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The creek cabin is on it's original location right on the creek built by our family members in the 1800's. It's restoration will be finished in April 2014. It has 2 quality queen beds, 1 bathroom. Taking reservations now. Will update with more pictures once finished. Going to very nice, comfy and cozy.
Original open floor plan with kitchen, dining, and living area. Big two tier outdoor deck right over the creek. Big refrigerator, electric stove, granite sink, L shaped counter top, shelves, table and chairs, couch, bench, beds, lamps, side tables. All quality dishes and linens provided. Big windows for big views of mountains and animals on 3 sides. The back side has 2 old homesteader buildings staying in place to give it privacy from the Schoolhouse cabin. The creek cabin can also be used for families needing more lodging in addition to the ranch's other private lodging.
Big windows allow for great mountain views, as well as the creek sounds so close.
We have friendly ranch animals all about: horses, cows, dogs, cats, all that enjoy visitors and special treats. Other wildlife roam all year around, much is based on wolf activity.
Our family homesteaded, bought out the other homesteaders. They hand cut lumber, cleared the mountain meadows, raised hay, cattle, had pet moose whom were numerous on our creek before wolf introduction. Our private beautiful basin is made up of 3 ranches, no public access through our area. We have been fortunate to keep it private all this time being next to Yellowstone.
We raised buffalo for years even many years into wolf introduction. We recently moved the buffalo to another location due to hardship of protected wolves & grizzly bears frequenting the area. Our resident herd of hundreds of elk being run by predators tear down our fences daily. Our horses & cows are less likely to follow, and wolves have preferred elk and buffalo.
fall-winter-spring Oct 1 - May 15, 2015 3 night min stay
My Standard Rate 3 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
cleaning less than week$60
Refund if we can re-book same dates, same year, less a $50 fee.
Payment in full 90 days prior.
Extra cleaning fee applies to less than weekly stays.
No refund if you don't make to your nightly stay.
- cleaning less than weekly stay | $60
Pets have to come with own bed/kennel, not allowed on furniture
conservation of water/electricity is appreciated
excessive internet is $10 per GB cost to us
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Lodging is on our private homestead ranch in a quiet and beautiful mountain basin next to park. Old Yellowstone trail connects to our ranch road at Yellowstone River.
Takes me 20 minutes to get to park line, or 25 minutes to get to Gardiner. Will take you a little longer due to the scenery, animals, unfamiliar with the road...
Our neighboring ranch offers horseback rides and zip-lines 5 minutes away, as well as river rafting packages. Our other ranch neighbor is currently creating a $23 million $$ hot springs resort 10 minutes away at the bottom of our road next to Yellowstone River. It's the old LeDuke Hot Springs area where the Corwin Springs Hotel burned down in 1916.
The north entrance at Gardiner, MT is the only Yellowstone Park entrance open year-round , and the original entrance with the rock arch which is great for family photos. It's a great entrance to explore Mammoth Hot Springs, 49th parallel where the natural hot springs are right off the river you easily walk to right inside the park line, including exploring Old Faithful and the thousands of other geysers in the park.
A main point of interest between us and Yellowstone Park/Gardiner is the Devil’s Slide. This is a rock formation roughly five miles northwest of Gardiner, MT and it is visible from highway 89, and you can get close to it driving from our road, Cinnabar Basin which runs into Old Yellowstone Trail between us and the park before you get to Gardiner. You can also see the travertine rock quarry that instrumental in travertine sales.
The Stagecoach trail walking history area is at bottom of our Cinnabar Basin road going North into Yankee Jim Canyon. There's a few spots you could picnic on the river of sandy beaches and big rocks to play on, as well as old signage advertisements painted on the rocks in the 1800's meant for stagecoach travelers going to Yellowstone Park.
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.
Lodging is quality, comfy, cozy, with everything you need, big yard & fire pit, creeks and ponds, animals that visit, beautiful scenery. Other restored log lodging on the ranch.
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.
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
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 per GB which is our cost. Looking into getting direct wifi in cabin lodging.
Email anytime for any questions or information needed of the area. We are here to help you in any way.
Year Purchased: 1893
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 traveling 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 Cabin: 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.
Tertiary:+1 (406) 223-7007Emailing is best. Don't always have cell svc