If tents aren’t your thing, ultra-elegant cabins scattered among the towering pines are full of modern conveniences.
It’s hard to object to a 5 a.m. wake-up call when the scents of sage and ponderosa pine greet you the instant you step outside.
Just down the country lane is Spa Town--the ultimate remedy for post-hike fatigue--where you can enjoy hot-stone treatments or a wellness massage dubbed "A River Runs Through It" while gazing across a meadow of wildflowers.
"This is a blessed place," sighs Robin. "The environment here is the star, and everything they’ve done is in concert with nature."
Prefer creature comforts to roughing it? You’ve come to the right place. The Resort at Paws Up has a host of options: Tent City and River Camp offer six tents each (two with attached "kids’ quarters"). Cabins run the gamut: Big Timber Homes, Meadow Homes, and the new Wilderness Estates provide all the comforts of home--and then some--and sleep up to six people. The historic Morris Ranch House (built in 1908) is ideal for larger gatherings. Equally accommodating: Blackfoot River Lodge, The Bunkhouse, and the remote Encampment at Bull Creek.
Rates start at $725 a night for a tent, including three meals (for two). For details and booking, call 800/473-0601 or visit pawsup.com.
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