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Dude Ranch Glamping with your Personal Butler

05.8.15 | Bespoke Itinerary

Glamping with your Personal Butler

ResortPawsUpThe Resort at Paws Up is a Montana wilderness resort and ranch with enchanting cabins and safari-like luxury tents, situated on the legendary Blackfoot River, and offering an unforgettable mixture of adventure and luxury for couples and families alike.

Located just outside the small town of Greenough in the Blackfoot Valley, Paws Up is a Montana wilderness resort and ranch that sprawls across nearly 40,000 acres of pristine Montana wilderness. Come here if you’d like to experience the best of outdoor adventure by day and twenty-first-century comforts in the evening.

Adventure enthusiasts will rejoice in this ultimate wilderness playground. There is a huge variety of adventures of all kinds, from horse back riding, fly-fishing on the Blackfoot River, abseiling cliffs made famous by Lewis & Clark, clay pigeon shooting, white water rafting and kayaking, hot air ballooning, ATV riding, back country camping trips and a superb programme of activities for children.

For those yearning to cowboy up in Big Sky Country, guests can enjoy dude ranch activities such as trail riding suitable for novice and advanced rider alike on horses from one of the West’s best stables or saddle up and join seasoned ranch hands to drive a herd of cattle. Gather them from the pastures and trail them to the corrals to sort them – truly an experience of a lifetime.

What is so different about Paws Up is that there are endless adventures to be had, there is truly an adventure of a lifetime for everyone. Then after a full day of the great outdoors, you’ll come back to superb gourmet cuisine, a tranquil woodland spa where you will be soothed and lulled by the chirping of birds under the pine trees, and amazing facilities.

Accommodation options are fabulous. The luxury ranch homes range from three-bedroom cabins ideal for families complete with panoramic vistas, a sense of privacy and a private deck where you can soak in your six-person hot tub, to the ultra-secluded Blackfoot River Lodge, a light-filled retreat with stunning views from every window, and the allegedly haunted Morris Farmhouse, built in 1908 and decorated accordingly—except for the flat-screen TVs. In summer, and if booked well in advance, guests can also opt for deluxe safari-style tents pitched along the Blackfoot River, which come with a private butler who will be able to schedule anything from a chuck wagon ride to a gourmet campfire cookout or your next spa treatment. The ultimate accommodation option is Pinnacle Camp, situated on a bluff overlooking the confluence of the Blackfoot River and Elk Creek, with breathtaking views and six large tent suites (including Tango Point, an exquisite honeymoon tent).


The Resort at Paws Up offers first-class, luxury accommodations comprising 28 luxury vacation homes and 30 luxury camping tents. The expansive luxury home accommodations come with 1-, 2-, 3, or 4-bedroom options, each complete with panoramic vistas, uber-privacy and an extensive list of features including private hot tubs and a complimentary rental car. The luxury camping experience is second to none The Resort at Paws Up is North America’s premier glamping destination, featuring 5 separate luxury tented safari camps that cater to families, couples and groups. Each safari-style camps has 6 tents featuring fine linens, The Last Best Bed®, chic rustic furnishings, art-adorned walls, electricity, cooling fans, heat and, most importantly, a camping butler at your beck and call.


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 aged 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.


Tank, Paws Up’s full-service bar, offers the finest drink selections in a casual environment complete with flat-screen TVs, music, and spectacular views. There are also two on-property atmospheric Montana restaurants, the refined yet rustic Pomp, open to the public for dinner, and the more Western Trough, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you prefer the rustic outdoors you can opt for the Chuck wagon adventure as a scenic wagon ride takes you to the banks of the Blackfoot River, where you can enjoy an authentic campfire dinner.

Spa Town at Paws Up is a colony of pristine white tents joined together by a wooden boardwalk, situated just past an authentic babbling brook and nestled among the soaring pines. The welcome tents feature full baths and showers, while individual treatment tents are fashioned with a lovely sink, a heated massage table, and a view of the meadows.


The Resort at Paws Up offers a vast menu of wilderness activities from riding, world-class clay shooting, fly-fishing, ATV tours, mountain biking, rafting, rappelling, paintball and more.

Unlike most ranches, Paws Up has a unique formula whereby the rate includes your accommodation, and all gourmet meals and then activities are hand-picked by guests and paid for separately to build a unique activity program. Complimentary on ranch activities include to the extensive hiking trail system including access to the nearby Lubrecht, geocaching, all fishing equipment, volleyball, badminton, group yoga classes, pony rides, inflatable watercraft for kids, croquet, disc golf, ladder golf, basketball, working out in the extensive fitness centre and various activities in The Lewis & Clark Reception Barn including billiards and games.


At Paws Up you can also step into a world of incomparable creature comforts featuring decadent spa treatments, gourmet cuisine, personalized service, wireless internet and in-home laundry.

When To Travel

Montana has an extreme continental climate with very cold winters and warm summers. Summer is the best season to visit for hiking, fishing, camping, and wildlife watching. It will be warm during the day and cool at night. Autumn brings spectacularly clear days; cool, clear nights; and calm winds up until late October. Winter is a glorious season here, though it can be very cold. Spring in likely to be chilly with snow or rain.

Contact Us to help plan your perfect Family Summer Escape!

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