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Lowdown

  • Established

    Late 1800's. Guest ranch since 2005
  • Owner

    Lipson
  • Manager

    Steve Hurst
  • Tel

    866-331-7359
  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    Summer: $1,295 - $4,535
    Winter: $800 - $2,281
  • Minimum Stay

    Summer: 4 days
    Winter: 2 days
  • Maximum Guests

    225
  • Works with travel agents?

    Yes
  • Great For

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, Diverse scenery
  • Memberships

    Virtuoso, Signature Travel Network, Andrew Harper, Conde Nast Johansen's

Paws Up is a 37,000 acre working Montana ranch. In addition to the over three hundred head of resident elk, you're very likely to see a couple hundred head of stunning Black Angus cows roaming the rolling pastures of the Ranch. The Lipson family has bred, raised and maintained Black Angus cattle for over thirteen years.

The expansive property is a haven for authentic Montana dude ranch activities like trail riding chuck wagons and cattle drives. You'll also enjoy a vast menu of wilderness adventures of all kinds. We offer fly-fishing on the legendary Blackfoot River(10 miles of which flow through the Ranch), rappelling off cliffs memorialized by Lewis & Clark, 16 stations of sporting clays shooting, whitewater rafting, ATV riding, and a host of programmed activities for kids.

What differentiates Paws Up from a Montana guest ranch is our commitment to luxury. We are Montana's premier luxury ranch resort offering first-class service and luxurious accommodations and amenities. At Paws Up, once you dismount, you'll step into a world of incomparable creature comforts featuring gourmet cuisine, decadent spa treatments, personalized service, and amenities such as flat-screen TVs, wireless internet, in-home laundry, heated bathroom floors, rain showers, organic spa products and hot tubs.

From our private luxury homes and luxury tents to our attentive, anticipatory service, getting away to the wilds of a Montana ranch is no longer about roughing it. The Resort at Paws Up is truly The Last Best Place.

Good time to go

Guests love visiting the ranch in the summer time during the warmer months; however, if you want nice weather, slightly lower rates, visit in April/May or Sept/Oct.

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 4 and over

Our 37,000-acre ranch resort features a pristine Rocky Mountain environment most kids only see on TV. Supervised, age-appropriate activities include everything from horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking and fishing to nature education, wrangler activities and wildlife appreciation.

The Paws Up "Kids Corps of Discovery" is held seven days a week. Full and half-day programs are available for children ages 5 to 12. Activities include a trip to a ghost town, a day of fun in the sun at the Paws Up lake house, authentic ranch experiences and more

Activities

hiking, biking, picnics, outdoor play area, cookouts, petting zoo, whitewater rafting, floating, supervised swimming

Games

scavenger/treasure hunts, horseshoes, badminton, pool table

Riding based activities

animal care, horse care, pony rides, arena riding, trail riding

Environmental & Social Practices

Environment

At Paws Up, we engage in many of the familiar practices of conscientious, green resorts in Montana: earth-friendly cleaning products, energy efficient lights, organic bath products and the option for guests to re-use linens. But we don't stop there. We have made some significant environmental commitments including catch-and-release fishing and sustainable farming practices. We believe, with responsible stewardship of the land, we can keep the "Best" in The Last Best Place. Listed below are some of our green initiatives: "Farm to Table" Dining at Pomp and Trough Employee Transportation Program Xeriscape Landscaping at All Homes Re-Use of Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency - Lighting and Energy Star Appliances Water Conservation - Voluntary Re-Use of Linens Catch & Release Only Fishing Sustainable Products in our Gift Shop EO Organic In-Room Bath Products Recycling Program Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

Conservation

Paws Up is a 37,000-acre working Montana ranch. In addition to the over three hundred head of resident elk, you're very likely to see a couple hundred head of stunning Black Angus cows roaming the rolling pastures of the Ranch. The Lipson family has bred, raised and maintained Black Angus cattle for over thirteen years. The expansive property is a haven for authentic Montana dude ranch activities like trail riding, chuck wagons and cattle drives. You'll also enjoy a vast menu of wilderness adventures of all kinds. We offer fly-fishing on the legendary Blackfoot River (10 miles of which flow through the Ranch), rappelling off cliffs memorialized by Lewis & Clark, 16 stations of sporting clays shooting, whitewater rafting, ATV riding and a host of programmed activities for kids. What differentiates Paws Up from a Montana guest ranch is our commitment to luxury. We are Montana's premier luxury ranch resort offering first-class service and luxurious accommodations and amenities. At Paws Up, once you dismount, you'll step into a world of incomparable creature comforts featuring gourmet cuisine, decadent spa treatments, personalized service, and amenities such as flat-screen TVs, wireless Internet, in-home laundry, heated bathroom floors, rain showers, organic spa products and hot tubs. From our private luxury homes and luxury tents to our attentive, anticipatory service, getting away to the wilds of a Montana ranch is no longer about roughing it. The Resort at Paws Up is truly The Last Best Place.

Ranch History

Paws Up Ranch is located in the heart of the picturesque Blackfoot Valley, 30 miles northeast of Missoula, in Greenough, Montana. The beginning of the ranch itself dates back to the homesteader days of the late 1800s. The history of the land goes back even farther to the time when the Blackfoot River served as a transportation corridor for Nez Perce, Flathead and Blackfeet Indians; then later on fur trappers, miners and loggers. The Indians called the river "Cokalahishkit" which means "the river of the road to the buffalo."

Captain Meriwether Lewis, the first celebrity known to follow the well-worn Indian trail along the Big Blackfoot, arrived in July of 1806, on his return trip of the famed Lewis & Clark Expedition. Although no paparazzi were on hand to memorialize Captain Lewis's travels through land that would become the future Paws Up, it is believed that he climbed a tall, craggy rock formation in the rushing waters at the confluence of the Blackfoot and Clearwater rivers. From that vantage point, he would have looked forward up the trail that would take him onward to the next leg of his memorable trek.

The Lindbergh Cattle Company took over the ranch in the year 1965. Brothers Land and Jon Lindbergh, sons of the celebrated aviator, owned the property for the next 21 years, longer than any other owners. The year 1997 heralded new owners, Dave and Nadine Lipson, who purchased the ranch that had now expanded to 10,000 deeded acres and 27,000 leased acres. Arriving from Colorado, they brought with them a herd of superior horses, the desire to build a first-class Black Angus seed stock operation, and their beloved ranch name. "Paws Up" was originally inspired by those over friendly, wriggling dogs who greet visitors by putting their paws up in the air while their tails thump the floor a mile a minute. A member of the Lipson clan brought the name to life with the highly recognizable paw logo.

Lowdown

  • Enjoy

    Gourmet, Ranch-style
  • Meals served

    family style, meals roll with days activities, everyone eats together
  • Alcohol

    available for purchase
  • Enjoy dining in

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

    ranch garden, organic produce, locally grown produce
  • Dietary restrictions catered for

    lactose intolerant, vegans, vegetarians, Gluten free

Drawing from the agricultural wealth of Montana and the West, the 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. Fresh Rocky Mountain trout, sauteed with herbs, may be paired with an exquisite Napa Valley Chardonnay. Enjoy the atmosphere at either of our two on-property . Or, 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. Every sense is excited. Every meal brings new adventure.

Guest Favourites

  • Leg of Lamb
  • Savory chicken breast
  • Huckleberry Pancakes

Your Chef, Sunny Jin

Before becoming The Resort at Paws Up’s executive chef, Sunny Jin’s culinary journey took him around the world, cooking for some of the planet’s finest restaurants—Napa Valley’s French Laundry, Catalonia’s El Bulli and Australia’s Tetsuya’s. While his culinary skills have impressed discriminating palates globally, it’s the American Northwest where he feels most at home. His formative cooking skills developed in Portland, Oregon, at the Western Culinary Institute, where he won the coveted Grand Toque Award as the top culinary student.

But where Jin really earned his cooking chops was at the French Laundry—one of the most lauded restaurants in the Northern Hemisphere. He spent three years working under renowned chefs Thomas Keller and Corey Lee. “We were literally creating new menus every day, learning to really focus. The amazing culture at the French Laundry was so much about the culinary community,” said Jin. Those community contacts and a growing global curiosity took Jin to Australia, and the highest-rated restaurant in the Southern Hemisphere, Tetsuya’s, where he cooked alongside the legendary Tetsuya Wakuda.

So how do you top working for some of the best restaurants on earth? If you’re Chef Sunny Jin, you go to the best restaurant on earth—El Bulli (named by Restaurant magazine as the top-rated restaurant in the world a record five times). While in Catalonia, Jin worked with El Bulli’s celebrated Chef Ferran Adrià. Intrigued by what made El Bulli tick, Jin learned care in preparation and inventiveness in his dishes.

The siren call of the American Northwest eventually brought Jin back stateside to work in Oregon’s emerging food and wine scene—at the Allison Inn & Spa’s Jory restaurant. His Jory menu focused on local gardens, neighboring farms and seasonal ingredients.

“Now I bring my ‘cook locally, cook sustainably’ philosophy to work at Paws Up,” Jin explained. Today, instead of traveling the globe, Jin’s journey of discovery takes him around Montana. He is dedicated to building relationships with the agricultural community, bringing purveyors and guests together at events and of course foraging for the finest local ingredients. “Lots of new exciting ideas occur to me every day in Montana. It’s such an inspiring place, with culinary riches, wild huckleberries, cherries, wild chamomile—even elk, bison and trout,” said Jin.

From the Northwest to California to Australia to Spain and back to the Northwest—Jin’s journey has indeed come full circle, as all that culinary skill descends on the plates of Paws Up in Greenough, Montana.

Lowdown

  • Address

    40060 Paws Up Road
    Greenough
    Montana
    59823
    USA
  • Remote Location

    Yes
  • Elevation

    3786 ft
  • Private Land

    20,000-40,000 acres

Nearest Town - Missoula

Missoula has a population of 107,320 (approx), and is situated 35 miles / 30 mins from the Ranch.

Facilities in Missoula include: grocery store, pharmacy, church, school, post office, medical clinic, hospital, bank, atm, gas station, museum.

For shopping Missoula offers: small hometown necessity shops, boutique shops, malls, western wear.

Nearest Airports

Missoula International Airport (MSO), Missoula

Distance

35 miles / 30 mins

Airlines

Delta, United, Skywest, Allegiant, Horizon, Northwest, Alaska

Ranch shuttle

included in rate


Private Air Travel

Nearest location(s)

Missoula

Travel by

Helicopter, Airplane

Distance

35 miles

Ranch shuttle

included in room rate

Lowdown

  • Type of Riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Most riders are

    Beginner
  • Rides are grouped by

    Age, Ability, Pace of Ride, Rides tailored to guest requests, Rides dictated by ranch work, Families ride together
  • Max riders per ride

    10
  • Wranglers per ride

    2
  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot
  • Guest Horses

    45
  • Horse Types

    Quarterhorse
  • Hours in the saddle

    Morning - 2 hours
    Afternoon - 2 hours

The Setting

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

7-10 miles of Blackfoot River running through the property, ranchland surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, open fields, Cottonwoods, Ponderosa Pine


Our Riding

Riding Freedom

Private rides can be catered to the guests' desires. We have done private rides with picnic lunches, wine, etc

Riding considerations

no riding experience needed, We consider height and athletic ability as well as a guest's weight


Why our riding stands out

  • Authentic, Real, Knowledgeable - our head wrangler has many years training in reining, ranching and natural horsemanship
  • Equestrian Center - ride in our indoor center year round - lessons, cattle sorting and more
  • Professional and can cater to any level of rider - including those fearful of horses

Sample Riding Itinerary

The Resort accommodates all levels of riders and your itinerary can be created by the guest prior to arrival. Experienced riders or those wanting a deeper look into horsemanship, you can ride with Max and receive one-on-one attention - ranching, cattle work, reining, roping, barrel racing and more. If you're interested in a more leisure scenic trail ride, enjoy a relaxing ride with one of our wranglers. We accommodate families wanting to ride together to individuals wanting more attention.
 

Riding Lessons

Our lesson program can be catered to fit the guest’s skill set and interests. Whether guests are already advanced riders or have never been on a horse we can cater to their needs.

Details

lessons are additional

Given by

horse trainer

Location

in the arena

Natural Horsemanship Clinic

Details

Additionally charged, Clinics occur in the arena

Cattle work - pasture gathers

A highlight is moving the cattle into the arena and then learning the finer points of horsemanship and stockmanship by Max.

When

Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Frequency

Daily

No. of yearlings

40

Interaction

Guests participate

Arena Work

Lessons at the Equestrian center run the gamut from basic horsemanship to advanced, reining, cattle work including ranch sorting, cattle, roping

Type

indoor arena, outdoor arena

Activities

sorting, roping from the ground

Lowdown

  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    Summer: $1,295 - $4,535
    Winter: $800 - $2,281
  • Minimum Stay

    Summer: 4 days
    Winter: 2 days
  • Preferred Arrival Day

    Any day is fine
  • Preferred Departure Day

    Any day is fine
  • Style of accommodation

    Ranch rustic, Tents, Glamping, Western rustic chic, Luxury 5-Star

The Resort at Paws Up can cater for up to 225 guests. Accommodation includes Houses and Luxury Tents. See below for details and indicative rates.

House | Meadow Home

Rates (Per Couple)

Summer: $1,878 - $2,430
Winter: $1,545 - $1,745

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

Conveniently located near the Village at Paws Up, these Montana guest ranch accommodations are rich in comfort and western style. With approximately 1,300 square feet of living area, these spacious luxury homes provide plenty of room to roam. Each Meadow Home has two large bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a laundry room, and a four-person hot tub. The fully equipped kitchen offers everything you need, including range; refrigerator; microwave and dishwasher. The great room features well-appointed furnishings and a flat-screen TV with satellite prog

Rooms

2

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

fridge, microwave, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, air conditioning, washer / dryer

Entertainment

tv, dvd, cable / satellite tv, hot tub

House | Big Timber Home - 1bed + loft

Rates (Per Couple)

Summer: $2,322 - $2,976
Winter: $1,895 - $2,095

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

These Montana vacation homes are available in three sizes: 1 bed (plus loft)/1 bath, 2 bed/2 bath and 3 bed/2 bath accommodating four to eight guests. Each Big Timber Home features a master suite rich in western chic décor and a charming lofted bedroom. The rustic contemporary kitchen opens up to a great room with soaring lofted ceiling, plush leather seating and an inviting wood-burning stove or grand stone fireplace. The exquisitely appointed master suite has plenty of space to stretch out as well as a big master bathroom with a roomy, Mon

Rooms

2

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

fridge, microwave, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, air conditioning, wood fireplace, washer / dryer

Entertainment

tv, dvd, cable / satellite tv, hot tub

House | Big Timber Home - 2 bed

Rates (Per Couple)

Summer: $2,926 - $3,707
Winter: $2,370 - $2,570

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

These Montana vacation homes are available in three sizes: 1 bed (plus loft)/1 bath, 2 bed/2 bath and 3 bed/2 bath accommodating four to eight guests. Each Big Timber Home features a master suite rich in western chic décor and a charming lofted bedroom. The rustic contemporary kitchen opens up to a great room with soaring lofted ceiling, plush leather seating and an inviting wood-burning stove or grand stone fireplace. The exquisitely appointed master suite has plenty of space to stretch out as well as a big master bathroom with a roomy, Mon

Rooms

2

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

fridge, microwave, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, air conditioning, wood fireplace, washer / dryer

Entertainment

tv, dvd, cable / satellite tv, hot tub

House | Big Timber Home - 3 bed

Rates (Per Couple)

Summer: $3,243 - $4,335
Winter: $3,040 - $3,460

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

These Montana vacation homes are available in three sizes: 1 bed (plus loft)/1 bath, 2 bed/2 bath and 3 bed/2 bath accommodating four to eight guests. Each Big Timber Home features a master suite rich in western chic décor and a charming lofted bedroom. The rustic contemporary kitchen opens up to a great room with soaring lofted ceiling, plush leather seating and an inviting wood-burning stove or grand stone fireplace. The exquisitely appointed master suite has plenty of space to stretch out as well as a big master bathroom with a roomy, Mon

Rooms

3

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

fridge, microwave, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, air conditioning, wood fireplace, washer / dryer

Entertainment

tv, dvd, cable / satellite tv, hot tub

House | Wilderness Estate

Rates (Per Couple)

Summer: $3,561 - $5,015
Winter: $3,290 - $3,710

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

Escape to a wonderland of palatial rustic glamour at The Wilderness Estates at Paws Up, a collection of luxury ranch homes nestled a world away from the everyday at our breathtaking Montana resort. Whatever you can imagine is at your fingertips. Total indulgence. Complete relaxation. A secluded wilderness sanctuary, all discretely hidden behind gated chaparrals. Your expansive luxury ranch accommodation comes complete with panoramic vistas, uber-privacy and an extensive list of features including a great room with a soaring vaulted ceiling, a c

Rooms

3

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

fridge, microwave, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, air conditioning, wood fireplace, washer / dryer

Entertainment

tv, dvd, cable / satellite tv, hot tub, jetted tub in bath

House | Morris Ranch House

Rates (Per Couple)

Summer: $3,243 - $4,335
Winter: $2,790 - $3,210

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

The Morris Ranch House is a historic four-bedroom, Montana resort vacation home that is the ultimate mountain retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Situated among towering cottonwoods - adjacent to the picturesque Elk Creek - this classic Montana resort vacation home offers privacy and seclusion to those looking to escape to the rolling and timbered pastureland of Big Sky Country. With four bedrooms, five total bathrooms (3 full/2 half) and all the modern conveniences of home, this beautiful accommodation is perfect for large mul

Rooms

4

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

fridge, microwave, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, air conditioning, washer / dryer

Entertainment

tv, dvd, cable / satellite tv, hot tub

House | Blackfoot River Lodge

Rates (Per Couple)

Summer: $3,561 - $5,015
Winter: $3,290 - $3,710

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

Nestled in a beautiful private setting on the banks of the Blackfoot River, the newly renovated Blackfoot River Lodge blends the charm of an authentic Montana dude ranch cabin with exquisite western furnishings and décor. This four-bedroom, three-bathroom home features the following: master bedroom suite with an enormous master bath; private office; full, modern kitchen with slate flooring; dining room; living room with stone fireplace; laundry room; four decks and spectacular views of the mighty Blackfoot. This well-appointed Montana dude ranc

Rooms

4

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

fridge, microwave, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, air conditioning, wood fireplace, washer / dryer

Entertainment

tv, dvd, cable / satellite tv, hot tub

Luxury Tent | Moonlight Camp

Rates (Per Couple)

$1,911 - $2,421

Minimum Stay

3 nights

Description

Moonlight Camp is a collection of six safari-like luxury tents that allow guests to connect with the great outdoors without forgoing the amenities of a luxury resort. Situated at the foot of Lewis & Clark's famous Lookout Rock, and just a short stroll from the mighty Blackfoot River, Moonlight Camp has an impressive array of features and amenities including: The Last Best Bed®, private en-suite bathrooms, a gorgeous dining pavilion that serves haute grilled cuisine and a camping butler who caters to your every whim. Want to be at one with the m

Rooms

2

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

hair dryer, plush bathrobes, air conditioning

Luxury Tent | Creekside Camp

Rates (Per Couple)

$1,915 - $2,820

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

We’ve given canvas a new classy cachet at Creekside Camp. This glamping experience is situated on the banks of the beautiful and pastoral Elk Creek and features six spacious tent suites: four two-bedroom suites and two one-bedroom suites. Each glamping tent comes with The Last Best Bed® and an en-suite bathroom with a vanity with two sinks and a large slate shower. Creekside Camp also has an architecturally impressive dining pavilion with a monumental stone-and-timber fireplace, as well as an outdoor fire pit – perfect for a night of stories an

Rooms

2

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

hair dryer, plush bathrobes

Luxury Tent | Pinnacle Camp

Rates (Per Couple)

$1,915 - $2,820

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

Montana glamping has reached new heights. We’re proud to announce the newest and most luxurious camp at Paws Up, aptly named Pinnacle Camp. Situated on a bluff overlooking the confluence of the Blackfoot River and Elk Creek, this special camp offers one of the most breathtaking views on our 37,000-acre property. Pinnacle Camp features six large tent suites (including Tango Point, an exquisite honeymoon tent) that include spacious en-suite bathrooms with a jetted tub and shower, a plush dining pavilion, and a myriad of luxury resort amenities. I

Rooms

2

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

hair dryer, plush bathrobes

Luxury Tent | River Camp

Rates (Per Couple)

$2,070 - $2,930

Minimum Stay

3 nights

Description

Imagine luxury camping on the banks of the legendary Blackfoot River. The soft music of the water lulls you gently to sleep while a blanket of stars twinkles overhead. Rise with the sun and cast your first fly into the pristine water. Now imagine luxury camping Paws Up-style – with your own well-appointed tent complete with The Last Best Bed®, electricity, spacious deck, nearby private master bathroom, twice-daily housekeeping service, scrumptious meals and even your own personal camping butler. River Camp features six tent suites and a dining

Rooms

2

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

hair dryer, plush bathrobes

Luxury Tent | Cliffside Camp

Rates (Per Couple)

$2,359 - $3,611

Minimum Stay

3 nights

Description

Located across Paws Up's famous covered bridge and atop a soaring cliff that overlooks the confluence of the Blackfoot River and Elk Creek, Cliffside Camp combines luxurious amenities with the Resort's most stunning views to create the ultimate glamping experience in Montana. Four two-bedroom tent suites feature plenty of room for families, while two one-bedroom honeymoon tents serve as the quintessential accommodations for romantic getaways.

Rooms

2

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

hair dryer, plush bathrobes

Luxury Tent | North Bank Camp

Rates (Per Couple)

$3,434 - $4,208

Minimum Stay

3 nights

Description

Perched on a picturesque, rocky, timbered bluff overlooking the legendary Blackfoot River, North Bank Camp offers a luxurious retreat into the Montana wilderness. It's our only camp on the north bank of the river, and every tent has a riverfront location, with a spacious furnished deck suspended over the slope to afford inspiring Big Sky views. The camp can accommodate families and larger groups with two-bedroom and three-bedroom tents. North Banks dining pavilion is our most expansive, featuring a stone fire place, and bar seating.

Rooms

3

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, air conditioning


Booking Policy

A resort fee of 20% will be applied to all fees for lodging, spa services, and food and beverage charges. No resort fee is applied to wilderness adventures. The resort fee covers services such as round-trip airport transportation, all on-property transportation (on-demand drivers provided), use of a personal vehicle (for guests staying in homes), concierge services, wireless Internet, the Paws Up App and access to the fitness center, the Grizzlyman Fitness Trail and an extensive trail system. Rates are based on availability, subject to change and are not valid with any other promotion. All reservations are subject to a 60-day cancellation policy. To confirm your reservation, a two-night deposit is required. The remaining balance is due 60 days prior to your arrival. This deposit is refundable, minus a transaction fee equal to 20% of the deposit amount, if canceled at least 60 days prior to your arrival date. Your full deposit amount is nonrefundable for cancellations made within 60 days prior to your arrival. Within 60 days prior to your arrival, no rate adjustments will be made for the cancellation of a portion of your reserved stay or a reduction in the size of your party. Reservations made within 60 days prior to arrival must be 100% prepaid at the time of booking. Because of our small size, cancellations or rescheduling of dates affect us significantly. A last minute cancellation or date change gives us little chance of filling the space due to our remote location. For these reasons we uphold a strict cancellation policy. The Resort at Paws Up highly recommends purchasing trip insurance from your local travel agent or your insurance provider. For reservations of three or more units, a deposit equal to the first two nights of the stay, before tax and resort fees, is required. This deposit is refundable, minus a transaction fee equal to 20% of the deposit amount, if canceled at least 90 days prior to your arrival date. We will collect the remaining balance of the reservation 90 days prior to your arrival and at that time the reservation will become nonrefundable and nontransferable. In the unfortunate event you must cancel your reservation before the 90 days prior to your arrival date, there will be a 20% transaction fee deducted from your deposit amount. If you need to cancel within 90 days of your scheduled arrival, the total dollar amount of your reservation is nonrefundable. Should it be necessary for you to depart earlier or arrive later than your confirmed dates, you will be responsible for the original reserved room nights of your intended stay.

Included in your stay

meals, ranch shuttle, tax, gratuity, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily for two adults, access to fitness center, disc golf, access to extensive hiking trails, geocaching, fishing equipment, horseshoes, volleyball, badminton, pony rides, inflatable watercraft for children, croquet, basketball, playground, bonfire/s'more's, activities in The Lewis & Clark Reception Barn, books, games, dvd rentals, internet access

Extras

Tax

A 7% Montana state lodging tax will be applied to the nightly room rate. No sales tax is applied to food and beverages, spa and wilderness adventures.

Gratuity

Our staff is dedicated to serving you. Its sole mission is to ensure that you have a memorable vacation experience at Paws Up. While all staff members are well-compensated, gratuities are much appreciated for exemplary service.

Lowdown

  • Communications

    Wireless Internet/Wifi, telephone.
  • Cell Networks

    alltel, AT&T, verizon.
  • Business Services

    Executive business center , Conference center, computer and fax hookups, printers, common computer.

Onsite

Shopping

Introducing PUGS, a unique and sophisticated general store. From postcards, photo frames and Paws Up portraits, to apparel, adventure gear, and an extensive selection of spa products, you'll find something that will always remind you of your visit to Paws Up. Discover many Montana-made items plus western wear, fishing gear, exquisite jewelry, fascinating books and many of the wonderful home decor items as found in your home.

Outdoor Activities

climbing, mountain biking, tennis, Yoga, sporting clays, campouts, wagon rides, ATV Rentals - guided

Water based Activities

hot tub, lake water sports, river floating, whitewater rafting-adventure

Spa

relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, rock treatments, couples massage, scrubs, facials

Winter Activities

cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing


Fishing & Wildlife

There's almost nothing in life that rivals the feeling of a hefty trout striking your fly, and the ensuing fight, headshakes and all. With that in mind, we'd like to welcome you to a slice of Montana fly fishing heaven. The Resort at Paws Up is an angler's retreat that's located within the golden triangle of western trout Montana fly fishing. It boasts a creel-full of legendary rivers on property or nearby — including the Blackfoot, Bitterroot, Missouri, and Clark Fork. So whether you're checking off a few more Montana rivers, or are ready to pioneer into some true trout wilderness, this is the place for you.

Fishing on offer

fly, river, equipment available, instruction available

Wildlife

Elk, Deer, Moose, Bald Eagles


Additional Services

Corporate Retreats

For groups of 100 & over.

Whether you're planning a Montana corporate retreat, wedding, family reunion or other special event, The Resort at Paws Up offers an idyllic stage for memorable occasions. Depending on the size of your group, you may reserve individual Big Timber Homes or Wilderness Estates, our luxury tents, or all 52 units and the entire 37,000-acre ranch. For those who wish to conduct a little business along with pleasure, Paws Up offers meeting spaces for executive level summits and conferences as well as private dining areas for less formal business gatherings from 10 to 150 people.

Weddings

We can cater for groups of 100 & over.

With starlit skies and untouched wilderness, Paws Up provides a panoramic, awe-inspiring backdrop for one-of-a kind Montana weddings. Whether you envision a traditional black-tie affair, or a casual cowboy hitching, The Resort at Paws Up is the perfect venue for weddings in Montana of any style.


Local Attractions

Glacier National Park

More than 700 miles of trails in a vast park with diverse landscapes & abundant wildlife.

Distance

135 miles / 3 hours

Rental car

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Garnet Ghost Town

Montana’s most intact ghost town was never built to last. Garnet endures along with the spirits of the rugged gold miners and their families who carved a community in the heart of the Garnet Mountain Range at the end of the nineteenth century. In 1898, some 1,000 people knew Garnet as home. The town was a union town, with a strong miners’ union, the Garnet Western Labor Union, negotiating with mine owners for fair pay, working hours and safety rules. The union hall doubled as the town’s dance hall and resonated with dances, theater, harvest festivals and union meetings. But, by 1905, the gold was playing out and only 150 people remained. A raging fire in 1912 and hardships on the home front during World War I sent most of the remaining miners, wives and children packing . Garnet slowly slipped into obscurity, despite a brief renewal of mining in the Great Depression of the 1930s. Today, Garnet’s fame lies not in its gold, but in the rich history of the town and its emblematic hard-scrabble character. Garnet is quite different from the rip-roaring frontier gold-mining towns in Montana such as Bannack and Virginia City with their lawlessness, vigilantes, and extra-legal hangings. The ghosts of Garnet sleep well. For one thing, Garnet was settled three decades after these early placer-mining towns. The gold mines that gave rise to the town of Garnet were hard-rock mines that demanded entrepreneurs with access to industrial equipment. Hundreds of miners brought their families to live at the top of the long, steep grade from the Northern Pacific Railroad stop at Bearmouth. Many businesses thrived on Main Street. More than 50 children attended the school. The men worked hard, without electricity, with only steam engines and hand tools, removing more than 60,000 ounces of gold, 50,000 ounces of silver, and 60,000 ounces of copper before the rich veins of minerals were tapped out. Garnet was mostly left to the memories and the ghosts when the town’s remaining merchant, Frank Davey, died in 1947. The Bureau of Land Management and the Garnet Preservation Association work together to preserve many original buildings, including the stately Wells Hotel, for posterity. Behind the scenes at Garnet, workers stabilize the old buildings to keep them from falling down. The goal is to retain the ghostly nature of the abandoned buildings while preserving the roofs from caving in and the walls from giving away.

Distance

5 miles / 15 mins

Ranch shuttle

50

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Highs

  • Perfect for those seeking a resort-style stay in the wide-open Montana landscape. You are situated in your own private luxury home or luxury tent, where you’ll enjoy the services of your own personal butler and chef, plus there’s a gorgeous common area
  • Christmas and New Year’s is a great time to enjoy the ranch. Enjoy beautiful homes adorned with elaborate Christmas decorations, activities such as cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, and even your own private Santa!
  • The ranch is frequently listed in recognized publications as a top US destination

Lows

  • The overall feel is that of a hotel as opposed to the warmth and welcoming feeling of a dude ranch stay, however the service is certainly five-star and you will feel like the ranch is yours
  • There is no ‘lodge’ setting, however there is a gathering area, and the Bull Barn is ideal for retreats and large functions

Visitor Reviews

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Heaven on Earth!

The Resort at Paws Up is truly magical. I had the opportunity to teach yoga for the Adren Zen weekend and had the best time. The staff is incredibly accommodating. Allison Lewis is an awesome event planner and bends over backwards to make sure all of the guests are happy. The food is to die for and chef Ben is so cool! You can horseback ride, ride an ATV, repel down a huge cliff, challenged yourself on an aerial ropes course or hike. You can also relax in your own hot tub, get any spa treatment you'd like, take yoga and zen out. I loved everything about my stay and can't recommend it enough.

5 stars

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