Granite County, United States
When to go
All year is an outdoorsy affair, but spring and summer bring with them blooming landscapes and even brighter big skies – come now for horse riding, fishing and hiking. In winter, the region’s ski resorts get busy.
PlanesNearby airports include Missoula and Butte. There are direct flights to Butte from Salt Lake City with Delta (www.delta.com); United (www.united.com) links Missoula with Denver and San Francisco. Private-plane owners can land at Anaconda.
TrainsAmtrak’s (www.amtrak.com) Empire Builder route stops in northern Montana, so you can get to East Glacier Park and then pick up a hire car at the Avis outlet across the road (+1 406 226 9227; www.avis.com) to continue the journey to Granite County.
AutomobilesHiring a car is cheaper than relying on tours and transfers; Missoula airport has most of the big-name companies, as does Butte. Prepare for some hefty distances.
TaxisLong rural stretches make having your own wagon a wise move.
Gallop across wildflower meadows around the elegantly wood-panelled The Ranch at Rock Creek in Granite County Montana.