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MOUNTAIN ELK HUNTING/RETREAT Outdoor Recreation Ranch - Helena, Avon -

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 5,200 sq ft
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 6 nights


About the property

Lodge, 6 Bedrooms, 5 Baths, (Sleeps 18)

Rugged back country makes up the majority of this vast working Montana mountain ranch. An ELK Hunters Paradise & Outdoor lover's Retreat, located by Avon in the beautiful Garnet Mountains, it is 42 miles west of Helena & Canyon Ferry, 15 miles east of Garrison & Drummond, & roughly 40 miles south of Lincoln.

With over 12,000 acres to play on - this is a true outdoor recreation delight for Big Game Hunters (rifle & bow) with huge ELK herds, Trophy Muley Deer, Black Bear, Wolf & occasional Moose; also for avid horseman (endless mountain trails), nature lovers (watch big game & other Wild-Life, fields of colorful wildflowers, mountains, trails) , fisherman (fly fishing in our stocked reservoir), 'big toy' enthusiasts (4-wheelers in the summer, snow mobiles in the winter, over logging roads in the back country), snow-shoeing & cross country skiers (unbelievable views & endless roads). Also a wonderful place for a sabbatical, family reunion, or group retreat....a peaceful, natural setting for guests 'to get away'.

Enjoy the warmth of the wood fireplace in the Great Room, viewing the Elk trophy mounts on surrounding walls. The poker table corner is sure to delight those who enjoy a good card game, reminiscent of the old Wild West gambling days! Or step across the hall to partake in a game of pool. The large kitchen is great for entertaining large groups, with an attached sunroom & sauna.

This older ranch home offers lots of room to spread out with the Great Room, pool room, kitchen & office all on the main floor, along with the King bed Master Suite with double hide-a-bed & its own shower & bathtub. On the lower level you will find the Queen bed suite with shower & tub; bunkbed room, King bedroom, 5 single twin beds with 2 bathrooms adjoining the bath & shower.

Looking out the dining, sunroom & office windows, down the road is the ranch manager's house, with the corrals, barns & farm buildings of this operation. Cattle may be present in the corrals, depending on the time of year. With Mountain views of Helena National Forest to the west & Garnet Mountains to the east, wildlife is everywhere - an occasional fox or elk may stray cross the backyard hill! Treat yourself to a rugged Montana Wilderness vacation with over 10,000 acres to explore & come in at night to the comforts of our huge ranch house! Our property is great for your back-to-nature retreat, family reunion, nature exploration, big game hunting, bow hunting or fly fishing expedition. Close to mining opportunities by Helena.

Close to Montana cities - Helena (Helena is Montana's capital, mining nearby, restaurants, historical tours), Garrison, (bars & restaurants), Canyon Ferry (boating), Deer Lodge (prison, hot springs, restaurants), Lincoln (hunting, restaurants, bars) - if you feel the need for civilization !

Keywords: Ranch home, Outdoor, Recreation, ELK Hunting, Big Game, Bow Hunting, Fishing, Fly fishing, Mining, Hiking, Horse back riding, Retreat, Sabbatical, Reunions, Montana Western Adventure, Camping, 4-Wheeler, Snowmobiles, Cross country skiing, Snow Shoeing, Wildlife, Get-A-Way, Mountain Home, Paradise, Wilderness, Adventure, Helena, Garrison, Lincoln, Canyon Ferry, Drummond, Deer Lodge

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2018


We are native Montanans , Joe is a CPA & I am a retired Insurance Agency owner. We have invested in farms & ranches for the past 20 years. Between us we have 8 children, ages 36 to 16.

MELANIE VANKOTEN-EVE purchased this lodge in 2008


Montana outdoors at it's finest!! We want to preserve our Montana heritage for our children.

What makes this lodge unique

Hunting is the greatest love of this property for us - and we all enjoy the fishing, hiking, 4-wheeling, and snowmobiling, along with running our cattle ranching operation in this wonderful Montana outdoor setting. This is your Montana Wilderness Adventure destination - over 15,000 acres to explore!!!


Avon Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 5200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Suite - toilet , tub , shower
    Main Floor - toilet
    Queen Suite - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Separate toilet/sink room, adjoins shower room w/ bathroom 4
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Separate toilet/sink room, adjoins shower room w/bathroom 5
  • 5 total bathrooms, Main floor- 3/4 bath off kitchen, full bathroom in Master King suite. Walk-in basement - full bath in Queen suite, there are 2 - 3/4 bathrooms that adjoin shower/tub in center room.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Master King Room - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Master has it's own private bathroom with shower & bathtub.
    Southwestern - 1 queen , Queen suite has it's own bath room with shower & bathtub
    Girls Bunk - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed
    King Bedroom - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , King with adjoining bathroom
    Red Western Room - 2 twin/ single
    Boy's Camo Room - 1 king , 2 twin/ single
  • The spacious King Master Suite has built in closets,its own shower, bathtub,the Queen Suite has its own bathtub/shower., the King bedroom has 1 King bed and 1 twin, The boys 'camo' room offers 1 King bed and 2 twin beds. The Red Western room has 2 twin beds with built in desk area., The Girls Bunkbed room has 1 set bunkbeds and one twin bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • snowmobiling


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MOUNTAIN ELK HUNTING/RETREAT Outdoor Recreation Ranch - Helena, Avon -
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
Turlock, CA


  • 5 of 5

Very pleased to be at Little Valley Ranch once again. We enjoyed every minute and were so pleased the weather cooperated and it didn't rain or hail!! Looking forward to returning next year!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great memories of this stunning place

  • 5 of 5

I lived on this ranch when I was in high school 35 years ago, and knew what to expect from the ranch, and the guest house. Other than needing a few upgrades, it was great! Plenty of room for us all. The ranch manager Jacob, and his wife Brit were absolutely the best hosts we could have asked for. Brit went out of her way to provide us with extra chairs for a dinner, and even let us tour the ranch house (where we lived) and the outbuildings. Took my kids up into the mountains to show them "where daddy grew up" and gave them a new appreciation for this beautiful place. The house was comfortable, and had almost every amenity we needed.

Melanie and Joe were gracious in letting my family come here for less than the minimum stay because of our history with Little Valley Ranch. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a place to unwind and relax on a true to life working Montana cattle ranch.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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2017 Archery Elk Hunt

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 4 had a nice experience on the ranch this year. Plenty of room to roam in the search for elk. The elk were fairly scattered throughout the property. However, through perseverance and many miles on the hills, we were able to harvest 2 bull elk during our bow hunt. The extensive roads allowed us to pack out both bulls in short order. The terrain allows for hunting of many different physical abilities. Although, for the best hunting, be prepared to hike some hills. During our hunt we saw a grizzly bear, a mountain lion and a wolf. The wolf was encountered at 14 yards during an elk stalk. Too bad we didn't have a tag for the wolf. The ranch house was spacious and comfortable. The security deposit was promptly refunded after our stay. Thank you for the opportunity to hunt and stay at the ranch.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were happy to have your group back for the 3rd year in a row, and again to see you group harvest 2 very nice bull Elk this fall!! The multiple Elk herds do move around, although this season most have been shot (by Bow) within 2-4 miles of the main lodge. Our Ranch is in the mountains with abundant wild-life of all types...wolf tags are available over the counter in our district. We take pride in the rugged terrain of the ranch - perfect for the avid outdoorsman & woman! We are glad you had such an enjoyable & successful hunting trip, and would love to have you back again next Bow season.
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Very welcoming

  • 5 of 5

Great place, lots of space, beautiful area.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome family winter retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Lots of fun and very secluded winter getaway. Snowmobile heaven. Lots of room and very clean! We had 3 families. 8 kids total! We will be going back next year.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything you come to montana for

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at little valley ranch - lots of elk and other wildlife seen. Road system is great for access to different parts of the property. Great fishing in the lake. And the house was very spacious with tons of room for large groups. Very scenic property with everything you could ask for when coming to Montana for a ranch getaway. Definitely recommend!

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Copper Queen Saloon - Helmville
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Copper Queen Saloon - Helmville
Car: necessary

Rustic, working Montana mountain ranch located in the Garnet Mountain Range by Avon - Over 12,000 Deeded acres of Mountain wilderness! ....Follow logging roads on your own horses or 4 - wheelers to explore the mountain terrain; great for snow-mobiling, snow-shoeing & cross country skiing during winter; other seasons - observe the Elk herd, Muley & Whitetail deer, Black & Grizzly bear, wolf, fox, wild turkeys & moose in their natural habitat; hike beautiful meadows & mountain trails on this unique Montana ranch! Bow hunting & rifle hunting reservations available upon special request...... Or watch the ranch hands moving cattle on horseback, enjoy a bonfire under the Big Sky Country night, or rack up a game of pool in the lodge! ... Civilization is just a short drive to Drummond, Deer Lodge, the state capital of Helena, Canyon Ferry, Lincoln, and roughly 90 minutes from Missoula.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $300
Additional Guest Fee $100
Property Damage Insurance $79
Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000

Please contact owners for specific rates & for all bookings. Additional Hunting rates apply for both Archery & Rifle seasons. We are happy to assist you with Special Events, Family Reunions, Sabbaticals, Business Groups, etc!! Pets are permitted on an individual basis with owner approval & for an extra fee. Check out our new web page -

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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