This idyllic cabin, known locally as "The Gingerbread House" for its quaint appearance, was originally built as a lodge for guests of the Park Saddle Horse Company on the -X6 Ranch during the heyday of travel by horseback. Newspapers stuffed into the cracks around the original windows put the date of construction at around 1938, which would make it the newest building on the ranch! The Park Saddle Horse Company was the sole concessionaire for travel in the park before widespread use of the automobile, and the -X6 was renowned as the largest horse ranch in the world with over 2,000 head and 20,000 acres.
Situated just west of the west shore of Duck Lake, the cabin (named by the original Noffsinger ranch owners for its magnificent views of Chief Mountain) is located just 5 miles from Babb (heading towards the entrance to Many Glacier) and 12 miles from St. Mary (the main entrance to Glacier National Park on the Going-to-the-Sun Road). Duck Lake is just a stone's throw away and no slouch in the scenic or fishing departments, either!
Lovingly restored by the owners in 2017, the cabin's interior maintains the exterior's rustic charm with all the modern amenities of home. Brand new insulated windows are trimmed with tongue and groove boards removed from the walls when exposing the original chimney. Hardwood floors cover all the rooms and hallways with the exception of new tile in the bathroom. All brand new fixtures in the bathroom and kitchen replace some of the more chic renovations of the 1970s!
The cabin's living area features a brand new energy efficient propane stove that will keep the whole place toasty, while each bedroom and the bathroom have individual thermostats and heat sources for the comfort of our guests. An attic fan keeps the space below nice and cool on the hottest summer days. The kitchen features an oak table and chairs, refrigerator, microwave, brand-new downdrafting jenn-aire range and large, easy-to-use sink. The living room has two of the comfiest rocking recliners you've ever enjoyed.
The bedrooms feature brand new beds and mattresses- the master has a platform queen bed and the bunk room features bunk beds for four. There is also an inflatable bed for your convenience. Each room has USB outlets built into the electrical sockets for easy phone charging. Every room has windows facing out to Glacier National Park and the Rocky Mountain Front. The living room features a wall of windows facing out towards the unmistakable form of Chief Mountain rising above the ranch's old tack barn.
If you're looking for privacy, fabulous views, and all the comforts of home then this historic cabin overlooking the Backbone of the World will surely satisfy your needs!
(There is NO WIFI at the cabin, although a jetpack/mifi device on the Verizon network could work for you if you bring one, but we can't guarantee 4G speeds all the time.)