GREENOUGH, Mont. – The Resort at Paws Up, a 37,000-acre ranch resort 35 miles from Missoula, is converting an authentic bull barn into a conference center.
The Bull Barn Conference Center, set to open this fall, will have more than 5,000 square feet of function space on two floors for groups of up to 200 people.
The conference center will allow the resort to cater to larger groups.
Built in the mid-19th century, the barn was used most recently to house Paws Up’s prize black angus bulls. It is among a number of buildings that were once used for other purposes by the cattle ranch and have now been converted to meeting and event venues.
Located in the Village at Paws Up, the conference center’s first level will have two meeting rooms, one measuring 1,575 square feet and the other 625 square feet. A large patio with a fire pit adjoins the meeting spaces.
The second level, once the barn’s hayloft, will become a 3,500-square-foot meeting room with a vaulted ceiling made of the barn’s original wood siding. Other barn elements, such as sliding doors and two silos that will be used for stairwell and elevator shafts, are being incorporated into the new meeting facility.
The conference center will be outfitted with state-of-the-art sound, lighting and audio-visual systems; business center services also will be offered.
The ranch’s other meeting facilities include an equestrian center with a 35,000-square-foot indoor arena that can be used for trade shows, team-building exercises and other events; a skybox that overlooks the arena, a 10-seat round tower boardroom, a 300-seat theater-style auditorium that was once a cattle sales arena; and a 16,000-square-foot exhibit hall that was once a cattle sales venue.
Guests stay in 28 one- to four-bedroom vacation homes. Also, 24 one- and two-bedroom luxury tents with feather beds and other amenities are offered seasonally. The ranch can house up to 215 guests.