We are 7 old men who get together every summer for hiking. We did West Glacier 4 years ago; it was time for the East which has better hiking options (Many Glacier, Waterton Canada, and the hikes east of Logan Pass). It took awhile to find Paul Ranch, probably because it's considered a "specialty" Well, it certainly is special. We had both Elks and Meadowlark, cooked 4 of the 5 nights we were there (Elks had plenty of space for 7 for dinner). Both places were clean clean clean and the managers came in every day to clean clean clean. And plenty of hot water for showers to get the trail dirt off. Terry and Gene are terrific managers, but one feature I'm not seeing in these reviews is "just hangin' with Gene." The guy has wonderful stories to tell and insights into all kinds of things.
You can see the stars at night. You can hear the quiet day and night (remember quiet?). The only roadway is 1/2 mile away and doesn't really go anywhere, so there's only the occasional vehicle. And it makes you think of the movie High Plains Drifter.
All 7 of us give it two thumbs up. We had high expectations and they were far exceeded.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Paul Ranch Montana is 15 minutes from the east entrance to Glacier National Park. Located 6 miles north of Babb on US Hwy 89, comfortable and affordable lodging is provided in a relaxed and spectacular setting. For a vacation focused on exploring Glacier and Waterton, you will be centrally located. If you prefer time to read, write, photograph or other more solitary pursuits, you will enjoy the space, privacy and inspiring natural ambiance. ... more less