Summer 2013 on the Middle Fork of Rock Creek

July 30th, 2013 by Kristi Spoon

collage fire 2013

This summer there is a different twist to visiting the ranch on the Middle of Rock Creek.  Montana’s 2013 Fire Season has started off in a flurry.  About six miles south (as the crow flies) is the Moose Meadows Fire; presently at about 2500 acres.  Thankfully we are not threatened by the fire as it continues to grow since being started by lightening last Thursday and smoke seems to be drifting mostly south towards Georgetown Lake.  The Forest Service and Sheriff have closed access to the area except for residents (and guests) so it’s almost like living in a gated community – only in the middle of the wilderness!!  If you are staying with us this summer, don’t worry; you will be stopped at the turnoff then you will just come back as usual.  The helicopters fighting the blaze can be seen from the deck dipping water out of the East Fork through the day.  I guess you can call that a different type of bird watching.

Spoon’s Rock Creek Ranch had it’s first International visitors this week.  Delightfully the Kingswell group from Canada, both British Columbia & Toronto, arrived with fishing gear, food and beverages.  They were followed by the Rohner family all the way from Switzerland!  It really is fun to see our little slice of heaven get International attention but truly all the guests who have joined us from around the great United States have made our Montana vacation rental adventure a terrific experience.  Fishing, sapphire hunting, hiking, star gazing or checking out the Philipsburg Brewery – we seem to be able to offer enjoyment to many walks of life.

whitetail doe and fawn across the creek from the cabin - courtesy of the Rohner family

We have a few cabin and vacation rental openings left in September and would love to have you visit us on the creek.  September is a great time to fly fish and sightsee.  The deer and elk will start to shed their velvet and are beautiful to watch and listen to as they court.  There is something about an elk bugling that brings to mind Montana memories of fall and the fact that winter will be coming soon.




Sunrise on the Anaconda Pintlars

March 6th, 2013 by Kristi Spoon

Winter morning sunrise - Anaconda Pintlars

Winter morning sunrise – Anaconda Pintlars

Winter can be long when you live at over 5000 feet.  There has been snow on the ground since November, temperatures when you get up to check cattle are more often than not, below zero.  Such is life in the rocky mountains.

Sunrise looking out at the Anaconda Pintlars in Montana though, is always spectacular.

The Anaconda Pintlar Wilderness is known for its high, rugged, beautiful mountain scenery.  Some of Montana’s greatest trout streams including Rock Creek and the Big Hole River begin from the tiny droplets coming off year round snowbanks in this almost untouched Montana wilderness of over 158,500 acres.  The lush vegetation of sagebrush, willow flats, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, lodge pole pine, aspen, subalpine fir, white bark pine and subalpine larch are home to mountain goats, flying squirrels, deer, elk, moose, bear, mountain lions and thirteen varieties of raptors

Spring Pintlar View

Spring Pintlar View


As spring arrives in Rock Creek, the snow on our ground will melt and bring green grasses.  The snowpack in the Pintlars will slowly retreat, feeding the tumbling streams well into the summer keeping our trout fishing passion alive.  Then, once again Mother Nature will begin to cover this vast wilderness with her blanket of snow.

This blog is dedicated to my dad, Harvey Giles (1999), who gave up his vacation each year to take Boy Scouts on 50 mile hikes through Montana wildernesses. The Pintlars were his favorite.

The Pintlar View – Inside photos available

March 3rd, 2013 by Kristi Spoon

We’ve been busy working on finishing up the insides of the Pintlar View.  Here is just a sampling of what waits for you when you walk in the doors just above the Middle Fork of Rock Creek outside of Philipsburg, Montana.  With custom log furniture designed just for us by Destination Montana, pillowtop mattresses, a large flat screen tv and beautiful artwork; the only thing to top the man-made amenities is the amazing view out the windows or from the deck of the Anaconda Pintlars.  Truly, Montana at its best.

View from the deck

View from the deck


I’m in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love. And it’s difficult to analyze love when you’re in it.”  

John Steinbeck – Travels With Charley

Pintlar View - dining area

Pintlar View – dining area

Pintlar master sized

Pintlar View – master bedroom

Pintlar living sized

Living room


Family Fishing Vacations in a cabin on Montana Rock Creek

February 10th, 2013 by Kristi Spoon

Fishing at 2

Our stretch of water here on Rock Creek offers something for every fisher:  man, woman or child!!

Staying at Spoon’s Rock Creek Ranch is like a private retreat for your family on the waters of Montana’s Blue Ribbon trout stream.  This cozy Cabin or the Pintlar View house are a perfect setting for a family or groups who want an opportunity to spend a weekend or longer enjoying the great Montana Outdoors.

The Middle Fork of Rock Creek is an ideal spot to let your younger ones explore fishing.  There is a wonderful stretch just outside the back door where it is easy for them to get their pole to the water and experience catching a fish. The East Fork has ponds, created by busy beavers, filled with hungry trout and often complimented by blue heron, sand hill cranes, osprey and Canadian geese.  Be sure to look towards the blue sky above as bald and golden eagles nest in the canyon beyond.

When you are not fishing the creek, there is plenty for your family to do close by. Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine is about 5 miles up the road.  You and your family can hunt for sapphires – you can grab a bucket of sapphire gravel, belly up to the wash trough and find Montana Sapphires.  Depending how you handle your gravel and wash screen this
might just be the dirtiest good clean family fun you can have.  We are also just moments away from Georgetown Lake, Discovery Basin ski area, ghost towns and the town of Philipsburg.



Call for more information on sharing this great Montana adventure with your family.

Rock Creek Montana Fly Fishing Vacation Cabin

January 19th, 2013 by Kristi Spoon

The best fly fishing….

The Pintlar Retreat – Rock Creek Montana Vacation Rental House

January 19th, 2013 by Kristi Spoon

front house moonlight

It’s here!  The second vacation rental at Spoon’s Rock Creek Ranch!!

Stand on the deck and breathe in the majestic view of the Anaconda Pintlars.  This 3 bedroom-2 bath home offers all the amenities of our original cabin including a leather living room, log furniture and comfy mattresses with upscale linens.  The kitchen is ready for you with dishes and cookware and a propane BBQ sits on the deck anticipating your sizzling  steaks while you overlook the raising trout on the Middle Fork of Rock Creek.  Satellite TV, Internet and washer/dryer complete the modern touches making this private Rock Creek Home the perfect place for a family or group gathering.

hd-warren-peakThis property will be completely furnished and ready to rent beginning May 2013.  Property details:  master bedroom with a king bed, second bedroom with two double beds, third bedroom has a double bed.  Master bath has a glassed in shower with pedestal sink, second bath has tub/shower combination.

Photos available soon.  Please call with any questions – 406-859-1009

Pintlar View from the back deck

Pintlar View – winter’s view from the deck

Fabulous reviews on Rock Creek Montana

January 19th, 2013 by Kristi Spoon

“We arrived at Spoon’s Rock Creek Ranch after an exceptional day of hopper fishing on the upper Clark Fork. Dinner was waiting for us in the oven when we stepped into the cabin. Exquisite!  After a restful nights sleep with Rock Creek gurgling and elk bugling outside our window, we had outstanding fishing on this intimate section of Rock Creek. At the end of the day, we were all asking each other “Now, why are we not staying here for another night?”
-Scott Nicolarsen, Montana Topwater Flyfishing Outfitters

“If you’re a fly-fisherman, hunter, hiker, or nature lover this is the place for you. Rock Creek is a paradise for anyone who enjoys natures beauty and outdoor activities and Spoon’s Rock Creek Ranch is situated perfectly to accomplish this. The cabin is five star and so are the hosts. We’re already planning our next trip and looking forward to another great vacation in Montana!”
-Mike and Lori D’Orazi

“What a beautiful place! We have traveled to Montana several times and this place is truely amazing. The ranch was tastefully decorated and location was breathtaking. We originally planned on 3 nights and spending a few days getting back to Seattle. When we found out the ranch was available for another night, we jumped at the opportunity and agreed to suffer a full day of driving. Thank you again for such a memorable Montana experience and of course the wonderful hospitality.”
-Janet, Jil and Sam

“Thank you for your great hospitality.  We felt like we were in heaven!  Great place, great fishing and plenty of over the top food.  Everything was just right for us.  and you have a sweet spirit.  I hope we can return” – Bob and Larry

“Spoon’s Rock Creek Ranch is, in a word, “exceptional”. Great accommodations, amazing location and wonderful hosts, in addition to some of the best fishing we’ve had in years. One of the sleeper highlights of our trip was the hike over the ridge adjacent to the cabin to see the Ross Creek drainage, which forms the headwaters of Rock Creek. It was absolutely beautiful, and absolutely worth it. This was a family vacation to remember, and we will do everything possible to make it back next year!!”
-Arnie, Daina, Kris and Stefans

“Beautiful scenery, good company, playful puppies, wonderful guest house, curious hummingbird, bubbling creek, countless stars, grazing ponies, marvelous memories!  Thanks so much for sharing part of your world with us.”  – Rocky & Nancy

“Awesome time again – what a wonderful place – a little piece of heaven” – Lee, Chad, Tamara & Leea Rodgers

“We are so thankful to have had theopprtunity to stay here on Rock Creek in your awesome cabin!  Thank you for your hospitality.  We will be back next year and will bring friends!!  Your North Carolina friends – Ralph & Belinda Allison

“We had an awesome time staying here.  the views are incredible and the cabin had everything we needed  you guys are great host/hostess!  My favorite was the soft, comfortable bed bed with the sound of the creek running as we slept.  Of course the view of the Pintlars through the huge windows was outstanding!  We’ll be back in 2011.” – Ricky & Becky, Fort Worth Texas

“Enter as friends, leave as even better friends” – Marianne, Kim, Laura

“We had a great time…I wish it would have been a longer visit.  The view is beautiful and the cabin is so cozy and cute.  I love the way you’ve decroated…just right!  We’ll be back! – Brian & Kim


“To the  whole crew and Breaker too – Your place is a piece of heaven on Earth and we are up for buying in!  We appreciate everything you did for our family.  Your cooking is 5 star…Keep the light on as we are going to come back.  After we leave if you can’t find Breaker, he’ll be at our house in Billings” – Thom & Debbie and Tom & Carol

Enter as Strangers, Leave as Friends

“The sign on your beautiful cabin says it all.  You all made us feel like part of you family.  Everything about our experience at Spoon’s Rock Creek Ranch was outstanding, especially the great food!  Thanks for a truly outstanding experience!” – Mel, Daytona Beach, FL

“How incredibly difficult is to leave such a beautiful place like this.  Thank you for sharing your world with us: the horses, the mayor (Breaker), and the wonderful scenery and peace we felt sitting on the deck, gazing at the mountains.  Others have written about the food – there is a future for you as a chef!  Thanks for making our stay more than we imagined.”  Rick, Florida

“It has been said so I say – ditto!  A very high quality experience.  you are indeed a marvelous host and now a friend.  your family is a joy, your animals are fun and your trout so very marvelous!  We look forward to our next visit. – Bob & Charlotte, St Helena, CA


June 13th, 2012 by Kristi Spoon

Spoon’s Rock Creek Ranch sits at over 5000 feet, so  spring comes late.  Once the snow melts off we anxiously await the creek reaching it’s high level so fishing can begin along with the arrival of babies to the deer, elk, robins, moose and more.  Birdwatching along with watching the wildlife is a personal favorite pastime.

The creek seems to be taking it’s time readying itself for the season this year.  The snow pack in the mountains is coming off slowly and we’ve not seen the insane high water of 2011; which makes me happy – last year was crazy!!  The Middle Fork is already pretty clear and is starting to show signs of being ready to fish.  The East Fork has been fishable for a couple weeks.

If you’re not checking in to see what’s happening with the streams, check out our Wildlife photo gallery for photos of this year’s crop of little ones along with some from years past.  A couple weeks ago I snapped a mama moose with her twins right after their arrival, didn’t get my camera out quick enough to catch them on their wobbly legs.  We’ve got a pair of osprey that keep working on a nest out by the creek so they must think the fishing is going to be great this season!

We booked up early this year for most of the summer months so check in with us early if you’d like to share spring and summer 2013.

Happy Spring!!


Quarter Horses for sale at Spoon’s Rock Creek Ranch

July 29th, 2011 by Kristi Spoon

Lyla Benson - rodeo queen

Our own Rodeo Queen ready for a day on the ranch


Looking for a the right horse to add to your stable?  Spoon’s Rock Creek Ranch outside of Philipsburg, Montana has decided to reduce their herd size and are offering a number of Quarter Horses for sale at this time.


Our  selection ranges from fully broke ranch horses to gently started geldings to a matched set of 2 year old dun colts going back to the famous stallion Hollywood Dun It.  Most are registered AQHA with a few unregistered and one very flashy APHA paint.


Over the years we have been extremely picky about the horses we have selected for the ranch.  Most are geldings, most are very well bred and some have come to us through the legendary WYO Quarter Horse Sale.  Every horse has been selected for their exceptional color, breeding, good looks and personality.

The Dude with Trin

Daily Affection


Watch our site for an upcoming Sale Barn page and check out the special horses being offered for sale by Spoon’s Rock Creek Ranch.


Can’t wait to see the horses for sale?  Contact us at

Gucci & Outback

Dun It Twice

Spoon’s Rock Creek Ranch

August 17th, 2010 by Kristi Spoon

Think of the words “log cabin,” and you probably envision a little log house sitting next to a creek or lake, with the fire burning and the smell of the Rocky Mountains just off your deck. At Spoon’s Rock Creek Ranch the homey feel of cedar logs and rich cabin décor bring that and more.

Spoon’s Rock Creek Ranch is 15 miles outside of Philipsburg, a town rich with history in mining and ranching. Today this delightful little town of about 900 residents is a fun place to visit.

Rock Creek is Montana’s premiere Blue Ribbon Trout Stream. Its water runs cold and most of the time clear even during hot summer months making it a tremendous home for rainbow, brown, cutthroat and brook trout. With miles of stream wandering through the property the fishing is amazing; whether just off the deck, up or downstream, or off to the east fork of Rock Creek, where beaver ponds dance with daily hatches & hungry fish.