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Joan Watts

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english

Great Montana Getaway for Outdoor Recreation, Yellowstone NP, Sightseeing

28 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Cabin sleeps 4. Studio Living Space and 1 Bedroom, 1.5 Baths / 3 NIGHT MINIMUM

2016 marks the 100th Centennial of the National Park Service and YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK is readying its iconic stone gate entrance to the Park at Gardiner, about 36 miles south of our cabin. Snow pack has been good this year so water levels for fishing and other water sports should be great! Livingston is well known as a fly fishing mecca!

Planning your summer vacation or a fall getaway? Now is the time to make those reservations while prime weeks are still available. Enjoy the location of our cabin for deck views of the sunrise and sunset, and if you are lucky, a full moon rise, all to the musical sound of Mill Creek flowing by.

Trout fishing (Mill Creek access on property), Yellowstone drifting & river rafting, hiking, wildlife viewing, hunting, horseback riding (corral on property for your horses). Creek and river fishing, guided fishing. Winter sports include cross country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding. Swimming pool and hot springs available nearby.

Nestled on a hillside in beautiful Mill Creek Canyon, Mill Creek Retreat is ideal for a couple, small family (up to 4), or several close friends. The cabin has decks with canyon and valley views. Environmentally built with 'green' rated materials.

Cabin amenities include main living area with Murphy beds (1 twin, 1 double), couch/futon (double), sitting area, satellite TV. Full kitchen with eating area, 1 and 1/2 baths. One bedroom with daybed/trundle (2 twins or 1 king). Laundry room, main entry mud room/gear storage. Two decks with tables, chairs, umbrellas. Gas BBQ. Completely outfitted. Just bring your clothes and food.

Mill Creek flows out of the Absaroka Mountains to the Yellowstone River in Paradise Valley and is a major source of Cutthroat trout for the upper Yellowstone. During the day, you can fish in the beautiful canyon creek for these legendary Cutthroat trout up into the National Forest, wade or float the Yellowstone. A day trip to Yellowstone National Park is a must. Viewing the magnificent scenery and wildlife, including bison, elk, bear, wolves, moose, coyotes, is an experience that hikers, photographers, fishers, etc., will never forget. Great hiking trails nearby.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Joan Watts (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Joan Watts

Owners Johnny Hale and Joan Watts have lived in the Livingston area for 40 years and 20 years respectively. Johnny, a fisheries biologist by education, is a retired movie grip and former leader of a country/western rock group called the Buffalo Chips. He was a staff writer for ATV in Los Angeles when the company was owned by the Beatles. He retired from music when the company was sold. Joan a landscape painter, was formerly a marketing director and fund raiser for non-profit organizations in California. She opened the Blue Winged Olive, An Angler's Bed & Breakfast in 1995. The B&B has been written up in many publications including Fly Rod & Reel and The Wall Street Journal. Many of her guests return year after year. She is the daughter of the late writer, Alan Watts, philosopher and authority on Zen Buddhism. Both Johnny & Joan are avid fly fishers. Many guests have been greeted by various Jack Russells over the years, most recently by Eddie, a rescued Parson Jack Russell. Between them, they have eight adult children and thirteen grandchildren. They built the cabin as a retreat and vacation rental for folks like themselves, that enjoy occasional solitude in an incredibly tranquil setting.

Joan Watts purchased this cabin in 2007


based on 28 traveler reviews

Great Montana Getaway for Outdoor Recreation, Yellowstone NP, Sightseeing
average rating of 4.964286 based on 28 reviews

Clean, affordable, well stocked

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place for our family. Quiet location, a few minutes from Chico Hot Springs. We hope to return next year.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice Cabin - Great Time

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent 4 nights at the Mill Creek Retreat. It was very clean, comfortable and felt like home! The owners were wonderful and made us feel welcome. We had a great time at Yellowstone, Tetons (Tetons are a long drive) and Chico Hot Springs. Food at Chico was excellent and we definitely met some local color around the watering hole. The secluded cabin had everything we could expect plus some. The kitchen and laundry were great and we love the sliding doors onto the porch facing up the valley. Great time and great accommodations!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We Love Mill Creek Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My husband Dennis and I returned to Mill Creek Retreat for the third time. When traveling to this area, we would not want to stay anywhere else!!!!!!! Absolutely love the cabin and the peaceful surroundings. We stayed for a week and fished for two of those days. Floated down the Yellowstone River and did a tour of Yellowstone Park. Also enjoyed GREAT food at the Rib and Chop Shop. We can't say enough of how much we love the cabin. It is clean and comfortable and has everything that you would need. Joan and Johnnie are so helpful and always there if you need them. We will be back again as soon as we can.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place

  • 5 of 5

My three fishing buddies and I spent a week at the Mill Creek Retreat, and we can't wait to go back. We fished everyday (and no fish were harmed). The cabin is very nicely appointed, and it is especially handy to have the mud room and the garage for handling fishing gear. The cabin was very clean and all appliances worked well. Nothing was lacking.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cabin is the perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Nestled in the mountains, this cabin is the perfect getaway from the everyday busy lifestyle we have. You have the mountains surrounding you and the sound of the creek below you. Lots of wildlife around too. Such a beautiful place, peaceful and quiet. Cabin is very clean and has everything you could possibly need. It’s far enough from everything to feel secluded and yet close enough if you need to run to town for something. Chico Hot Springs is basically right around the corner as well.

We will defiantly be coming back to this place. Owners were great as well.

While here, we also found the perfect little café in Livingston that I would recommend to anyone…….if you want somewhere besides the regular chain restaurants, then go to Pinky’s in Livingston……………Great food.

Mariann & Rick O

  • Submitted: May 22, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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  • 5 of 5

What a great place to stay!! Cozy, and private. Just what we were looking for. This cabin has all that you need to have a great time. Very clean and an easy drive to Yellowstone. Would highly recommend

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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Nearest Airport
59 Miles
Bozeman Gallatin Field
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Chico Hot Springs
Nearest Golf
28 Miles
Livingston Country Club
Nearest Motorway
24.5 Miles
Interstate 90
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Chico Hot Springs
Nearest Ski
0.5 Miles
Cross Country, US Forest Service off Mill Creek Rd
Car: necessary

6.5 miles east on Mill Creek Rd., off Highway 89 South. Adjacent to Paradise Valley near Pray and Emigrant. Borders National Forest and BLM lands. Hiking trails, creeks, waterfalls, lakes and the Yellowstone River. Ten minutes from Chico Hot Springs (pool), restaurant, snack bar, trail rides and spa. Fifteen minutes to Emigrant Store and gas station, historic Old Saloon and Livery Stable Restaurant and the River's Edge Bar and Grill. Wildlife includes deer, bear, mountain lions, elk. Lots of fishing.

Other Activities: Located on Mill Creek with native Yellowstone Cutthroat, 40 miles north of Yellowstone National Park, near the Yellowstone River, wade and drift boat guides available. We can recommend outfitters/guides and areas to fish.

Golf: There is an eight hole golf club in Livingston, about a forty minute drive from the cabin.

Ski: Cross country skiing is available out the door of the cabin and up on forest service roads. Dog sledding and skijoring are favorite activities of winter guests. Nearest major ski area is Bridger Ski Bowl about an hour's drive from the cabin towards Bozeman.


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Apr 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
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Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 7.0%

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Yellowstone Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • River ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Hair dryer available
  • Separate Laundry room with washer & dryer
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Trundle bed can be 2 twins or a king
    Studio/Living Area - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Studio living area* Convertible Bed: High quality double sized futon/sofa in studio/living area. Premium mattress. * Murphy Bed (2) : One double and one twin Murphy bed with custom mattresses in studio/living area, fold out of cabinets at night, out of sight during daytime. Bathroom with shower. *Bedroom on lower level has Trundle Day bed (with custom mattresses) which can be twin beds or serve as a king bed. Half bathroom on lower level.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • naturism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Beautifully decorated in Mission/lodge style with original artworks, library of local writers. Quiet, peaceful. Creek, wildlife. Corral on property for your horses. Large entry/mudroom for hanging waders, storing fly rods, skis, coats and other gear. Great hiking/biking trails and great fishing. adjacent to Forest Service Lands.

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