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Log Cabin on Historic Yellowstone Park Ranch on the McDonald Ranch

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Last updated: 05/29/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

5 Queen Beds 2 Bathrooms, Spacious Comfy Cabin Next To Creek With Mountain View

Schoolhouse cabin is nicely restored for comfort and family get togethers. Authentic hand hewn logs, beautiful decor, with 5 Queen bedrooms, room for two more twin beds, big kitchen, 3 leather couches and chair, indoor/outdoor eating areas, big deck and yard with large trampoline with sides. Barbecue grill, fire pits, on the creek. Animals all around tame and wild. TV/DVD/cable, wifi if wanted, beautiful view of meadows, mountains..other cabins and lodge on property. Big family re-unions to just couples accommodated (at reduced rates).
Our cabins have most all amenities ...

Get away from it all, relax, daytime walks.

Located in the mountains next to Yellowstone Park. Our road connects to Old Yellowstone trail at Yellowstone River, and takes 20 minutes or is 9 miles from the park line. Takes 20-30 minutes to reach Gardiner and park pay shack via hwy 89 or Old Yellowstone Trail, (13 miles total from Gardiner).

Come enjoy the beauty and comforts of our unique ranch log cabins and Lodge while visiting our Yellowstone Park.

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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/29/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 12
  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 10-12

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    has lamp, antique tables and book case...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    upstairs orange barn wood bedroom, antique dresser, mirror...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

    upstairs green-grey barn wood with antique table mirror...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 queen

    upstairs pink grey barnwood with tables and lamp...moreless

  • Bedroom 5: 1 queen

    upstairs cowboy blue n brown with tables lamp...moreless

  • downstairs main bedroom close to main floor bathroom with big step in shower with bench....Queen bed with tables, lamps, chest...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    downstairs, bench in shower, rock floor, granite top cabinet...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    upstairs, blow dryer, granite top antique top cabinet...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Get away from it all, bond as a family, enjoy the beauty in a comfortable log cabin, and great visits to area and Yellowstone park....moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library


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


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Water View:

    A creek goes right thru the middle of the property. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • 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:

    ornate gas cook stove...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


from 11 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$2,500 $8,000

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

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $50
  • cleaning laundering fee $150
  • Tax Rate 10%


Refund if we can re-book same dates, same year, less a $75 fee.

No refund if you don't make it to your nightly stay.

Extra cleaning charges apply if excessive cleaning needed, and/or garbage is littered without bags in cans, dumsters, in cabin/lodge, or outside.


Payment in full 90 days prior.

Please be conservative-turn lights off, & use of washer/dryer

No fires if windy, dry, dose with water.

You can scrounge around for firewood on property, and/or buy from local store.

wifi is not city speeds. it's wilderness area, so can be slow. it is satellite.

dish network is the cable tv system.

no guarantees the satellites will be always working in the mountains.

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Last updated: 05/29/2017
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80 Miles
Nearest Airport
Belgrade Bozeman
13 Miles
Nearest Barpub
50 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 89
6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Lighthouse Restaurant
60 Miles
Nearest Ski
Bridger Bowl
6 Miles
Nearest Beach
Yellowstone River

Car: Necessary

McDonald Ranch...Restored log cabin built by our family 5 generations ago. In the mountains next to Yellowstone Park, beautiful views, private next to creek, very comfy cozy, clean, and everything you need indoors and outdoors.

Yellowstone River and creeks nearby for fishing, rafting, horse back riding next door, we have horses in pastures next to cabin to visit and feed goodies. Have the stagecoach trail to Yellowstone that connects to our road. Have animals wild and tame...

Our road connects with Old Yellowstone Trail a dirt road that winds up into the mountains back towards the park line.

Our neighboring ranch offers horseback rides and zip-lines 5 minutes away, as well as river rafting packages. Our other ranch neighbor is currently creating a $23 million hot springs resort 10 minutes away at the bottom of our road next to Yellowstone River. It's the old LeDuke Hot Springs area where the Corwin Springs Hotel burned down in 1916.

The North Entrance at Gardiner, MT is the only Yellowstone Park 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, 49th parallel where the natural hot springs are right off the river you easily walk to right inside the park line, including exploring Old Faithful and the thousands of other geysers in the park.

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 the park before you get to Gardiner. You can also see the travertine rock quarry that 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 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 Yellowstone 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 cows 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. 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

10 minutes to hot springs wellness with ranch neighbor 15 minutes to Yellowstone 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 Yellowstone Park

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

40 minutes to Chico Hot Springs - outside Swimming Pool / Recreation area.

60 minutes to Old Faithful - Yellowstone National Park

**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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1893

About the owner: 5th Generation family on the McDonald ranch. Our kids go to Gardiner School and we work here on ranch. Summers we travel Montana with the kids and horses rodeoing and working with our animals. We like to share the beauty of our place, it is private, quiet and very special for all kinds of reasons.

Why the Owner Chose Gardiner, MT, USA:
Our place was homesteaded by great grandparents and cabins they built by hand, we restored for our guests to stay in. We have horses, some cows, cats and dogs that like to visit with everyone.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
All cabins are nicely restored that show the detailed work our homestead family put into building them. Unique hand hewn logs inside and out, old family photos, unique antique decor with all the ammenities. Surrounded by beautiful scenery and animals with big yards and decks give everyone enough room to move about and enjoy nature right on the porch. Fire pit for smores, creek flowing by, barbecue grill, indoor/outdoor furniture for everyone's comfort. The horses and dogs love attention and treats.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/29/2017

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  • School House Rental

    School House Rental

  • schoolhouse kitchen, big ornate gas cook stove, dishwasher, shelving, big sink

    schoolhouse kitchen, big ornate gas cook stove, dishwasher, shelving, big sink

  • back porch queen bed

    back porch queen bed

  • lodge above the schoolhouse on mountain

    lodge above the schoolhouse on mountain

  • schoolhouse cowboy bedroom upstairs

    schoolhouse cowboy bedroom upstairs

  • kitchen and part of dining area

    kitchen and part of dining area

  • entrance to cabins, schoolhouse and creek with other old buildings for storage

    entrance to cabins, schoolhouse and creek with other old buildings for storage

  • grpa's cabin down the creek from schoolhouse cabin

    grpa's cabin down the creek from schoolhouse cabin

  • creek cabin by schoolhouse cabin separated by two old buildings for privacy

    creek cabin by schoolhouse cabin separated by two old buildings for privacy

VRBO #609521

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Monday, May 29, 2017

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