PHOTOGRAPHY BY Jesse Lenz
Just outside Missoula sprawls the Resort at Paws Up, an opulent ranch that spans 37,000 acres of pristine Montana wilderness.
Epic vistas pepper the property, including an impressive rocky overlook, where Lewis and Clark are said to have surveyed the Blackfoot River. Paws Up staff also host an impressive suite of activities, including an honest-to-goodness cattle drive, ATV tours of the grounds, fly-fishing, a hot air balloon ride, and a chuck wagon dinner complete with cowboy poetry, ax throwing, and a jaunt in a horse-drawn wagon to the riverside where your dinner awaits.
Paws Up’s bar, Tank, overflows with local Montana offerings like Roughstock whiskey and Montgomery Distillery’s White Laydie gin. Take the edge off a full day or settle in front of the television for a football or soccer match, and commune with global travelers over booze and sports.
Choose from two venues for a world-class meal: Pomp (“rustic ranch”) and Trough (“western flair”). . You just might dine a few feet away from an A-list movie actress on a getaway with her children. Don’t miss out on scheduled special dining events like the Long Table, a banquet thrice a summer that brings guests alongside the ranchers who supplied their food, and Upper Crust, a pie-making camp.
Sink into a cornucopia of beds, from private lodges (Big Timber, Wilderness Estates, Morris Ranch House, Blackfoot River Lodge, or the Honeymoon Homes) to luxury tents (Moonlight, Creekside, River, Pinnacle, or Cliffside camps). Amenities include granite showers, heated floors, and dog statues everywhere.
Glamping ain’t “roughing it,” but don’t expect every single detail to be managed. Paws Up offers a revelatory spin on life in the west, through the lens of creative luxury.