10 Best Luxury Resorts in Montana (Handpicked for 2024)

Rebecca Hanlon
Last Updated: January 19th, 2024

Montana is one of the most popular vacation destinations for travelers from all around the world because of its skyscraping mountains, rolling hills, and an abundance of outdoor adventures.

On top of that, you’ll find no shortage of 5-star resorts in Montana with high-end amenities.

If you’re making plans for an opulent and one-of-a-kind getaway to Big Sky Country, you’ve come to the right article!

We’ve gathered a list of the top 10 ultra-luxury resorts in Montana. This complete guide is designed to give you an insider’s look at what visitors can expect from these world-class establishments along with essential information and local insights.

Interested in learning about what the best luxury resorts in Montana have to offer? Let’s begin!

Our Curated Luxury Resorts in Montana

Finding the perfect accommodations in Montana will largely depend on the ideal balance between tranquility and adventure that you desire.

To help narrow down your choices to only the finest options, here is our handpicked list of the top luxury resorts in Montana:

the ranch at rock creek

1. The Ranch at Rock Creek, Philipsburg, MT

  • Location: 79 Carriage House Ln, Philipsburg, MT
  • Highlight: Lush hay meadows, Rolling foothills, Distant snow-capped peaks
  • Activities:
    • Summer – cattle herding activities, horseback riding, fly-fishing, mountain biking, hiking, wildlife viewing excursion, sapphire mining
    • Winter – downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, snowshoeing
  • Ideal for: Those looking to get the feel of a ‘true West’ experience without sacrificing comfort
  • Price Range: $2,573 – $3,798

The Ranch at Rock Creek was once a working cattle ranch on the site where silver had been mined before becoming the world’s first Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star guest ranch. P

art of the Relais & Châteaux group, the all-inclusive Ranch resort has 6,600 acres over 10 square miles with stunning vistas of Big Sky mountains, country lakes, and meadows.

Guests can choose from a variety of luxury accommodations, from the main Granite Lodge to one-to-five-bedroom houses, to beautifully appointed canvas cabins for the ultimate glamping experience. There’s also a full-service spa for relaxation and pampering.

The Lodge provides ranch-to-table gourmet tasting menus at dinner, while the Buckle Barn serves up breakfast and lunch. At night the Silver Dollar Saloon is the epicenter of all manner of activities, from bowling and billiards to movies and ping pong.

During the summer guests can get into the western spirit of the ranch by joining cattle herding activities and going horseback on trail rides, fly-fishing, mountain biking or hiking. Or go on a wildlife viewing excursion or even sapphire mining!

During winter, downhill or cross-country skiing and snowboarding take center stage along with ice skating and snowshoeing.

2. Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, MT

triple creek ranch

  • Location: 5551 W Fork Rd, Darby, MT
  • Highlight: World-class accommodations, Luxurious ranch homes and log cabins
  • Activities:
    • Summer – horseback riding, fly-fishing, hiking, tennis, golf, sapphire pan mining
    • Winter – snowshoeing, dog sledding, cross-country and downhill skiing
  • Ideal for: People seeking a refined rustic elegance and a forested mountain retreat
  • Price Range:  $1,395 – $1,511

Those seeking a romantic luxury, all-inclusive getaway will enjoy the Triple Creek Ranch in Darby. The 600-acre ranch is an adults-only resort as no guests under 16 are permitted, making it one of the best luxury resorts in Montana for planning a romantic getaway.

The ranch has stunning views of the Bitterroot Mountain Range and is a member of the Relais & Châteaux group.

Triple Creek offers guests lodging in 1–3-bedroom cabins with hot tubs or luxury ranch homes tucked amongst the trees on the property. Its gourmet restaurant and wine cellar will satisfy the most discerning palates, and the resort offers a chef’s table seven-course dining experience.

The range of activities is extensive, with horseback riding and fly fishing being among the most popular. The resort is an Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing lodge, with complimentary equipment and fly-casting clinics. You can ride horses on Triple Creek’s property, but also have access to their sister property the CB Ranch with 26,000 acres for exploring on horseback.

Other warm-weather activities include hiking, tennis, and golf, and there’s a fitness center. You can even try your hand at sapphire pan mining!

Winter offers its own wealth of outdoor fun, with things like snowshoeing, dog sledding, and cross-country or downhill skiing.

3. Resort at Paws Up, Greenough, MT

resort at paws up

  • Location: 40060 Paws Up Rd, Greenough, MT
  • Highlight: Wilderness adventures, First-class personalized service
  • Activities:
    • Summer – horseback riding, cattle roundup activities, hiking, fishing, biking, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, clay pigeon shooting, ATV tours
    • Winter – skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, sleigh rides
  • Ideal for: Those who are looking for an intimate and unfiltered yet luxurious connection with Montana’s natural beauty
  • Price Range:  $1,250 – $4,387

One of the largest of Montana’s luxury ranch resorts, The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, 30 minutes east of Missoula. The resort spreads out across 37,000 acres and includes 10 miles of the Blackfoot River.

For lodging, choose among luxury homes or glamping in safari-style tents. Paws Up has 28 luxury homes plus six campsites with six tents on each site.

These camping sites are set along the banks of the Blackfoot River or Elk Creek and are only available from May to mid-October. They have a communal dining area, fire pit, camp chef, and butlers to organize activities.

Meals at the resort are offered at two restaurants, the Trough for breakfast and lunch, and Pomp for dinner. Amenities include hot tubs, a swimming pool, and a fitness center. A renovated barn houses evening communal activities such as dancing and movies.

Western-style activities include horseback riding on the resort’s trails or participating in a roundup of Black Angus cattle. There’s also hiking, fishing, biking, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, clay pigeon shooting, and ATV tours.

In winter, Paws Up offers skiing with a stay at their slope-side chalet at nearby Whitefish Mountain Resort, along with snowshoeing, snowmobiling or picturesque sleigh rides through the meadows.

4. The Green O, Greenough, MT

the green o
Image: The Green O
  • Location: 4069 Back Country Rd, Greenough, MT
  • Highlight: Secluded Haus accommodations
  • Activities:
    • Summer – horseback riding, fly-fishing, hiking, mountain biking, boating, kayaking, hot air balloon ride
    • Winter – skiing, snowshoeing, horseback rides on snowy trails, tubing, snowmobile tours, ice skating
  • Ideal for: People in need of a place to let their spirit wander with breathtaking views and thrilling outdoor adventures
  • Price Range: $2,140 –  $3,120

Located deep inside the southern edge of the Paws Up Ranch, the Green O is a hidden jewel in the forest, with panoramic views of the Blackfoot River Valley and mountain ranges.

The Green O was founded as a sheep and cattle ranch and the original owner Paul Greenough branded his sheep with a green “o” leading to the name of the resort.

The unique lodging consists of twelve “hauses” secluded amongst the forested landscape, each built to accommodate two guests. All are beautifully appointed with amenities like fireplaces and hot tubs and built to maximize views of the stunning natural settings.

All meals are included at the Social Haus with its soaring windows that bring the forest in, plus a circular bar, lounge, and open-fire kitchen.

Green O offers outdoor activities ranging from horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking, and mountain biking to water sports such as boating and kayaking.

You can even take a hot air balloon ride or go whitewater rafting in summer! Winter brings skiing, snowshoeing, horseback rides on snowy trails, tubing, snowmobile tours, and ice skating.

5. The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT

the lodge at whitefish lake

  • Location: 1380 Wisconsin Ave, Whitefish, MT
  • Highlight: Viking Lodge, Lakefront Luxury Homes
  • Activities:
    • Summer – swimming, boating, kayaking, fishing, paddle boarding, leisure cruises, rock climbing, whitewater rafting
    • Winter – cross-country skiing, snowmobiling,  snow biking, dog sledding, horse-drawn sleigh rides, fat tire biking, snowshoeing, ice fishing
  • Ideal for: Those looking for pure relaxation and leisure by the pristine waters of Whitefish Lake
  • Price Range: $209 – $316

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake is located on beautiful Whitefish Lake and is surrounded by mountains. You are minutes from downtown Whitefish and a half-hour from the glorious scenery of Glacier National Park.

Spend the night in the resort’s lodge rooms or its two- and four-bedroom cottages. There’s fine dining with lake views at the Boat Club Dining Room for breakfast and dinner, the Boat Club Bar for lunch, and the Tiki Bar lakeside during the summer months.

A full-service day spa is on the property, along with a fitness center, an outdoor lakeside swimming pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, plus a private beach.

The Lodge’s location on Whitefish Lake means abundant water sports are available, from swimming to boating, kayaking, fishing, and paddleboarding to leisure cruises. Or try your hand at rock climbing or go whitewater rafting.

Something unique that the Lodge offers are floatplane tours over the Hungry Horse Reservoir near Glacier National Park!

Winter adventures include skiing at nearby Whitefish Mountain Resort, cross country skiing at the Glacier Nordic Center, snowmobiling or snow biking, dog sledding, horse-drawn sleigh rides, fat tire biking, snowshoeing, and ice fishing.

6. Sage Lodge, Pray MT

sage lodge

  • Location: 55 Sage Lodge Drive Chico Cemetery Road & Sage Lodge Dr, Pray, MT
  • Highlight: Unbound access to the outdoor splendors of Montana
  • Activities:
    • Summer – fly-fishing, horseback riding, hiking, biking, paddleboarding, river rafting, kayaking, llama treks, ballooning, painting, yoga classes
    • Winter – cross-country skiing, snowshoeing
  • Ideal for: Outdoor enthusiasts seeking an escape to the rugged beauty of Paradise Valley
  • Price Range: $474 – $614

Sage Lodge has a prime location on the banks of the Yellowstone River, only 35 minutes from Yellowstone National Park.

Lodging can be at the main lodge or one of its ranch houses with spectacular mountain views. Memorable dining is on offer at the Fireside Room or Thursdays through Saturdays for dinner at the Grill at Sage Lodge.

Amenities include a full-service spa, fitness center, library, outdoor hot tub, firepits, and even a private fly-fishing casting pond.

A full range of summer outdoor activities includes fly fishing in the Yellowstone River, horseback riding, hiking, biking, paddleboarding on the pond, river rafting, kayaking, llama treks, ballooning, painting, and yoga classes.

The lodge also offers a special two-hour luxury scenic float down the Yellowstone River at dusk aboard a custom wooden dory, while enjoying a glass of wine and cheese plate during the gentle downstream ride. Winter brings cross-country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities.

7. Mountain Sky Ranch, Emigrant MT

mountain sky ranch

  • Location: Big Creek Rd PO Box 1219, Emigrant, MT
  • Highlight: Rising Sun Golf Course
  • Activities: horseback riding, hiking, fishing, golf, tennis, authentic western ranch work, drift boat fishing tour, fly-fishing, Yellowstone Tours
  • Ideal for: Those looking for a warm and distinctive country charm carefully balanced with modern luxuries
  • Price Range: $520 – $1,607

Mountain Sky Ranch started out as a dude ranch in 1929 and now is one of the best luxury guest ranches in the state. Located on 17,000 acres in Paradise Valley near the Yellowstone River, Mountain Sky is just 30 miles from Yellowstone National Park. In addition, Big Creek flows 4.5 miles through the property.

Cabins are located throughout the property and guests may stay in the Rustic Area, Pool Area, Trout Pond Area, or Lodge Area.

Fine dining is offered in the Saloon, which provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Three times a week, Mountain Sky offers meal rides, in which guests can ride by horseback or walk to the evening’s historic dining location on the ranch’s property, where they’ll enjoy a hearty western meal along with music, hayrides, and games.

Mountain Sky offers special Yellowstone Tours including a day-long Yellowstone Horseback Ride. Recreational ranch activities feature horseback riding and the chance to join in on authentic western ranch work.

Other options include hiking, fishing, golf, and tennis. You can try your hand at fly fishing on Big Creek or on a drift boat fishing tour on the Yellowstone River.

8. Lone Mountain Ranch, Big Sky, MT

lone mountain ranch

  • Location: 750 Lone Mountain Ranch Road, Big Sky, MT
  • Highlight: Authentic Montana cuisine, Unique cabins
  • Activities:
    • Summer – horseback riding, fly-fishing, white-water rafting, zip-lining, canoeing, paddleboarding, mountain biking, river tubing, rock climbing, Yellowstone National Park tours
    • Winter – downhill and cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, sleigh rides
  • Ideal for: People interested in experiencing a historic landmark that offers a guest experience unlike any other in the American West
  • Price Range: $676 – $782

Lone Mountain Ranch is a luxury resort, just an hour away from the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park. It has been named one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World.

Stay in one of 27 historic log cabins, containing 1-6 bedrooms. All the cabins were hand-built, many dating back to when Lone Mountain was a cattle ranch. Cabin features include classic clawfoot bathtubs, authentic wood stoves, and furnished decks.

Farm-to-table meals are served at the Horn & Cantle restaurant. Sleigh Ride dinners are offered from December to March. Guests are taken by sleigh to the oil lantern-lit North Fork cabin, where they enjoy a family-style prime rib dinner with live music.

Outdoor activities include traditional Montana pursuits like horseback riding or fly fishing, plus white-water rafting, zip-lining, canoeing and paddleboarding, mountain biking, river tubing, and rock climbing. The Lodge also offers Yellowstone National Park tours.

Winter season pursuits include downhill and cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, and sleigh rides. With over 50 miles of groomed trails, Lone Mountain Ranch was named the number one Nordic ski resort in North America.

9. Montage Big Sky, Big Sky, MT

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  • Location: 995 Settlement Trail, Big Sky, MT
  • Highlight: Spa Montage
  • Activities:
    • Summer – horseback riding, fly-fishing, hiking
    • Winter – snowshoeing, ice skating, tubing
  • Ideal for: Getting immersed into the peaceful yet adventurous spirit of the Mountain West
  • Price Range: $765 – $2,177

With the Spanish Peaks Mountain Range as a backdrop, Montage Big Sky is beautifully situated, just 45 minutes away from Yellowstone National Park.

Montage’s lodging includes 139 guestrooms, suites, and residences, providing a luxurious base within this idyllic mountain setting. A variety of restaurants appeal to a broad range of tastes, with the signature restaurant, Cortina, specializing in northern Italian fare.

The resort offers 3 world-class fly-fishing rivers, a private 18-hole golf course, and a 10,000-square-foot Spa. In addition, recreational favorites include horseback riding and hiking.

During winter, you’ll find great downhill skiing and snowboarding since Montage Big Sky is nestled near the base of Big Sky Resort, with over 5,800 acres of top skiable terrain. Montage guests also have complimentary access to the Tubing Hill, plus enjoy skating at the on-property ice rink, and snowshoeing.

10. Rainbow Ranch Lodge, Gallatin Gateway, MT

gallatin river

  • Location: 42950 Gallatin Road, Gallatin Gateway, MT
  • Highlight: Country alpine surroundings
  • Activities:
    • Summer – hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fly-fishing, kayaking, white-water rafting, even zip-lining
    • Winter – horseback riding, snowshoeing, dog sledding, snowmobiling
  • Ideal for: A romantic getaway or post-adventure relaxation spot
  • Price Range: $431 – $492

The Rainbow Ranch Lodge is set along the picturesque Gallatin River. The ranch’s comfortably rustic lodge rooms offer such highlights as real fireplaces and furnished decks with views toward the Gallatin River.

Wild Caddis is the resort’s restaurant, tucked along the Gallatin River, for breakfast and dinner. Amenities include a lounge area with live music, a spa, a fitness area, and a hot tub.

Guests can look forward to warm weather hiking, mountain biking, summer or winter horseback riding, and fly fishing in the stocked trout pond or along the Gallatin River, along with kayaking, white-water rafting, and even zip-lining (early May to early September).

Winter activities include skiing at the neighboring Big Sky Resort, snowshoeing, dog sledding, and snowmobiling.

These top-notch ultra-luxury resorts can truly claim to be among the best Montana has to offer. They can provide the means of reconnecting with nature while enjoying the best in luxurious lodging and dining. Truly the best of both worlds!

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Rebecca Hanlon

Rebecca has been a travel blogger and editor for over 5 years, working with some of the biggest brands in industry. She’s taught English as a foreign language in 5 different countries, and her most fulfilling role was as a tour guide around some of Europe’s finest vineyards. She the one behind the social channels here at Discovering Montana, whilst also finding the time to perform an assistant editor role.

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