The Wilder Side of Ranch Life
Train your eagle eye to observe Montana's thriving eco-system.
From curls clashing in the throes of the fall rut to the chatter of nesting songbirds, there is a buzz of behind-the-scenes animal activity at The Ranch at Rock Creek. Western Montana is home to the most abundant wildlife population in the lower 48 states. While enjoying a morning cup of coffee on the porch, you might see a rabbit darting between the bushes or a herd of deer grazing in the meadow. The Ranch’s varied terrain creates a hospitable environment for rabbits, prairie dogs, deer, elk, moose, big horn sheep, wolves, coyote, beaver and fox, as well as occasional bear and mountain lion. Bird watchers are thrilled with sightings of bald and golden eagles, osprey, hawks, grouse and waterfowl.
Early morning and evening outings are the best times for Montana wildlife viewing and birding, and the more you explore the more you are likely to see. Take advantage of the benches, docks and Adirondack chairs strategically placed along Rock Creek, near the stocked ponds or the Granite Lodge. Photographers and wildlife enthusiasts can go a step further by booking guided hikes in the Rod & Gun Club to take advantage of seasonal migration patterns and other local expertise.
Twice-daily on-ranch adventures are included in your stay
Guided expeditions available
Best in early morning and evening
Delve deeper with our master naturalist and photography classes
Wisdom from the wild
From our Activities Concierge
Tripadvisor, June 2021
Reservations and Revenue Manager