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Yellowstone Park - Cabin On Private Creek, Other Lodging, Close To Activities

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Newly Restored Authentic Homestead Log Cabin On The Creek, 2 Queen Beds, 1 Bath

The Creek Cabin is on it's original location right on the creek built by our family members in the 1800's. It has 2 quality queen beds, 1 bathroom - Very nice, comfy and cozy.

Original open floor plan with kitchen, dining, and living area. Big two tier outdoor deck right over the creek.

Big refrigerator, electric stove, granite sink, L shaped counter top, shelves, table and chairs, couch, bench, beds, lamps, side tables. All quality dishes and linens provided. Big windows for big views of mountains and animals on 3 sides. The back side has 2 old homesteader buildings staying in place to give it privacy from the Schoolhouse cabin. The Creek Cabin can also be used for families needing more lodging in addition to the ranch's other private lodging.

Big windows allow for great mountain views, as well as the creek sounds so close.

We have friendly ranch animals all about: horses, cows, dogs - all that enjoy visitors and special treats. Other wildlife roam all year around.

Our family homesteaded, bought out the other homesteaders. They hand cut lumber, cleared the mountain meadows, raised hay, cattle, had pet moose whom were numerous on our creek. Our private beautiful basin is made up of 3 ranches, no public access through our area. We have been fortunate to keep it private all this time being next to Yellowstone.

More Details

Shai McDonald
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 6, 2018

About Shai McDonald

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 Yellowstone Park for 43 years, the longest working park employee while enjoying raising his family on the ranch. 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.

Shai McDonald purchased this cabin in 1893

Why Shai McDonald chose Gardiner

Grew up in a multi generational family of the area. After traveling and working in other areas of the world for many years, we were content settling on the family ranch raising kids, cows, horses, logging, fencing. We then 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.

What makes this cabin unique

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.


Gardiner Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • * Cushions are not to be removed from any furniture inside or outside. * Please do not move any furniture inside or outside or from original rooms.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , barn wood and old tin line the walls
  • one bathroom with shower, sink, toilet, hooks for hanging stuff.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , both queen beds and couch in same open living area of cabin
  • 2 queen beds and smaller leather couch in open floorplan of living area
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Creek cabin is one of the homestead family cabins restored on our historic private beautiful ranch next to Yellowstone Park.


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Yellowstone Park - Cabin On Private Creek, Other Lodging, Close To Activities
average rating of 4.571429 based on 21 reviews

Great location - great cabin

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay! It was a great base to explore Yellowstone. The horses were very friendly and so were the resident barn cats. Our kids loved the place and so did we. We would definitely stay here again if we find ourselves back in this area.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Loved the cabin and the tranquility of the surroundings.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect in every way!

  • 5 of 5

I wish we had booked the McDonald Ranch for our entire vacation. It was like a bit of heaven on earth! The scenery is spectacular, located in a small, undeveloped basin with wonderful creeks, herds of elk and snow capped mountains in the distance.

The property is a combination of rustic, cowboy chic and luxury. Because of a problem with a guest who wouldn't leave, we ended up in the Schoolhouse. The owner very graciously took care of things and was extremely helpful. The building is a two story vintage log cabin, decorated with antiques and high end furniture. The mattresses and bedding were of the highest quality and very comfortable. The kitchen and bathrooms were also well appointed and beautiful. And everything was extremely clean.

The thing I enjoyed the most? There were so many windows!!! From every room of the house and the wrap around porch, there were amazing views.

Couldn't have been better. Hope to come back.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property was beautiful. The cabin was very clean and cozy.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay. Loved the animals. The owners were very nice. Its a beautiful place. Very relaxed and serene.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time. The cabin was well stocked with what we needed and clean. Amy was so helpful with all my questions. If we ever work our way back to Yellowstone, we will definitely stay here.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved the cabin, scenery, and animal friends. Site was a little remote, but very peaceful.

  • 4 of 5

The property is very peaceful and very private. My daughters absolutely fell in love with the cats and kittens on the ranch and wanted to take them all home! We took many amazing pictures because the property is so picturesque. Be warned that this solitude comes at a small price. It is located about 15 miles from the town of Gardiner. And 6 of those miles are along a hairpin turn dirt road that takes 20 minutes to travel down in and of itself. While looking for some of the kitties, my daughter and I got stung by some mean wasps. Thankfully, neither of us are allergic (and I had a first aid kit with Eli pen just in case), but in an emergency, you could not get help quickly.

I also would have liked a bit more communication from the host. We arrived very bewildered. Thankfully, another guest from a neighboring cabin filled us in. I also found out too late, that we could have done a horseback ride or rafting package. I didn't know this until the last day of my stay and only because I did a google search of the property on my own. A quick email or call to let us know these details would have made us feel a bit more at home.

Overall, this was one of our most memorable stays on our 20-day trip out West. A quintessential Montana ranch. Thank You!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Bozeman Belgrade International airport
Nearest Barpub
13 Miles
Nearest Golf
50 Miles
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Livingston depot
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Hwy 89
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Lighthouse Restaurant -Corwin Springs
Nearest Ski
70 Miles
Bridger Bowl - Bozeman
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Yellowstone river has various sandy beaches
Car: necessary

Lodging is on our private homestead ranch in a quiet and beautiful mountain basin next to Yellowstone Park. Old Yellowstone trail connects to our ranch road at Yellowstone River.

Takes me 20 minutes to get to park line, or 25 minutes to get to Gardiner. Will take you a little longer due to the scenery, animals, unfamiliar with the road...

Our neighboring ranch offers horseback rides and zip-lines 5 minutes away, as well as river rafting packages.

The North Entrance to Yellowstone Park at Gardiner, MT is the only entrance open year-round , and the original entrance with the Rock Arch which is great for family photos. It's a great entrance to explore. Mammoth Hot Springs is just 5 miles in the park with natural hot springs - lots of boardwalks to travel over. Old Faithful is the most popular area in Yellowstone and just 50 miles inside the North Entrance.

A main point of interest between us and Yellowstone Park/Gardiner is the Devil’s Slide. This is a rock formation roughly five miles northwest of Gardiner, MT and it is visible from highway 89, and you can get close to it driving from our road, Cinnabar Basin which runs into Old Yellowstone Trail between us and Yellowstone Park before you get to Gardiner. You can also see the travertine rock quarry that is instrumental in travertine sales.

The Stagecoach trail walking history area is at bottom of our Cinnabar Basin road going North into Yankee Jim Canyon. There's a few spots you could picnic on the river of sandy beaches and big rocks to play on, as well as old signage advertisements painted on the rocks in the 1800's meant for stagecoach travelers going to Yellowstone Park.

Complete with friendly animals, wildlife on the ranch and still close to many activities within Yellowstone Park. We are like an extension to the Yellowstone. 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.

Lodging is quality, comfy, cozy, with everything you need, big yard & fire pit, creeks and ponds, animals that visit, beautiful scenery. Other restored log lodging on the ranch.

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 that all love attention and treats too. They are outdoor animals not allowed inside.

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

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 Entrance Station

25 minutes to Yankee Jim Canyon, stagecoach trail-historic

30 minutes to boiling river, natural hot springs right inside 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 per GB which is our cost. Looking into getting direct wifi in cabin lodging.

Email anytime for any questions or information needed of the area. We are here to help you in any way.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $50
Cleaning Fee $75

Refund if we can re-book same dates, same year, less a $50 fee.
Payment in full 90 days prior.
Extra cleaning fee applies to less than weekly stays.
No refund if you don't make to your nightly stay.
- cleaning less than weekly stay | $75
Pets have to come with own bed/kennel, not allowed on furniture
conservation of water/electricity is appreciated
excessive internet is $10 per GB cost to us
furniture is not allowed to be moved inside or outside, cushions are not to be taken off furniture, extra charges will be applied to credit card if not complied with.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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