Sustainable Tourism at The Ranch at Rock Creek

"My vision for The Ranch has always been as a place for guests to disconnect from the daily distractions of modern life and reinforce vital relationships while enjoying five-star amenities and activities. I’ve found this is best accomplished by walking or biking while here. For these reasons, I encourage you to join me on my mission to make The Ranch at Rock Creek free of unnecessary vehicle use so we can all enjoy the natural beauty of this special place."

~ Owner Jim Manley

Our Commitment

Eco Tourism

The Ranch is unique because our sustainability path has actually been in our property’s plans since The Ranch opened. Scroll through four of our ongoing property-wide sustainability initiatives and read more on our blog.

We have made walking and biking at The Ranch as easy as possible for guests. At your accommodation, you will find a bike for your personal use. We also have lighted walking paths and roads with property maps available at the Front Desk. In addition to enhancing the homestead hospitality experience of a Montana ranch and immersing yourself in nature, walking and biking allow us to minimize vehicle traffic, foster a safer environment and reduce emissions and dust. Enjoy the outdoors and the natural beauty of this special place. Carpools and on-site staff housing also reduce emissions.

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Our refillable water bottles and bathroom amenities have eliminated 50,000 plastic bottles annually. We replaced all plastic straws with Hay Straws, made from the biodegradable by-products of wheat production.

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River cleanups have removed four tons of trash and regular highway cleanups help keep trash out of the riverbeds. In 2022, we were recognized by Trout Unlimited for our long-term commitment to protecting Rock Creek by installing fish screens on property, practicing catch and release fishing, teaching fish handling techniques and keeping pressure on fish populations low.

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Our ongoing forest management project will be measured in years and generations. In 2020, The Ranch hired Zachary Bashoor and his company, Montana Forest Consultants to embark on a responsible forestry project to improve the health of our forests and wildlife habitats over the course of five or more years.

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Our Commitment

Local Sourcing

Our location and role as a working ranch means that we naturally partner with our neighbors and nearby ranches in the area. We naturally coexist with our surroundings by the activities that we offer, the food that we prepare and the accommodations that we have built for our guests.

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Culinary Sourcing

75% of dining is sourced from local farms, with 90-100% of meats, summer produce, grains and dairy from Western Montana.

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On-Ranch Apiary

In 2017, Apiarist Kelsey Bruns built our bee program from the ground up. We use the honey in our cuisine and cocktails.

Nature Spa Sourcing

Our spa partnered with emerginC, a fair-trade, ethically farmed brand known for its efficacy and sustainable production.

Mercantile Sourcing

Our Mercantile showcases local jewelry, pottery, art, leather crafts, homegoods and clothing made by local artisans.

Our Commitment

Community Sustainability

Our staff come to Montana because we share a similar mindset about our environment – that it is beautiful and should be treasured. Our focus for philanthropy is increasing medical, educational and recreational resources for our frontier area (meaning less than six people per square mile).

Community-Based Philanthropy

Donations are mostly local, including hosting the Festival of Trees that raises $50K annually for frontier health care.

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EMT Training

Activities Director Patrick Little trains EMTs to saturate The Ranch and the county with people who can respond to emergency calls and make backcountry recreation safer.

The Nest Childcare

The Nest at Rock Creek gives families access to affordable childcare, helps combat gender pay gaps and gives equal access to career opportunities.


Sustaining Five-Stars & the Future by Eliminating Single-Use Plastics

Every year that we’ve garnered the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star award, we’ve taken a moment to look back at one of the things that is a cornerstone of who we are and how our incredible staff goes above and beyond to maintain this high quality of service. We are looking toward the future and how we can sustain our FTG stars and our natural environment in the long term.

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Community Support Request

Please submit at least 3 months before your event

The Ranch at Rock Creek is committed to serving the Granite County community and surrounding area through its support of local organizations and events that improve the lives of our fellow citizens. If your organization is interested in requesting the support of The Ranch, please complete and submit this form.

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