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Montana's Alpine Falls Ranch Is the Ultimate Cowboy Getaway

by California Chaney
Private The ranch's private cabin for two. All photos courtesy of Alpine Falls Ranch.

Alpine Falls Ranch
Superior, Montana 
$$$, Cowboy Castle 

Pack your cowboy boots, throw on your Stetson hat, and get ready to live out your Yellowstone dreams at Alpine Falls Ranch, an ultra-luxe, 250-acre homestead in Mineral County, Montana, beneath the snow-capped Sheep Mountain. The property's four spacious homes and cabins, ranging from two to eight bedrooms, can host a total of 35 guests with enough space and endless entertainment options for large friend groups, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and multigenerational families. Endless adventures await beneath the cobalt-blue sky, including river floats, horseback riding, fly fishing on the property's private creek, skeet shooting, and scenic hikes to alpine lakes with picnics waiting from the property's personal chef. After a jam-packed day, retreat to the ranch's saloon to recount tales from the wild west, play a round of pool, and grill bison burgers under the cotton-candy sunset before stoking the fire for s'mores underneath the stars. 

A proper ranch welcome.
Mountain Mansion.
Stable View Cabin.
Stagecoach Exchange Cabin.
Mountain Mansion master bedroom.
Screened-in porch of the Mountain Mansion.

At a Glance

The Vibe: A giddy-up adventure playground. 

Standout Detail: To truly experience the serenity of the mountains, the ranch can arrange a private glamping experience underneath the Milky Way fully equipped with tents, cozy beds, chef-catered meals, bourbon and s'mores kits, along with a pop-up projector to stream westerns near the campfire or host a karaoke singalong. 

This Place Is Perfect For: Couples, families, and groups looking for a personalized, five-star ranch experience. 

Rooms: There are no individual rooms on the property, as accommodations are organized into four spacious houses and cabins that can host 35 guests. The  Mountain Mansion is the largest on the property and best for a multigenerational group of up to fourteen people with a private movie theater, dining room, bar, and gym. Bunkhouse Cabin is a six-bedroom, mountain-facing house with a private kitchen and spacious porch with wagon-wheel tables and rocking chairs. Stable View Cabin sleeps six and has surrounding mountain views, a private kitchen, and horseback riding trails nearby. Stagecoach Exchange Cabin, located off the pond, is a cozy hideout for two, complete with a private sauna that leads into a large rain shower and bath. For weddings or large family gatherings, the entire property can be rented for exclusive access with a full buyout. 

Food + Drink: No true cowboy ranch is without its saloon, and the property's Six8 Saloon doesn't disappoint. Saddle up to the spacious bar for an afternoon whiskey tasting, play a few rounds of pool, sink into the leather sofas for a game of cards, or grill from the outdoor deck watching the creek flow by. The ranch chef provides daily personalized meals for dining in the saloon, to take away on a picnic, or to set up in your home or outdoor BBQ. 

On Site: You name it, they have it. Horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, fly fishing, sports shooting, geocaching, river floating, and UTV tours are all available on the ranch. Plus two local celebrities, Cappuccino and Fiona, the property's miniature donkeys. 

The private sauna of the Stagecoach Exchange Cabin.
Living room of the Mountain Mansion.
Bedroom of the Stagecoach Exchange Cabin.
The Mountain Mansion's private theater.

What to Do Nearby

Pack a picnic and explore the nearby Lolo National Forest and its natural gems, Diamond and Cliff Lake. Fly fishers will love to throw lines in the Clark Fork or Little Joe Rivers. Close to the ranch, hikes to Trout Creek, Cedar Creek, HooDoo Meadows, and Missoula Lake are great for exploring and getting lost in the majesty of the mountains. 

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