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Saddle up and play cowboy at The Ranch at Rock Creek hotel in Granite County, a working ranch in the middle of mountain-surrounded nowhere. There’s no town for miles, but with a spa, ice rink, giant movie screen, bowling alley and acres of big-sky outdoors, no-one’s complaining. If that’s not quite enough diversion, there’s more than a holiday’s worth of outdoor fun to be had: ride, bike, fish in the creek or hop on a horse-drawn sleigh – it's all included in your room rate.
The Ranch at Rock Creek
79 Carriage House Lane Philipsburg, Montana 59858United States
Compliments of the House
One $100 Ranch Credit per room to be used at the Mercantile, the Granite Spa, or the reserve
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CHECK-OUT: 11am, but flexible if there’s availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm.
Rates include all activities, meals and drinks; the 20 per cent ranch fee includes taxes, snacks, phone calls and WiFi.
Rodeo grounds (for the weekly rodeo), cinema, the Buckle Barn event space, library, spa, bowling alley, hot tub, billiards table, stables, fishing ponds, WiFi throughout and 6,600 acres. In rooms, iPod dock, minibar and free bottled water. Some rooms have TVs.
Checked shirts, jeans and cowboy hats – and if you don’t normally dress like you’re in a Western, stock up at the Mercantile, where you can buy genuine cowboy articles. The ranch has a whole storage room of sports equipment, so don’t worry about lugging your own.
The thousands of acres have room for a heated outdoor pool. Brave sorts can jump in the creek.
One bedroom in the Granite Lodge is suitable for wheelchair users. There’s a spa in the Granite Lodge, with luxury pedicure stations and framed flowers on the walls; treatments include the aptly named Saddle Sore Soak, guaranteed to bathe away the day’s aches. There's also an ice rink for skating and games of ice hockey.
The 20% Ranch fee tax covers Montana state resort tax, long distance and international phone calls, Wi-Fi and staff gratuities. There is a 3 night minimum stay for reservations June 15 - September 15 and a 4 night minimum for stays that fall over the Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year or 4th of July Holidays. Recommend children 6 or older. Children under 8 is required to be under full-time supervision. For children age 3 to 10, rate is $700 per night to share room. There is no charge for children 2 and under. Rates include all activities, meals and drinks, phone calls (including long distance)and wireless internet access. Verizon Wireless offers the best coverage in the hotel's area. Some carriers offer no service, so please be aware that your cellular device may not pick up service on property. Please note that Trapper Cabin does not have an internet connection.
Camping fans won’t know what’s hit them in a Luxury Canvas Cabin, where the toilet is inside the tent, and a private bath house is nearby. They line the banks of Rock Creek, and come with a rocking chair and porch out front. For sturdier lodgings, head inside to the Appaloosa Suite, with a four-poster white birch bed and wooden walls, or the masculine Loft, which has rafter ceilings and an elegant freestanding bath tub.
Sara Jane's Cottage bathroom
Food & Drink
Blue Canteen restaurant fire pit
The Granite Lodge dining room
Bear House kitchen
Blue Canteen restaurant
Pool table at Silver Dollar Saloon
Bar at Silver Dollar Saloon
The restaurant in the Granite Lodge serves hearty ranch fare, such as beer-braised pork with figs and melted leeks, and Montana elk rib-eye with cherry, watermelon and fennel salad. With checkered curtains, Native American-influenced upholstery and a granite fireplace, the decor has been lifted straight out of Little House on the Prairie.
The Silver Dollar Saloon is as close to the real deal as you’ll get, and this one has its own billiards table, four-lane bowling alley and 14-ft flatscreen. All drinks are included in the rate.
Experience the Extraordinary
You won’t need to travel far for adventure here: clay-pigeon shooting, fly-fishing, horse-riding, sleigh rides, archery, ice-skating, hiking and mountain biking are all included in the rate. Plus, those who plan to winter at the Ranch get all-inclusive downhill skiing and snowboarding at Discovery, one of America's best secret ski areas, just a half-hour drive away. Even better, the hotel takes care of all of the gear, transportation and meals – so you can skip the line for rentals or passes and dodge the crowds of bigger resorts. Beyond the slopes, the hotel can also arrange tours of Philipsburg and a local ghost town.
The Ranch at Rock Creek is in middle-of-nowhere Montana, surrounded by Granite County’s big skies and mountains, and close to old mining town, Philipsburg.
The nearest airports are Butte (BTM) and Missoula (MSO), both under an hour and a half away by car. Delta (www.delta.com) flies direct to Butte from Salt Lake City; United (www.united.com) has flights linking Missoula with Denver and San Francisco. There are also Helena Regional (HLN, two hours), and Bozeman Yellowstone (BZN, two and a half hours). Private planes can land at any of the above, plus Bowman Field in Anaconda (3U3, an hour's drive) and Riddick Field in Philipsburg (U05, a 35-minute drive). Delta and United put on extra direct flights from major cities to Missoula and Bozeman and over the summer.
From Philipsburg, the drive will take around half an hour, and it’s roughly an hour from Anaconda. Yellowstone is a four-hour drive away.
Tours and transfers by helicopter can be arranged on request.
79 Carriage House Lane Philipsburg, Montana 59858United States
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