This property is offered by Rock Creek Trout Bums...
During it's heyday this property, formerly known as The Valley of the Moon Ranch, originally belonged to William McDowell, the Lt. Governor of Montana from 1913 - 1921. Some noted visitors to the property were Theodore Roosevelt, cowboy author Louie L'Amour, and artist Charlie Russell. It is the only historical Rock Creek property available for rent, and one of the few buildings from that historic era that remains standing.
The Valley of the Moon property was later purchased by Bob and Maridell Bandy; the Bandy's daughter Bonnie Gilbert now owns the property where horses once again roam the 43 acres of lush green fields that remain of the original 1800 acre ranch. The balance of the property was sold to the USFS in the early 1970's leaving the remaining 43 acres fully surrounded by public access property. Rock Creek flows through the Southeast corner of the property. The 'Governor's Hole', a favorite fishing spot around the 3 mile marker of Rock Creek is named after this home, which can be seen across the creek.
Many artifacts remain on the property from its days as a working ranch, including old tractors, plows, sheepherders wagon, buggy house and other outbuildings. The octagon well house, which covers the original hand dug 20 ft deep brick lined well, is still there. Though the water quality is excellent from the hand pump that still works, the hand dug well is no longer used. A deeper, modern well, provides water for the property.
In addition to the old well house, the ice house (an old log structure) still stands on the south of the home and is a wonderful reminder of days gone by. The interior walls of the ice house were lined with boards that provided a layer of sawdust as insulation to keep the huge chunks of ice collected from the creek in the winter frozen in the summer, and ta-da, refrigeration!
Unfortunately, many years have passed and the Valley of the Moon home has been robbed of some of the former splendor, but renovation continues to unfold the beauty that once was there. The renovated guest quarters is a beautiful, fully equipped retreat for you to enjoy! The Bandy/Gilbert family (owners of this unique property) hope you will join in their excitement as they continue the workof restoring their Valley of the Moon Homestead to what it once was.
The 650 sq ft 'guest quarters' with private entrance/porch adjoins the main portion of the home.
satellite TV and wireless internet (NOTE: no land line, and limited cell service)
gas grill on shared porch
wood burning stove
12 cf refrigerator
1 private bedroom w/1 queen and 1 full
just a short walk to Rock access outside the door
all linens, towels, and cooking utensils provided
Maximum occupancy 2
LEASHED Pets are welcome with $100 damage deposit and $20 pet fee
Get away from it all and come relax in the quiet, peaceful, beautiful countryside setting of Valley of the Moon Guest Quarters. Private, large, yet cozy cabin style living space, with full refrigerator, range, and microwave. Breathtaking views and pine covered mountain vistas. For the nature enthusiast options include, but are not limited to, wildlife photo ops, hiking, hunting, fishing, and horseback riding.
Rock Creek is a fisherman's haven. It is a Blue Ribbon Trout Stream which flows through the Sapphire Mountain Range, and hosts five species of wild trout; Rainbow, Brown, Bull, Cut Throat and Brook trout.