The Resort at Paws Up
At the crossroads of incomparable luxury and unspoiled wilderness lies The Resort at Paws Up. Paws Up is a luxury ranch resort situated on a sprawling, 37,000-acre, authentic working cattle ranch in western Montana. Whether you choose an expansive private home or a sophisticated, safari-style luxury tent, Paws Up provides an unfiltered connection with the natural beauty of Montana amidst a landscape of impeccable rustic elegance and comfort. Here, you’ll live day to day, adventure to adventure. Spend an hour, a day or a week on horseback—all in a wilderness sanctuary you’ll never forget. Cast a fly in sparkling waters to eager trout, explore the land Lewis & Clark swooned over or lose yourself in a world-class spa. You’ll sleep on the finest sheets, eat world-class cuisine and receive impassioned personalized service. It’s home to first-class adventure on a grand scale.
Impeccably appointed in a tapestry of rustic elegance, the beauty of the luxury guest ranch accommodations at Paws Up is rivalled only by the views of the breath-taking Montana wilderness. These are truly unique dwellings in which no two private homes are alike. Indulge in an expansive Big Timber Home or one of ten new Wilderness Estates; luxury accommodations as spacious as the Montana sky that give a warm welcome to families, groups or honeymoon couples. Or hide away in a cosier Meadow Home. For a higher level of togetherness, the resort offers the Bunkhouse – a former hayloft ideally suited for a bachelorette party or groups on fly-fishing vacations.
Known as The Last Best Place, The Resort at Paws Up may be just that. A pristine escape in the Rocky Mountains, taking full advantage of the Big Sky countryside, this wilderness outpost offers something for all energy levels. Explore the land on horseback, cast a fly for trout or simply indulge in spa treatments at Spa Town. As for accommodations, you can choose from 28 luxurious vacation homes, or you can experience upscale camping in one of 36 luxury tents, with decadent furnishings, your own private bathroom and even the services of a Camping Butler. It’s nature served on a silver platter.
From coyotes and bears to eagles and trout, everyone feels at home in this untamed wilderness. But at the end of the day, it’s two-legged guests who enjoy 300-thread-count sheets, sumptuous hot tubs under the stars and Blackfoot River spa treatments just minutes away.
There’s no main lodge. There are no room numbers or hallways. Instead, your luxury home is nestled within a forest of tall timbers that overlook rolling meadows, majestic rivers, pastoral creeks and panoramic mountainscapes.
Come for a stay that’s both secluded and close to activities and restaurants that are beyond compare. Included in your visit are two full days at the Kids Corps of Discovery for the younger set, plus a rugged vehicle so everyone can explore the flora and fauna just outside your door.
After exploring the vast, untamed wilderness, come home to unwind in your perfectly appointed luxury tent. From mid-May through mid-October, you can be surrounded by nature while revelling in every kind of comfort. Each tent is carefully appointed with hardwood floors, fine linens, air conditioning and heat, plus a private, en suite bath with heated slate floors, stylish vanities and Montana-size showers. Exquisite cuisine is steps away in an elegant Dining Pavilion. Spend your evening enjoying around the campfire, telling stories of your adventures and taking in the view of countless stars above.
ISLAND LODGE AT SALMON LAKE
What do you get the resort that has everything? An island. New for 2018, guests at Paws Up will be thrilled to discover the Island Lodge at Salmon Lake, a private retreat nestled among the pines. It serves as the central gathering spot for a whole host of summertime lake activities.
In every direction, you’re surrounded by the largest and oldest ecosystem in the Lower 48. To the west, you’ll take in the incredible Mission Mountains; to the south, the gorgeous Garnet Mountain range and to the east, the legendary Bob Marshall Wilderness Area. Just a 15-minute drive from The Resort at Paws Up, reserving the Island Lodge at Salmon Lake is like having your own private island where you can enjoy water sports, fine cuisine and breath-taking scenery.
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, produces 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 two on-property Montana restaurants. 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 a new adventure.
37,000 acres of the resort property, 100 miles of trails, 10 miles of the Blackfoot River and 1.5 million acres of the nearby Bob Marshall Wilderness Area combine to make for the ultimate outdoor playground for adults and kids alike. Saddle up for a definitive Montana horseback riding adventure, take your best shot at a world-class sporting clays course or experience Montana fly-fishing with an expert guide. Or kick up some dust on an ATV tour. And, if that doesn’t satisfy your adventure appetite, there’s also boating, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, paintball, rafting, rappelling, swimming and more. When it comes to outdoor adventures in the Montana wilderness, Paws Up is an all-you-can-eat buffet.
The Resort at Paws Up features a pristine Rocky Mountain environment most kids will only see on TV. Supervised, age-appropriate activities include everything from hiking and horseback riding to fishing and mountain biking, as well as nature education, wildlife appreciation and wrangler activities.
Discretely nestled on the edge of an expansive meadow, in the waving shade of soaring pines – sits Spa Town® at Paws Up. Spa Town is a colony of pristine white tents stitched together by a wooden boardwalk, situated just past an authentic babbling brook and nestled among towering 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, spotted with horses. A traditional “spa” soundtrack isn’t required because the brook, chirping birds, and a rustle of the wind in the trees above are played daily by Mother Nature herself. Paws Up are the finest of all Montana spa resorts and give new meaning to the term “getting lost” in the woods.