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Montana is nicknamed ‘Big Sky Country’ with good reason. This state is all about wide open spaces and dramatic skylines with a countryside ranging from the jagged Rocky Mountains to the vast Great Plains. It is also home to America's first National Park. Towns still retain a frontier spirit - after all, here was the site of one of the 19th century’s gold rushes. Our selection of the best places to stay in Montana helps you get the best out of the state’s magnificent sights.

Hiking, fishing and wildlife-watching are just some of the activities you can do in Glacier National Park, bordered by the Rockies. Here you’ll find iridescent-coloured lakes (such as St Mary Lake), the colour due to the suspension of particles of glacial rock in the water. Drive up Logan Pass, if you dare, the highest navigable part of the Park with stupendous views. Watch out for grizzlies, too, which you can also spy - along with bison, wolves and elks, plus amazing geysers and hot springs - in Yellowstone National Park.

Montana’s other must-see sights include the Little Bighorn Battlefield in The Crow (Apsalooke) Indian Reservation, where General George Custer made his famous ‘last stand’.

Montana State University's museum with its dinosaur exhibits, early Native American art and laser planetarium shows is another must.

State capital Helena, known as the ‘Queen City of the Rockies’ with the boom brought on by the 1864 gold strike, boasts grand architecture, numerous museums and historic sites as well as a busy cultural events calendar, great restaurants and microbreweries.

Alternatively, Miles City remains a true Western town with ‘miles’ of plains and badlands stretching out in all directions.

So, decide which outdoor activity you fancy doing and then browse our choice of the best places to stay in Montana to plan your trip.

For families

  • No excuse for getting bored at The Ranch at Rock Creek where all activities are included in the cost, from mountain biking and riding to archery, yoga and a ropes course. Individual chalets have a rustic feel. The bar is like a Western saloon.
  • Stay on a working ranch at The Resort at Paws Up where you can choose between luxury tents or individual cottages. Every activity imaginable is available, plus a spa to relax.
  • The good-value Sacajawea Hotel in Three Forks, near Headwaters State Park, has homely rooms, a relaxed atmosphere and a popular restaurant. Live music too!

Best Montana hotels with pools

  • Luxury, rustic chalets, with leather sofas, fires and private verandas, make Triple Creek Ranch a stylish, but relaxed stay on a working ranch. After a day of outdoors activities, relax around the pool before a gourmet dinner.
  • Log cabins with views over miles of wilderness give Mountain Sky Guest Ranch a hideaway feel - although there’s plenty of action should you want it from fishing to riding to tennis. The pool and spa add luxury edges.

For more ideas, browse our list of the best places to stay in Montana or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.

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Best Hotels in Montana

  • Golden Stone Inn West Yellowstone 15 rooms from £93

    Active Holiday  -  Rooms are designed to be comfortable and functional but you'll book here for the plethora of outdoor pursuits
    Fishing  -  You know you are in fly fishing territory when your room comes with wader hangers and custom made rod racks
    Groups  -  Triplex cabins (sleeping up to six) are a great and affordable option for small groups
    Birdwatching  -  Birdwatching excursions are planned by the property with areas selected depending on the season
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    A property designed with the outdoor enthusiast in mind. Rooms are functional and comfortable with sink-into beds, fireplaces, and clever touches such as racks to hang your fishing rod! Triplex cabins are a great choice for groups. A well-priced stay, ideal for all the family (pets too). See More

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  • Sacajawea Hotel Three Forks (Montana) 29 rooms from £98

    Sights nearby  -  Norris Hot Springs is known as the 'water of the gods' and worth a visit.
    Fishing  -  Do some fly fishing in the Headwaters of the Missouri River.
    Great walks  -  Headwaters State Park.
    Back to Nature  -  Relaxing in nature.
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    Newly reopened 1910 boutique offers home-from-home hospitality, lofty ceilings and rustic antique furniture. Large rooms with natural light, spa inspired bathrooms and a complimentary continental breakfast. Pompey's Grill is popular with locals or head to Sacajawea Bar for live music and cocktails. See More

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  • Belton Chalet Montana 27 rooms from £113

    Back to Nature  -  Located just outside the entrance to Glacier National Park, this is a place to come and spend your time in the great outdoors
    Families  -  The Cottage comes with three bedrooms, a kitchenette, and cosy lounge - ideal for families
    Great walks  -  Spend days exploring the hiking trails that run through Glacier National Park
    Fishing  -  During the winter months there are a number of popular spots for ice fishing
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    A historic inn once built by the Great Northern Railroad as a gateway to Glacier National Park. Rooms are elegantly styled and while they keep their traditional design there is a fresh modern feel. A popular restaurant and tap house serve cuisine made with local produce. A cosy base. See More

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  • Under Canvas Yellowstone West Yellowstone 74 rooms from £120

    Back to Nature  -  Watch wild horses frolick in prairies, stargaze under expansive skies from a hammock and wake up to mountain and river views
    Families  -  All accomodation options come with a kid's version meaning that, for once, camping won't be cramped and uncomfortable
    Groups  -  Groups of friends will love the two tent suite; this makes for an unforgettable and unconventional stag or hen party
    Active Holiday  -  Go hiking in the park, fish on wild rivers or play badminton and volley ball at the camp-site
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    Re-enact your Wild West fantasies with a stay at this tented camp near Yellowstone National Park, made up of 77 tipis, deluxe and wagon-style tents. West Elm furnishings, wood-burning stoves and organic bath products in the room, plus on-site cafe-style restaurant, put the 'glam' into glamping. See More

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  • Oddfellow Inn and Farm Helena 8 rooms from £126

    Country Escape  -  A chic country house set on a 41-acre working farm - giving modern comforts in a charming rural setting
    Families  -  The Double Queen sleeps upto 4 and there is plenty of space for little ones to run about
    Groups  -  Rent out the entire property for a special event
    Great walks  -  Take walks along the nature trails that run through the property's grounds
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    A stylish country house set in 41-acres of working farmland. Fresh contemporary rooms have soft grey hues, simple wooden furniture, and spectacular views of the farm. Exceptional cuisine is created using farm produce while an elegant bar and lounge are perfect for whiling away quiet evenings. See More

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  • Bar N Ranch West Yellowstone 19 rooms from £132

    Back to Nature  -  Set in a wonderfully remote setting just minutes from Yellowstone National Park - a getaway to nature
    Active Holiday  -  Winter and summer offer a wide range of activities from cross-coutry skiing to horse-back riding
    Families  -  The property is very family friendly with excellent accommodation options and toys to play with
    Fishing  -  Fly-fishing is available right on property during the summer
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    A boutique lodge-style hotel offering a remote and beautiful location just a few miles from the entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Rustic log cabins have fireplaces and traditional fabrics. The restaurant serves all-American fare plus there's a cosy firelit lounge. Back to nature perfection. See More

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  • Big Sky Resort Village Center Big Sky 57 rooms from £136

    Active Holiday  -  Big Sky has miles of mountain terrain to explore by foot, bike or on skis
    Skiing  -  Benefit from ski-in / ski-out access and 5,850 acres of skiable terrain
    Great walks  -  Choose from one of serveral guided nature hikes
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
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    A luxury resort offering ski-in / ski-out access in Big Sky. Elegant suites and studios are modern but with traditionally-inspired design. Think cowhides, leather chairs, fireplaces and pine. An on-site restaurant serves Italian fare and there's even an outdoor pool and hot tub. A luxurious base. See More

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  • Under Canvas Glacier Coram, Montana 49 rooms from £148

    Active Holiday  -  Glacier National Park is a literal playground for those that love the outdoors; hike, bike, ride, kayak & even cross-country ski
    Back to Nature  -  Roasting s'mores around a camp-fire, star-gazing, glacial lakes and evergreen forests for miles create a magical feeling
    Sights nearby  -  Big Sky Waterpark is just over 10km from the camp-site
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
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    Wonderful tented camp near to Glacier National Park. 49 luxury tents in 3 styles - safari, suite & deluxe - are scattered around 'big sky country' alongside fire-pits, lobby and shop. Interiors are divine; organic bath products, crisp white sheets & wood-burning stoves make this feel truly glam. See More

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  • The Lark Bozeman, Montana 67 rooms from £165

    Local exploring  -  Set in the heart of downtown, walkable to all the best shops, restaurants and nightlife the city has to offer
    Fishing  -  Montana has some of the country's best fly fishing rivers
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
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    A stylish modern hotel set in the heart of downtown Bozeman. Chic rooms feature bright white walls adorned with simple black graphics, solid pine furniture, and contemporary bathrooms. Indoor and outdoor shared spaces encourage socialising. A youthful stay near all the action. See More

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  • The Great Bear Inn West Glacier, Montana 11 rooms from £183

    Families  -  Cabins can sleep up to seven guests and come complete with kitchens, are a great choice for families
    Active Holiday  -  Set in a remote location in Glacier National Park, this is a perfect option for an escape to nature
    Great walks  -  Spend the day hiking through the national park (bear spray is provided to keep you safe!)
    Fishing  -  Outside the national park there are numerous spots for ice fishing
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    A charming B&B set in a remote & picturesque spot within Glacier National Park. Accommodation comes in the form of rooms or cabins. The design is traditional with plenty of wood and the best have fireplaces. Cabins come complete with kitchens and are ideal for families. A laid back escape to nature. See More

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  • The Lodge at Trout Creek Montana 5 rooms from £194

    Back to Nature  -  Set within 90 acres of woodlands and meadows and located next to a national park - this is a real back to nature experience
    Groups  -  Book the entire property for a unique small wedding or family reunion
    Restrictions on children  -  This is an adult-only space, however, if you book the entire property for a gathering then children are welcomed
    Great walks  -  Walk through the property's expansive grounds or spend the day hiking in Glacier National Park
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    A luxury B&B offering a beautiful and remote setting beside Glacier National Park. Spacious suites are modern in feel but traditional in design. Think polished wood floors, fireplaces, and cosy window seats. A games room and cinema room ensure fun evenings at this chic escape to nature. See More

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  • Cabin Creek Landing B&B Montana 6 rooms from £249

    Active Holiday  -  This is an outdoor adventurer's dream with everything on offer from mountain biking to hiking, horse riding to rafting
    Families  -  The two suites can accommodate up to four people making this a great choice for those travelling with young children
    Great walks  -  Through forests, alongside lakes, and amidst mountains — there are endless hiking trails to discover
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over 12 are welcomed
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    An elegant cabin located in remote and spectacular surrounds in Montana. A handful of spacious rooms and suites feature polished wood floors, large picture frame windows, and sliding glass doors leading onto private decks. With its own airstrip and boundless space — this is rural luxury defined. See More

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  • Rainbow Ranch Lodge Big Sky 21 rooms from £254

    Active Holiday  -  With year-round activities including skiing, horse riding, hiking, and biking - this is an outdoor adventurer's dream location
    Back to Nature  -  Located in a remote setting just 45 mins from the gate to Yellowstone National Park - this is the perfect escape to nature
    Great walks  -  Located within Custer Gallatin Nation Forest and set near Yellowstone National Park - there are endless hiking routes
    Fishing  -  Fly fish in the Gallatin River
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    An elegant take on traditional rustic design set in a spectacular rural location near Yellowstone National Park. Spacious rooms boast large picture windows, plenty of polished pine, and working fireplaces. Expect a Montana-centric restaurant, an atmospheric bar and plenty of outdoor pursuits. See More

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  • Lone Mountain Ranch Big Sky 15 rooms from £293

    Groups  -  With cabin options ranging from one - four bedrooms, this is a great option for families or small groups
    Families  -  Outdoor recreation programmes are organised for kids of all ages that are both fun and educational
    Romantic Break  -  Pick one of the secluded two-person cabins for a romantic hideaway
    Back to Nature  -  Perfectly positioned to live-in and explore the wilds of Montana
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    A highly acclaimed & historic ranch set in a beautiful and secluded spot near Yellowstone National Park. Beautifully styled rustic-chic cabins range in size making this suitable for couples, groups, and families. A has-it-all stay with outdoor pursuits, farm-to-table dining, yoga, and massages. See More

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  • Dreamcatcher Tipi Hotel GARDINER, Montana 10 rooms from £331

    Families  -  With tipis sleeping upto 4 and all the space any child could ever want to run around in, this is perfect family holiday material
    Back to Nature  -  Set in a secluded and scenic spot right by Yellowstone National Park, experience the great outdoors from this tented camp
    Active Holiday  -  From hiking to horse riding there is plenty to keep busy with in the area
    Great walks  -  Hike through the Absaroka and Gallatin Mountain Ranges
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    A camp of ten luxury tipis located just moments from the entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Each tipi is individually equipped with fluffy bedding, dream catchers, cosy heaters, and luxe bath products. With evening smores, outdoor firepits and ample space - this is back to nature at its best. See More

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  • 1872 Inn West Yellowstone 18 rooms from £358

    Back to Nature  -  Located within walking distance of the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park - ideal for spending your time in nature
    Active Holiday  -  The national park offers guests a host of activities from horse riding to wildlife spotting
    Sights nearby  -  Discover Yelllowstones famed hot springs
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    An adult-only lodge offering rustic-chic accommodation just moments from the entrance to Yellowstone. The design merges modern comforts with cosy traditional Montana style (think western throws and cow hide chairs). With jam-packed itineraries, this is a great choice for an escape to nature. See More

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  • Gallatin River Lodge Montana 12 rooms from £390

    Active Holiday  -  Primarily a fly fishing destination yet with many more outdoor pursuits available including hiking and mountain biking
    Fishing  -  Located just 5 minutes from private fishing access on the Gallatin River
    Great walks  -  Find several hiking (and biking) trails starting just 30 mins from the property
    Whirlpool Bathtub  -  Main Lodge Suites have whirlpool bathtubs
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    An intimate & luxurious lodge set in a secluded spot on the Gallatin River. Offering 3 room options, each with their own perks, ranging from spa baths to private balconies, however, all are luxe. With fine-dining and private fly fishing access — this is a spoiling choice for an outdoorsy stay. See More

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  • Mountain Sky Guest Ranch Montana 33 rooms from £415

    Fishing  -  The trout-filled, rushing waters of Big Creek flow 4.5 miles through the entire property,
    Tennis  -  Enjoy the on-site tennis courts.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor heated pool.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
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    A luxury boutique dude ranch set on 10,000 operational acres of unspoiled wilderness in the heart of Yellowstone Country. Log cabins are rustic chic with patchwork quilts, comfy seating areas and porches commanding spectacular views. A real ranch experience, with a glamorous edge! See More

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  • Sage Lodge PRAY, Montana 50 rooms from £585

    Romantic Break  -  With a spoiling spa, romantic fire lit rooms, and cosy dining options - this is a great option for outdoorsy couples
    Active Holiday  -  From hikes and horse riding to art and cooking classes, this property really has it all
    Spa  -  Offers a wide range of body treatments, facials and massages using Éminence organic products
    Fishing  -  The area is popular for fly-fishing and novices can book a lesson from the hotel itself
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    A luxury lodge offering high-end facilities in a spectacular rural setting. Rooms are spacious yet cosy with sink-into beds, luxe linens, tartan fabrics, and fireplaces. With boundless outdoor activities, two stand out restaurants, and a spoiling spa — this is a great option for a couples getaway. See More

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  • The Resort at Paws Up Greenough (Montana) 25 rooms from £585

    Fishing  -  Truly a slice of Montana fly-fishing heaven.
    Spa  -  Spa not included in inclusive rate
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
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    Adventure heaven in 37,000 acres on a working Montana Ranch. Fully equipped cottages all year and tent city by summer. Rustic dishes served at Pomp and a western flair is brought to Trough. Getting stuck in at the ranch, exploring great outdoors or a spa day is all on the cards. An amazing find! See More

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  • The Ranch at Rock Creek Philipsburg (Montana) from £624

    Fishing  -  Four miles of private access and pristine river frontage boasts many fish from Westslope cutthroat to Rocky Mountain whitefish.
    Sights nearby  -  The Ranch ropes course can be a fun day out with the family or a transformative personal experience.
    Great walks  -  See the wildnerness on foot or by stagecoach, in the winter try sleigh rides.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
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    All-inclusive activity haven has stunning mountains as the backdrop and acres of playground. Large, cosy rooms with all the mod-cons and fireplaces. Restaurant menu mirrors Montana seasonal bounty and the bar is a brilliant way to unwind after an adventure filled day in the wilderness or at the spa. See More

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  • Triple Creek Ranch Darby, Montana 23 rooms from £1015

    Romantic Break  -  Romantic trip to the mountains is made ideal with the Romantic Package which consists of 4 nights in a Luxury cabin.
    Foodies  -  The culinary options at the ranch are fantastic. Chef's table, local sourcing awareness and a culinary school.
    Active Holiday  -  Tick things off your bucket list with numerous adventures avaliable at the ranch.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children welcome from 16 years old.
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    An opulent ranch in the heart of Montana offering old world experiences and new age comforts. The private cabins range from kitted out & cosy to downright indulgent with private hot tubs and fireplaces. The location is second to none and if you tire of nature the facilities are top notch. See More

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  • Riverview Ranch Alberton, Montana 8 rooms from £1951

    Active Holiday  -  The list of outsoor pursuits is long here and ranges from equestrian pursuits to cross-country skiing
    Weddings  -  An experienced team, beautiful venue spaces, and a unique backdrop for a very memorable day
    Families  -  Suites sleep between 3 - 6 pax making this a great option for families
    Fishing  -  Fish on the property's private trout filled lakes
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    A luxury ranch set above the Clark Fork River. Suites are designed with a modern take on traditional style with plush bedding, thick carpets and sliding doors leading onto private decks. Meals are a decadent affair paired with sommelier picked wines while the activity choice is endless. See More

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