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Great Montana Getaway for Outdoor Recreation, Yellowstone NP, Sightseeing

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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


Planning your spring, summer or fall getaway in 2017? Now is the time to make those reservations while prime weeks are 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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Joan Watts
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2017

About Joan Watts

Owners Johnny Hale and Joan Watts have lived in the Livingston area for 41 years and 22 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


Livingston Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
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
  • 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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(34 traveler reviews)

Great Montana Getaway for Outdoor Recreation, Yellowstone NP, Sightseeing
average rating of 4.970588 based on 34 reviews

Beautiful peaceful week in a cozy cabin!

  • 5 of 5

The location was perfect, beautiful surroundings and so quiet, nothing but the creek rippling at night! Ruth was wonderful in providing all that anyone would need in the cabin and her recommendations on things to do were spot on!

We went to Chico Hot springs several times, for the white water rafting, the horse back riding and had an amazing dinner at their clubhouse. Wonderful to soak in the hot springs too!

We went to Yellowstone two times and saw so many animals, just couldn't get up at 5AM to catch the wolves, but lots of Bison and bison babies.

Our first trip out west and it was fabulous. What beautiful country Joan lives in. The cabin was very comfortable, we grilled quite a bit and we walked by the creek and drove thru the National Forest too.

Would highly recommend this location and this Cabin!!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the complimentary review. I hope you meant "Joan" where you wrote "Ruth.!" We want our guests to have a great time and hope that they'll read our recommendations, or, it there are kids involved, we like to recommend things that kids will enjoy--like the fabulous dinosaur exhibit at the Museum of the Rockies, and the great year round swimming pool at Chico Hot Springs. So glad you had a great time!
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wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed this beautiful and well outfitted cabin. Plenty of sleeping options and comfortable and the best was located in a quiet secluded spot with the rushing stream close by so you could hear it day and night. It was still close enough to do day trips to Yellowstone National Park, which was our main reason for our Holiday. Thanks so much for the experience! :) Lisa, Shane and Arianna.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Every time we stay at our cabin it is so hard to leave. The sound of the creek, the birds the hoppers and crickets, occasional thunder, rain on the roof--all soothing! We love it when our guests "get" the feeling of our place! Thank you!
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  • 5 of 5

My family and I were there June 24-July 4, 2016. This home was the perfect spot and style for us. Very relaxing and far enough away from it all, yet close enough to drive to Chico, Yellowstone, Livingston and other towns. The house had excellent views from any spot. No need for AC. We were in need of nothing. We only had to purchase the food we wanted, and some basics are already provided. We have a teenage daughter and even without wifi she was happy. Best for small number of people. One full bath/shower.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind review! Our cabin is meant for no more than 4 people. It is definitely a "retreat", not a party place or family reunion spot--just for a quiet, relaxing time to listen to the birds with the background sound of the creek running past to the Yellowstone River. (Just to clarify--in addition to the full bath with shower, there is also a half bathroom.)
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Perfect Getaway in Montana!

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic cabin located in the heart of everything to do and yet remote. Joan was wonderful and made sure our stay was perfect! My wife and I stayed an entire week at Mill Creek hoping to escape the grind of our jobs and get away from it all. It worked! While we enjoyed the beautiful cabin and it's remote setting, we also took two day trips to nearby Yellowstone NP where we were fortunate enough to see all the abundant wildlife and sights including a close-up encounter with a mother Grizzly and her two cubs. Livingston, a great place to see, was just a few miles away as was fantastic trout fishing at DePuy's spring creek. For all your Fly fishing needs, see the great folks at the Yellowstone Angler Fly Shop just south of Livingston (ask for Josh Green). The Livingston Bodega and Bakery is out of this world for pastries and coffee downtown and if you love books, like me, see Andrea Peacock at Elk River Books for information and books about Montana authors! Mill Creek Retreat is the only place we will stay when we return for our next Montana getaway! - The Stidham's from Arkansas

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Getting to know the locals is a great thing to do. Everyone here is friendly and helpful. There are so many things to do and experience in our little town and valley. Glad the Stidhams made the most of their trip and we look forward to their return! Joan
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nice, quiet, secluded cabin in woods.

  • 5 of 5

My husband, my two teenagers and myself wanted a quiet place to stay out in the woods where the teenage noise wouldn't bother anyone :) This was the perfect place for us. The cabin was very nicely appointed, there was nothing we needed that it didn't have. We went to Yellowstone/Tetons, Chico Hot springs (twice) and Livingston, all a very nice drive. Joan was great, even mailing a t-shirt that was accidentally left! It was a wonderful place and we would highly recommend it!

The Morgan Family

Nevada City, Ca.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, very well appointed.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I (and terrier) thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Mill Creek Retreat. The location was nicely "tucked away" in a mountain valley, peaceful without being too hard to reach. We used it for a base for seeing Yellowstone Park, which worked well, but we were happy to spend time in the Mill Creek/Chico Hot Springs area, too.

The property was exceptionally nicely furnished and supplied. Altogether a very pleasant experience.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We always feel gratified when guests appreciate the care and thought we have put in to making our cabin a comfortable and enjoyable Montana experience. Thank you for your appreciation and comments.
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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.


Rates & Availability

Livingston Cabin Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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

Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed. This facility is licensed by the Montana Dept. of Health & Human Services.

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