The Ranch at Rock Creek was purchased by Jim Manley in 2007 after his lifetime search for the perfect ranch. Manley was looking for a location that included a waterway on the property and was far removed from any major highways to preserve the wilderness experience for guests. Manley found this perfect location at The Ranch at Rock Creek. The ranch is situated on 6,600 acres (that’s 10 square miles), with four miles of the Rock Creek river running through it, underneath the beautiful Montana “Big Sky.” At any given time, you may see deer, elk, hawks, or eagles. A setting like this can certainly make you want to turn off your cell phone, unplug your laptop, and just relax, and if relaxation is what you desire, The Ranch at Rock Creek has the perfect remedy. Guests can choose to sleep in the fresh air in one of their canvas cabins (a true glamping accommodation) in a luxuriously-appointed bed. Each canvas cabin also features a private, en suite bathroom and a fireplace.
Or for those that prefer more traditional accommodations, the ranch has private log homes with immaculate furnishings with a western flair. The secluded Trapper Cabin is perfect for a honeymoon or the ultimate relaxation experience, with its private location away from the hustle and bustle of the Granite Lodge – it even features a soaking tub on the porch!
After a peaceful night’s rest with the sounds of nature and the flowing Rock Creek in the background, be prepared to be pampered in the Granite Spa. The Granite Spa features private treatment rooms where guests can enjoy customized massages, body treatments, facials, and nail care. Guests can also treat themselves to the “Rock Creek Ritual,” a full two hours of pampering, complete with a full-body scrub and a full-body massage.
But perhaps the biggest allure of The Ranch at Rock Creek isn’t the relaxation, but the adventure! At the ranch, guests can experience activities including horseback riding, sporting clays, archery, paintball, and more. Each activity at the The Ranch at Rock Creek is guided by an experienced instructor. The sporting clays program is suitable for guests of all experience and skill levels and includes the classic “going away” shots to trickier simulations such as the running rabbits’ station. The ranch also features a 3D archery course, complete with realistic foam animal targets. And of course, what ranch experience would be complete without horseback riding? With over fifty horses and miles of wilderness to explore, this activity is sure to be one that everyone in the family can enjoy. In addition to all of the activities listed above, The Ranch at Rock Creek offers fly fishing. Montana is known for its legendary fly fishing, and the four miles of Rock Creek frontage on The Ranch’s acreage boast one of the state’s highest fishing counts and the famous salmon fly hatch which starts in late May and continues into July. The Ranch also stocks five trout ponds, each with its own unique trout species and ecosystem. Fishing at The Ranch at Rock Creek is catch and release only.
When the Montana landscape is covered in snow, it opens up a bevy of winter activities at The Ranch at Rock Creek, from cross-country and downhill skiing to sleigh rides. Guests can also enjoy snowmobiling around the many open meadows near the ranch or ice skating.
With days full of so many varied and exhilarating activities, guests are sure to work up an appetite. Dining at the Granite Lodge will excite the taste buds with Executive Chef Josh Drage’s regionally and seasonally-inspired cuisine. The menu features Montana-raised beef, lamb, chicken, and dairy products and locally-grown, organic produce. If guests prefer a more casual experience, they can dine at The Blue Canteen for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and enjoy the unique outdoor seating area with a fireplace. All meals are included in the nightly rate, as well as all wines and drinks from the ranch’s wine list.