BACKSTORY: Paws Up is a working cattle ranch as well as a luxury resort, but until recently this land was all hooves and no haute. After Paws Up was rated one of Montana’s top Black Angus seed stock operations in 2003, the owners began building the high-end resort that stands here now.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND JUST OUTSIDE: Mountains, trees and rivers. Paws Up sits on 37,000 acres of Montana wilderness. Beyond that lies … more wilderness.
AMAZING AMENITY: The Saddle Club is the state’s largest private equestrian center, where guests can hone their riding skills under the watchful eye of expert trainers. The same horses that prance around there can also be taken out into the fields and ridden on a cattle drive.
WHAT’S NEW: The tents at Pinnacle Camp, which opened just last summer, are lavish setups outfitted with actual beds and en suite bathrooms with heated floors.
HOT PLATE: Mushroom-crusted elk loin with steel-cut oat porridge, smoked kohlrabi and dried-cherry demi-glace at Pomp, one of the two on-site restaurants here. Sure, it sounds like something a city slicker would order, but the silky-smooth elk and hearty porridge make this spread ideal for hungry ranch hands.