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This property is the original 'McDonald family homestead', 20 minutes from park line, 25-30 minutes to pay shack in Gardiner. It consists of a log lodge on the hill and log cabins down by the creek all private from each other; all of which are now rental properties. On this listing is the lodge which is 5 Bedroom / 4 Bathroom home that sleeps 12, more if needed; 6500 square feet.
King Master suite with walk in rock shower and big jacuzzi tub with views, double sink,walk in closet, and upper deck.
3 quality Queen bedrooms with a bath/shower, double sinks, bunk beds in 1 of the queen bedrooms with 16' climbing wall and rope.
Antique full bedroom with bath attached, very comfy/cozy.
Workout area with treadmill, trampoline, weight bench.
Large kitchen with multiple stations, all equipped with everything, 2 sinks, 2 refrigerators, double oven, lots of sitting in area opens to dining room with 6 chairs at table.
Open great room with large couches, leather recliner chair and big rock fireplace. There are 72 windows in lodge, the views are beautiful and plentiful.
Laundry room with LG front load washer/dryer.
Lodge made with logs up to 40 inches in diameter.
Big deck out front opens to nice green yard with automatic sprinklers, a fire pit, more land to stretch out on, & a very large trampoline.
Views of Yellowstone Park mountains, meadows, wildlife, forests, and the company of our ranch's friendly horses, cats, dogs, cows, and maybe our pet buffalo 'Calamity Jane'. Depends how much wolf action we get trying to run our animals.
We like to think you are coming to get away from it all, & hoping you don't get too tempted with the cable and wifi. Let us know if you need it disconnected. Families who have done that say they bond more. Cell service is not the best in Montana or Wyoming area of the park, & Verizon is the best coverage.
We do have a log barn and attached indoor arena above the lodge higher on the hill for private use only. Many guests come watch the ranch girls ride and rope in the arena when they happen to be between rodeos, visit the cats in the hay, and the miniature pony & miniature cows in the pens. The smaller animals are penned by the barn and arena for their protection from the wolves and grizzly bears.
Moose used to be numerous here in our willows along the creek, but diminished since wolf introduction. We have a resident elk herd of a few hundred. They have their babies throughout the basin, as well as in and around the cabins, lodge, & along the road. Howl for the wolves at night, enjoy no city lights up here and many a bright stars and beautiful big sky!
We are open year around. The beauty never stops!
In the mountains next to park, on a private homesteaded 5 generation family ranch. We have two other ranches in our area as part time residents. No public access and at dead end at edge of park line...moreless
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Lodge & log cabins private from each other in the mountains outside of Gardiner next to Yellowstone Park, quiet, beautiful 5 generation family ranch with a few of the old log cabins to look at.
Complete with friendly animals, wildlife on the ranch and during your drive, and still close to many activities including the park.
We are like an extension to the park. Our road Cinnabar Basin runs into Old Yellowstone Trail on the Yellowstone River that leads you to the park a few miles before Gardiner. Or you can take the highway parallel to it, reach Gardiner first, then go into the park.
We are 20 minutes to park line, 25-30 minutes to park pay shack on other side of Gardiner.
1 hour to 1.5 to Old Faithful
4 hours one way to jackson hole wyoming.
Lodging is quality, comfy, cozy, with everything you need, big yard & fire pit, creeks and ponds, animals that visit, beautiful scenery. 6000' lodge with massive logs, spacious & comfortable for family get togethers.
Our neighboring ranch has zip lines, horseback riding, and barbecue lunches. These activities can be arranged when you get here, or in advance. They also have packages to include white water rafting.
The other neighboring ranch at bottom of our road on the Yellowstone River, will be breaking ground on a natural hot springs resort.
We have a wonderful fresh and fair priced restaurant 'The Lighthouse' near the same location at bottom of our road right off the highway, easy for going or coming back from Gardiner. My family's favorite place to eat as well as our guests.
We have dogs & cats that like to visit you, as well as friendly horses and cows that all love attention and treats too. They are outdoor animals not allowed inside.
I encourage an easy hike along the Old Yellowstone Trail in Yankee Jim Canyon approximately 10 miles from our place going opposite of the park. You have the crashing river below which sometimes has sandy beaches for a picnic, and you can view the old signage on the rocks meant for the park's visitors traveling by stagecoach.
There are many public accesses to Yellowstone River to do your own fishing or floating right from the Old Yellowstone Trail at bottom of our road.
We have a creek that flows all the way through our place and down along our road to the river. Can try to fish some of those spots as well. It's a bit trickier fishing due to willows for the moose, and the fish are more skittish.
I can send you an email detailing areas of interest and whom to contact.
We are a like an extension to Yellowstone park.
5 minutes to horseback riding & zip lining
10 minutes to Yellowstone River, river rafting
soon to be: 10 minutes to hot springs wellness with ranch neighbor
15 minutes to park line on Old Yellowstone Trail
15 minutes to Lighthouse Restaurant (fresh incredible food)
15 minutes to Devil's slide-natural rock formation
20 minutes to Gardiner
25 minutes to park pay shack inside park
25 minutes to Yankee Jim Canyon, stagecoach trail-historic
30 minutes to boiling river, natural hot springs right inside park
35 minutes to Mammoth Hot Springs, ice skating, cross ctry skiing
40 minutes to Chico Hot Springs
60 minutes to Old Faithful
Of course, these times could be interrupted with animals getting in your way, or you driving slower in awe of the beauty.
The lodge has satellite wifi. If you need high usage, it will be additional $10 per GB which is our cost.
Email anytime for any questions or information needed of the area.
Year Purchased: 1898
About the owner: McDonald family homesteaded this basin in the 1800's on their way to visit Yellowstone Park. They bought the other homesteaders out, living in seclusion working hard, cutting lumber from the forests, clearing fields for hay, working cattle, filling their bellies with local elk, deer, moose, wild strawberries, and even kept ice in a little mini log ice house on the side of the mountain. They had a keen eye to keep safe from the numerous grizzly bears and many a story to tell of that. Great Grandma McDonald still holds the record for harvest of Montana's largest grizzly when this griz decided to see what was in the storeroom while Great Grpa was in town getting supplies. Our kid's grpa, Jack McDonald worked for the park for 43 years, the longest working park employee while enjoying raising his family on the ranch, along with many pet moose. Riding horses hunting indian arrowheads and special rocks was a favorite hobby of the family. We are now the 5th generation McDonald family preserving the original homestead cabins, sharing the beauty. We spend the summers competing in rodeos with our 3 kids all over Montana and checking in on our guests and ranch animals. Winters are spent sledding, snowmobiling, skiing, roping inside the indoor arena, basketball, football parties & keeping warm by the fireplace.
Why the Owner Chose Gardiner:
Grew up in a multi generational family of the area. After travelling and working in other areas of the world for many years, we were content settling on the family ranch raising kids, buffalo, cows, horses, logging, fencing, & allowing the public to hunt. Our favorite buffalo cow 'Naughty Naughty' had a calf out of season in an early cold winter while the wolves were waiting in the aspen grove. Tami rescued her baby as soon as she was born calling her 'Calamity Jane'. We hand raised her becoming just one of the pets with free range of the porch too. Since the introduction of wolves, we have had to adapt, re-locating our prized buffalo & cattle, & restoring our homestead cabins for guests. We then just recently built the lodge with massive logs and over 72 windows to help accommodate multi-family gatherings. We enjoy sharing the beauty with others and our animals sure love the extra attention. Depending on season, the wildlife of mountain sheep, mountain goats, antelope, elk, deer, bear, buffalo/bison, coyote, fox, wolves, badgers, gophers, eagles, hawks, other birds are the most prevalent animals seen on the ranch and driving to/from.
The Unique Benefits at this Lodge:
Getting away from it all, yet still close enough to all the activities. Animals all about in a private, quiet and very beautiful setting while enjoying the comfortable log lodgings. 20 minutes from park line 25-30 minutes from park pay shack other side of Gardiner. 1-1.5 hours from Old Faithful 4 hours one way to Jackson Hole, WY Gardiner entrance is original entrance to park, and the only one open year around.
lodge front with deck, yard, fire pit area
The girls riding their rodeo horses bareback in front yard of lodge
kitchen area, 2 refrig, 2 ovens, 2 sinks, lots of granite counter tops/seating
kitchen area from dining area, very high ceilings in great room, lower in kitche
Lodge Partial Great Room area with expansive mountain, meadows, and forest views
King master bedroom with log, pine and pecky cyprus walls. Rock shower bathroom
jacuzzi tub area of king master suite upstairs in lodge, big windows, views
Bunk bed, queen bed room with climbing wall and rope. Big windows and logs
Queen bedroom with big windows looking out towards Yellowstone Park mountains
Hand carved elk doors downstairs near rec open area leading out to deck and yard
front great room view out very large and tall windows, view park mountains
Master bathroom, jacuzzi tub, rock walk in shower with sit down, 3 shower heads
lodge, rear area carport and parking area, rock steps, griz bear entry door
Lodge kitchen area, double refrig, double oven and sinks, sitting areas, pantry
open great room area leading from entrance of car port to kitchen/dining
Lodge front deck and barbecue area off kitchen and great room area, great views
dining area of open great room leading off the kitchen by fireplace and big sofa
Master king bedroom with rock shower and big jacuzzi tub, 2 sinks, big windows
Lodge antique bedroom and bath, cozy and comfy, wake up to wilderness feel
2 sink bathroom with shower and jetted tub between two of the queen bedrooms
Queen bedroom upstairs with closet, desk, tv for dvd's, pink chair/bench furnit
Our kids horn hunting off the front deck of the lodge, view park mountains
Fire pit out front of lodge.
Large Rock fireplace in great room, open floor plan to kitchen and dining.
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This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Saturday, April 25, 2015
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