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Log Lodge, Family Friendly, Animals All About, Near Park on Our Private Ranch

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lodge front with deck, yard, fire pit area

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Last updated: 09/10/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

This property is the original 'McDonald family homestead', 20 minutes from Yellowstone Park line, 25-30 minutes to pay shack in Gardiner. It consists of a log lodge on the hill and log cabins down by the creek all private from each other; all of which are now rental properties. On this listing is the lodge which is 5 Bedroom / 4 Bathroom home that sleeps 12, more if needed; 6500 square feet.

King Master suite with walk in rock shower and big jacuzzi tub with views, double sink,walk in closet, and upper deck.

3 quality Queen bedrooms with a bath/shower, double sinks, twin bed in 1 of the queen bedrooms with 16' climbing wall and rope.

Antique full bedroom with bath attached, very comfy/cozy.

Twin bed in loft Workout area.

Downstairs is 1 queen bed in rec room area. 1 bathroom downstairs. Downstairs is main floor area with kitchen, great room, walk out to decks, yard, parking, etc.

Large kitchen with multiple stations, all equipped with everything, 2 sinks, 2 refrigerators, double oven, lots of sitting in area opens to dining room with 6 chairs at table.

Open great room with large couches, leather recliner chair and big rock fireplace. There are 72 windows in lodge, the views are beautiful and plentiful.

Laundry room with LG front load washer/dryer.
Lodge made with logs up to 40 inches in diameter.

Big deck out front opens to nice green yard with automatic sprinklers, a fire pit, more land to stretch out on, & a very large trampoline.

Views of Yellowstone Park mountains, meadows, wildlife, forests, and the company of our ranch's friendly horses, cats, dogs, cows.

We like to think you are coming to get away from it all, & hoping you don't get too tempted with the cable and wifi. Let us know if you need it disconnected. Families who have done that say they bond more. Cell service is not the best in Montana or Wyoming area of the park, & Verizon is the best coverage.

We do have a log barn and attached indoor arena above the lodge higher on the hill for private use only. Many guests come watch the ranch girls ride and rope in the arena when they happen to be between rodeos, visit the cats in the hay, and the miniature cows in the pens. The smaller animals are penned by the barn and arena for their protection from the wildlife.

We have a resident elk herd of a few hundred. They have their babies throughout the basin, as well as in and around the cabins, lodge, & along the road. Howl for the wolves at night, enjoy no city lights up here and many a bright stars and beautiful big sky!

We are open year around. The beauty never stops!

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Property Type

  • Lodge
  • 6500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Non Smoking Only:

    plenty of outdoor space for smoking, but not for cigarette butts...moreless

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 12-14

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    Master bath, deck, oversized chair, tv, walk in closet...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    big windows looks out towards Yellowstone mountains, desk...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

    big windows look out towards car port and mountains...moreless

  • Bedroom 5: 1 double

    antique bedroom, comfy, cozy, wake to big sky n mountains...moreless

  • Bedroom 7: 1 queen

    queen bed downstairs on main floor in rec room area...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single

    Big windows, climbing wall, climbing rope and ledge...moreless

  • Bedroom 6: 1 queen

    Queen bed is in the Exercise Equipment Area...moreless

  • 4 queen beds, 2 twin beds, 1 king bed, 1 full bed. For extra charge, the lodge has plenty of room to add bedding for more occupancy....moreless

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower, jetted tub

    Walk in rock shower, big jacuzzi tub with views, double sink...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    double sink, between two queen bedrooms, end of hallway...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

    connects to antique room, antique cabinet sink, rock floor...moreless

  • Bathroom 4: toilet, shower

    downstairs off great room and entry...moreless

  • One bathroom downstairs, 3 upstairs. king master and antique bedroom has attached, and 3 queen rooms have bathroom in between them. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • The ranch just down the road 1/2 mile has horseback riding, barbecues, zip lines. River rafting is at bottom of our road, and our other ranching neighbors are breaking ground on a hot springs at bottom of our road on the Yellowstone River. We have horses & cows of all sizes and personalities that love attention and treats of veges and fruit. Our old yellow lab, blue heeler and red healer are also outgoing, as well as Maggie & Disco the cats, all outdoor animals. Year around white mountain goats you can see with telescope from front of lodge. Mountain sheep, antelope, elk, deer, buffalo & smaller wildlife that roam seasonally on ranch and at bottom of our road....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room:

    Is extra space area off to side of great room where the double elk doors are leading out to other end of deck...moreless

  • Games:

    in great room floor cupboards next to windows...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo:

    XM Sirius Radio, ipod adapter, outdoor bose speakers...moreless

  • Television:

    large flat screen in great room area and master bedroom....moreless

  • Video Library

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    360 degree view of beautiful scenery including Yellowstone Park mountains. We are in a private beautiful basin with animals, year around creek, green meadows in summer, splendid scenery...moreless

  • Rural:

    In the mountains next to park, on a private homesteaded 5 generation family ranch. We have two other ranches in our area as part time residents. No public access and at dead end at edge of park line...moreless

  • Water View:

    Ponds and a creek that runs through entire property below the lodge. The lodge sits higher up on a flat mountain plateau private from the homestead cabins....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
  • Roller Blading
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Rectangular table with 6 chairs in same area as kitchen stools and islands close to door that leads out to deck and barbecue...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    please be conservative, very expensive in our area....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    massive rock with engraved log shelf, and rock shelves with animal mounts...moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    upstairs by antique bedroom ...moreless

  • Garage:

    Carport at Grizzly Bear door entry...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    Satellite, so if we go over monthly allowance, there is extra charges of $10 per GB. Allowed 4 GB per week, but you can pay for as much extra as you want....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Part of great room, open floor plan big rock fireplace...moreless

  • Parking:

    Lots of area...moreless

  • Telephone:

    party line...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    You will need to bring your own Laundry Soap....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Large capacity as well as mini maker...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Cupboards are labeled with everything imaginable...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    next to main large sink...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Large and spacious with lots of granite extra deep counter tops and islands with stools...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Double oven, convection, all settings...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Shelving with saloon doors in kitchen close to refrigerators - garbage bags are in the pantry - Large Bear Proof Garbage Can just outside the front door to the left....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    2 stainless steel, one has exterior ice and water dispensers. Keep organized putting drinks in one, food in the other...moreless

  • Stove:

    Flat smooth top 5 burner, heats faster with less heat, use special pans provided...moreless

  • Toaster:

    4 slice...moreless

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    wraps around front of lodge with two different doors leading to it...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
 

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Rental basis: Per property
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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$750
$4,800

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Pet Fee $50
  • cleaning fee / damage fe $250
  • Tax Rate 10%

Notes:

Cancellations are refundable minus $75 fee IF I can re-book exact dates.

Check in is 5pm, and check out is 10am for all properties.

extra charges if excessive cleaning is needed, if garbage is not bagged and littering lodge/cabin, ranch grounds, in cans/dumsters without bags.

We have satellite wifi. Not city wifi, but mountain wifi, can be slow. good for emails and occasional surf web. Netflix cannot be accessed, nor should utube or anything else be streamed. satellite dish network cable too.


Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking


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Location

80 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bozeman Belgrade off Highway 90, 1.15 hours
12 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Gardiner
50 Miles
Nearest Golf
Livingston
50 Miles
Nearest Train
In Livingston, MT
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 89 that links to the park and Hwy 90 links 89
6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Lighthouse Restaurant at bottom of our road
65 Miles
Nearest Ski
Bridger Bowl
7 Miles
Nearest Beach
Yankee Jim canyon on Yellowstone River

Car: Necessary

Lodge & log cabins private from each other in the mountains outside of Gardiner next to Yellowstone Park, quiet, beautiful 5 generation family ranch with a few of the old log cabins to look at.

Complete with friendly animals, wildlife on the ranch and during your drive, and still close to many activities including Yellowstone Park.

We are like an extension to the park. Our road Cinnabar Basin runs into Old Yellowstone Trail on the Yellowstone River that leads you to the park a few miles before Gardiner. Or you can take the highway parallel to it, reach Gardiner first, then go into the park.

We are 20 minutes to park line, 25-30 minutes to Yellowstone Park Entrance Station on other side of Gardiner.

1 hour to 1.5 to Old Faithful

4 hours one way to Jackson Hole Wyoming.

Lodging is quality, comfy, cozy, with everything you need, big yard & fire pit, creeks and ponds, animals that visit, beautiful scenery. 6000' lodge with massive logs, spacious & comfortable for family get togethers.

Our neighboring ranch has zip lines, horseback riding, and barbecue lunches. These activities can be arranged when you get here, or in advance. They also have packages to include white water rafting.

The other neighboring ranch at bottom of our road on the Yellowstone River, will be breaking ground on a natural hot springs resort.

We have a wonderful fresh and fair priced restaurant 'The Lighthouse' near the same location at bottom of our road right off the highway, easy for going or coming back from Gardiner. My family's favorite place to eat as well as our guests.

We have dogs & cats that like to visit you, as well as friendly horses and cows that all love attention and treats too. They are outdoor animals not allowed inside.

I encourage an easy hike along the Old Yellowstone Trail in Yankee Jim Canyon approximately 10 miles from our place going opposite of the park. You have the crashing river below which sometimes has sandy beaches for a picnic, and you can view the old signage on the rocks meant for the park's visitors traveling by stagecoach.

There are many public accesses to Yellowstone River to do your own fishing or floating right from the Old Yellowstone Trail at bottom of our road.

We have a creek that flows all the way through our place and down along our road to the river. You can try to fish some of those spots as well, It's a bit trickier fishing due to willows for the moose, and the fish are more skittish.

I can send you an email detailing areas of interest and whom to contact.

We are a like an extension to Yellowstone park.

We are:

5 minutes to horseback riding & zip lining

10 minutes to Yellowstone River, river rafting

soon to be: 10 minutes to hot springs wellness with ranch neighbor

15 minutes to park line on Old Yellowstone Trail

15 minutes to Lighthouse Restaurant (fresh incredible food)

15 minutes to Devil's slide-natural rock formation

20 minutes to Gardiner

25 minutes to Yellowstone Park Entrance Station

25 minutes to Yankee Jim Canyon, stagecoach trail-historic

30 minutes to boiling river, natural hot springs right inside the park

35 minutes to Mammoth Hot Springs, ice skating, cross ctry skiing

40 minutes to Chico Hot Springs

60 minutes to Old Faithful

Of course, these times could be interrupted with animals getting in your way, or you driving slower in awe of the beauty.

The lodge has satellite wifi. If you need high usage, it will be additional $10 per GB which is our cost.

Email anytime for any questions or information needed of the area.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1898

About the owner: McDonald family homesteaded this basin in the 1800's on their way to visit Yellowstone Park. They bought the other homesteaders out, living in seclusion working hard, cutting lumber from the forests, clearing fields for hay, working cattle, filling their bellies with local elk, deer, moose, wild strawberries, and even kept ice in a little mini log ice house on the side of the mountain. They had a keen eye to keep safe from the numerous grizzly bears and many a story to tell of that. Great Grandma McDonald still holds the record for harvest of Montana's largest grizzly when this griz decided to see what was in the storeroom while Great Grpa was in town getting supplies. Our kid's grpa, Jack McDonald worked for the park for 43 years, the longest working park employee while enjoying raising his family on the ranch, along with many pet moose. Riding horses hunting indian arrowheads and special rocks was a favorite hobby of the family. We are now the 5th generation McDonald family preserving the original homestead cabins, sharing the beauty. We spend the summers competing in rodeos with our 3 kids all over Montana and checking in on our guests and ranch animals. Winters are spent sledding, snowmobiling, skiing, roping inside the indoor arena, basketball, football parties & keeping warm by the fireplace.

Why the Owner Chose Gardiner, MT, USA:
We are content settling on our family ranch raising kids, cows, horses, logging & fencing. We just recently built the lodge with massive logs and over 72 windows to help accommodate multi-family gatherings. We enjoy sharing the beauty with others and our animals sure love the extra attention. Depending on season, the wildlife of mountain sheep, mountain goats, antelope, elk, deer, bear, buffalo/bison, coyote, fox, wolves, badgers, gophers, eagles, hawks, other birds are the most prevalent animals seen on the ranch and driving to/from.

The Unique Benefits at this Lodge:
Getting away from it all, yet still close enough to all the activities. Animals all about in a private, quiet and very beautiful setting while enjoying the comfortable log lodgings. 20 minutes from Yellowstone Park line 25-30 minutes from Yellowstone Park Entrance Station other side of Gardiner. 1-1.5 hours from Old Faithful 4 hours one way to Jackson Hole, WY Gardiner entrance is the original entrance to Yellowstone Park, and the only one open year around.


Contact us

Speaks: english

 

Photos

  • lodge front with deck, yard, fire pit area

    lodge front with deck, yard, fire pit area

  • The girls riding their rodeo horses bareback in front yard of lodge

    The girls riding their rodeo horses bareback in front yard of lodge

  • kitchen area, 2 refrig, 2 ovens, 2 sinks, lots of granite counter tops/seating

    kitchen area, 2 refrig, 2 ovens, 2 sinks, lots of granite counter tops/seating

  • kitchen area from dining area, very high ceilings in great room, lower in kitche

    kitchen area from dining area, very high ceilings in great room, lower in kitche

  • Lodge Partial Great Room area with expansive mountain, meadows, and forest views

    Lodge Partial Great Room area with expansive mountain, meadows, and forest views

  • King master bedroom with log, pine and pecky cyprus walls.  Rock shower bathroom

    King master bedroom with log, pine and pecky cyprus walls. Rock shower bathroom

  • jacuzzi tub area of king master suite upstairs in lodge, big windows, views

    jacuzzi tub area of king master suite upstairs in lodge, big windows, views

  • Bunk bed, queen bed room with climbing wall and rope.  Big windows and logs

    Bunk bed, queen bed room with climbing wall and rope. Big windows and logs

  • Queen bedroom with big windows looking out towards Yellowstone Park mountains

    Queen bedroom with big windows looking out towards Yellowstone Park mountains

  • Hand carved elk doors downstairs near rec open area leading out to deck and yard

    Hand carved elk doors downstairs near rec open area leading out to deck and yard

  • front great room view out very large and tall windows, view park mountains

    front great room view out very large and tall windows, view park mountains

  • Master bathroom, jacuzzi tub, rock walk in shower with sit down, 3 shower heads

    Master bathroom, jacuzzi tub, rock walk in shower with sit down, 3 shower heads

  • lodge, rear area carport and parking area, rock steps, griz bear entry door

    lodge, rear area carport and parking area, rock steps, griz bear entry door

  • Lodge kitchen area, double refrig, double oven and sinks, sitting areas, pantry

    Lodge kitchen area, double refrig, double oven and sinks, sitting areas, pantry

  • open great room area leading from entrance of car port to kitchen/dining

    open great room area leading from entrance of car port to kitchen/dining

  • Lodge front deck and barbecue area off kitchen and great room area, great views

    Lodge front deck and barbecue area off kitchen and great room area, great views

  • dining area of open great room leading off the kitchen by fireplace and big sofa

    dining area of open great room leading off the kitchen by fireplace and big sofa

  • Master king bedroom with rock shower and big jacuzzi tub, 2 sinks, big windows

    Master king bedroom with rock shower and big jacuzzi tub, 2 sinks, big windows

  • Lodge antique bedroom and bath, cozy and comfy, wake up to wilderness feel

    Lodge antique bedroom and bath, cozy and comfy, wake up to wilderness feel

  • 2 sink bathroom with shower and jetted tub between two of the queen bedrooms

    2 sink bathroom with shower and jetted tub between two of the queen bedrooms

  • Queen bedroom upstairs with closet, desk, tv for dvd's,  pink chair/bench furnit

    Queen bedroom upstairs with closet, desk, tv for dvd's, pink chair/bench furnit

  • Our kids horn hunting off the front deck of the lodge, view park mountains

    Our kids horn hunting off the front deck of the lodge, view park mountains

  • Fire pit out front of lodge.

    Fire pit out front of lodge.

  • Large Rock fireplace in great room, open floor plan to kitchen and dining.

    Large Rock fireplace in great room, open floor plan to kitchen and dining.

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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