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5 Unique Ways to Stay in Central Montana

From ranches to river lodges, where you stay is half the fun.

By: Sara Sheehy + Save to a List

Wide open spaces, stunning landscapes, and a night sky that will bring tears your eyes — that's the everyday beauty of Central Montana.

Enjoy the comforting quiet of a land that has been called the "Last Best Place." Whether you book into a full-service resort or pitch a tent under the stars, you'll feel the weight of the world slide away.

To get an intimate feeling for how those that call the range home actually live, here are five unique ways to stay in Central Montana.

1. Cabin Life

Cabin at Deep Canyon Guest Ranch. Photo courtesy of Deep Canyon Guest Ranch

Have you dreamed of a week spent cozied into a cabin in one of the most beautiful places on earth? Well, welcome to Central Montana. 

Enjoy the spectrum of cabin experiences, from remote and rustic to elegant mountain modern. Whether you're looking for a spot to work on your next book or to spend an unforgettable vacation with your extended family, you'll find it here.

2. Ranch Experiences

JJJ Wilderness Ranch

If you're looking for a real-life version of home on the range (where the deer and the antelope play), make sure you book a trip to a ranch in Central Montana.

Apart from stunning scenery and an authentic experience, many ranches offer upscale amenities and activities like horseback riding, fishing, hiking, and the chance to see how a working ranch is run.

3. Destination Lodges

River's Bend Lodge

Create an adventure home base at one of Central Montana's many destination lodges. Explore by day, and then return to the warm embrace of a well-equipped lodge to relax and rejuvenate. Try the Hidden Canyon Lodge for views of the Missouri river while being nestled in its own small canyon among the Tower Rock Formations. Or enjoy the solitude of the Hughes Mountain Ranch within the Little Belt Mountains.

Destination lodges are a particularly great choice for a family or a corporate gathering, as it allows everyone to have their own space to retire to each night. For a full list of these destination lodges, click here

4. Under the Stars

American Prairie Reserve Huts

"Big Sky Country," that's what Montana is. Soak it all in with a night or more under the stars. Central Montana has a wealth of camping spots for both tenters and RVers alike. Book yourself into a full hookup campground (our friends at KOA have lots of options for you), or pitch your tent by a wild river. That expansive night sky is waiting for you. 

5. Bed and Breakfasts

Virgelle Mercantile

Enjoy Montana hospitality with a stay at one of Central Montana's many bed and breakfasts. From a restored mercantile to Montana Style, there's a bed and breakfast out there just for you.

Don't see just the right accommodations? Head to CentralMontana.com and check out all the options, including vacation homes, hotels and motels, conference facilities, and resorts.

Additional Info

Looking for activities to do? Check out 5 Unforgettable Experiences in Central Montana.
Want to grab a bite? Give one of these 4 Ways to Feast in Central Montana a try. 

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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