Triple Creek Ranch – Darby, Montana, U.S.A.

Home on the Range in the Mild Wild West

This may have been the Wild West, but today there’s civilization to be found in these parts. Triple Creek is called a ranch but it’s really a luxury resort, where urban types wistful for the City Slickers experience can rough it Rich-and-Famous style in the beauty of the Rocky Mountains.

Tucked into the southwest corner of Montana at the foot of Trapper Peak, Triple Creek shows off “The Last Best Place” state to its breathtaking finest. Its nineteen hand-hewn log cabins are scattered amid 440 acres of towering pon­derosa pines fronted by several million acres of wilderness in the Bitterroot Valley, close to both Yellowstone and Glacier National Park.

Such solitude is luxury enough, but what comes as a surprise – in addition to first-class amenities where accommodations and dining are concerned – is the unexpected sophistica­tion of the superpersonalized service, offered by an exceptionally friendly staff.

Spring brings mountain biking, hiking, and trail riding through high-country meadows car­peted with lilies-of-the-valley, fairybells, and dogtooth violets. Winter months promise 300 inches of snowfall and short lift lines at the nearby Lost Trail Powder Mountain ski area, in the Bitterroot Mountains.

Those with a mind for less strenuous diversion can take a luxu­rious moonlit soak in the hot tub on their private deck; plan a drive into the poetically named town of Wisdom; order a custom-made hat down the road in Darby, a town straight out of a Western movie; or just stay put and enjoy a hot buttered rum in front of a crackling fire while the kitchen staff works its magic. Like just about everyone else at Triple Creek, they’re always willing to go the extra mile to make your meal two steps beyond exceptional.

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