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Alta Ranch


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The Alta Ranch is tucked away in the beautiful Bitterroot Mountains 90 miles south of Missoula and 30 miles southwest of Darby. With just 6 vacation homes (authentic log cabins) on 350 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 12.

The upper West Fork of the Bitterroot River flowing through the ranch for about a mile is an excellent trout stream, ideal for walk-and-wade fly fishing. Other things to do on the ranch include canoeing, horseback trail rides, gold panning, campfires, hiking up our mountainside, wildlife viewing, or just plain relaxing. Fly fishing lessons on our large pond are also available. Schedule fishing and float trips down the West Fork with an outfitter. 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
Alta Ranch
9203 West Fork Road
Darby, MT 59829 Get directions
Mailing Address
Alta Ranch
9203 West Fork Road
Darby, MT 59829
Toll Free
All Year
8:00am - 9:00pm
Payment Methods
American Express, Cash, Discover, Master Card, Personal Check (In State), Personal Check (Out Of State), Travelers Checks, Visa
Group Reservations Required, Late Cancellation Fee, Reservations Accepted, Reservations Recommended, Reservations Required
AAA Discount, Group Discount, Off Season, Senior Citizens
Special direction map

Special Directions

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.