Welcome to Big Dog County: Montana’s The Ranch at Rock Creek

A Luxury, Pet-Friendly Guest Ranch

By Si Si Penaloza

The Ranch at Rock Creek has clearly mastered the art of making dreams come true. From top tier horseback riding to blue ribbon fly fishing to stagecoach excursions, this luxury guest ranch is a moveable feast for the senses. Still, many outdoorsy travelers have only one true wish: to share in the splendor of a ranch holiday with their best fur friend. The Ranch at Rock Creek makes this dream possible by welcoming pets on property with aplomb!

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You don’t need to be a helicopter stage mom in the prestigious Westminster Dog Show to want to travel with your four-legged friend. When you include your canine in your ranch vacation, you want to be sure that they are in a secure, comfy home away from home. Knowing that they are truly welcome rather than merely tolerated gives you the freedom to do whatever tickles your fancy.

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The Ranch at Rock Creek is one of the few pet-friendly resorts in the ranch category. Well-mannered, people-friendly dogs will enjoy endless meandering trails, brisk dips in the pristine rivers and robust mountain air. When you book a pet-friendly room, the ranch ensures your accommodations are equipped with pet bowls, plastic bags for clean-up and a comfortable place to rest sleepy heads. Leashes may be encouraged in outdoor common areas.

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There are certain things you can’t put a price on – your first ice cream cone, your first kiss, your first road trip. Reeling in a trophy rainbow trout? Beyond priceless. In angling, as in life, one has aspirations. If failure is not an option, place your bet on Activities Director Patrick Little as your guide. The ranch has evolved in a sustainable way, in order to provide an unmatchable travel experience for guests.

Natural beauty abounds at the luxury escape

To fishing junkies, Montana’s nickname is “Big Fly Country” as much as it is “Big Sky Country.” With the end of spring runoff comes a series of fly hatches rendering Montana a world-class fly fishing destination. The Ranch at Rock Creek has just released a Blue Ribbon Adventure special for anglers who plan to take advantage of prime seasons—spring and fall—in 2017.

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The catch happy period stretches from late May through early July on Montana’s big bug rivers. The celebrated period of fishing may well be considered the “Carnivale” of the fishing calendar. Patrick Little is a veteran of these waterways – the Madison, Yellowstone, Gallatin, Big Hole, Smith, and of course Rock Creek – often taking Flint the Ranch Pup on his expeditions. The sport requires expertise and patience; guests benefit from the best possible advantage when guided by the ranch’s Rod & Gun Club staff.

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Delectable handmade meals are served with precision and panache, elevating rustic chic one notch higher. Service is all about getting you in gear to make the most of your day; clean riding boots magically appear in your bedroom every evening ready for the next day. Dog tail wagging is non-stop, everyone looks sun-kissed from all the plucky outdoor pursuits. This upscale sporting lodge is the only choice for the pampered rider who enjoys spa treatments in-between rugged gallops.

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If you packed properly, you left your worries at home. Staying at a ranch sensitive to your tail-wagging family member is one less thing to be concerned with. Guests are advised to be aware of wildlife when bringing pets to The Ranch; the reservations team and concierge is at the ready with handy tips and links to local information. Whether you are walking around the ranch or enjoying a fireside glass of wine, downtime is always better with your furry pal. But before you complete your travel and accommodation plans, check to make sure what facilities are available and what arrangements can be made for them.

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Learn more about  The Ranch at Rock Creek and book your stay.