The Resort At Paws Up
Over-the-top camping under the Big Sky
What it is
Wilderness adventure—without giving up feather beds.
What it isn't
Ideal for kids under eight, who are restricted from many activities.
What we think
We dread silly coinages like "glamping," which purports to be a more glamorous version of camping. The concept isn't new—African safari lodges have done it forever—but the Resort at Paws Up can claim to have introduced (and perfected) it to the American West. Located in a swoon-worthy swath of Montana's Blackfoot Valley, where "A River Runs Through It" was set, the 37,000-acre cattle ranch includes five canvas-tented, wood-floored campsites with ensuite bathrooms, heated floors, ceiling fans and rustic-chic furniture. A camp butler keeps the fire tended and a camp chef makes s'mores (and more). If you're more of a walls-and-ceilings type, there are 28 full-size homes ranging from one to four bedrooms. (Or split your stay so you can experience both.) Paws Up is less an authentic cowboy ranch than a chill resort with a plethora of wilderness activities: horseback riding, fly-fishing, hiking, river-rafting, archery and more. (However, note that many activities require children to be at least eight). There's also a spa, and dining options that range from rustic to refined.
You're here because
You're a couple, family or group looking for a luxurious take on the Great Outdoors.
As the hot-air balloon makes its silent, gentle ascent into Montana's Big Sky, you inhale the scent of ponderosa pines and watch bald eagles wheeling above the valley.
Restaurants & Bars
Pomp - The cuisine at Pomp might be described as refined rustic ranch. Grounded in the fundamentals of classic cooking. Local ingredients are featured, so offerings change just like the seasons.
Trough - Home-cooked flavors combined with traditional cusine. Enjoy hand-cut meats combined with local vegetables. Also, indulge in huckleberry pancakes served at breakfast.
Chuck Wagon - Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride through the Blackfoot River at Paws Up. Capture views of Montana's Big Sky and indulge in an authentic chuck wagon dinner. This meal is prepared right in front of you featuring angus prime ribs, grilled corn and asparagus over a campfire. Finish off the meal with fresh fruit cobbler baked over the coals in a dutch oven.
Tank - The perfect place to unwind and reconnect after a day full of adventure. Enjoy a casual environment with a great drink selection.
Greenough, a town in western Montana about 35 minutes northeast of Missoula.