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A far cry from roughing it, this tent—one of six at Paws Up's Tent City—melds luxe accommodations like plush bedding and electrical blankets with a rustic environment within close walking distance of the fish-choked Blackfoot River.  
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Bald eagles have inhabited this nest in this perch in Tent City for three generations. While I was visiting, we saw one of the adult birds swoop over the outdoor dining table with a fish in its mouth, en route to feed its hatchlings.  
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That moment of ethereal light at dawn and dusk—known to photographers as 'the golden hour'—cuts through the pine trees surrounding the property's timber homes with near-religious impact.  
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Paws Up lies within striking distance to Garnet, one of the country's best-preserved ghost towns. The scene proves eerie, especially with the profusion of turn-of-the-century artifacts. We paired a tour of Garnet with a guided mountain bike ride back to the resort.  
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After the mountain biking, we hit Paws Up's clay shooting range, which contains 12 stations interspersed throughout a verdant landscape of pine trees and meadowlands.  
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One of the most endearing elements of Paws Up, Spa City is composed of 11 tents linked by a boardwalk that overlook an expansive meadow. The tents offer a pastoral staging ground for meditation, yoga, and treatments like a hot stone massage.  
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And you can forget that horrid New Age music typical to most spas. The open-air environment lets you hear quiet rotation of the ceiling fan, the rustling breeze, the chirping birds, and, in my case, the crack of an impending thunderstorm.  
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With prime access to the blue-ribbon Blackfoot River, Paws Up is a fly-fisherman's heaven. Here a resort guide demonstrates the proper way to cast. Shots of me failing to replicate this skill have been...misplaced.  
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The maze of trails makes the 37,000-acre resort accessible by bike, foot, horseback, or ATV. To explore one of the best, cycle the 13-mile Sunset Loop as it carves through fields of flowers, hugs Blackfoot River and Elk Creek, and slices through herds of cows.  
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The Sunset Loop also connects you to the Drunken Fence, which lines a downward-sloping path that leads to Lookout Rock, one of the signature geographical attractions at Paws Up.  
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Lookout Rock vaults up from the earth like a massive granite wall, entirely blocking the sounds—and views—of the Blackfoot River until you make the vertiginous ascent and look out from the top.  
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On the eve of my final night, a freak thunderstorm erupted on the horizon, visible from the expansive deck outside the resort's gourmet Pomp restaurant. It passed in a heartbeat, leaving an expansive stretch of Rocky Mountain stars in its wake.  
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Whether you stay at the two-story big-timber homes, one of the two four-room properties, or the single-story meadow homes, Paws Up assures you'll have a best friend (albeit a fake one). And yes, Paws Up does accommodate real dogs as well—they even offer canine spa treatments.  
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