The Ranch at Rock Creek | Philipsburg, Montana
Located in the heart of Western Montana, The Ranch at Rock Creek is the world’s first Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star ranch and the only US charter member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection. Owner Jim Manley searched the American West for 20 years to find the perfect ranch. Originally a working ranch homesteaded in the early 1900’s, he opened it as an all-inclusive guest ranch in 2010. As a Relais & Châteaux property, we’ve spent the last seven years expanding the frontiers of luxury travel with our one-of-a-kind accommodations, extensive amenities, inventive cuisine and access to over 20 guided outdoor activities on 6,600 acres of mountains, meadows, forests, trout ponds and a mountain-fed creek.
History | The Ranch at Rock Creek was originally homesteaded in the early 1900’s.
Accommodations | Maximum capacity is 125 guests, with 29 accommodations, from one-room suites to five-bedroom log homes.
All-Inclusive | Rates are inclusive of accommodations, amenities, all meals and beverages, guided activities and more.
Activities | We operate year-round, with a plethora of distinctive Western activities available each season.
Landscape | Our namesake Rock Creek runs through the property and is one of the world’s few Blue Ribbon designated fisheries.
Dining | Executive Chef Drage’s menus change daily, always featuring seasonal and locally sourced ingredients and nightly dining experiences.
Weddings & Events | The Ranch hosts intimate weddings, special events and corporate retreats by custom arrangement.
Families | The Ranch is a wonderful place to gather to create new memories, and children explore The Ranch with special activities as part of the Little Grizzlies Kids Club (ages 4-12).
Seasonal Celebrations | Holidays feature additions like barn dances, stagecoach tours, sleigh rides and rodeos.
The Ranch at Rock Creek is located 20 miles outside of the historic town of Philipsburg, Montana in Granite County, an area known as Gold Country. We are also located half-way between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks, near the cities of Missoula, Butte and Helena. The Ranch property is a short distance from the Beaverhead-Deer Lodge National Forest and the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness Area, as well as Discovery Ski Area. We are at an elevation of 5,200 feet and a Latitude/Longitude of 46° N, 113 W.
Nestled at the base of the John Long Mountains, our ranch land also encompasses four miles of frontage along Rock Creek, a Blue Ribbon designated fishery that flows into the Clark Fork River. To the far south, soft rolling hills give way to snow-capped peaks of the Pintler Mountains. Northward, cottonwood trees stretch along the valley floor following the creek that flows into the Sapphire Mountains.
“When I first began working on this property, it was an old family ranch nestled in this beautiful valley. I had no idea we were building the bones of what would become The Ranch at Rock Creek. When the current owner, Jim Manley, contacted me in 2008 about creating a guest ranch, I was able to pull this knowledge and understanding into the design process. There were a lot of influences to draw from: cattle ranching, mining, logging, railroading and the rich Plains Indian history. It’s a dramatic story with much conflict. It’s the story of the Western United States and the myth that emerged.
From this historical perspective, I set out to create a sense of place and authenticity. Working closely with Jim and his vision, we set the bar high. The furnishings, photographs, textiles, artifacts, art and many antiques that I have assembled all tell the story of the region and invite guests to experience the spirit of the place. This has been a project of a lifetime for me. As you explore the structures on this Ranch, you’ll find the passion that I feel for this place in every book, nook and cranny.”
~ Jet Zarkadas, Designer and Owner of Los Griegos Design Studio