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Aspen Cabin near Yellowstone - horse rides,zip lining, rafting, hiking

Gardiner, MT, USA
  • Cabin
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps12
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights

Cabin, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Nestled in the heart of the Gallatin mountain range, the Stermitz Ranch has been in our family since 1900. We hope that you enjoy the area as much as we do! Our cozy cabin offers the best of both worlds- all of the peace and seclusion for a truly relaxing vacation, yet still located only minutes from the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park and the shops and restaurants of Gardiner. This newly renovated cabin is situated on a hill overlooking a beautiful mountain meadow surrounded by fir trees, willows, and aspens with amazing mountain views. Enjoy viewing the elk, deer, coyotes, bald eagles and occasionally moose, wolves, and bears who frequent the vast open spaces that the ranch has to offer. Horses, cows, and chickens also call this breathtaking place home. Begin your day with farm fresh eggs delivered to you upon request (our sons charge $5/dozen). Spend time befriending the horses and then let them take you on a memorable ride to the top of the mountain! We also have a Zip Line available on the ranch (ages 5 and up) as well as Whitewater Rafting on the nearby Yellowstone River.

Our new cabin is the perfect place to relax. The living room boasts large picture windows with incredible views, and a patio door opening to a large covered porch, vaulted ceiling (with beams from a local historic bridge), a large gas fireplace, and comfortable seating. The kitchen is fully equipped with a microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, range, and all utensils needed to create wonderful meals to be enjoyed inside or out on the covered porch.

The covered porch, which is equipped with a gas grill and outdoor dining set, is the perfect area for barbecues, viewing the abundant wildlife, and watching the incredible sunsets while sipping a glass of wine. Relax and enjoy the cool evening breezes on a hot summer day. The backyard offers lots of room for setting up a badminton game, volleyball, or horseshoes.

The cabin has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. It offers two master suites each with a king-sized bed and a private bath, and two additional rooms. One of the rooms has a bunk bed, and the other room has a bunk bed and an additional full bed. The bunk rooms share a bathroom. The cabin sleeps 8-10 people.

Our cabin is located 20 minutes from Yellowstone Park, 30 minutes from Chico Hot Springs, 10 minutes from world-class fishing on the Yellowstone River, and mere minutes from horseback riding with us on the Stermitz Ranch. In the winter you can cross-country ski and snowshoe from the back door. We are also only 2 hours from snowmobiling in the world-renowned Cooke City area. If you prefer a more laid back vacation, you can spend hours sitting on the porch drinking coffee, reading by the fire, viewing wildlife, sketching the amazing scenery, identifying wildflowers and animal tracks, petting the horses and colts, taking a nature hike from your back door, taking a zip line tour or whitewater rafting.

We are sure that your Yellowstone area vacation will be a unique and memorable experience. We look forward to meeting you!

Your hosts,

Stacy and Rob Stermitz

P.S. If this cabin is full, or if you need additional lodging for your group, we also have other cabins available.

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Stacy Stermitz

Member Since 2008
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 18, 2018
About Stacy Stermitz

My husband, Rob and I feel extremely blessed to live in such a an amazing place. We are fortunate to raise our 4 sons, who are the 5th generation, here on the historic Stermitz Ranch. Rob works full time an a Landscape Architect in Yellowstone as well as managing the ranch operations. Stacy is a full time mom and manages the vacation rental properties and the horseback rides. We enjoy working on the renovation projects together, generally on the weekends as time allows. We have enjoyed the challenges that each building brings, and look forward to the day when all of the original structures have been restored and preserved!

Stacy Stermitz purchased this Cabin in 1900

Why Stacy Stermitz chose Gardiner

After Rob and I both graduated from college and got married, we decided that this was the ideal place to raise our kids. We both share a deep appreciation for the outdoors and the history of the area, and the proximity to Yellowstone Park makes it ideal. We love the story of how his family came to be here. Rob's great grandfather, Joseph, was born in Slovenia, Austria in 1862 and worked in the coal mines from the age of 9. He later immigrated here from Slovenia with his wife and two children in 1892, following the promise of work in coal mines in Montana. When they arrived he discovered that no work was to be found. Joeseph used his last $10 to buy a shotgun so that he might feed his family. While here, a fire broke out in the Cokedale mines. Joe helped put out the fires and was noticed by the mine boss who asked 'who is that good worker?' Someone explained that it was an immigrant who couldn't find work. The mine boss said 'Put that man to work. Anyone who works that hard for no pay should get a job.' The family, along with the addition of three more children, moved to the ranch in Cinnabar Basin in 1900. They purchased the original homestead of Bob Dixon. Their house consisted of a dirt roofed dugout built by Dixon. Later, when the mine closed in 1910, the lumber was brought from the hospital building in Aldrige to construct a log and lumber house. Rob's grandfather was born here in 1910, and he later attended school at the schoolhouse across from this cabin. In 1935, he married Gladys Elliott, who was one of the teachers at the schoolhouse. Their son, Jim, also attended school there and continues to live on the ranch with his wife Lorayne.

What makes this Cabin unique

This property is great for people who enjoy being outdoors. It is a truly western ranch experience where guests can see what cowboy life is like. Scenic horseback rides, the wildlife, petting the new foals, touring Yellowstone, taking nature hikes, listening to the many mountain songbirds, sketching the wildflowers, are just a few of the many experiences that this property has to offer. We hope that you enjoy it as much as we do!


    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, 1 baby crib
      • Bedroom 2
        1 king
      • Bedroom 3
        1 bunk bed
      • Bedroom 4
        1 queen, 1 bunk bed
      • King size beds (2) Each of the King beds may be split into twin extra-long beds., Queen Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) We have a Pack-N-Play and a portable bassinet available upon request., Bunk Beds (2) Both bunk rooms have two twin beds each (4 single beds)and one bunk room also has a separate queen bed.


      • 3 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, shower

        Location Type

          • Mountain View


              • Guests provide their own meals


                  • Gas Fireplace
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Parking Off Street
                  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer


                      • Cooking Utensils
                      • Dishwasher
                      • Kitchen
                      • Microwave
                      • Refrigerator


                          • Dining Area


                              • Deck / Patio
                              • Outdoor Grill


                                  • museums
                                  • restaurants
                                  • zoo

                                    Leisure Activities

                                      • antiquing
                                      • horseback riding
                                      • horseshoes
                                      • miniature golf
                                      • shopping
                                      • sight seeing
                                      • sledding
                                      • wildlife viewing

                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                          • fitness center

                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                              • mountain biking
                                              • cross country skiing
                                              • fishing
                                              • hiking
                                              • hunting
                                              • kayaking
                                              • cycling
                                              • rafting
                                              • rock climbing
                                              • skiing
                                              • snowboarding
                                              • snowmobiling
                                              • swimming

                                                House Rules

                                                Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                28 Reviews


                                                Latest reviews

                                                Truly getting away from it all!

                                                Dawn K.Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

                                                We are so lucky to have stumbled across this amazing abode on VRBO! We are a family of nine (7 kids ages 1-16), and this was our first ever family vacation that did not involve going to visit extended family. As you can imagine, it is a challenge to find affordable and comfortable accommodations for so many people! The Sternitz Ranch Cabin was everything and more that we could have hoped for. There were plenty of bedrooms with cozy beds (lots of duvets and blankets!) for everyone to spread out and get a good nights sleep. Toys, books and games for everyone. A fully stocked kitchen - so lucky to have a dishwasher! There were even spices and condiments. We stayed at the cabin for a full week and did not eat out once, a huge money savings for us. I brought frozen pre-made dinners for the slow cooker which was provided, and we always packed a lunch before leaving for the day.

                                                We had many exciting adventures in beautiful Yellowstone Park - our kids had never seen a mountain before let alone the wonders of geothermal activity. Even so, we were always excited to get back "home" to the Cabin. The winding road up to Cinnebar Basin was breathtaking and perhaps a little intimidating the first time, but traversing that road became a favorite part of the day, really made you feel like you were unwinding and getting away from it all. As soon as we were back in the Cabin the kids would spread out to play or curl up with a book in front of the lovely fireplace. There was an outdoor play area too but our time there was chilly and we usually arrived back at dusk.

                                                I really feel that Rob and Stacy have a great gift of helping people unwind, de-stress and connect with each other. (The lack of cell coverage and wifi also helps with that!) They have provided such a well thought out and beautiful environment, right down to cozy blankets and tasteful decorating. This vacation has been such a wonderful time of bonding and connecting with each other. We will always treasure the memories!

                                                Family Vacation to Yellowstone

                                                Bailey J.

                                                I can't say enough good things about this ranch! It was amazing! Our family was just there for vacation. We had five adults and four kids. The kids aged from 1 to 11 years old. They had plenty to do at the ranch! I was really impressed with everything in the cabin. The kids had toys to play with, books to read and an outside play area. We didn't have to pack the pack'n play because they had one there for us and a high chair! It was great!

                                                The first night there the elk were out bugling. The kids were just amazed. The next morning the elk were still out so we watched them for a couple of hours. It was great!! We only had a short drive to Yellowstone every day. There was so much to see between the ranch and Yellowstone it was a nice drive to make. We spent an entire day at the ranch. We started with a hike in the morning. The views were amazing! After the hike we made lunch then went on a horse back ride. The kids loved it! Luke was our trail guide and he was very nice and good with the kids. We defiantly recommend this ranch!!

                                                Big Sky is Right

                                                Mark O.

                                                My family stayed here for our Yellowstone trip, and we are glad that we did. The home as awesome and the views and ranch were absolutely beautiful. Stacey and Rob are wonderful hosts that are very helpful in answering questions and giving tips on the park and other activities in the area. We also did a horse back tour on the ranch as well, which we all enjoyed. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful for first time riders. Also they were really good with small children. The ranch is located a easy 20 min ride from the North entrance to the park and was very nice to come back to a nice bed after a day of hiking the "hills" seeing the sights of the park. Definitely will be back!!!

                                                We hit the jackpot!

                                                Lisa F.

                                                After much deliberation, we chose this property for our family trip, and were absolutely delighted! Close enough to Yellowstone's North Gate Entrance to take daily trips, but secluded enough to feel away from it all. The property was well-maintained and comfortable, the views were spectacular, and entire family could not say enough about the wonderful staff and Stermitz family. The only reason we hate to share our satisfaction is because we want the property to be available for our next trip! We don't want it to become TOO popular!

                                                Wonderful Experience

                                                Ron C.

                                                We were there for a special family gathering that we had talked about for years. All 3 of our grown kids had worked in Yellowstone summers and more while they were just out of high school or attending college. Two of them met their spouses there. Our first night at the cabin we were treated to a huge lighting show over the Gallatin's, Huge incredible bolts along with incredible thunder and rain too, We hadn't seen any rain for some time due to the drought in California so we appreciated it.

                                                The cabin itself was perfect for our 11 folks, everyone was pretty comfortable and the kitchen although small did a good job when it came to meals. Every day we would go into Yellowstone and view the park sites but we liked driving back to the cabin. Driving up the windy dirt road was a bit challenging but doable. After a few days in the cabln it started to feel like home - we were there for 5 nights and loved every minute. Would like to return to the cabin again someday and stay longer.

                                                Special thanks to our kids Christopher, Denise and Becky for making the experience happen. And special thanks to our daughter-in-law Gay Marie for winning the writing contest which really made this trip happen as it did. Our 5 grandsons, Langston, Evan, Peyton, Blake and Ben loved their stay at the Mountain Cabin and they plan to ride horses next time.

                                                Family Yellowstone Adventure

                                                KGNorthfield, MN USA

                                                Went with three families and the cabin was great. Everyone had a bed. We took advantage of the horseback riding, river rafting and the zip line. We ate farm fresh eggs watching the horses in the upper pasture as the sun came up over the mountains. We were lucky enough to be there during a meteor shower and Big Sky Montana is perfectly nicknamed. There was a wild bear that ran across the road as we were coming back one night after having not seen one in Yellowstone park. The only warning is that the road up is very winding but the views are breathtaking. The cabin was comfortable and kitchen was well provisioned with pots, pans and utensils.


                                                Gardiner, MT, USA


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                                                High Seas(6/15-9/30)5 nt min.$350/.Low Seas(10/1-6/14) 2 nt min.$250/night. E-Mail Us for Lower Rates During Off-Season $150 $250/nt(2 Nt Min.) 50% Deposit Secures Reservation - Remaining Balance Due 2 weeks prior to arrival.Full Refund Minus $50 Re-Booking Fee if cancel 60 + Days Prior to Check in.No Refunds for Cancellations Less Than 60 Days Prior to Check in.7% tax. Add 3% for credit card use

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