Montana. The word conjures images of the majestic, vast spaces encountered by the early Spanish explorers who bestowed this name upon a territory rich in natural wonders and abundant wildlife. Pristine rivers burst forth from snow-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountain range and meander through a countryside that has not been greatly altered since Lewis & Clark first limned its boundaries. Today, countless acres of unspoiled wilderness serve as an unparalleled playground for adventurers of every kind. They share this space with the buffalo and elk who still roam freely, and not much else. Come experience the Last Best Place at Triple Creek Ranch, a serene mountain escape of plush comfort and quiet, elegant civilization from which our guests set forth each day to play under the Big Sky and breathe deeply its exhilarating air.
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, with 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. 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.
Weather in the Mountains
The elevation at Triple Creek Ranch is 4,600 feet. Springtime temperatures range between 45° F and 75° F with crisp mornings and evenings. Summer days are warm and sunny, anywhere from 65°F to 95° F and may cool down to 50° F at night. Fall tends to be a bit warmer than spring, with temperatures between 50° F and 80° F during the day, and dropping as low as 30° F after sunset. Winter days are typically 25° F to 45° F with overnight temperatures often dropping into the low teens.
Weather can be unpredictable. Storms can occur with little warning and temperatures can change quickly. In all seasons, it is best to be prepared for varying conditions by layering your clothing and carrying extra water. Because of the higher elevation, sunscreen and lip balm are highly recommended along with hats and a lightweight, long-sleeved shirt to protect you from the sun.
Wildlife on the Ranch
In addition to ranch horses grazing in the meadows, elk, bison, deer, moose, turkeys and osprey make their home at Triple Creek Ranch and the surrounding areas. You may also spot bald eagles flying above the ranch or along the Bitterroot River so be sure to pack your camera. One of the best ways to view our abundant wildlife is a guided Nature Safari on the CB Ranch, one of the many activities included in your nightly cabin rate. Set forth with your knowledgable guide, and armed with a spotting scope and binoculars, observe these creatures in their natural habitat. For your safety, when you do come into contact with animals during your vacation, remember to respect their territory and maintain a safe distance.