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Wild & Scenic River Vacation Home Inside Glacier Nat'l Park

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Rainbow Mountain from front deck of Ranch House

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Last updated: 06/13/2014
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Polebridge cabin description

Located in the northwest corner of Glacier National Park and 10 miles from the Canadian border, the Ranch is a private residence that sits at the edge of Big Prairie on the banks of the North Fork River, a designated wild and scenic river. Enjoy the comfort and convenience of your own cabin with spectacular mountain views in all directions and abundant wildlife. This section of Glacier is rustic and unspoiled as it is relatively undeveloped, meaning there are no paved roads or power lines for 35 miles. Due to our solar energy system, you can enjoy modern conveniences while getting far away from the hustle and bustle of city life. At the Ranch you can experience the true beauty and meaning of Big Sky country!

The North Fork is a designated Wild and Scenic River and from the cabin you can fish, wade, swim, hike and skip stones in the river. Hammocks are located in the trees overlooking the river, making it perfect for book reading and napping, and there is a fire pit and picnic table as well. Two horse-shoe pits invite evening competition.

The Ranch House, which is 1,500 square feet, has two bedrooms and one bath. One bedroom has a queen bed, while the bunk room has two bunk beds and sleeps four. The loft has an inflatable queen air bed which can be used if desired. The bathroom has two sinks, toilet, tub/shower and washer/dryer. The family room contains the kitchen, dining and living areas, which are open to the loft area above. Through the double french doors lies the covered deck, which is 1,000 square feet, with great views of Rainbow Mountain and the Livingston Range of the Continental Divide. The kitchen has a refrigerator, stove, microwave, double sink and pantry.

In addition to the Ranch House, we have a guest cabin which can be added to the Ranch House to accommodate larger groups. The guest cabin is 600 square feet, has a bathroom with shower/tub, a wood burning stove (WBS), couch, table and chairs and sleeps 4 in beds with a queen log bed downstairs and two twin beds in the loft. The covered porch offers sweeping views of the Livingston Range, looking north into Canada.

There are many activities to choose from while at the Ranch. In the summer, enjoy hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, fishing, swimming and sightseeing. In the winter time, you can cross country ski or snow-shoe in any direction or enjoy the local pastime such as burning firewood and reading books!

Two beautiful high mountain lakes are a short distance from the Ranch, they are Kintla Lake to the north and Bowman Lake to the south. No boat motors are allowed on Kintla, so it is the preferred choice for people wanting to canoe or kayak.

The Ranch caretaker has extensive knowledge of the river, lakes, Glacier Park and the Flathead Forest to the West and can help you plan excursions from the Ranch.

Three miles from the Ranch is the Polebridge Ranger Station and the western entrance to Glacier Park. Outside the Park, two miles further is the historic Polebridge Mercantile, which is listed in the register of National Historic Places. The Merc offers fresh baked bread and pastries, as well as coffee and sandwiches. You can purchase basic supplies you might have forgotten in town, as well as gas for the car. Next door, the Northern Lights Café offers great home cooked dinners and brunch on Sundays. Friday nights are pizza nights. Enjoy a micro-brewed beer, wine and cocktails and watch the sun set over the Whitefish Divide.

Of course, there is all of Glacier Park to enjoy including Going-To-The-Sun Road, Logan Pass, West Glacier, Many Glacier, St. Mary and Waterton Lake. There is whitewater rafting in West Glacier, along with horse stables and some shopping.

The Ranch is located approximately 50 miles (1.5 hours) from the Glacier Park Airport in Kalispell (FCA). Delta, Northwest and Horizon provide air service. Car rental service is available at the airport. A unique way to get to the cabin is by train. Amtrak offers the Empire Builder service from Portland, Seattle and Chicago to Whitefish. Please note that the gravel road that leads to Polebridge can be bouncy and dusty at certain times of the year.



Keywords: Cabin Homestead

Property Type

      • Cabin

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Non Smoking Only:

                Please, no smoking inside any of the buildings....moreless

              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

                Minimum age is 25...moreless

              • Children Welcome
              • Pets Not Allowed

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

              • Bedroom 1

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              • Bedroom 2

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              • Bedroom 3

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              • Detached Unit

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              • Queen size Beds (1) One queen bed in Ranch house bedroom and one queen bed in guest cabin., Twin or Single Beds (1) There are two twin beds in the loft of the guest cabin, Bunk Beds (1) Two bunk beds (sleeps 4) in second bedroom of Ranch house....moreless

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Dining Area Seats:

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              • Microwave
              • Refrigerator
              • Cooking Utensils
              • Kitchen
              • Oven
              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Coffee Maker
              • Toaster

              Amenities

              • Washing Machine:

                Stacking WD in bathroom of Ranch House....moreless

              • Linens Provided
              • Clothes Dryer

              Entertainment

              • Video Library:

                We have a small library of movies on VCR....moreless

              • CD Player
              • Stereo
              • VCR
              • DVD Player
              • Games
              • Books
              • Foosball
              • Television

              Communications

              • Broadband Access:

                Wireless internet is available for an additional fee. Service is provided via satellite service which is much faster than dail-up but not as fast as a cable or DSL service. May only be used for email and browsing, not suitable for file downloads such as movies or music....moreless

              • Telephone:

                There is a basic telephone available for guest use....moreless

              Outdoor Features

              • Deck / Patio:

                The Ranch house has a covered wrap around porch; the guest cabin has a large covered front porch....moreless

              • Kayak / Canoe:

                We have 2 kayaks and one canoe...moreless

              • Outdoor Grill
              • Bicycles

              Theme

              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic

              Location & View

              • Waterfront:

                The ranch sits on the banks of the North Fork of the Flathead River which is a designated 'Wild & Scenic River'. Access is directly behind the ranch. A fire pit and hammocks are nearby over looking the river....moreless

              • Mountain View:

                The ranch looks out to the East at the Continental Divide including Rainbow Mountain and the Livingston Range....moreless

              Activities

              • Wildlife Viewing
              • Boating
              • Horseshoes
              • Sight Seeing
              • Fly Fishing
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Kayaking
              • Rafting
              • Fishing
              • Swimming
              • Mountain Biking
              • Cross Country Skiing
              • Hiking
               

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              Ranch House .... $2,900/week (Sleeps 6)
              Guest Cabin .... $ 500/week (Sleeps 2-4) may only be added to Ranch House rental
              Cleaning fees are additional: Ranch House-$200, Guest Cabin-$100
              7% Montana Bed Tax applies to all rental fee, Park entrance fee must be purchased.
              50% Deposit holds reservation, balance due 90 days prior to arrival.
              Rentals are weekly (Sat to Sat) with Check-in at 4pm and Check-out at 10 am.
              

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              Last updated: 06/13/2014
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              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 1936

              About the owner: We live in Portland, Oregon and travel extensively for work and pleasure. However, we sneak away to our cabin on the river whenever we can. It is a very special place and we look forward to sharing with you. Our guests tell us our descriptions of the cabin and the setting don't do it justice but they agree that words and even pictures can't convey the serenity, tranquility and beauty of the area. So we hope you will be able to come and experience it for yourself. Jack and Sue McFarland

              Why the Owner Chose Polebridge:
              Jack's grandparents spent their honeymoon in 1932 in a rustic homestead cabin in Big Prairie near where our cabin is today. They later moved to Whitefish where they started a veterinarian practice and their family. They purchased a number of the homesteads in Big Prairie and started a dude ranch in the 1950's known as the McFarland 'Quarter Circle MC' Ranch. After Jack's grandfather died his grandmother sold the dude ranch and other property to the NPS and built a small cabin nearby on the banks of the North Fork river. Jack spent his summers with his grandmother at the ranch. Several years ago we decided to share this wonderful place with others looking for a special connection with Glacier and the North Fork valley.

              The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
              While there are endless activities and adventures to be had just by stepping off the front porch it is entirely possible that your favorite activity will be relaxing on the porch and taking in the view of the mountains. They are majestic, rugged, and breathtaking; extending to the north and the south as far as you can see. They change throughout the day and at night when the stars are out they stand silently and cast shadows. Sometimes the northern lights dance behind them. But don't forget to get out and go hiking, fishing, canoeing, rafting, exploring, biking or whatever form of outdoor activity you enjoy - there is so much to see and enjoy. Just remember that when it is all over you can come back to the comfortable and cozy cabin by the river and relax with all the amenities you need to recover and plan the next day's adventure.


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              Photos

              • Rainbow Mountain from front deck of Ranch House

                Rainbow Mountain from front deck of Ranch House

              • Relax on the front deck and enjoy the view of the Livingston Range

                Relax on the front deck and enjoy the view of the Livingston Range

              • Master bedroom in ranch house

                Master bedroom in ranch house

              • Guest cabin has queen bed downstairs and twin beds in the loft

                Guest cabin has queen bed downstairs and twin beds in the loft

              • Bowman Lake and Rainbow Mountain

                Bowman Lake and Rainbow Mountain

              • Mountain Goats on the Garden Wall trail

                Mountain Goats on the Garden Wall trail

              • Wildflowers on the Garden Wall trail

                Wildflowers on the Garden Wall trail

              • Kids love to fish near the ranch on the North Fork river

                Kids love to fish near the ranch on the North Fork river

              • McFarland Ranch and Livingston Range

                McFarland Ranch and Livingston Range

              • Kitchen in the ranch house

                Kitchen in the ranch house

              • Front porch of guest cabin with view to the Continental Divide

                Front porch of guest cabin with view to the Continental Divide

              • Fire pit by river

                Fire pit by river

              • Kintla Lake is a beautiful lake to canoe and Kayak

                Kintla Lake is a beautiful lake to canoe and Kayak

              • The Polebridge Mercantile General Store

                The Polebridge Mercantile General Store

              • There are lots of hiking trails near the ranch in Glacier National Park

                There are lots of hiking trails near the ranch in Glacier National Park

              • The old ranch wagon is a great place for family pictures

                The old ranch wagon is a great place for family pictures

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              3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
              Sleeps 10

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