening - from wine and food tastings, helicopter tours to Glacier and Yellowstone, to photography weekends, horsemanship clinics, wildlife safaris
  • Conde’ Nast Traveler, 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards, Top 30 Small Resorts; FODORS 100 Hotel Awards 2011, Best Local Flavor Hotels
  • 26,000 private acres and 4 million National Forest acres - a true playground; You'll definitely walk away from this ranch getting much more than you could have asked for; this ranch loves what they do and ensure you an unforgettable experience

Lows

  • The ranch is not designed for young children; ideal for children 16 and older accompanied by an adult
 

Summer Season Rates & Booking

  • Open

    Jan-Feb, Apr-Dec
  • Nightly rate

    $950-2650   view details on lodging rates
  • Nightly rate (non-rider)

    $950-2650
  • Minimum stay

    No minimum stay
  • Preferred arrival day

    Any day is fine
  • Preferred depart day

    Any day is fine
  • Booking Policy

  • A deposit of 50% will hold your reservation; the balance will be due upon check out. Because of our small size, cancellations or date changes affect us significantly. A last-minute cancellation or date change affords us little chance of rebooking an accommodation. We uphold a strict cancellation policy. Your deposit, less $100 per room booked, will be happily refunded if cancellation is made at least 60 days prior to arrival. After that, we regret that no refund is possible, regardless of the reason for non-arrival or early departure. However, you are welcome to send someone in your place. In our Rocky Mountain setting, forest fires and other natural disasters are a possibility. In the event that a natural disaster requires a cancellation of your reservation, Triple Creek Ranch cannot be held responsible and refunds are not issued. Triple Creek Ranch highly recommends that you purchase trip insurance from your travel advisor or your insurance provider.
  • Included in your stay

  • meals, activities, lodging, Riding, beverages, house wine and spirits, outdoor heated pool, fitness center, tennis, private or nearby hot tubs, fly casting lessons, all on-ranch activities such as, on-ranch horseback riding and fly fishing, hiking, nature safaris, archery, sapphire panning, lawn games, special weekend activities, holiday celebrations, artists' workshops, vintners' weekends, and more.
  • Extras

  • Tax

    Montana Bed Tax only
  • Gratuity

    Recommend 15 - 20% but not required
  • Massage

    As requested for an additional fee.
  • Other

    Off-ranch horseback rides and guided ORVIS fly fishing, ATV, cattle drives, team penning, golfing, trap shooting & 5-stand, wilderness horseback rides and fly fishing, white-water rafting, mountain biking, Yellowstone or Glacier Park helicopter Tours, golfing (nearby), Lewis & Clark Van tours, Lewis & Clark Horseback Riding, Steelhead Celebration, Skwala Hatch Celebration, wine pairing dinners and Chef's Table Dining

Winter Season Rates & Booking  

  • Open

    Jan-Feb, Apr-Dec
  • Nightly rate

    $950-2650   view details on lodging rates
  • Nightly rate (non-rider)

    $950-2650
  • Minimum stay

    No minimum stay
  • Preferred arrival day

    Any day is fine
  • Preferred depart day

    Any day is fine
  • Booking Policy

  • A deposit of 50% will hold your reservation; the balance will be due upon check out. Because of our small size, cancellations or date changes affect us significantly. A last-minute cancellation or date change affords us little chance of rebooking an accommodation. We uphold a strict cancellation policy. Your deposit, less $100 per room booked, will be happily refunded if cancellation is made at least 60 days prior to arrival. After that, we regret that no refund is possible, regardless of the reason for non-arrival or early departure. However, you are welcome to send someone in your place. In our Rocky Mountain setting, forest fires and other natural disasters are a possibility. In the event that a natural disaster requires a cancellation of your reservation, Triple Creek Ranch cannot be held responsible and refunds are not issued. Triple Creek Ranch highly recommends that you purchase trip insurance from your travel advisor or your insurance provider.
  • Included FREE in your stay

  • meals, activities, lodging, Riding, beverages, house wine and spirits, fitness center, on-ranch activities such as, horseback riding, archery, skijoring, on-ranch fly fishing or ice-fishing on-site ponds, hiking, snowshoeing, Alpine and Nordic Skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, special weekend activities and holiday celebrations, nature safaris and and more.
  • Extras

  • Tax

    Bed Tax
  • Gratuity

    Not mandatory but recommend 15% - 20%
  • Massage

    as requested for an additional fee
  • Other

    Off-ranch horseback riding, snowmobiling, guided ORVIS fly fishing float trips, Chef's Table Dining, dog sledding, trap shooting & 5-stand and much more.

Environmental & Social Practices

  • Environment

  • Triple Creek Ranch is a member of "Clean the World," which recycles soap and shampoo for impoverished countries. Guests can participate in a voluntary towel re-hang, reuse program to save water and electricity. The resort runs on low-wattage CFS and LED lighting to further save electricity. Housekeeping utilizes environmentally friendly, low-phosphorus cleaning aids, soaps and detergents. Guests at Triple Creek Ranch can go catch- and-release fishing and participate in a variety of complimentary tours including eco-nature, orchard and garden tours. The resort also offers bird and flower identification walks. Triple Creek Ranch maintains all horseback riding trails, thus making this well-preserved, rugged area ideal for viewing wildlife.

  • Community

  • Triple Creek Ranch has established a college scholarships program to assist employees and their children with school expenses. Merit-based Scholarships are also awarded to students from Darby High School.

  • Food

  • In accordance with its commitment to “Live and Let Live in Montana,” Triple Creek Ranch maintains its own orchard and garden which seasonally supplies fruits, vegetables and herbs.

  • Conservation

  • Triple Creek Ranch has planted over 100,000 Ponderosa Pine seedlings to promote regrowth following area wildfires, and to maintain the area’s natural beauty. All fencing on property is wildlife friendly. Certified weed-free hay is fed to livestock, and the ranch participates in an on-going program of noxious weed extermination. Pasture rotation, stream bank restoration and stream bed rehabilitation are among the other efforts that help preserve the local ecosystem.

    Triple Creek Ranch has established a 25,000-acre conservation district with perpetual conservation easements. The resort also eliminated 176 subdivided lots and placed that land in a conservation district to protect the wildlife inhabiting the area. An active contributor to wildlife research, Triple Creek Ranch has aided the Owl Research Institute, Montana Peregrine Institute, Raptors of the Rockies, Wind River Bear Institute, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Weather

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Avg Temp (°F):

263136445259656456463428

Avg Rainfall (in):

1.61.111.22211.11.21.11.61.5

Lowdown

  • Elevation

    4600 ft.
  • Remote Location

 

Nearest Airports

  • Missoula International Airport, Missoula

  • Nearest town / city

    Missoula
  • Distance to ranch

    80 miles
  • Time to ranch

    2 hours
  • Airlines

    Delta, United, Allegiant, Horizon, Northwest, Alaska
  • Ranch shuttle

    $300 Round-trip; $150 One-way.
  • Hamilton Airport, Hamilton

  • Nearest town / city

    Hamilton
  • Distance to ranch

    40 miles
  • Time to ranch

    30 mins
  • Airlines

    Small Private Aircrafts.
  • Ranch shuttle

    $150 Roundtrip, $75 One-way

Private Air travel

  • Nearest town / city

    Helipads located on ranch. Hamilton Airport is 30 miles north of the ranch.
  • Travel by

    Helicopter, Airplane

Nearest Town / City

  • Darby

  • Population

    814
  • Distance

    10 miles
  • Time from ranch

    15 mins
  • Facilities

    grocery store, pharmacy, church, school, post office, medical clinic, bank, atm, gas station, museum
  • Shopping

    small hometown necessity shops, western wear
 

Our riding stands out

  • Guests receive an intimate ride based on riding ability with special attention to each rider
  • Diverse riding opportunities - cattle work to extreme wilderness rides
  • Thorough riding flexibility - Triple Creek is about guest comfort

Our horses

  • guest horses

    50
  • horse types

    Quarterhorse, Morgan, Appaloosas, Draft, Draft Cross, Paints, Fox Trotters, Other, Geldings

Our Riding

  • Scheduled rides

    Cattle drives depart to a neighboring nearby ranch after a hardy breakfast in the dining room every Monday, Wednesday and Friday June through mid-October.
  • Unscheduled rides

    Call guest services and schedule your ride for the day. Triple Creek will work to accommodate and match you with an appropriate time within your specifications.
  • Guided rides

    All of our rides whether on or off ranch are guided by one of our experienced wranglers or an outfitter.

Good to know

  • Riding considerations

    225-250 lbs, no riding experience needed
  • Saddles

    Western

Lowdown

  • Type of riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Most riders are

    Intermediate
  • Rides are grouped by

    Ability, Pace of Ride, Rides tailored to guest requests, Rides dictated by ranch work
  • Various opportunities for beginner to advanced and guests are grouped accordingly. Guest Services will direct you to the appropriate ride for your abilities and interests.
  • Max riders per ride

    4
  • Wranglers per ride

    1
  • Pace of ride

    Walk

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You'll enjoy

  • hours in the Saddle

    Morning - 1 hour, Afternoon - 1 hour, Evening - 1 hour
  • The ride lengths are only estimates, each ride is really based on guest's interests. Lunch rides are two hours and cattle drives and remote wilderness rides do last all day.
  • Riding

    Openly through property, On specified trails
 

Riding Lessons

  • Details

    basic riding lessons
  • Lessons given by

    wrangler
  • Lessons located

    on the trail, in the arena
  • Cows and calves must be sorted and penned, it’s a fact of ranch life. It’s real life cowpoke fun too. Team penning on horseback is a fast-paced, hands-on, timed event, where a team of guests and cowhands separate individual calves from the herd and move those calves to their separate pens. Any level of horsemanship can do the job, but by the end of the event, horse, rider and calf will savor the rewarding glow of accomplishment.

Cattle work - pasture gathers

  • When

    Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
  • Frequency

    Weekly
  • Interaction

    Guests participate
  • For a thrilling adventure that leaves you with a sense of accomplishment, there is nothing like a cattle drive to bring out your inner cowboy or cowgirl! Enjoy a day on the range herding cattle the old-fashioned way. This activity is appropriate for all riding levels, and all guests are asked to go on at least one on-ranch trail ride and watch a short video on horsemanship safety prior to participating in the cattle drive. Meet your wranglers at the Rider’s Roost at 9:30 am for a short 30-minute drive to the Sula valley in the beautiful French Basin. There, help move anywhere from 100 to 800 head of cattle. Cattle drives are available from June through mid-October and are the most requested activity at Triple Creek Ranch. We can accommodate a limited number of guests on each drive and spaces are quickly filled, so we do recommend that you reserve your space on a cattle drive when you reserve your cabin.

Branding work

  • When

    Apr
  • Frequency

    Yearly
  • No. Branded

    250
  • Interaction

    Guests participate
  • Are you ready to mount up and get your hands a little dirty? The annual Spring Round Up in April is your chance to let loose your inner cowgirl or cowboy! Spend a day in “cowboy school” learning all about your horse from nose to tail; saddle up and practice your new roping skills. Then join our ranch hands as they round up the cattle and sort out the calves so they can be vaccinated and branded. At the end of the day, the hot tub never looked so good!

Wildlife Safaris

  • When

    Jan, Feb, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
  • In the Rocky Mountains, North America’s Bitterroot Valley offers some of the most scenic vistas and fabulous opportunities around every hillside to discover Montana flora and fauna in their natural habitat. With the help of our sharp-eyed guides, search for species that inhabit and seasonally migrate through Western Montana while you take in the backdrop of our spectacular mountain scenery. While touring the Ranch and surrounding area from the comfort of our luxury 4WD vehicles, discover the local herds of elk, mule deer, whitetail and bison on the horizon. Spy eagles and hawks soaring through Montana’s big sky and a variety of nesting song birds and water fowl up close and personal through our high-powered scopes. Keep an eye out for majestic bull moose, pronghorn antelope, big horn sheep, black bear and an occasional shy fox or coyote. You may follow the track of a silent wolf or mountain lion. You never know what the day may bring, but you will be pleasantly surprised taking home this once-in-a-life-time experience and new appreciation for nature’s gifts.

Arena Work

  • Type

    outdoor arena
  • Activities

    penning, sorting, roping from the ground, roping from horseback, barrels
  • Cows and calves must be sorted and penned, it’s a fact of ranch life. It’s real life cowpoke fun too. Team penning on horseback is a fast-paced, hands-on, timed event, where a team of guests and cowhands separate individual calves from the herd and move those calves to their separate pens. Any level of horsemanship can do the job, but by the end of the event, horse, rider and calf will savor the rewarding glow of accomplishment.

Sample Riding Itinerary

  • Summer

    Flyfishing. After a casting lesson, take time to visit one of the trout ponds on property trying your luck and honing in on your fly-fisher skills. For more variety, casting the banks of the Bitterroot River or a half-day or full-day guided fish float are always first-rate adventures.

    Cattle Drive. After a hearty breakfast in the dining room or privacy of your cabin, leave for an early morning cattle drive. Round-up and sort cows just like true western cowpokes have since the west was won.

    Massage, swim or soak in the hot tub. Afterwards, enjoy a private afternoon massage in your cabin then a dip in the outdoor heated pool or soothing hot tub soak.

    Chef’s Table Dining. Dine at the Chef’s table for a birds-eye view of how our gourmet cuisine is prepared to include an eclectic assortment of suggested wine pairings with your meal.

    Winter
    Day One

    Snowmobile. Glide through drifts of snow to wooded and remote high country trails. Enjoy hot cocoa and a picnic lunch while viewing miles of Montana scenery.

    The Pleasure of a Massage. Certified massage therapists will work their magic in the comfort and privacy of your own cabin.

    Dine by Firelight. Savor a succulent dinner for two delivered to your cabin. Start a fire, open a bottle of Cabernet and settle in as snowflakes spiral from the sky outside your cabin window.

    Day Two
    Get Steamed. Relax and enjoy a therapeutic steam shower before getting ready to take on the day.

    Ride the Trails. Thousands of miles of trails winding through the Montana forest offer horseback riders unparalleled mountain majesty and wildlife viewing.

    Enjoy an on ranch activity. Throughout January and February you may enjoy one of our many
    scheduled activities such as cooking class, western horsemanship or birding and nature tours, super bowl XLV or Valentines Weekend.

    Day Three

    Hit the Slopes or Glide through Powder. Nearby downhill ski resort, Lost Trail, offers an average of 300 inches of snowfall a year. Cross-country skiers glide quietly along, exploring the Montana mountainside seeking out elk, moose and other elusive animals on property or the Chief Joseph Ski Trail.

    Hot Tub. A perfect way to unwind after an exhilarating day on skis.

    Roof Top Lounge. End the day with a hot toddy while relaxing by the cozy fireplace in our Rooftop Lounge.

    …Or Just Hide-A-way
     

Setting

  • Private Land - 20,000-40,000 (acres)

  • Triple Creek's mountain paradise is a true adult playground. With both user-friendly terrain and ridgid mountains as well as meadows and woods, guests experience superb diversity in terrain. There is also plenty of stocked ponds, rivers and creeks, which afford various fishing opportunities.
  • Public Land - more than 50k (acres)

  • Triple Creek is also surrounded by four million acres of national forest land, the Bitterroot National Forest of the Rocky Mountains, where you can ride high up into the mountains as far as you'd like to explore. At the top of this wilderness, experience our one-of-a-kind Selway Wilderness Ride where you can only get to by airplane. Ride on rock ledge trails, across the river, through fields, and fish pristine streams loaded with trout.

Executive Chef Jacob Leatherman has been crafting exquisite dining experiences at Triple Creek Ranch for over ten years, introducing a new Dinner menu each evening. His finely tuned and adventurous palate informs a diverse menu showcasing distinctive flavors and imaginative presentation. Chef Jake's talented team of chefs incorporates the freshest ingredients to prepare uniquely refined dishes to please all palates. For many guests, the meals at Triple Creek Ranch are indisputably the highlight of their visit with us.

All meals, including snacks and packed lunches, are included in the nightly cabin rate. Our Sommelier, Jeremy White, will be pleased to recommend a wine pairing from our complimentary selection of house wines, or purchase from our award-winning cellar of premium vintages. Meals are served in our magnificent vaulted-ceiling Dining Room, or guests may request a complimentary cabin Delivery.

 

 

Personalized services

Guests can choose menu, request favorite wine on-hand, request specific soda/non-alcoholic drinks

Good to know

Alcohol

wine provided with dinner, available for purchase

Snacking

Stocked refrigerator

Lowdown

  • Enjoy

    Gourmet, Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in the Lodge. Northwest regional, traditional French, innovative Southwestern, West Indies, Central American and other international fusion gourmet cuisine is served; dietary requirements can be accommodated.
  • Enjoy dining in

    nature settings, patio, dining room (casual attire), lounge, in-room dining, private dinners
  • You'll definitely love

    ranch-raised beef, ranch-raised pork, ranch-raised chicken, farm fresh eggs, ranch garden, organic produce, locally grown produce, fresh daily bread, fresh daily desserts, Winter Greens and vegetable are from the Chef's Garden in Heron, Ohio. Summer produce is supplied locally from the Triple Creek Ranch garden. Beef is purchased regionally in Montana and the Pacific Northwest.
  • Dietary restrictions catered for include

    lactose intolerant, vegans, vegetarians, other

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Guest Favorites

  • Bacon Cheddar Pancakes
  • Nicks Famous Chili
  • Any Fish Chef Jake Recommends

Wine List Sample

  • Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007
  • Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, 2008
  • Domaine serene Pinot noir, Jerusalem Hill Vineyard, 2007
 

Your Chef

  • Your dedicated chef is Jacob Leatherman

  • A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jacob Leatherman found his calling to cuisine while an english student at Ohio State University. He enrolled in the renown French Culinary institute in New York City and embraced his new career with passion. Upon graduation he worked in French restaurants in Cincinnati, but the siren song of mountain rivers called to this avid fly-fisherman and prompted a move to the Rocky Mountains. He secured a position as Sous Chef at the Home Ranch, a Relais & chateaux luxury ranch resort in Clark, Colorado.

    In 2005, Chef Jake joine Triple Creek Ranch as Executive Sous Chef and quickly became an indispensable asset to the restaurant, bringing his exquisite palate and creativity to everything he touched. In February 2006, he was named Executive Chef, a role in which he continues to delight guests with his refined, contemporary cuisine. On any given day Chef Jake can be found creating dishes such as Pan Seared Skate Wing with a Salsify Puree, or Pheasant Confit and Field Green with a Pear and White Truffle Vinaigrette. He believes the most flavorful cuisine is made simply with the best, highest quality products and he considers it part of his job to inspire and educate guests about the bountythat surrounds us in the Bitterroot Valley.

Sample Menu

    Sample Dinner Menu (changes daily)

    STARTERS

    Crayfish Bisque - Toasted Caraway Creme Fraiche, Fresh Chives

    Grilled Texas Quail Breast - Sauteed Brussels Sprouts, Baby Tomatoes, Bourbon Sauce

     

    SALADS

    Arugula Salad - Caramelized Onion, Yellow Bell Pepper, Herb Oil, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Toasted Almonds

    Smoked Black Cod Fish - Orzo Pasta, Blue Cheese, Caramelized Shallots, Sun-dried tomatoes, Lemon and Herb Oil

    ENTREES

    Pan Seared Duck Breast - Wasabi Mashed Potatoes, grilled Bok Choy, Caramelized Squash, Snap Peas, Sesame Seeds, galangal Butter Sauce

    Seared Alaskan halibut - Roasted Mushrooms, Fried Leeks, Celery Root Puree, Thyme and Mustard Aioli, Orange Sauce

    Veal Wonton Raviolis - Asiago and Smoked Ricotta Cheeses, Light Curry Sauce, Charred Baby Ice Berg, Roasted Tomatoes, Snap Peas

    DESSERTS

    Espresso Mousse - Toasted Chocolate Cake, Caramelized Hazelnuts, Blackberries

    Beignets - Raspberry Lavender Sorbet, Lemon Crumble, Chamomile Sauce

    Ice Creams - Earl Grey, Pistachio Almond, Currant-Rum, Chocolate Cake

    Sorbets - Grapefruit Honey, Merlot-Berry, Banana-Pomegranate, Milk & Honey

Ranch Recipe

    Local Goat Cheese Sandwich with Smoked Trout and Micro Cress Salad

    We purchase our goat cheese from Amalthia Farms in Belgrade, Montana. Just substitute any high quality goat cheese from your local food store.

    Sandwich

    1 Good quality baguette, thinly sliced
    2 oz. Goat Cheese
    2 Sun dried Tomatoes, chopped
    1 teaspoon each fresh chives, sage, parsley, and rosemary, finely chopped
    1 oz. Smoked Trout, Chopped
    2 tablespoon Olive Oil
    1 teaspoon Butter

    Put all ingredients, except for baguette slices, butter, and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil into a mixing bowl. Using a wood spoon or spatula, mix all ingredients together. Taste, and add salt and pepper if needed. Spread mixture on the slices of baguette. You should get about 4-5 small sandwiches. Heat sauté pan on medium heat. Add the rest of the olive oil and the butter into the pan. When the butter starts to foam place the sandwiches into the pan. After a couple of minutes flip the sandwiches. Let the other side cook until golden. Both sides should be golden and the cheese should just start to ooze from the sides. Drain on paper towel.
     

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 16 and over



Children over the age of 16 are welcome accompanied by an adult.


The original 40 acres of the ranch belonged to Reverend and Mrs. House from New York State. He was a minister in nearby Conner and she taught at the little red schoolhouse on Piquette Creek Road. both were also teachers at the school in Darby and they raised four children in the original house located at the center of Triple Creek Ranch.

The first fifty acres of Triple Creek Ranch was purchased and developed by a Michigan industrialist in 1982. Triple Creek Ranch served as his personal retreat for the first four years and then was developed into "Triple Creek Ranch, a Montana Hideaway". In 1993, he sold the property and business to the current owners, a couple which had been frequent guests and had fallen in love with the ranch. They have since infused the resort with their passion for the great American West and a taste for luxury that has made Triple Creek Ranch the elegant Montana high country resort it is today. In 1995, the Ranch became a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux Association.  
 

Lowdown

  • Guest ranch since

    1986

Our Staff

  • An instinct for Hospitality and genuine desire to provide anticipatory, thoughtful, personal service.
  • Good attitude, well-rounded, intelligent and courteous
  • Willingness to learn
  • We have 8-10 wranglers on our staff

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Owners Barbara and Craig Barrett
Executive Chef Jacob Leatherman
Wrangler Kristen Snavely

Owner Info

  • Owner - Craig and Barbara Barrett

  • Purchased ranch in

    1993

Our Managers

  • Manager - Molly Smith and Kyle Whyard

Our Wranglers

  • Wrangler - Kristen Snavely

  • Languages spoken

    english
  • Kristen’s passion for horses combined with her ability to safely provide our guests with once-in-a-lifetime, memorable Western experiences on horseback provides immeasurable worth. Her extensive background in horsemanship was set in motion at the age of five when she began competing in english, western, gaited and jumping events. Kristen has been running the horse operation at Triple Creek Ranch since 2000 and is responsible for the care, training and breeding of the horses along with guest education. Kristen and her staff of wranglers provide a program at the ranch for all experience levels and riding ability. She begins by meeting with each guest individually to discover their background with horses and riding ability. Kristen oversees the wranglers who lead guest orientation, which takes place in the corrals prior to setting out on your first ride.

Rooms & Rates

  • Room type | nameSummer ratesWinter rates

  • Cabin | Triple Creek Ranch Private Cabins Overview$950-$2650$950-$2650

    • Description

      Rustic log cabin shells encase an elegant interior. Locally manufactured, king sized log beds adorned in elegant earth-toned bed ensembles, exposed log walls hung with original art and harmonizing carpet grace each cabin's bedroom. Custom slab granite counter tops and slate floors in the bath and wet bar are crafted from natural tones indigenous to Montana. Fine linen, micro suede and cotton window treatments, trimmed with decorative buttons made by a native craftswoman allow privacy and a cozy ambiance.
    • Rooms

      32
    • Max occupancy

      64
    • Prices listed are

      per couple
    • Minimum stay

      no minimum
    • Bathrooms

      Private bathroom
    • Amenities

      safe, mini-bar, fridge, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, air conditioning, wood fireplace
    • Entertainment

      tv, dvd, cable / satellite tv, hot tub
Big Sky Cabin
Big Sky Cabin
Big Sky Cabin

Services

Communications

  • wireless internet
  • telephone
  • free long distance
  • Business Services

    • printers
    • common computer
    • Cell Networks

      • no cell phone service on ranch

Additional Services

  • Spa

    relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, couples massage.
  • Corporate Retreats

    For groups of 30-40. TCR is an ideal location for small corporate retreats. There are 25 individual rental cabins and 32 rooms with king beds.
  • Weddings

    We can cater for groups of 50-75. Triple Creek Ranch is suitable for small intimate weddings as our maximum capacity is 64 people. Children under the age of 16 are welcome if the entire ranch is reserved.

Onsite

Shopping

  • Triple Creek Ranch Gift Shop.

Outdoor Activities

  • mountain biking
  • tennis
  • Yoga
  • Golf - 18 hole course
  • sporting clays
  • ATV Rentals - guided
  • bird watching
  • Cattle Drives, Spring Roundup and Branding, Hiking, Sapphire Panning, Orvis Guided Fishing Trips, Scenic Float Trips, Whitewater Rafting, Nature Safaris, Archery, Trap Shooting & Sporting Clays, Vintner Weekends, Artist Workshops, Klicks For Chicks, Fall Steelhead Fly Fishing Celebration, Spring Skwala Hatch Celebration, Lewis & Clark Horseback Rides or Van Tours, Glacier or Yellowstone Park Helicopter Tours, Glacier in A Day - private plane ride!

Water based Activities

  • outdoor pool
  • hot tub
  • river floating
  • whitewater rafting-adventure
  • Winter Activities  

    • cross-country skiing
    • snowmobiling
    • down hill skiing
    • snowshoeing
    • winter ice fishing
    • Dog Sledding, Skijoring, Sledding, Nature Safaris, Ice Fishing, Holiday Celebrations for Christmas & New Year, Cooking School Weekends, Nature Safari, Valentine's Day, Skiing is All-Inclusive during your stay!

Good to know

  • You can borrow

    Cowboy hats, Riding helmets, Saddle bags, Rain coats
 

Fishing & Wildlife

  • Fishing

  • Types of fishing

    fly, river, stocked pond, stream, equipment available, guided non-inclusive, unguided, instruction available
  • Triple Creek Ranch is an ORVIS endorsed fishing lodge with three stocked ponds on property and located just across the road on the mountain above the majestic West Fork of the Bitterroot River.  All Orvis fly fishing equipment is complimentary for guests while visiting our lodge.  Fly casting lessons on-ranch or bank fishing on our private sister ranch is available upon request with maps provided for the best fishng 'hot-spots'.  Whether a beginner, intermediate or expert, Orvis-endorsed guides from Fly Fishing Always are ready to escort flyfishers down the West Fork, East Fork or main stream of the beautiful Bitterroot River.  And, what a memorable day of trout fishing it will be with expert guides who are the best in the area when it comes to knowing these waters, hatches, and proper flies to use to bring in a big rainbow. 

    You may also choose summer trout fly fishing and spin casting with Rawhide Outfitters on the scenic Salmon River July and August or Steelhead fishing with a strong native run on the Salmon River October and November.  With years of experience, Rawhide Outfitters' guides ensure the highest possible success rate using a wide variety of both traditional and modern methods and who specialize in drift and wade fly fishing, dry or wet fly fishing and /or spin casting, depending on personal preference.  Catch and release is encouraged and a fisherman size hot lunch will be prepared for you.

    For a little more adventure, Selway Wilderness fly fishing is available mid-May through October - weather permitting.  The Selway River has the most pristine fly fishing waters in America.  Fly 30 minutes into the roadless region of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness where landing on a grass airstrip is the norm.  Guides will be waiting from the remote Running Creek Ranch to escort you on horseback or by foot into the untraveled wilderness of Northern Idaho.  Famous for cutthroat, rainbow, bull trout and steelhead, fishing the crystal clear waters of the Selway is a vivid reminder of by-gone days when fish were plenty and your only companions were the four-legged natives.

  • Wildlife and birding

  • Populations vary with the seasons and in Montana over 400 species of birds have been sighted including your favorite passerines, raptors, owls, waterfowl and more, which migrate and inhabit Western North America. Mammals such as whitetail and mule deer, elk, moose, big horn sheep, mountain lion, wolf, black bear and mountain goat inhabit Western Montana.

Offsite Activities

  • For avid skiers or those wanting to learn, it doesn't get any better than this!

    Spend the day Alpine or Nordic skiing the Continental Divide on the Montana-Idaho border. Only 30 minutes from the ranch, skiers will enjoy rural western 'cowboy' skiing in the Northern Rockies. For Alpine skiing and snowboarding, Lost Trail Powder Mountain Ski Resort offers 50+ runs, summit elevation of 8,200 ft., base elevation of 6,400 ft., a vertical drop of 1,800 ft. and an average snowfall of 300 inches per year. Known for its 'lifts without lines' and daily fresh powder, you will not be disappointed with "Montana's Greatest Snow Place." Our season begins the 15th of December through the end of February (conditions permitting). Lifts operate 'powder Thursday' through Sunday and daily December 23rd through January 2nd. Extended holiday hours include Martin Luther King Day and Presidents Day. Full ski and snowboard equipment rentals are available as well as Demo's and group or private lessons. Lost Trail opens at 9:30am and closes at 4:00pm.


    Nordic skiing is available daily throughout the snowy season at historic Chief Joseph Pass on the Montana-Idaho border. A stay at our luxurious all-inclusive ranch means we offer chauffeured transportation while you enjoy your favorite warm beverage and freshly baked cookies to and from the mountain. Lost Trail lift tickets and equipment rentals are included for your entire stay. All cross-country skiing equipment is available at Triple Creek Ranch along with trail maps and a never-ending supply of groomed trails in close proximity.

    In addition, Our Chefs are happy to pack a made-to-order lunch and snacks for your winter expeditions
     

Local Attractions

  • We've only highlighted attractions that may add to your stay!
  • Marcus Daly Mansion

  • The Marcus Daly Mansion is a National Historic Site owned by the State of Montana. The mansion was the family summer home of Copper Baron, Marcus Daly, who founded the town of Hamilton, Montana, in the late 1800s. In 1886, Marcus Daly purchased the existing Anthony Chafin homestead, including the farmhouse, and had it remodeled by 1889. He renovated the residence again in 1897 to a Queen Anne style Victorian home. After Marcus Daly's death, the home was again remodeled into a Georgian-Revival style mansion. The three-story Hamilton, Montana mansion (24,000 square feet) has over 50 rooms, with 25 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, and 7 fireplaces, 5 of which have imported Italian marble. Some of the main rooms include a large living room, music room, formal dining room, sun room, trophy room (which was added in 1914), an upstairs sitting room, and a third floor billiard hall. Hamilton is 30 miles from Triple Creek Ranch.
  • Distance

    30 miles
  • Time from ranch

    30 mins
  • Rental car

    Required
  • Ravalli County Museum

  • This former Ravalli County Courthouse, built by A.J. Gibson in 1900, served as a courthouse until 1979 when it was saved from the wrecker’s ball by a vote of the people. It now houses what is considered by many to be the finest little museum in the Northwest. Permanent collections include a Native American collection, Ricketts Museum, commemorating the development of the Rocky Mountain Laboratory, an antique kitchen, miner / trapper room, a veteran's display, Ernst Peterson photo exhibits, extensive archives, Victorian rooms, and a Railway Express agent office. Rotating exhibits in the former courtroom and a weekly Sunday Series Program at 2:00 p.m. are of historic and cultural significance.
  • Distance

    30 miles
  • Time from ranch

    30 mins
  • Rental car

    Required
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

  • The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's Elk Country Visitor Center is proud to be one of the newest and best conservation education facilities in the Northwest. The Elk Country Visitor Center features hands-on conservation and hunting heritage exhibits for all ages. The Center also includes a Lewis and Clark display, an impressive collection of world record elk mounts, a western wildlife diorama and a state of the art conservation theater. Shoppers will also enjoy the Elk Country gift shop full of beautiful wildlife art and many hand -crafted and Montana-made creations. The public is welcome and admission is free. Open year round. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is an international, nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, and their habitat. Since its inception in 1984, the Foundation's 150,000 members and volunteers have permanently protected more than 1,000 square miles of critical elk habitat and enhanced another 3.4 million acres of elk country. In addition, over 400,000 acres have been opened to public access for hunting, fishing and other enjoyment.
  • Distance

    80 miles
  • Time from ranch

    2 hours
  • Rental car

    Required
  • Ponderosa Art Gallery

  • The Ponderosa Art Gallery specializes in fine art by a number of prominent Montana painters and sculptors. Visitors will find a unique collection of Western, wildlife, Native-American, still life, landscape and sporting paintings and sculptures. Hamilton is 30 miles from the ranch.
  • Distance

    30 miles
  • Time from ranch

    30 mins
  • Rental car

    Required
  • Old West Gallery Gifts and Antiques

  • Located at 202 S. Main Street in Darby, the Old West Gallery has a wonderful selection of antiques, furniture, Western art and gifts.
  • Distance

    13 miles
  • Time from ranch

    15 mins
  • Rental car

    Required

Tel 800-654-2943, 406-821-4600

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