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Great Montana Getaway for Outdoor Recreation, Yellowstone Np, Sightseeing

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View of Cabin with Paradise Valley and Gallatin Range


Last updated: 04/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Cabin sleeps 4. Studio Living Space and 1 Bedroom, 1.5 Baths / 3 NIGHT MINIMUM

Planning your spring, summer or fall getaway in 2017? Now is the time to make those reservations while prime weeks are available. Enjoy the location of our cabin for deck views of the sunrise and sunset, and if you are lucky, a full moon rise, all to the musical sound of Mill Creek flowing by.

Trout fishing (Mill Creek access on property), Yellowstone drifting & river rafting, hiking, wildlife viewing, hunting, horseback riding (corral on property for your horses). Creek and river fishing, guided fishing. Winter sports include cross country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding. Swimming pool and hot springs available nearby.

Nestled on a hillside in beautiful Mill Creek Canyon, Mill Creek Retreat is ideal for a couple, small family (up to 4), or several close friends. The cabin has decks with canyon and valley views. Environmentally built with 'green' rated materials.

Cabin amenities include main living area with Murphy beds (1 twin, 1 double), couch/futon (double), sitting area, satellite TV. Full kitchen with eating area, 1 and 1/2 baths. One bedroom with daybed/trundle (2 twins or 1 king). Laundry room, main entry mud room/gear storage. Two decks with tables, chairs, umbrellas. Gas BBQ. Completely outfitted. Just bring your clothes and food.

Mill Creek flows out of the Absaroka Mountains to the Yellowstone River in Paradise Valley and is a major source of Cutthroat trout for the upper Yellowstone. During the day, you can fish in the beautiful canyon creek for these legendary Cutthroat trout up into the National Forest, wade or float the Yellowstone. A day trip to Yellowstone National Park is a must. Viewing the magnificent scenery and wildlife, including bison, elk, bear, wolves, moose, coyotes, is an experience that hikers, photographers, fishers, etc., will never forget. Great hiking trails nearby.
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Member since: 2008

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1200 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Must be 21 years of age to sign lease agreement....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Not recommended for really young children. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking allowed outside. Butts must be disposed of in sand buckets provided. Fire danger is always a concern in the mountains....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Pets are allowed on an individual basis and must be cleared prior to your booking. Please be aware that wild animals frequent most of this area. Pets must be under the owner's control at all times. A $50 pet fee will be charged for pets. ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4

  • Bedroom: 2 twin/ single

    Trundle bed can be 2 twins or a king...moreless

  • Studio/Living Area: 1 double, 1 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon


  • Studio living area* Convertible Bed: High quality double sized futon/sofa in studio/living area. Premium mattress. * Murphy Bed (2) : One double and one twin Murphy bed with custom mattresses in studio/living area, fold out of cabinets at night, out of sight during daytime. Bathroom with shower. *Bedroom on lower level has Trundle Day bed (with custom mattresses) which can be twin beds or serve as a king bed. Half bathroom on lower level. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 2: toilet


  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Hair dryer available...moreless

  • Separate Laundry room with washer & dryer

Other Amenities

  • Beautifully decorated in Mission/lodge style with original artworks, library of local writers. Quiet, peaceful. Creek, wildlife. Corral on property for your horses. Large entry/mudroom for hanging waders, storing fly rods, skis, coats and other gear. Great hiking/biking trails and great fishing. adjacent to Forest Service Lands....moreless


  • Books:

    Books about local hikes and attractions, books written by local authors. Magazines and atlases about local attractions and magazines for general reading provided....moreless

  • CD Player
  • Games:

    Traditional games including Monopoly, checkers and other board games available, as well as playing cards....moreless

  • Music Library:

    A few CD's by local groups available....moreless

  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Basic Dish Network service...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Boom box style radio and CD player....moreless

  • Television


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Naturism
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Mountain View:

    Property is surrounded by mountains and is in the Absaroka Range on the east side of Paradise Valley. The Gallatin Range can be seen to the west side of the valley. Adjacent to Forest Service Land with roads and trails suitable for hiking, biking, skiing, dog sledding, etc. Corral available on property for your horses....moreless

  • River:

    Yellowstone River is 5.5 miles from cabin...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Mill Creek runs through property...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Ceiling fan. Natural air conditioning with cool mountain air in the evenings. Cabin is constructed with "green" structurally insulated panels which provide maximum insulation....moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace:

    Attractive propane log stove provides heat for living area....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Propane gas log stove provides ample heat....moreless

  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    100% cotton sheets, wool blankets and down blankets, pillows, bath towels, beach towels for hot springs....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Studio living space attractively decorated in woods cabin style. Mission style furnishings, original artwork....moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Off road parking....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Driveway is steep. Four wheel drive is mandatory in the winter...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone:

    No land line available but your Smart phone will send and receive calls and receive email with booster system installed in cabin. Internet available nearby. ...moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker:

    Drip coffee maker with brew time setting. Electric grinder for coffee beans....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Attractive dishes and designer flatware, Glassware including wine glasses. Pots & pans....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer:

    Chest freezer located on lower level....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    All new appliances including dishwasher and microwave....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Basic seasonings provided....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    (2) Under counter refrigerators....moreless

  • Stove:

    Standard stove top, propane...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio:

    (2) Upper deck off main room has seating for four, table w/umbrella. View of canyon. Lower deck also has seating for four, table w/umbrella and valley view. Fire pit....moreless

  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Propane grill...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway To Water
  • Wood Deck

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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from 34 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$1,250 $4,500
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $50
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Tax Rate 7%


Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed. This facility is licensed by the Montana Dept. of Health & Human Services.

Owner's cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 04/25/2017
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59 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bozeman Gallatin Field
8 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Chico Hot Springs
28 Miles
Nearest Golf
Livingston Country Club
24.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Interstate 90
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Chico Hot Springs
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ski
Cross Country, US Forest Service off Mill Creek Rd

Car: Necessary

6.5 miles east on Mill Creek Rd., off Highway 89 South. Adjacent to Paradise Valley near Pray and Emigrant. Borders National Forest and BLM lands. Hiking trails, creeks, waterfalls, lakes and the Yellowstone River. Ten minutes from Chico Hot Springs (pool), restaurant, snack bar, trail rides and spa. Fifteen minutes to Emigrant Store and gas station, historic Old Saloon and Livery Stable Restaurant and the River's Edge Bar and Grill. Wildlife includes deer, bear, mountain lions, elk. Lots of fishing.

Other Activities: Located on Mill Creek with native Yellowstone Cutthroat, 40 miles north of Yellowstone National Park, near the Yellowstone River, wade and drift boat guides available. We can recommend outfitters/guides and areas to fish.

Golf: There is an eight hole golf club in Livingston, about a forty minute drive from the cabin.

Ski: Cross country skiing is available out the door of the cabin and up on forest service roads. Dog sledding and skijoring are favorite activities of winter guests. Nearest major ski area is Bridger Ski Bowl about an hour's drive from the cabin towards Bozeman.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2007

About the owner: Owners Johnny Hale and Joan Watts have lived in the Livingston area for 41 years and 22 years respectively. Johnny, a fisheries biologist by education, is a retired movie grip and former leader of a country/western rock group called the Buffalo Chips. He was a staff writer for ATV in Los Angeles when the company was owned by the Beatles. He retired from music when the company was sold. Joan a landscape painter, was formerly a marketing director and fund raiser for non-profit organizations in California. She opened the Blue Winged Olive, An Angler's Bed & Breakfast in 1995. The B&B has been written up in many publications including Fly Rod & Reel and The Wall Street Journal. Many of her guests return year after year. She is the daughter of the late writer, Alan Watts, philosopher and authority on Zen Buddhism. Both Johnny & Joan are avid fly fishers. Many guests have been greeted by various Jack Russells over the years, most recently by Eddie, a rescued Parson Jack Russell. Between them, they have eight adult children and thirteen grandchildren. They built the cabin as a retreat and vacation rental for folks like themselves, that enjoy occasional solitude in an incredibly tranquil setting.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

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  • View of Cabin with Paradise Valley and Gallatin Range

    View of Cabin with Paradise Valley and Gallatin Range

  • Living area with custon full sized futon/couch

    Living area with custon full sized futon/couch

  • Kitchen with dining area

    Kitchen with dining area

  • Living area with mule deer mount

    Living area with mule deer mount

  • Cabin living area with gas log fireplace

    Cabin living area with gas log fireplace

  • Cabin in winter

    Cabin in winter

  • Approach to Mill Creek Canyon

    Approach to Mill Creek Canyon

  • Yellowstone Cutthroat (catch & release)

    Yellowstone Cutthroat (catch & release)

  • Drifting the Yellowstone

    Drifting the Yellowstone

  • Grizzly Bear near Yellowstone

    Grizzly Bear near Yellowstone

  • Big Horn sheep in Paradise Valley

    Big Horn sheep in Paradise Valley

  • Sandhill Cranes in pasture with Absaroka Mountains near Mill Creek

    Sandhill Cranes in pasture with Absaroka Mountains near Mill Creek

  • Cabin Side entry, summer view

    Cabin Side entry, summer view

  • View of room towards kitchen and stairwell

    View of room towards kitchen and stairwell

  • Double Murphy bed folds out of cabinet at night

    Double Murphy bed folds out of cabinet at night

  • Twin Murphy bed folds back into cabinet during the day

    Twin Murphy bed folds back into cabinet during the day

  • Bedroom with Daybed/trundle converts to twin beds or king bed

    Bedroom with Daybed/trundle converts to twin beds or king bed

  • Cliff view from cabin deck

    Cliff view from cabin deck

  • Mill Creek as seen on our property

    Mill Creek as seen on our property

  • Fishing for Cutthroat trout on Mill Creek

    Fishing for Cutthroat trout on Mill Creek

  • Joan with fish on and fish spotter Eddie

    Joan with fish on and fish spotter Eddie

  • Buffalo in Yellowstone Park

    Buffalo in Yellowstone Park

  • Herd of Elk, Paradise Valley

    Herd of Elk, Paradise Valley

VRBO #220016

This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Saturday, April 29, 2017

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