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  • Writer's picturePamela Guffey

Exploring the USA: Paws Up Ranch, Montana

Updated: Mar 3, 2021

Step foot on this 37,000 acre working Montana Ranch complete with 300 head of resident elk and several hundred stunning Black Angus cows for a dude ranch adventure in style.

This retreat in the beautiful Montana setting sets itself above all others in its commitment to luxury while offering guests the chance to take part in a vast menu of authentic dude ranch activities as well as wilderness adventures.


Visiting a dude ranch does not mean you have to rough it, and roughin' it you will not at Paws Up. Stay in real style in either a luxurious home or try glamping in a safari-style tent.

Glamping is a great way to try "roughin" it here at the ranch. Perfect for a family up to six, these safari-style tents have hardwood floors, king-size beds, heat and air. You will be spoiled by the heated slate floors and rain-shower in your private bathroom. Oh, and don't forget the camp butler and chef that are right on site to tend to guests' needs. Enjoy a private deck, relaxing by the nightly campfire, and wonderful dining at the Campside Dining Pavilion. Luxury Homes come complete with all the comforts of home set in the middle of nature. Imagine waking up to the sounds of nature, enjoying your cup of coffee on the back porch before heading in your complimentary vehicle for use on property up to the Trough, the dining hall at the main building, for breakfast before heading out for a day of adventure. Enjoy a gourmet dinner in the dining pavilion before you head back to your cabin in the evening. Cap off the day with a nice soak in your private hot tub before falling into bed for a great night's sleep.


A trip to a dude ranch would not be complete without taking part in authentic "dude ranch" activities such as cattle drives, trail rides and chuck wagon dinners. Paws Up is no exception in offering guests all of those experiences, but the activities available for guests go way beyond that.

Active adventures abound as you can try your skill at rappelling down the cliffs explored by Lewis and Clark on their expeditions to the area or maneuvering the ropes and zipline at the skyline aerial adventure park. Would you rather take to the water? How about learning the art of fly-fishing or enjoying the fast pace of whitewater rafting in the Blackfoot River. By the end of your visit, you and your family could go clay shooting one afternoon, fly high in a hot air balloon the next morning and explore the vastness of the ranch on the back of an ATV to end your vacation with a bang.

Relaxation recreation is not far away either as you hit the water for a restful paddle down stream in one of the ranch's canoes or take to the trail on horseback for a slower paced tour of the ranch. Need something even a little more soothing? The onsite spa with all of its offerings is sure to have you relaxed and feeling great in no time.


No matter what you do, you are sure to work up an appetite while visiting the ranch. Whether it's enjoying breakfast at The Trough, grabbing lunch out on the range by the Chuck Wagon or dining with friends and family around the long Montana table at the Camp Dining Pavilion, the chefs at Paws Up will rustle up some delicious grub that is sure to satisfying even the pickiest of ranch hands. And don't forget those sinfully sweet s'mores that are part of the nightly campfire. The best part is that your gourmet meals, prepared by the first rate chefs at the ranch, are included in your dude ranch experience.

Whether you are a newlywed or a family with three teens; an adventure seeker or seeking seclusion; or you just want to experience a vacation outside the "norm", a trip to Paws Up Ranch holds a place for you.

Would you like to explore all the options this unique vacation spot has in store for you? Contact Diserella Travel Advisor, Pamela, to get started planning your Paws Up Adventure.

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