The Alta Ranch: The Alta Vista

A Darby, Montana vacation rental

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  • Bedrooms - 4
  • Bathrooms - 3
  • Sleeps - 12
  • Pets Considered
  • On Westfork Bitterroot River and private pond

Welcome to the lap of luxury! Of the 6 cabins at our family-friendly Alta Ranch, the Alta Vista cabin is our largest. 4,000 sq. ft. and 3 levels of luxury. Inside is a huge living room and great room with vaulted ceilings and see-through custom-built fireplace (stocked with plenty of lodgepole pine, ponderosa pine, and Douglas fir firewood), modern kitchen with long rustic dining table, formal dining room; mud room; sitting room. Step out onto the large decks for some of the best 4 season panoramic views of the meadow and Bitterroot Mountains.

Kitchen feature a full-sized range, refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee maker, toaster, dishes, cookware, and utensils. Send us your grocery list and we will be happy to stock the kitchen before you arrive. Pet friendly means horse friendly - The Alta Vista cabin has a corral if you want to bring your horses. There are 3 full bathrooms.

Sleeping arrangement: The master bedroom has a king bed, another bedroom has a queen bed, the third bedroom has two twins (which can be converted to a king) and the bedroom in the loft has two twin beds and four portable beds. The office area of the loft has a full-sized futon.


  • Pets Allowed
  • Handicap Access
  • Linens Provided
  • Washer and Dryer
  • Furnished Kitchen
  • Fireplace
  • Outdoor Firepit
  • Outdoor Grill
  • ATV/Snowmobile Trail
  • WiFi Internet
  • VCR/DVD Player
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Year-round Rental
  • Available for Monthly Rental

Unique Features

This jewel is ideal for retreats, weddings, or vacation getaways. The Bunkhouse with pool, ping pong, and foosball tables, plus a bunk bed and 2 rollaway beds is next door. A basketball hoop, horseshoes, bocce balls, and volleyball net are available. Two-thirds of a mile of the upper West Fork of the Bitterroot River flows through the ranch grounds - The Alta Vista is on the banks of the river and has a small pond below where you can witness moose bathing.

The Alta Ranch is a wedding destination. Spectacular mountains and forest are the perfect setting for your special day. Indoor or outdoor options for the ceremony. Pitch a big tent or set up tables under the large hangar for dining and dancing. Creating a magical wedding celebration is a specialty of ours.

Things To Do

Because of its size, the Alta Vista is popular for large family gatherings or reunions. We want you to live like a local while you are here: Explore Skalkaho Falls, just north of Darby, one of western Montana’s “must sees.” The Bitterroot River offers over 76 miles of floatable river, from 6 miles south of Darby to Missoula and 100 miles of fishable river. When the snow flies; the Lost Trail Powder Mountain typically accumulates the most snow depth in Montana. One of the best downhill slopes in the state is nearby. 2 miles away is Painted Rocks Lake (swimming, boating, water skiing, and jet skiing). 4 hours south of Glacier National Park and 6 hours from Yellowstone.

The ranch has 350 acres to roam. Keep your eyes open for moose, elk, deer, eagles, waterfowl, songbirds, and more. Glacier country and the Bitterroot National Forest surrounds you. Our guests enjoy trout fishing and BBQ's on the porch. ATV riding; fire lookouts on Bare Cone and Lookout mountains - all included.

Rates & Specials

$350 - $400 daily

$2450 - $2800 weekly

$400 a night (June - September); $350 a night (Oct -May) +$50 cleaning fee/stay

Check-in after 4:00 p.m. Check-out by 11:00 a.m.
Deposit of 50% is required within 7 days of reservation. Balance is due upon arrival.

All rates are subject to 7% Montana Accommodations Tax. Rates include unlimited use of all ranch facilities including catch-and-release trout pond, canoe, rowboat, paddleboat, campfire sites, library, clubhouse, and laundry. The minimum stay is 3 nights. For shorter stays there is an additional $50 charge. No smoking inside the cabins, but smoking is allowed on the porch.

We accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express, personal checks, travelers checks, money orders, and cash. Deposits are refundable, less a $25 cancellation fee up to 60 days before arrival. Within 60 days of arrival, deposits are refundable only if we are able to book the canceled space. If you must leave the Alta Ranch before your reserved time is complete, you will be responsible for the entire time reserved.


March 2013. This has been a wonderful place to stay for our “homecoming” to the West Fork. We soaked in as much beauty and wildlife as we possibly could during our stay. As we travel back to the Pacific Northwest we leave very grateful for the time we were able to spend here. Thank you Peter and Katrin for your hospitality and graciousness. Alta Ranch is a beautiful gem. The West Fork will always hold a special place in our hearts.
January 2013. My husband and I travel quite a bit from tropical islands to snow covered mountains. We have stayed in $600 a night hotels, but I don’t want to do that anymore. I want to stay here at the Alta Vista summer and winter fall and spring. The people we have talked to are the nicest and friendliest—Montana has Aloha spirit. I have impressed my in-laws tremendously. I’m going to take the credit because I found Alta Ranch. This vacation was everything I wanted—snow, horseback riding, snowmobiling, sledding, a happy and well-rested husband.

Contact Information

9189 West Fork Road
Darby, MT 59829
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