5 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 10, Kitchen spacious living, laundry facilities,
Karen B. Hooker
About Karen B. Hooker
Jack and I (Karen) Hooker were in the outfitting industry for over 45 years taking folks into the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. We operated a large summer pack trip and hunting business and in the winter months we trained horses for the business and to sell, repaired the outfitting equipment for the next season and booked folks for the upcoming season. Jack worked for the original owner of the Whitetail Ranch in the 1950's-60's and wanted to be and outfitter here in Montana. He came back from Oregon and bought the Whitetail Ranch from Tom Edwards in 1969. Jack is an old time cowboy growing up in Hermiston, OR, who loves to share stories of his life on the trail and in cow camps. He even ran the Iditarod Dog Sled Race 2 years in the 1970's. Karen was raised in the valley packing into the wilderness with her father at a very early age and knew that this was where she wanted to live. This is home to both Jack and I, we love the wilderness and this valley and enjoy sharing it with others.
Karen B. Hooker purchased this Cabin in 1969
Why Karen B. Hooker chose Ovando
This area has been our home since the early 50's and when the opportunity came to purchase the ranch we did. Karen grew up in the area and moved away for 3 years and knew that this was where she wanted to be. It is such a unique place full of serinity and peace. The beauty is beyond comparison.
What makes this Cabin unique
The ranch is located at the southern end of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. It is just 10 miles to the Lake Creek or North Fork of the Blackfoot trailhead which leads into the Scapegoat Wilderness. Dry Creek trailhead is just 6 miles from the ranch. And the trailheads of Montour and Lodge Pole are just outside of the town of Ovando. We are on the western edge of Huckleberry Pass on the Continental Divide Trail. You can travel on groomed trails by snowmobile in the winter months between Lincoln and Seeley Lake. This route is also part of the Race to the Sky sled dog race. You’ll find something to do here year round. Horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, canoeing, relaxing, hunting, bird watching, camping, x-country skiing, snowmobiling, snow shoe walking, for just traveling through; we think you’ll like the peace and quit that we have here. The view looking north at the mountains and wilderness is spectacular. We look out on the valley where there are antelope. Deer come through the yard daily and wild turkeys wonder around picking up bugs and goodies. Coyotes can be heard at night howling together as well as occasionally wolves. There is nothing like sitting on the hill in front of the ranch on a moon lit night listening to the coyotes serenading out in the pasture. Look up and you will see a carpet of stars waiting for you to discover them. Watch for shooting stars overhead as you locate the Milky Way, North Star or Big Dipper.
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Better than we hoped for. Perfect!!
We had a wonderful stay. The cabin is rustic and comfortable and well-appointed--and the setting is beautiful. Our only regret is that we weren't able to spend more time getting to know Karen and Jack as we were very busy attending wedding functions. I would definitely re-book and spend more time exploring the surrounding areas.
Deanna and Greg, We so enjoyed having you stay with us. You are awesome guests. We got some rain last night, not much but it sure helped cool things down. Jack is still working on his arena project. Greg and he are getting it done.
have a great rest of the summer. Blessings, Karen
Spectacular views, wonderful owners
We had a wonderful, restful stay at the bunkhouse in Ovando. The owners are wonderful people and willing to help with anything. Loved it!!
What an amazing place to stay! The cabin was clean and had everything we needed. Having a washer and dryer was definitely a plus! We loved the peace and quiet and enjoyed the views from the front porch. This cabin is at a great location. If you stay here, make sure you visit Ovando and eat at Trixies or The Stray Bullet. There is a little grocery store, in Lincoln, that has everything you will need. Jack and Karen are the real deal. Very genuine and they are full of knowledge. Do not be shy asking them a question. We fell in love with this area and the Montana Mountain View Ranch and our two boys have decided they could live in Montana. You will not be disappointed if you stay here! Thanks Jack and Karen for sharing your peaceful mountains with us. We can not wait to visit again. - The Reiff's
Cabin works perfectly for us and wonderful place to spend Christmas. Jack and Karen and Greg made us feel like family and Karen provided great fresh baked treats. Highly recommended
Very comfortable and well appointed cabin
We stayed three nights at this cozy cabin, located on the edge of the Lolo National Forest near Ovando MT. With only two of us and five bedrooms, there was plenty of room! The front room /kitchen was roomy with comfortable furniture, and well equipped for cooking. We were astonished at how cool and breezy the interior was despite the mid-90 degree weather outside. We would highly recommend this cabin, and would like to return in the future!
Steven, We toughly enjoyed you and know that you had a great time. The Ranch is such a peaceful quite place where a person can get back to nature and feel again. Thanks for coming a sharing a time with us. Jack and Karen
We're located at the south entrance to the Scapegoat Wilderness part of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. A renown area for hiking, horseback riding, camping and hunting. and snowmobiling.
Like to fish, then drop a line in the Blackfoot River, a blue ribbon trout stream that the movie "A River Runs Through It" made famous. Or try several of our local lakes for fishing and swimming.
Horseback, hike, mountain bike or snow mobile over Huckleberry Pass, part of the trail for Montana's premier Race to the Sky sled dog race and the famous Continental Divide Trail. Or go exploring in Garnet a local "living" ghost town.