by Kristin Franks
Your family will experience the ultimate outdoor adventure at The Resort at Paws Up with 37,000 acres of wilderness, luxurious homes and tents. Luxury homes feature a full kitchen, a loft game room, three spacious master suites and an expansive private deck, while Paws Up Glamping (glamorous camping) offers families a Western-style vacation with luxurious tents featuring a king-sized bed, fine linens, wall art, electricity, and your own personal luxury camping butler. The resort’s newest addition, opening July 2010, is the Creekside Camp, which features one- and two-bedroom tent suites with king-sized beds, electricity, a personal camping butler, daily housekeeping and nightly turndown service, a bathroom and fireplace.
Not only does this resort offer luxurious camping accommodations, but a variety of family friendly activities as well. Families can enjoy wagon rides, guided hikes, pony rides, river rafting, mountain biking and hot air balloon rides. A kids camp, “Kids Corps of Discovery,” is available for children ages 5 to 12 with a variety of fun activities including face painting, scavenger hunts, nature hikes, pony rides, trips to the petting zoo and much more! Full and half-day programs are available. A Junior Wrangler program is also available with full-day programs at the Saddle Club.
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Although advertised as a 5 star property, this is a 4 star property. That is not a bad thing...unless you are paying extra for the missing star. Glamping cabins were very nice and comfortable. Plenty of hot water. Heated floors. Charging outlets. Lights. All the conveniences you would expect. A very bugs and a marmot here and there but nothing to complain about. Linens, toiletries, and towels could have been better. In the overall, the entire campsite experience was great with freshly made breakfast in the morning and snacks and [house] cocktails in the evening and s'mores to finish out the day! As opposed to the cabins, I recommend trying the glamping. Some people split their trip half and half and that seems like a sensible way to go. But, to be clear, this is not camping; the "tent" is good size, well- provisioned, and looks more like a hotel room than a tent in the wilderness. Good wi-fi along with strong cell signals throughout the property.
Activities are a lot of fun, but they are expensive. On top of thousands of dollars for your tent, expect to pay thousands of dollars for a full plate of activities over the course of several days. Cattle drives, horse rides, shooting, rafting, etc, etc- lots of fun things to do that will appeal to travelers of all ages.
Food and drink is adequate. The bar is rather small and usually seems understaffed. Plated dishes (as opposed to buffet food) is well prepared. Options are limited. Restaurant and bar service is only available at the main location. Depending on where you are staying is the resort, that could be a 20 minute shuttle ride or more.
Transportation around the resort is free. If you have a cabin, you get a free car. If you are glamping you are reliant on shuttle buses. They are issued on demand and when demand is high, you have to wait and wait and wait. It was convenient in one sense and very inconvenient on the other when you are trying to get some place but you are completely at the mercy of someone else (think asking mom for a ride to the mall before you had a drivers' license!)....and not like Uber where you pretty much know when your ride will show up.
I thought the resort could use a freshening up. Some paint here and there. New furnishings. A deep clean. Some new recreational equipment. It is a ranch, however, and nothing was so dilapidated as be a problem.
Staff could not have been friendlier. Maybe it's the location or maybe it is just people doing what they enjoy. But, to a one, every staff member was helpful and social and overall a very pleasurable group.Some training is required for the new recruits, but management should be commended on running a tight ship where guest satisfaction and experience is clearly a priority.
All in all, a terrific time in the country. You may not get all that you expect considering the cost, but whether you are single, couple, family, friends (and I saw all of these on my recent stay) everyone will enjoy the experience and the lasting memories and friendships made.
A group of friends and myself were floating over Memorial Day down the Blackfoot river and were fortunate to float through the section with numerous Resort at Paws Up camping sites. The “Glamping” sites are absolutely gorgeous and range from on the banks of the river to jaw dropping cliff side edges. I’m mainly writing to highlight the interaction’s we received from the Paws Up staff during our trip. Everyone we saw from the banks was quick to offer a wave or yell hello and seemed eager in their excitement. We actually pulled off quickly at their river camp location and were greeted by Lucas, Paws Ups camp manager who offered water and answered questions about the property and also offered to let us drive through the main area after our trip for a tour of the common areas! This was the highlight of our day. We also met Tanner who was assisting one of the Paws Up boats off the water and also was quick to immediately offer us a helping hand. Staff make everything and those two were great additions of our trip and I’m sure are wonderful people to interact with if staying on the property!