The Ranches at Belt Creek
A unique American way of life is preserved at The Ranches at Belt Creek. Set among the rolling hills and majestic mountains of Montana’s Big Sky Country, this peaceful resort combines a hunting lodge, dude ranch and ski resort into one incredible vacation!
This private community’s ranch estates are built on 5, 10, or 25 acres with stunning mountain views as their backdrop. Resort residences offer spacious accommodations and all the comforts of home, with luxury resort style amenities and activities. So whether you wish to try your hand at fly fishing on Belt Creek, shoot sporting clays, experience breathtaking views on horseback, or simply indulge in a gourmet meal … the resort team will cater to your every desire.
Equestrian Facility & Rodeo Grounds
Sporting Clays Shoot
Other Outdoor Pursuits
The Ranches at Belt Creek has private access to over 8 miles of the creek itself, and its secluded and scenic fishing holes. Spend some time down on the rocky river line, and cast a line or two yourself! Brown trout, Rainbow trout, and Cutthroat trout are often be caught in these waters. While called a creek, it is larger than some rivers. The pinnacle of Belt Creek is the Sluice Box Canyon section that flows through the Sluice Box State Park.
Half Day Fly Fishing: After wading through several miles of trout filled waters, you will break for lunch on the banks of Belt Creek before you head back. Minimum age is 12 years old.
Full Day Fly Fishing: Deep pools and fast, boulder-strewn runs hold lots of hard-fighting rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout. You will break for lunch and then back out to the water to fish for these low-pressured trout. Minimum age is 12 years old.
Sluice Box Canyon Float: This seasonal trip, offered in May and June, is one of a kind and considered one of Montana’s best-kept secrets. Float through 200-foot canyons and have lunch on a beautiful river bank that will create memories that will last a lifetime. Two people per boat, ages 12 and older.
Overnight Fishing Trip: This signature experience is one to remember. Offered May–June, an all-day trip will lead into a gourmet dinner next to the water. Breakfast will be prepared at the campsite, and the trip will continue with you walking right out of your tent and on to the water.
Get in touch with the Wild West on the breathtaking horseback riding trail at The Ranches at Belt Creek. Your wrangler will match you with one of the resort’s trusty four-legged friends. The horses love their work and are excellent teachers as well. Trail rides, sunset rides, private lessons, Horse Whispering Class, and more are also available at the resort.
Horseback Riding Adventures
Bearcat Canyon Trail Ride: Wind through soaring limestone cliffs, cross meadows blanketed in wildflowers, and take in stunning views of the Little Belt Mountains. Bald eagles, elk, and deer are just some of the wildlife that make Bearcat Canyon their home.
Horse Whispering Class: Learn how to take a horse into a round pen and communicate with the horse through your body language. If you are good enough, you will create what is called a “bond” and have the horse follow you around the round pen.
Creekside Trail Ride: This hour-long riding excursion takes you along the scenic views of Belt Creek, open pastures and rolling hills at the main ranch. This is an ideal ride for a guests who wish to have their first horse experience, or maybe revisiting horses and riding after a long break.
Private Lessons: The Ranches at Belt Creek’s beautiful, 140-by-300-foot outdoor arena offers you the opportunity to work on all of your riding skills during one hour of one-on-one instruction. Bring your questions or try something new like barrel racing, team penning, and roping.
Sunset Dinner Trail Ride: This one-of-a-kind ride will take you to the top of the ranch looking over the river valley. A market fresh gourmet dinner will be created for you and your guests. Then, take in the Big Sky Country and its beautiful sunsets. Champagne and wine available upon request at an additional charge. Limit 1 glass per guest.
Weight restriction is up to 250 pounds. Children ages 4 to 8 will be wrangler supervised. The wrangler will assess all riders based on their safety and the safety of the horse.
Equestrian Facility & Rodeo Grounds
Horse facilities can be built anywhere, but there is no place like Montana. Nestled in the heart of Big Sky Country, The Ranches at Belt Creek boasts a state-of-the-art horse training facility. The Equestrian Facility consists of 60 acres divided into barns, paddocks and pastures giving plenty of room for horse training, shows, and boarding of horses.
The Ranches at Belt Creek’s rodeo grounds is one of the finest outdoor arenas, regularly hosting team roping, barrel racing, team pinning, and many other rodeo events. Guests can enjoy watching the cowboys and cowgirls compete in the local competitions.
The Ranches at Belt Creek offers scenic ATV ride adventures that will take you to river bottoms, through dry canyons, and to mountain tops where you can take in the expansive views of the Lewis and Clark National Forest. 2-hour exploration tours, 4- hour adventure tours, and ATV sunset dinner excursions are among featured tours.
Adventure Ride: On a 2- or 4-hour scenic ATV ride, you’ll stop by a historic miner’s cabin for lunch, and if you are feeling adventurous, jump from a medium-sized cliff into a deep pool to cool off. In the summertime, wear a bathing suit under your cloths, and bring a camera, because this will be an experience to remember.
ATV Sunset Dinner: Take an evening ride on ATVs to gorgeous mountain tops and river bottoms. This ride will focus on vistas with amazing sunset views. Dinner will be served by a historic miner’s cabin with ambient campfire and great views.
Sporting Clays Shoot
Patience. Precision. But mostly exhilaration! Often described as “golf with a shotgun,” sporting clays is a lifelong sport that can be equally enjoyable to shooters of any age, gender, or level of skill. It is simple enough for beginners and complex enough that it can never be perfected.
Set in a remote coulee, the 7-station course at The Ranches at Belt Creek presents several targets thrown in a variety of trajectories, angles, speeds, elevations and distances which simulate actual hunting conditions.
If you are a recreational target shooter, a wing shooting sportsman, or a new shooter looking to improve your shooting abilities, a professional instructor will not only teach you what to do and how to do it, but how to consistently repeat that successful shot.
6 shooters per squad. Minimum age is 12. Parents must sign limited liability waivers for kids under 18. Eye protection must be worn.
Winter in Montana is a special time. At The Ranches at Belt Creek, the adventures are numerous with snowmobiling, downhill skiing, skijoring, winter horseback riding and many others at your fingertips. Your evenings culminate with gourmet dinners and live music by the fire. This is truly a winter wonderland to enjoy with your family.
Montana Winter Adventures
Snowmobiling: Explore the wild winter wonderland on a 2- or 4-hour adventure. You will see scenic vistas and local wildlife as you machine through the powder. Midway through the journey, you will stop to enjoy a gourmet lunch and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate.
Winter ATVs: This scenic ATV ride will take you to river bottoms, through dry canyons and to mountain tops to take in the views of the Lewis and Clark National Forest. Minimum age 16 with valid driver’s license required to drive. All ages can go; ages 3 and under no additional cost.
Snowshoeing: Enjoy the great outdoors by snowshoeing through its tranquil beauty. The resort has trails to suit any level of experience, and all trails offer incredible scenery and the respite found only in nature.
Winter Horseback Trail Ride: This one-of-a-kind trail ride will take you to the top of the ranch looking over the river valley. You’ll ride through the rolling hills and pastures that surround the ranch while having views of Belt Butte, the Highwood Mountains, and the Little Belt Mountains.
Skijoring: Atop one of the resort’s magnificent horses, an equestrian guide will pull you through the skijoring course on skis or a sled. Your guide can cater the experience for you by altering the speed, course, or substituting with a sled.
Cross Country Skiing: Get out and enjoy the serenity of the forest as you cross country ski along one of the many local trails. Stop halfway and enjoy a bonfire and warm lunch while you take it all in. Contact the concierge for recommended trails.
Downhill Skiing: Showdown Montana has been open since 1936, offering a family-friendly atmosphere and amazing, all-natural snow. Showdown’s base area elevation is 6,800 feet, higher than many other Montana ski area summits. Most importantly, this place is not your average, run-of-the-mill ski area; it has something special… true Montana grit with a dash of class. Transportation not included.