Paws Up is a luxury getaway surrounded by 37,000 acres of Montana wilderness and the Blackfoot River. Guests are accommodated in elegant homes and upscale tents for two to six people. Activities include 100 miles of hiking, mountain biking, horse and ATV trails. There is also fly-fishing, tubing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, bird and wildlife watching, and sporting clay shooting. In the winter, try snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling, sleigh rides with ice skating, ice
fishing and dog sledding.
The Spa provides a great way to relax in a natural setting. Situated hillside above the resort, the spa offers an array of treatments in a calm setting, surrounded by the woods and nature. The property can accommodate up to 80 guests in private cabins, homes and tents, decorated in luxurious western style with soft brown leather couches and hard-picked art. There are two restaurants at the resort: the Cook Shack serving continental cuisine with a Western flare and the Tank and Trough Bistro with a more casual menu. The resort is located 30 minutes east of Missoula in western Montana. Guests can fly into the Missoula Airport, which can be reached aboard Delta through Salt Lake City, Northwest Airlines through Minneapolis, United through Denver, and Alaska Air through Seattle. The hotel can arrange airport transfers, which are complimentary. Rates for homes start at $495 per night; Tent City rates start at $450 per night. Rates include airport transfers and one complimentary guided horseback or ATV tour for each guest. Full American Meal Plan (3 meals per day) rates are as follows: adults - $85, children ages 6-11 - $45, children 5 and under are free (406-244-5201).
Montana is a diverse destination, especially popular with nature lovers. Take a scenic drive past beautiful lakes and mountains, take a rail tour, go birdwatching, wildlife watching and visit state parks. Rail Tours include awesome views of the Rockies, the Great Plains, rivers, valleys and Wild West towns. You can get started by downloading the free audio tours and accompanying maps from the Official State Travel Site. Audio tours include southwest Pintler Scenic Highway, historic Butte and Virginia City. Montana is a starting point to exploring the famous Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. Yellowstone is home to colorful geysers, scenic rivers and valleys, as well as diverse wildlife. Summers are a busy time, so try to get to the park entrance early in the morning to avoid waiting in a line. If your schedule is flexible, visit in May or September which tend to be quieter. There are also many great state parks which you can visit in the spring, summer and fall, featuring stunning scenery, birdwatching, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, swimming and more. In the winter, there are numerous ski resorts to choose from, where you can go cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, snowshoeing, romantic sleigh rides and more. There are seven great Indian Nations where visitors can view museum exhibits and join cultural history tours. Photo:
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