Montana’s The Ranch at Rock Creek is the gold standard in luxury western escapes. Comprised of over 6,600 acres filled with rolling hills, alpine lakes, rivers and meadows, it’s the perfect venue to play out all of your cowboy (or cowgirl) dreams. From shooting rifles, riding horses, fly fishing, mountain biking, hiking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, playing paintball to just sitting around a campfire drinking local craft beer, getting bored is something that just doesn’t happen at The Ranch at Rock Creek.
To take on The Ranch, it’s vital you be prepared. Although the knowledgable staff and guides can outfit you with all of the top-of-the-line adventure gear needed for the various activities offered, you’ll still need to come with the appropriate basics to stay protected and warm. And if these basics just happen to also make you the best dressed dude for miles around, well then that’s just an added bonus.
I visited The Ranch at Rock Creek in February, so the items you’ll find here go great with colder weather. However, most of what you’ll find below could be worn at The Ranch all year round — especially during cool nights.
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Dinner At The Granite Lodge
Just like the food, the Dining Room at the Granite Lodge is refined yet unpretentious. After getting cleaned up from your day spent becoming one with the land, you won’t need to worry about getting too dressed up. Just throw on a nice pair of jeans, a decent shirt and a clean pair of cowboy boots and you’ll fit in just fine.
1) Filson, Wool Seattle Shirt – $210 // 2) Lucchese, Leadville – $595 (for a similar style boot at a more affordable price, try Woolrich’s Ariat Square-Toed Leather Boots for $169) // 3) Filson, Tin Jacket - $230 4) Lucky Brand, 121 Heritage Slim – $99
Relaxing At The Blue Canteen
Located across Rock Creek from the Granite Lodge and near the enclave of luxury canvas tents, The Blue Canteen is The Ranch’s other spot to get your grub on. During the summer, this is the place to grab a light breakfast, a bison burger at lunch and a beer during happy hour. In the winter, when the canvas walls come down and the fireplace comes on, it’s a warm venue to relax with a spiked hot chocolate and roast up a s’more or two on the bonfire right outside.
1) Filson, Double Mackinaw Cruiser – $415 (for a similar style coat, although not as warm as this one, at a more affordable price, check out L.L Bean’s Stag Jacket) // 2) G.H. Bass & Co, Billy Boot - $94.80 (on sale) // 3) Fjallraven, Fur on Fur Heater (it’s synthetic fur) – $100 // 4) The Vermont Country Store, Ragg Wool Gloves – $34.95
Exploring The Property And Activities
This is real, untamed nature we’re talking about and the last thing you want is to be unprepared to meet its challenges. Whether you’re sport clay shooting, snowmobiling or horseback riding, don’t forget these three things: a high quality coat, solid layers and warm, waterproof boots.
1) Sorel, Caribou Boot – $140 // 2) Woolrich John Rich & Bros., Artic Parka DF – $650 (for a similar style parka at a more affordable price, check out Land’s End Expedition Parka for $99) // 3) Filson, Alaska Guide Shirt - $110 // 4) Patagonia, Diamond Quilt Snap-T® Pullover $199
Having Fun At The Silver Dollar Saloon
When the sun goes down, the fun at The Ranch absolutely does not stop — it just moves inside to The Silver Dollar Saloon. With two pool tables, darts, a shuffleboard, a movie theater, a full bar and a four lane bowling alley, The Silver Dollar Saloon is the ideal spot to unwind and get a bit rowdy. And after bowling a few strikes and sampling a few Montana-made whiskies, you won’t be able to resist the call of the karaoke machine.
1) Nudie Jeans, Organic Summer Blues Denim Shirt – $215 // 2) Etwas, Workers Belt – $72 // 3) Oliberté, Manilo Rustic Brown Pullup – $130 // 4) Nudie Jeans, Thin Finn Organic Midnight Worn Jeans – $225
Hanging Out In Your Tent, Cabin, Or Room
As much time as you’ll want to (and will) spend outside, you’ll also want to spend plenty of time in your tent, cabin or room (just look at the photos below and you’ll understand why). When you get to your home away from home after a long day of showing The Ranch who’s boss, you’ll want to be as comfortable as physically possible. Luckily I 100% guarantee the items below will allow you to achieve that.
1) Apolis, Co-Op Alpaca Travel Pant – $248 (for pants to relax in at a more affordable price, although nothing can quite compares to the Alpaca Travel Pant, check out Taylor Stitch’s Heather Grey French Terry Sweatpants for $68) // 2) Apolis, Co-Op Alpaca Beanie – $98 // 3) Apolis, Co-Op Alpaca Crew Neck - $196 (on sale) // 4) Ugg, Ascot Suede Slippers – $100
Featured Local Product: Goertzen Adventure Equipment
Handmade to order by Joe Goertzen (pronounced GURT-zen) in Missoula, Montana, Goertzen Adventure Equipment makes quality leather and canvas outdoor gear built to stand the test of time (i.e. to be handed down to your grandchildren). I came across one of Goertzen’s Original Ruck Sacks at The Mercantile, The Ranch at Rock Creek’s perfectly curated clothing, goods and gift store, and it was clear this wasn’t your average backpack.
If you want a bag that’s even more one-of-a-kind than then the Original Ruck Sack, Joe welcomes custom orders. Simply email or call him to talk about your needs and Joe will create a bag that’s just right for you, complete with an engraved name plate. Try finding another backpack maker that’ll do that.
Once you’re hooked on the Ruck Sack, you’ll want to check out Goertzen Adventure Equipment’s other incredible leather and canvas products, like fly fishing lanyards and bags, shotgun shell holders, skeet bags and knife sheaths, mountaineering accessories, and the most masculine diaper bag on the planet.
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Photo Credit: The Ranch at Rock Creek photos provided by The Ranch at Rock Creek. Product photos by respective brands. Additional photos by Trevor Morrow.