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Historic 2 Story Hand-Hewn Log Cabin Next to Yellowstone Park

(33 Reviews)

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Last updated: 04/23/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Cabin, 4 Bedrooms + Sunroom, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Winner of the 2010 Historic Restoration Award from the Montana Historical Alliance , this rare 2 story hand-hewn square log cabin was built in 1907. Austrians used Broad Axes to fashion unbelievable 'compound' dovetail corners locking the logs in place for over 100 years.
The address of the cabin is: 25 Papesh Road, Gardiner, Montana if you want to Google Map it's location.
It is a short 5 MINUTE drive to the North Entrance of Yellowstone Park.

The cabin sits on 42 quiet acres once called 'The Little Trail Creek Ranch.' It once fed tourists in Yellowstone Park. It is only 4 miles north of Gardiner,Montana and the north entrance to Yellowstone. The cabin is not visible from the highway, and has lots of grass, trees and water. Out front sit the mountains of Yellowstone Park and the Yellowstone River. In the back is the Absaroka Wilderness. The old tree stumps that built the cabin are still visible up the cliffs behind the house.
Herds of Elk, Bison,Deer and Bighorn Sheep use our land all year due to the trees and open water from abundant springs.

We like to go to 'The Boiling River' - one of the best natural hot springs in the world! We were married there 26 years ago, and still go with the kids whenever we can. It is only 7 miles from our door, and it's free once inside Yellowstone Park. The spring is closed May and part of June due to high water, but Chico Hot Springs is 22 miles north, and it has wonderful food. On Sunday, you can eat the brunch and swim for free.

For 13 years we fixed up the cabin. It was fun. There are all new appliances, a 6 burner stove with convection oven, new electric and plumbing, and heating. We used antiques and old wood salvaged from train stations and hotels where needed. The old wood in the cabin has a certain 'glow' that comes from age.

During the renovation, I found many items I put into the chinking. Pocket watches, coins, buttons, even a gun--and 3 bullets in the logs [all at waist high level].

There is a steam shower for use in winter. A 4000 pound Tulikivi wood stove [for use only in winter] uses radiant heat to warm the cabin. It is made of soapstone, which will stay warm a full 2 days after a fire.

There is one bedroom downstairs, and 3 upstairs. A double bed is in the sun room, and the couch downstairs in the Tulikivi room is oddly comfortable for sleeping.
So, if you appreciate the Real Deal -- with history, wildlife, quiet and nature-- welcome to our cabin. You'll find our circle of trees cool and refreshing even on the hottest day.
Hosts- Alex, Beth, and Emma --

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Member since: 2012

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/23/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1800 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 10
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    No renters under 21 without chaparone....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking inside house...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    downstairs one bedroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 3: 1 double


  • Bedroom 4: 1 king, 1 twin/ single

    Beds on floor. Kids like as basket can lower to kitchen...moreless

  • Sunroom: 1 double

    open room at top of stair...moreless

  • King size bed upstairs above kitchen in bedroom, with single bed in room too. Both beds on the floor, fun for kids, as a basket hangs by a rope down to the kitchen. Queen size bed in 2 separate bedrooms -- one upstairs, one downstairs. Two double beds. One in an upstairs sunroom at the top of the stairs [see picture] and another in a separate bedroom. One single bed in the King bed room above the kitchen. A spare bed --made up and ready...might be used to put all the kids together in the same room. Sleep Sofa (1) Couch is very comfortable.. I often use it. No seam on the mattress -so it's comfortable. Remove back pillows on the couch to make wider....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    steam shower too --main floor...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, tub

    upstairs bathrrom...moreless

  • Steam shower fully enclosed in main floor bathroom. Push on/off button for steam and shower between hot spells. Good in winter. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Enclosed steam shower in first floor bathroom, No Land line Phone--- your cell phone should work. WiFi Internet. Free natural hot spring, Boiling River, 7 miles away in Yellowstone Park [it is only 1/4 mile walk from unmarked parking lot] Chico Hot Spring 22 miles north. We have 42 acres to explore, old barn and sheds, an easy walk down to the Yellowstone River and fishing too , lots of wild animals. Yellowstone river has public access for fisherman and rafting 2 miles away... the river flows across the road from our land. Yellowstone park is very close, the entrance is 4 miles drive from here. It is a very easy drive to town --3.6miles-- for grocery, restaurants, shops if you want them. You will save lots of money cooking at home. 2 miles north of cabin and outside town is The Lighthouse Restaurant - cheaper,better, and BYOB. ...moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    In living room...moreless

  • Music Library:

    Antique hand 'wind up' phonograph... kids have never heard them! Lots of sound with no electricity. ...moreless

  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    Bookcase holds DVD,VCR,tapes and books...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Churches
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Yellowstone Park front view....moreless

  • Water View:

    Land overlooks the Yellowstone River...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Ski Privileges Optional
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

    Antique Harvest Table - see picture...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Living Room:

    see pictures - two couches, may also move in more chairs. Movies in stacking bookcase....moreless

  • Parking:


  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone:

    You will need to use your own cell phone. We have no land line connection....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    front loader - Tide capsule wash packets provided....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Your laptops will work by Wi-Fi service to the cabin....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Soapstone Tulikivi Wood stove [From Finland 4800 pounds] for use only in Winter. Must talk to me about 'How to use.' Picture book to show how to use at the cabin....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    See picture-- for use in Winter only...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    All available...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully supplied...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Soap under the sink for this--individual packets that disolve in the hot water. Bosch brand, stainless steel and quiet. Just throw Cascade Soap Packet into the stainless tub to wash....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Harvest table [see picture] will seat 10 people....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Electric covection...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    See free condiments in antique glass bookcases standing in kitchen...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    New 6 burner Propane [gas] stove. Electric convection oven. Heartland Stove from Canada...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Front Porch for sitting outside....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Sauna:

    Not really a sauna -- it is a steam shower. Good in Winter....moreless



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from 33 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter Season
Oct 16 - May 14, 2017
7 night min stay

High Season
May 15 - Oct 15, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $125
  • Insurance $49
  • Tax Rate 7%


Summer Season Rates: May 15th to Oct 15th. No damage deposit. Insurance $49. Full refund minus $50 re-booking fee if cancelled 90 days before check-in date. I do not refund the "Service Fee" charged by VRBO. No refund or cancellations if 90 days prior to check-in date. Mandatory 7% Montana Bed Tax added to rental fee. Cleaning fee $125. Check in Time 4PM. Check out Time 10AM.

Winter Season Oct. 16th to May 14th. 7 night minimum stay. $2375/week.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 04/23/2017
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    Yellowstone Park View View on map

    Property on 42 acres, looks across the Yellowstone River to Electric Peak [18,000 feet] in Yellowstone Park. Also facing "Devils Slide" , a vertical red Triassic Shale verical stripe up the mountain. Go up dirt road one quarter mile. Property not visable from Highway 89.

80 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bozeman Montana
4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Blue Goose
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Lighthouse Restaurant

Car: Necessary

Hot Springs!! My wife and I went to the Boiling River on our wedding day, 30 years ago... and we still go every chance we can. The Boiling River is the highest flow natural hot springs in the USA... one of the best in the world! Closed due to high water May and part of June. Don't miss it... bring your swim suit.

Chico Hot Springs is a historic spa, with great food. Go on Sunday for the morning brunch-- and swim for free.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1993

About the owner: I am 64, we have an 20 year old daughter who goes to school in Bozeman. My wife is a nurse practitioner. I like to work on old things, fix them up. It helps me go to sleep at night, thinking about the next project.

Why the Owner Chose Gardiner, MT, USA:
I fell in love with the area during my first job in the park 30 years ago. My wife and I met there 2 years later, and married after a 3 month romance. For 13 years we worked to bring this cabin back. I hope you can see the effort in the pictures provided.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
We have, lots of wildlife including Bighorn sheep, Elk, and the occasional Wolf or Bear. We like hiking, cross country skiing in winter, and always going to the hot springs. You really get the Big Sky feeling at our place. Best Hot Springs in all of North America.

Contact us

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/23/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • kitchen entrance

    kitchen entrance

  • new appliances - Heartland 6 burner stove, Bosch dishwasher, Vestfrost refrig.

    new appliances - Heartland 6 burner stove, Bosch dishwasher, Vestfrost refrig.

  • upstairs bedroom door from top of stair

    upstairs bedroom door from top of stair

  • Yellowstone Park in front yard.

    Yellowstone Park in front yard.

  • Sun Room bed upstairs

    Sun Room bed upstairs

  • pond--the mountain is in Yellowstone Park -18000 feet.

    pond--the mountain is in Yellowstone Park -18000 feet.

  • back yard--- trees --- fire pit

    back yard--- trees --- fire pit

  • Firehole River in Yellowstone

    Firehole River in Yellowstone

  • Bighorn Sheep in the Fall

    Bighorn Sheep in the Fall

  • Upstairs bedroom, twin and king beds, good for kids

    Upstairs bedroom, twin and king beds, good for kids

  • Upstairs Bedroom

    Upstairs Bedroom

  • Downstairs Bathroom

    Downstairs Bathroom

  • Tulikivi Wood stove with Bake oven from Finland.

    Tulikivi Wood stove with Bake oven from Finland.

  • stairway


  • trees and sheds

    trees and sheds

  • kitchen


  • Den main floor

    Den main floor

  • Living Room - blue couch comfortable for sleeping. Mattress is one piece.

    Living Room - blue couch comfortable for sleeping. Mattress is one piece.

  • main floor bedroom

    main floor bedroom

  • Upstairs Bedroom

    Upstairs Bedroom

  • Upstairs Bathroom

    Upstairs Bathroom

  • Upstairs Bath

    Upstairs Bath

  • Downstairs Shower

    Downstairs Shower

  • Upstairs Full Bed in Sunroom

    Upstairs Full Bed in Sunroom

VRBO #415060

This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Sunday, April 23, 2017

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