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Retreat at the Front Door of the Rockies - Glacier Gateway

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths with close up Mountain Views

Private and peaceful! The property is in the middle of trophy hunting and fishing areas, Lewis & Clark Forest is just a few minutes from the house and gateway to the Bob Marhsall Wilderness, Glacier National Park and the Boone & Crockett's Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch. This house has the best view of the mountains on the entire property and offers the most private and tranquil setting. Enjoy this warm and enveloping home with all of the modern conveniences and amenities!

The house is a Single Family Dwelling, in the carriage house tradition, located in a very private setting. There are 2 bedrooms (1 room with a firm California King bed that will sleep 2 and 1 room with a firm Queen bed that will sleep 2), plus a queen sofa bed in the living room that will sleep 2. 1 roomy bathroom with a full walk-in shower and 1 powder bath room. The kitchen is outfitted with all the modern conveniences - microwave oven, dishwasher, range and refrigerator and small appliances, like crockpot, mixer, etc. We have a comfortable dining area and living room. High speed WiFi and 'Direct' Satellite service (offers music stations, too) for a flat screen TV viewing, landline phone for local calls. Forced air heating and air conditioning. Very comfortable and roomy for 6 people. Due to no dogs allowed in the main living area, it is dog hair and dander free for those with allergies and asthma brought on by animal allergies.

View the Rocky Mountains Sawtooth Range looking west and the rolling prairies and buttes to the east. Spectacular sunrises and sunsets. The house is set on a hill among limber pines and fir trees with the living room windows facing the Sawtooth Mt. Range. The Teton River flows east out of the canyons and across the bottom of the property's north border. We are within 3 minutes drive of the South Fork Canyon and 5 minutes to the West and North Fork Canyons, leading into the mountains and numerous trails, with 100's of miles of hiking and horse trailheads.

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Diana Arnold
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
June 8, 2017

About Diana Arnold

Unlike most vacation rentals, we did not buy this property. This is a family owned property passed down through 4 generations to the present owner, whose great grandparents homesteaded the ranch in 1919 raising both sheep and cattle. Originally, it was the Bar-Lazy K-Triangle, but since we no longer raise livestock, it's known as the Moore Homestead. There is a sign inside the gated entrance, stating the name of the property, to help visitors identify where they are.

The area is a Hunter's Paradise, but there is no hunting allowed on the property, although we are extremely close to state and federal lands where hunting is allowed. There is a meat processor in town, 30 miles away on the far south end.

For the fisherman, the waterways have cutthroat (catch and release only), rainbow, brooke and brown trout. The lakes and reservoirs have perch, walleye and trout.

Diana Arnold purchased this house in 1919

Why Diana Arnold chose Russell Country

This property is situated in a dramatically beautiful setting, rather like straddling two different worlds. Set in the foothills of the Rockies; to the west sits the Rocky Mountain Sawtooth Range and to the east are the rolling prairies and buttes. Two distinctly different eco-systems. The canyons are made of glacier carved granite and have the look of Yosemite National Park on a smaller scale with a variety of conifers and aspen and hanging Alpine valleys.

We are extremely close, just minutes from the Lewis and Clark National Forest and the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Our area is the 'Gateway' to Glacier National Park and the Boone & Crockett's Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch. This uniquely beautiful area has inspired many a writer and artist and has been included in numerous books and novels. The late Pulitzer Prize winner, A.B. Guthrie, (whose lands borders ours), was inspired by the area and it's western history to write many of his stories. ('The Way West', 'The Big Sky', the movie script for, 'Shane', among them.) Other books made into movies based in the area were 'The Horse Whisperer' and 'Legends of the Fall'. Maybe your artistic side will be inspired, too!

Historically, this area is the site of fossil finds, Native American hunting grounds, Lewis & Clark Expedition, cattle & sheep ranches and wheat & barley farmers.

What makes this house unique

This area of Montana is unique in it's eco-system and sparsely populated land, no crowds! The close up views of the mountains; watching the colors change throughout the day, on those rock and slab behemoths, creates its own enchantment.

Ripe with wildlife in the area, hunters, fishermen and photo enthusiasts will LOVE this area!

A person can have as much quiet and serenity as they need or as much activity as they can handle, depending on what the vacationer's needs and abilities are. If you are looking to 'just getaway', this vacation home is the perfect retreat for your needs! This is the most private and tranquil spot on the entire ranch! For indoor times, there are books, games, wireless Internet access and satellite TV. Updated furniture and appliances completes the comfort level!

Close by are 100's of miles of mountain trails for hiking, lake fishing, fly fishing, small game and big game hunting - both bow and rifle, bird watching and numerous scenic vistas for photo and other artistic opportunities.

The town of Choteau offers a museum, antiques shop, a theater, golf, bowling (not open for a quarter of the year, during summer), A small museum of the area's history, restaurants and eateries. A small town 10 miles north of Choteau, named Bynum, offers a dinosaur museum and a very reasonably priced rock shop with many unique finds.

If you are a rodeo fan, periodically, there are rodeos held at the Choteau Fair Grounds. A fiddler's contest in the summer and an art auction in the fall. The Choteau Visitor's Center has numerous brochures and information. The U.S. Forest Service also has a building in town, where anyone can gather maps and information on what to do and where to go in the mountains and for hunting and fishing regulations.

This is an all year lodge though the weather is variable: be prepared for possible extreme conditions in the winter, late fall and spring. A 4-wheel drive vehicle is advisable.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"An amazing stay on The Front. Had a wonderful time on long walks, hunting for upland birds, fly fishing. A special time was had by all, we are sad to leave."
Oct 2014
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Choteau House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Spacious, sink vanity for personal item storage & heater.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , A toilet and sink vanity.
  • A window and a bathroom fan in each bathroom provide circulated air for the comfort of the user.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , California King bed, Sleeps 2 with firm mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Sleeps 2, Firm mattress.
    Living room sofa bed - 1 queen , Queen sofa bed will sleep up to two people.
  • Each bedroom has a closet and a dresser for personal storage, dual nightstands, reading lamps and an alarm clock. We, also, have a Graco Pack & Play for babies. Let us know your needs at the time of booking for set up, pack & play are not stored inside the living quarters.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
The ceiling fans, forced heating and air conditioning maintain your comfort level.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

Retreat at the Front Door of the Rockies - Glacier Gateway
average rating of 4.923077 based on 17 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This was the second year in a row that we stayed at this property. Clean, well stock, incredible view. Dan & Diane are great hosts and do everything they can to make you feel at home and welcome.

Hope to get back soon !!

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These were great guest and hope to have them back again in the future!
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Not one detail missed

  • 5 of 5

Exactly what my family needed. The house and the furnishings made for a wonderful stay. The only thing better than the accommodations was the stunning landscape!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Shawn and family, We're glad you had a good experience, even though the weather wasn't always sunny. We would be happy to have you back again. Best Regards, Diana and Dan
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Sammamish, WA, USA

Love those mountains!

  • 5 of 5

Breathtaking view of Ear Mtn and Rockies front range! The apartment was clean, roomy and furnished with everything you could possibly need. Since it is 25 miles from nearest town, Choteau, it's best to stock up on groceries before heading out!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad our place worked out so well for you, hope you come back again!
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Wonderful home away from home during a family reunion

  • 5 of 5

What a delightful, cozy and comfortable place to stay for the evenings after days visiting with family for our 20 year family reunion. Quiet, beautiful views, clean, wonderful directions for everything. Made for a relaxing stay. I kept calling it my Montana getaway to my family til one cousin asked when I bought a place in Montana. I said, Oh no, it's a rental, it just feels like my home for the week! Hah. Thanks for a great getaway, and thanks for accidentally meeting me as I was settling in. You have the gift of hospitality.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your glowing review, we aim to please! Always happy to hear when a vacation renter feels so at home.
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San Mateo, CA

Get away, have it all

  • 5 of 5

We found the perfect retreat here.

We came for a family reunion at our family's very *rustic* nearby homestead. We had a great time seeing family, teaching my boys about their family history, and showing them where their great grandfather had grown up. We did new hikes every day, played in the South Fork of the Teton, and went up Teton Canyon. It was delightful that for 3 days straight, my boys (ages 5 and 7) were outside without a single toy or electronic device and I never heard them say, "I'm bored."

The Arnolds provided a perfect answer to our very active days. It was always a treat to come back to clean showers, comfortable beds, and the opportunity to even clean our clothes. Their guest home is thoughtfully decorated in Montana fashion and well-equipped for active guests. They are set up for guests to cook nearly anything, including grilling outdoors. They have an assortment of books and board games if you find or need down time. And if you need to connect (we were really torn about taking advantage of this one...) they have internet/wifi/cable. My 5 year old really reacts to the beauty of his environment -- when he walked in to the upstairs of the guest house, his spontaneous assessment was that it was "beautiful place."

Thank you, Arnolds, for providing us a fantastic place at a fantastic price!

Randi & Cody

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were glad to hear you had a wonderful time with your family reunion and 'reconnecting' to your roots. Sounds like it was a great experience for your family and we were happy to help you achieve that with our nearby vacation house.
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Great spot for hiking and fishing

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in this Choteau cabin very much. The place is well situated on a rise with a fantastic view towards the east side of the Rockies. It is very private and the owner's description was accurate. The cabin is new and very tidy. It is roomy and well appointed with good beds and furnishings and kitchen supplies. The well water was good if a little stinky in the morning and the showers were warm. The owners provided plenty of bottled water. There is a mud room downstairs with a large bathroom and laundry space for cleaning up after a day out.

It is a ten mile drive up good gravel roads to trailheads into the Bob Marshall wilderness and other parts of the footlhills. We hiked and fished the North Teton river and a lake up in the mountains with good results. We were there for four days but could have spent more time exploring the area.

We bought food at the market in Choteau and cooked for ourselves. We did visit the Dinosaur museum in Bynum -which was very good.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were happy to have you, your enthusiasm for our area was heartening. Yes, the low snow pack has had an impact on the surrounding water table, including our well. The experts predict a good snow year this coming winter, so that should clear up!
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Great Falls, Montana
Nearest Barpub
25 Miles
Several in town of Choteau
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Choteau Golf in town
Nearest Motorway
18 Miles
Highway 89
Nearest Restaurant
25 Miles
Several in town of Choteau
Nearest Ski
13 Miles
Teton Pass Ski Area on the North Fork Teton Rd.
Nearest Beach
14 Miles
Eureka Resevoir
Car: necessary

Because of our unique location, this property acts as a central hub to many different areas and activities for nearly all ability ranges. A Hunter's Paradise and a Fisherman's Bliss, the gateway to the Lewis & Clark Forest, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, Boone & Crockett's Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch and Glacier National Park.

The property is located 25 miles NW of the town proper of Choteau, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountain Front, straddling the mountains to the west and the rolling prairies and buttes to the east (where the antelope roam).

The town of Choteau is 80 miles south of East Glacier (Gateway to Glacier National Park area) and about 60 miles NW of Great Falls, Montana. We're also about a 2 hour drive north of Helena, Montana and a 3 1/2 hour drive from Missoula. The mountains and forests start 2 miles from the house. It's a 43 mile drive to the Boone & Crockett Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch. (Check it out on the insider guide) If you bring a passport, it's approximately a 3 hour drive to Waterton National Park in Alberta, Canada.

Locally, we hike the mountain trails of the Lewis & Clark Forest and the Bob Marshall Wilderness, use the Teton River and Eureka Reservoir to fish and do other water activities. We always carry a camera for wildlife photo opportunities.

We close down for the winter, the weekend before Thanksgiving in November thru Mid-June.


Rates & Availability

Choteau House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Manditory cleaning fee $100
Tax Rate 7.0%

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest. Rates are subject to change.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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