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.
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.