March / April / May
You’ll feel it standing on the banks of the Blackfoot River, rushing fiercely from winter’s thaw. Or while surrounded by a velvety blanket of wildflower-dotted greenery, breathing in the crisp mountain air. There’s an enchanting quality to springtime in Montana. It’s the thrill of unpredictability—you never know how your day will turn out, but you know it’s going to be spectacular. There are countless ways to explore and play, both in rain or shine. There’s nothing quite like a Montana spring, and there’s no other getaway quite like a visit to The Resort at Paws Up®.
At the crossroads of incomparable luxury and unspoiled wilderness lies The Resort at Paws Up. Paws Up is a luxury ranch resort situated on a sprawling, 37,000-acre, authentic working cattle ranch in western Montana. Paws Up provides an unfiltered connection with the natural beauty of Montana amidst a landscape of impeccable rustic elegance and comfort. Here, you’ll live day to day, adventure to adventure. Spend an hour, a day or a week on horseback—all in a wilderness sanctuary you’ll never forget.
Set out on a hike and you’ll soon find you weren’t the only one who couldn’t wait to get out after a long winter’s hibernation. Springtime in Montana is bursting with unique flora and fauna in every direction. Look down and get to know the yellow-bellied marmots emerging from their burrows, then take a moment to admire the ethereal wisp of the prairie smoke flowers in bloom. Look up and you’ll find the male red-winged blackbirds staking out their territories, and be sure to keep an eye out for Paws Up’s own resident bald eagle.
One thing’s for sure, a trip to Montana is no day at the beach—instead, you’ll find a getaway that offers limitless ways to surprise yourself and ignite your sense of adventure. Explore the sprawling landscape on horseback, an ATV or a mountain bike and catch a glimpse of The Resort’s native wildlife. Get in touch with your inner cowboy during a real cattle drive. Take your best shot at archery, sporting clays and our Old West rifle range. Indoors, unwind with renewing spa services or engage in some friendly competition with Cow Croquet, or learn the art of horse whispering. There’s truly something for everyone—and every kind of weather.
After a day filled with the unique and unexpected, come home to accommodations that follow suit. Sprawl out in a private luxury home that’s large enough to fit the whole family, then light a roaring fire and take a dip in your outdoor hot tub. In early May, luxury tents are rolled open for a glamping experience that includes private en suite bathrooms, fine linens and a camp butler.
Of course, springtime meals are equally memorable. Feast on elegant, innovative cuisine dreamed up and executed by Paws Up’s renowned executive chef. Each menu he designs takes full advantage of the agricultural wealth in Montana and the West. You’ll find the same exquisite level of attention to detail whether you’re dining on a five-course meal or a deluxe fireside s’more.
Paws Up’s vast landscape provides more than just a beautiful backdrop. When the snow begins to melt, you’ll find Paws Up’s executive chef foraging the earth for fresh ingredients like these to awaken your taste buds:
Choose from an endless list of exhilarating activities, both indoor and out. Indulge in seasonal gourmet cuisine, then head home to experience Montana-size luxury each night. And when you wake up, a fresh crop of possibilities awaits. Create your ultimate spring getaway at The Resort at Paws Up.
With sunny days and chilly nights, rain and even an occasional snow, Montana loves to mix it up during the spring months. Here are some items we recommend packing to ensure you have fun in any type of weather. (Hint: layers are key!)