Wildlife Viewing

The Wilder Side of Ranch Life


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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

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“The views are simply breathtaking. Wildlife was everywhere - almost as if a herd of Elk were brought out on cue! ”
David S

Tripadvisor, June 2021

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“On my drive to work, I saw a bighorn sheep, twin moose calves, bald eagles, a fox and a mule buck. A virtual Montana bingo!”
Josh Erickson

Reservations and Revenue Manager

Two elks on grass
Blue bird sitting on wooden beam
Mountain view
Eagle flying over meadows
Deer in flower field
Little bunny sitting in grass

The best souvenir is a great story.

Twice-daily activities are included in your stay. Our all-inclusive rate structure ensures that visits to The Ranch are memorable for their adventures and amenities, not their logistical challenges.

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