Ever since we laid eyes on the photo above, “glamping” at the Resort at Paws Up has been high on our list of to-do’s. Located on a working 37,000-acre cattle ranch in Greenough, Montana, Paws Up has four camping sites featuring one and two bedroom tents like this one, from Moonlight Camp. Situated at the base of Lewis and Clark’s Lookout Rock along the Blackfoot River (the very one from A River Runs Through It and home to some of the best wade-fishing in the country) Moonlight includes amenities rarely found in the great outdoors, like housekeeping and a “camp butler”. There’s also daily meals of rustic, farm-to-table fare like grilled elk loin or sauteed rainbow trout, prepared by the camp’s chef and served in the dining pavilion.
When you’re not at the campsite, choose from a long list of outdoor activities like white-water rafting through the Alberton Gorge, water skiing across Seeley Lake, or hot air ballooning across the Blackfoot Valley. Visitors can even saddle up and spend the day working with the ranch hands on an honest-to-goodness cattle drive.
If relaxing is what you have in mind, head down the wooden path through the forest of pine trees to the resort’s Spa Town. We’d opt to end our day with the “Moonlight Massage” in a candlelit tent, followed by s’mores around the bonfire back at camp.