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Welcome to North America's #1 Ranked resort high in the Bitterroot Mountain Range of the Montana Rockies. A member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux, Triple Creek Ranch offers rustic elegance in a mountain retreat featuring private log cabins and a comfortable lodge.

Here, adult travelers enjoy a romantic setting with incomparable scenery, wildlife, outdoor activities year round and a collection of Western inspired art. Relax in world-class accommodations, dine on the freshest contemporary cuisine and sample the world's finest wines while our caring staff pampers you. Whether you journey to Triple Creek for the romance of a mountain hideaway or the thrill of a Montana adventure, we have a wide wide-range of on-ranch activities and special adventures.

Plan your day with on-ranch activities such as horseback riding, hiking or snowshoeing, a game of tennis, practice putting or relax by the pool. Or, allow us to plan an off-ranch special adventure of guided fly fishing, scenic river floating, driving cattle to greener pasture, white water rafting, guided all-terrain vehicle tours, Alpine and Nordic skiing or snowmobiling. No two vacations are alike and, at Triple Creek Ranch, the endless variety of activities and relaxing pursuits ensure that you'll enjoy a vacation of your own design.

Good to know

  • Works with travel agents?

    yes
  • Belongs to

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

    Year round is an ideal time as we have events and activities spring, winter and fall. Keep an eye on our Special Events page.

Lowdown

  • Owner(s)

    Craig and Barbara Barrett
  • Manager(s)

    Leslie and William McConnell
  • Address

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

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

    406-821-4666
  • Capacity

    60
  • Open

    Jan-Feb, May-Oct, 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

    May-Oct
  • 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

  • 50% deposit at booking. Cancellation policy: Your deposit, less $100 per room booked, will be refunded if cancellation is made at least 60 days prior to arrival. After that, no refund is possible, for non-arrival or early departure, unless we are able to re-book the space. You are welcome to send someone else in your place. Triple Creek Ranch highly recommends you purchase trip insurance from your local travel agent or your insurance provider.
  • Included in your stay

  • meals, activities, lodging, Riding, beverages, house wine and spirits, outdoor heated pool, fitness center, tennis, putting green, private or nearby hot tubs, fly casting lessons, all on-ranch activities such as, on-ranch horseback riding and fly fishing, hiking, nature and birding tours, special weekend activities, holiday celebrations, artists' workshops, vintners' weekends, Klicks for Chicks 100K All Women's Horseback Riding event, skiing, photo safaris, 100th birday, Women's Rocky Mountain Rendezvous, archery and much 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, 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, 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

  • 50% deposit at booking. Cancellation policy: Your deposit, less $100 per room booked, will be refunded if cancellation is made at least 60 days prior to arrival. After that, no refund is possible, for non-arrival or early departure, unless we are able to re-book the space. You are welcome to send someone else in your place. Triple Creek Ranch highly recommends you purchase trip insurance from your local travel agent 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, birding and nature tours, photo safaris and 100th Birday and much more.
  • Extras

  • Tax

    Bed Tax
  • Gratuity

    Not mandatory but recommend 15% - 20%
  • Massage

    as requested for an additional fee
  • Other

    Off-ranch horseback riding, ATV, snowmobiling, guided ORVIS fly fishing float trips, Chef's Table Dining, team penning, 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 ski trails and horseback riding trails, thus making this well-preserved, rugged area ideal for viewing wildlife.

  • Community

  • Triple Creek Ranch awards scholarships to support the local community: TCR College Scholarship for employees attending college TCR College Scholarship for offspring of employees TCR College Scholarship for Darby High School, Darby, Montana

  • Food

  • In accordance with its commitment to “Live and Let Live in Montana,” Triple Creek Ranch maintains its own orchard and garden which supplies home grown fruits, vegetables and herbs for guests’ meals. Meats and vegetables served at the resort are locally grown, and beef is grass fed.

  • Conservation

  • Triple Creek Ranch has planted 90,000 Ponderosa Pine seedlings to maintain the area’s natural beauty, and plans to plant an additional 20,000 in 2011. All fencing is wildlife friendly. Certified weed-free hay is fed to livestock, while 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 “green” practices 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, Horizon, Northwest, Alaska
  • Ranch shuttle

    $250 Round-trip; $125 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

  • 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

    250-300 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, Rides tailored to guest requests
  • 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, then, contact Kristen to let her know what time you'd like to ride.
  • 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
  • We tailor the lesson and ride to each guests ability.

Cattle work - pasture gathers

  • When

    May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
  • Frequency

    Weekly
  • No. of cow/calf pairs

    250
  • Interaction

    Guests participate
  • Cattle drives are available throughout the summer months June through mid-October. Bulls are moved, cows and calves separated, and cattle are moved to new pastures. Cattle drives start in May and run through the first few weeks of October. Please make sure you're here Monday, Wednesday or Friday, as we trailer over to our sister ranch to move and work with cattle. Before you go on a cattle drive, you'll first ride here on property to make sure you're comfortable in the saddle and with your horse.

Buffalo work

  • When

    Jan, Feb, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Dec
  • Frequency

    Daily
  • No. of Buffalo

    45
  • Interaction

    Guests watch, Guests participate
  • For 2011 Triple Creek Ranch has acquired a start-up bison herd with 45 head of prairie bison. The free-range herd will be located on 26,000 acres over the foot-hills of the Sapphire mountain range.

Branding work

  • When

    Apr
  • Frequency

    Yearly
  • No. Branded

    250
  • Interaction

    Guests participate
  • Beginning April, guests may participate in our spring round-ups and branding. During our branding, guests can participate as much as they care to. Brand, vaccinate, wrestle calves to the ground, learn how to rope, it's all up to the guest! And, at the end of the branding week, there's a rodeo day where guests can run barrels, try out roping skills, and more.

Calving work

  • When

    Apr
  • Frequency

    Yearly
  • No. of Calving

    250
  • Interaction

    Guests participate
  • Seperating, branding and vaccinating.

Wildlife Safaris

  • When

    Jan, Feb, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec, All year
  • Choose a complimentary Birding and Nature tour, Photo Safari or for the serious birder, 100th Birday - the challenge to find 100 species in a day.

Arena Work

  • Type

    outdoor arena
  • Activities

    penning, sorting, roping from the ground, roping from horseback, barrels
  • We also offer Team Penning with our Corriente Cattle.

Horsemanship Clinic

  • Clinician

    Kristin
  • Details

    Clinics occur yearly, Included in package
  • Focuses on

    Triple Creek offers Western Horsemanship Clinic Weekends throughout January and February with approximately 10-15 guests participating. These clinics cover basic horsemanship and horse care, starting from the ground up. Guests learn how to successfully catch and halter their horse as well as check for cuts, abrasions and clean off and look at their feet. The clinic goes over appropriate saddling techniques as well as basic horsemanship rules. On the 2nd day, each guest will catch his/her own horse, saddle up and head out on the trail. These clinics are great for beginner to advanced as you ride in snow, crossing over creeks, following trails that at times you can't even see, and gain a whole new respect for the abilities of a horse. Throughout this amazing experience, guests build confidence and learn how to truly trust a horse.

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.

Triple Creek Ranch is proud to offer world-class contemporary cuisine. Dining at the Triple Creek Restaurant is a culinary and visual feast of fresh foods, fine wines and global influences. With offerings ranging from traditional French dishes to innovative southwestern, West Indies, Central American and other international blending, dining at the ranch is a superb experience.

In our warm, comfortable and romantic dining room with dramatic views of the Bitterroot Mountains, guests experience Bristro Fare to fine and elegant cuisine.  Oenophiles will apppreciate gourmet dinners with wine pairings from our showcase cellar, tasting menus and our Chef's Table with a unique insider's view of the ranch's high-tech kitchen. Cooking with seasonal locavore and fresh veggies from Triple Creek Ranch’s own orchard and garden is a passion of Executive Chef, Jacob Leatherman.

Our chefs are happy to provide menus for guests with special dietary retrictions and allergies.

Personalized services

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

Good to know

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

  • Nick's Chili
  • Balsam Grilled Venison Loin with Beech Mushrooms, Huckleberry Gastrique
  • Grilled Alaskan Spot Prawns with Trout Roe Creme Fraiche, Biscuit Croutons

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. This led him to the French Culinary Institute in New York and shaped the direction of his career. At the French Culinary Institute he developed all of the technical skills necessary for a skilled Chef, learning the intricacies of the garde manger, poissonnier, saucier, and pastry stations. His studies gave him a strong sense of culinary tradition that is evident in his creations.

    Upon completion of his studies in New York, Jacob moved back to Cincinnati, where his desire to master his trade led him to Chez Alphonse, the Amaretta Café, and a stage at the White Barn Inn and Spa, a Relais and Gourmand. Although he loved the fast-paced and disciplined atmosphere of the traditional French restaurant, Jacob felt that he needed a change, an escape from the life of the city. In 2001 Jacob decided to move where he knew life would be a few steps slower and where he could become a better fly fisherman, and at the same time perfect his art of cuisine. He decided to head out west to the Home Ranch in Colorado.

    After a few wonderful years at the Home Ranch, Jacob made a successful move to our beautiful property. Jacob began his tenure at Triple Creek in April 2005 as Executive Sous Chef under Executive Chef Melissa Williams. Jacob quickly became a major player at the restaurant bringing his wealth of knowledge and creativity to this Relais and Chateaux. In February 2005 Jacob was named Executive Chef of The Restaurant at Triple Creek.

    Leatherman believes in simplicity of ingredients with creative combinations. He feels that the most flavorful food is the food that is made simply but from the best and highest quality products. As Jacob always says, “After love, cuisine is the most important part of life.”
     

Sample Menu

    Starters
    Black Bean and Roasted Pepper Soup
    Tropical Fruit Salsa
    Whole Wheat Penne Pasta
    Vodka and Garden Herb Sauce
    Caviar Cream
    Citrus Marinated Mahi Mahi Ceviche
    Avocado Relish
    Salads
    Beef Short Rib Salad
    Chef’s Garden Greens, Mushrooms
    Red Wine Vinaigrette
    Fresh Spinach Salad
    Gorgonzola, Toasted Hazelnuts
    Strawberry Vinaigrette


    Entrées
    Grilled White Ivory Salmon
    Cucumber Salad and Curry Sauce
    Blackened Buffalo Rib-Eye Steak
    Heirloom Tomato and Napa Cabbage Salad
    Point Reyes Blue Cheese Dressing
    “Fowl Play”
    Orange Braised Guinea Fowl and Organic Chicken
    Marinated Summer Squash and Yellow Rice
     

    Desserts
    TCR Honey Mousse
    Caramel Dust and Almond Lace
    Layered Chocolate Phyllo
    Guanaja Cream and Passion Fruit Truffle
     

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 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 who, as frequent guests, had fallen in love with the ranch. They have since infused the resort with a passion and enthusiasm that have made it the elegant Montana high country resort it is today. In 1995, Triple Creek Ranch became a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux Association.

 

Lowdown

  • Guest ranch since

    1986

Our Staff

  • Caring and empathetic to ensure a guest's comfort always comes first
  • Good attitude, well-rounded, intelligent and courteous
  • Willingness to learn
  • We have 8-10 wranglers on our staff

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Jake Leatherman, Executive Chef
Bill and Leslie McConnell, General Managers
Jeremy White, Sommelier

Owner Info

  • Owner - Craig and Barbara Barrett

  • Purchased ranch in

    1993

Our Managers

  • Manager - Leslie and William McConnell

  • With ranch since

    2009
  • Languages spoken

    english
  • Natives of Pennsylvania, Leslie and Bill McConnell bring extensive business and travel experience to their new position as General Managers at Triple Creek Ranch, a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux Association. Leslie Hipp grew up alongside Amish neighbors in rural Lancaster County. Bill grew up on horse and cattle farms in western and central Pennsylvania before entering Penn State University where, as a member of the varsity swimming team, he met Leslie, an All-American sprinter on the women’s team. After graduation, Leslie worked as a park ranger with the National Parks Service at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina; and Bill headed to Palmer, Alaska, where he managed the University of Alaska’s Dairy Research Station. The two were reunited in 1980 as support team members of The American Women’s Expedition to Mount Dhaulagiri, the world’s sixth highest mountain located in Nepal’s Himalayas. They married in 1981.

    Capitalizing on their penchant for art, travel, and adventure, while working closely with members of Nepal’s Tibetan community in exile, Leslie and Bill embarked on a twenty-eight year career as importers and wholesalers of hand-knotted, wool and silk oriental rugs. Importing from Nepal, India, China, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Turkey, their Patusan Trading Company of Blairsville, Pennsylvania, supplied fine rugs to many of the most beautiful homes in North America. The business which Leslie and Bill co-founded continues on, owned and operated by their former employees.

    While traveling back and forth between the scenic hillside villages of Asia and the modern cities of America, the lure of pristine mountains, clean air, and serene natural beauty never ceased pulling at the heartstrings of the McConnells. When the opportunity arose to sign on as General Managers at Triple Creek Ranch, deep within Montana’s spectacular Bitterroot Mountains, Leslie and Bill could not wait to begin. With their son and daughter, both former summer workers at Triple Creek Ranch, comfortably enrolled in college, Leslie and Bill have followed in the footsteps of their children and moved to Darby, Montana, where they will strive to advance the fine traditions and exceptional reputation of Triple Creek Ranch.
     

Our Wranglers

  • Wrangler - Kristen Snavely

  • Age

    37
  • 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 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

      30
    • Max occupancy

      60
    • 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, jetted tub in bath
  • Cabin | Cedar Cabins$950$950

    • Description

      2 Cedar Cabins with a hot tub in the woods. Open floor plan with seating area near the wood-burning fireplace and wetbar. Close proximity to the lodge.
    • Rooms

      1
    • Prices listed are

      per couple
    • Minimum stay

      no minimum
    • Bathrooms

      Shared bathroom
    • Amenities

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

      tv, dvd, cable / satellite tv, hot tub
  • Cabin | Suites$1150$1150

    • Description

      2 over-sized Suite Cabins with hot tub in the woods, large double-steamed showers. Living room and bedroom is separate. Close proximity to pool, fitness center and lodge.
    • Rooms

      1
    • Prices listed are

      per couple
    • Minimum stay

      no minimum
    • Bathrooms

      Private bathroom
    • Amenities

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

      tv, dvd, cable / satellite tv, hot tub
  • Cabin | Sugar Cabins$1150$1150

    • Description

      3 Sugar Cabins with private whirlpool tub and hot tub in the woods. Offering first-class comfort and solitude. Enjoy a well-furnished open living area, massive log post bed, spacious bath, whirlpool tub and separate shower. Close proximity to lodge, pool, fitness center.
    • Rooms

      1
    • Prices listed are

      per couple
    • Minimum stay

      no minimum
    • Bathrooms

      Private bathroom, Shared bathroom
    • Amenities

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

      tv, dvd, cable / satellite tv, hot tub, jetted tub in bath
  • Cabin | Luxury Cabins$1250$1250

    • Description

      8 Luxury Cabins with Private hot tub, double steam shower, his and hers bath and golf cart transporation during non-snow months. Most with open floor plan however, Trapper and Piquette the bedroom is separate from the living area.
    • Rooms

      1
    • Prices listed are

      per couple
    • Minimum stay

      no minimum
    • Bathrooms

      Private bathroom, Shared bathroom
    • Amenities

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

      tv, dvd, cable / satellite tv, hot tub
  • Cabin | Honeymoon Cabin$1350$1350

    • Description

      1 Honeymoon Cabin with Whirlpool tub, double steam shower, his and hers bath and golf cart transporation during non-snow months.
    • Rooms

      1
    • Prices listed are

      per couple
    • Minimum stay

      no minimum
    • Bathrooms

      Private bathroom, Shared bathroom
    • Amenities

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

      tv, dvd, cable / satellite tv, jetted tub in bath
  • Cabin | Two Bedroom Cabins$1450$1450

    • Description

      4 Luxury Two Bedroom Cabins with Private hot tubs, (2) over-sized steam showers, (2) his and hers baths and golf cart transportation during non-snow months.
    • Rooms

      2
    • Prices listed are

      per couple
    • Minimum stay

      no minimum
    • Bathrooms

      Private bathroom
    • Amenities

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

      tv, dvd, cable / satellite tv, hot tub
  • Cabin | Three Bedroom Cabin$2650$2650

    • Description

      1 Luxury Three Bedroom Cabin with open great room and dining area, full kitchen, private hot tub, (3) baths, large outdoor multi-level decks and private pond.
    • Rooms

      3
    • Prices listed are

      per couple
    • Minimum stay

      no minimum
    • Bathrooms

      Private bathroom
    • Amenities

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

      tv, dvd, vhs, cable / satellite tv, hot tub
  • Cabin | Log Home with Apartment$1450$1450

    • Description

      Stage Stop features cathedral ceilings along with walls of windows in the living room and bedroom which provide a panoramic view of a large meadow and mountains. A two-story rock fireplace is the focal point of the living space, which also offers a full kitchen and dining area. An apartment is located over the garage.
    • Rooms

      2
    • Prices listed are

      per couple
    • Minimum stay

      no minimum
    • Bathrooms

      Private bathroom
    • Amenities

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

      tv, dvd, cable / satellite tv, hot tub
  • Cabin | Cottage$1150$1150

    • Description

      Chipmunk is a secluded cabin hidden in the pine forest .8 miles from the lodge and main campus of the ranch. This cozy cabin has a studio dining area and wet bar, bedroom and bathroom - all located on the lower level of the cabin. The loft is designed for reading, writing and reflecting, accessed by a small spiral staircase. Private hot tub located on the exterior deck beneath the pines.
    • Rooms

      1
    • Prices listed are

      per couple
    • Minimum stay

      no minimum
    • Bathrooms

      Private bathroom, Shared bathroom
    • Amenities

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

      tv, dvd, cable / satellite tv, hot tub
Paradise Cabin
Paradise Cabin
Paradise Cabin

Services

Communications

  • wireless internet
  • telephone
  • Business Services

    • Conference center
    • computer and fax hookups
    • printers
    • common computer

Additional Services

  • Spa

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

    For groups of 50-75. TCR is an ideal location for corporate retreats. There are 23 individual rental cabins and 30 rooms with king beds as well as adding additional single-sized beds.
  • Weddings

    We can cater for groups of 50-75. Triple Creek Ranch is suitable for small intimate weddings as our maximum capacity is 60 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
  • Golf - 18 hole course
  • sporting clays
  • ATV Rentals - guided
  • bird watching
  • Cattle Drives, Spring Roundup and Branding, Hiking, Guiding Fishing Trips, Scenic Float Trips, Whitewater Rafting, Guided Birding & Nature Tours, Wilderness Trail Rides and Fishing, Photo Safaris, Archery, Trap Shooting & Sporting Clays, Vintners Weekends, Artists' Workshops, Photography Weekend, 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, Sledding, Guided Birding & Nature Tours, Photo Safaris, Ice Fishing, Holiday Celebrations for Christmas & New Years, Western Horsemanship Weekends, Cooking School Weekends, Nature & Birding Weekends, Superbowl Weekend, Valentines Day, Skiing is All-Inclusive during your stay!

    Additional Activities

    • Cooking Classes, Nature & Birding Weekends, Artists' Workshop Weekends, Vintners' Weekends, Klicks For Chicks, Skwala Hatch Celebration, Steelhead Fly Fishing Celebration, photo safaris, casting clinics, fly fishing in on-site ponds, swimming, mountain biking, archery, hiking, tennis, trap shooting and sporting clays, dog sledding, skijoring, team penning, cattle drives, Lewis & Clark van tours or horseback rides, ORVIS-endorsed guided fly fishing float trips, Swan wilderness fishing and horseback riding, private plane over Glacier, DVD library, chefs table dining, in-cabin massage.

Good to know

  • You can borrow

    Cowboy hats, Riding helmets, Saddle bags, Rain coats
 

Fishing & Wildlife

  • Fishing

  • Types of fishing

    fly, river, stocked pond, 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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