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Bear Creek Ranch
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Reviewed August 7, 2011

This is a great bed and breakfast located right along Hwy 2 on the southern border of Glacier National Park. The north-south running Fielding Coal Trail that runs up through the park begins right behind the property. Both ends of the popular Going to the Sun Road that runs through the park are less than one hour from this location - allowing for a perfect day loop. Access to the back-country of the park and the Lewis and Clark National Forest to the south are literally right out the door. Travel time to the major park attractions can be measured in minutes vice hours.

Living is easy - no cell phone coverage (though it is possible to connect, wirelessly, to the ranch's dial-up Internet connection). Breakfasts are communal and around 0900, though the staff is very accommodating if the day needs to start earlier. You can choose to stay in the main lodge or in one of a few cabins. No road noise, the ranch's horses roam the property, plenty of wildlife, Bear Creek adjoins the property, the cabins are rustic but warm when needed, and cool when required.

The ranch can either directly support, or lead guests, to horse riding, fly fishing, hiking, sight-seeing, etc. The staff are long-term, year-long residents, who know the area intimately. There are some large, organized, ranch activities (like an annual, actual, cattle round-up), but participation needs to be coordinated, and should not be expected as a matter of course.

There are plenty of places to eat nearby - most of which is American, Mexican, and/or bar and grill fare, though some limited options for those desiring wider variety exist within a reasonable drive. It is fair to say that the east side of the park is far more rural and rustic than the west and southwest - where towns like Whitefish have much more development.

This is a great place for low-key, low-maintenance, outdoors oriented couples and families who want to be "out in the middle-of-nowhere," in the wilderness with bears and critters, and be able to get even further "into the middle-of-nowhere" very easily. For those who desire a greater level of amenities and civilization (such as daily maid service, Internet connections, cell phone service, robust dining options, boutique shopping, etc.), this might not be the perfect place for you.

Room Tip: Ask for a cabin with a loft!
  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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