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Alta Ranch


  • Glacier
  • Cabin
The Alta Ranch is tucked away in the beautiful Bitterroot Mountains 90 miles south of Missoula and 30 miles southwest of Darby. With just Five vacation homes (authentic log cabins) on 150 acres, the Alta Ranch offers plenty of privacy and room to roam.

The 6 log vacation homes, nestled in the pines, are attractively furnished in lodge decor and feature a wood stove in the living room and a fully equipped kitchen and gas barbecue grill. The largest can sleep 14.

The upper West Fork of the Bitterroot River flowing through the ranch is an excellent trout stream, ideal for walk-and-wade fly fishing. Other things to do on the ranch include canoeing, gold panning, campfires, hiking, wildlife viewing, or just plain relaxing. Horseback trail rides, float trips, and natural hot springs are nearby.

The ranch is open all year. The minimum stay recommended is 3 nights. Rates vary from $160 to $400 a night. For more information including pictures, visit the Alta Ranch website at
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Street Address
9203 West Fork Road
Darby, MT 59829
Toll Free
Mailing Address
9203 West Fork Road
Darby, MT 59829
All Year
Payment Methods
American Express, Cash, Discover, Master Card, Personal Check (In State), Personal Check (Out Of State), Travelers Checks, Visa
Late Cancellation Fee, Reservations Recommended, Reservations Required
AAA Discount, Group Discount, Off Season
Special direction map

Alta Ranch is a scenic 2-hour drive from the international airport in Missoula, a 5-hour drive from Spokane, a 9-hour drive from Seattle, and a 9-hour drive from Salt Lake City. Driving south on Highway 93, turn right on the West Fork Road (Highway 473) about 3 miles south of Darby. Follow the signs to Painted Rocks Lake. Continue on the West Fork Road around the lake on the east side. Approximately 2 miles past the lake, turn right at the Alta Ranch sign, just before Mile Marker 27. The ranch is located between Glacier National Park and Yellowstone in southwest Montana.