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A Destination for all seasons

The Bitterroot Valley on the western Montana and Idaho border is a place of majesty, serenity, natural beauty and comfort in all four seasons. In spring, the meadows are alive with wildflowers and the air is fresh with new beginnings. In summer, the sun-filled days are perfect for horseback riding, fishing, scenic float trips, rafting and swimming.

The mountains dressed for fall are a dazzling sight with bright blue skies and aspen shimmering in the warm sun, and crisp, cool evenings to enjoy a stroll under the stars. Our often mild winters are exhilarating with the beautiful silence of fresh powder mornings, the breathtaking grandeur of Bitterroot Mountain panoramas and the excitement of Alpine and Nordic skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing or horseback riding through unspoiled snow-covered wilderness.

Sightseeing in Western Montana

Should guests choose to venture out and explore Montana, the Bitterroot Valley and Western Montana have much to offer within a quick – always scenic – drive from the ranch. The mountains and rivers are a photographer’s dream. The Bitterroot National Forest borders Triple Creek Ranch and is home to many of our popular hikes. Short drives away, the following trail heads await: Baker Lake, Boulder Falls, Stateline Trail, Trapper Peak and Lake Como.

For guests interested in the local history, the following places make a wonderful day drive from Triple Creek Ranch. Upon request, the kitchen will pack a gourmet pack lunch for you to enjoy while you’re out exploring.

Lewis & Clark Expedition Trail ~ which runs the full length of the Bitterroot Valley and offers an engaging living history lesson that can be enjoyed within whatever pockets of time suit your plan for the day.

Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge (one hour drive) ~ a 2,800 acre refuge in the Bitterroot Valley where visitors can enjoy fishing, wildlife observation and photography, environmental education, and interpretation.

Big Hole National Battlefield (one hour drive) ~ the site of the famously costly 1877 encounter between the Nez Perce Indians and the U.S. Cavalry.

Bannack (two hour drive) ~ the first state capital of Montana, now a ghost town whose buildings remain remarkably untouched.

Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine (just under three hours) ~ the heart of the Sapphire Mountain range and Montana’s largest, oldest sapphire mine.

The Office of Montana Tourism and the local Glacier Country Tourism office each have a wealth of information on their websites that will be helpful to those planning extended stays in Montana, or for an extra adventure before or after your Triple Creek Ranch stay.