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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


Now is the time to make those reservations for your 2018 vacation 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.

More Details

Joan Watts
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 20, 2018

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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
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.


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Great Montana Getaway for Outdoor Recreation, Yellowstone NP, Sightseeing
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 38 reviews

Wonderful place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cabin and very private. Nestled in the mountains with beautiful views. The kitchen was fully loaded with everything, which was so nice, just bring your food. Loved it!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Even though our guests are on vacation, we like to provide a well stocked cabin--from kitchen to bedding. Although folks eat out a lot when away from home, some people like to prepare meals. It's good to have what is needed to provide an outstanding repast!
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  • 5 of 5

Great cabin in a great location!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always love repeat guests! You know you are doing something right when they come back--with children (child in this case!).
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Great location. Very peaceful.

  • 5 of 5

Would definitely stay again

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Good for adults or family with bigger kids

  • 4 of 5

It has pretty much everything you'll need. It well decorated, but it's tiny.

It was for our family of 4. We have two small kids, and couldn't have them, or us, split to sleep downstairs.

Jean was great about letting us just leave our luggage ealier and then check in whenever later we wanted.

There's only one bedroom upstairs where kitchen and full bathroom are, like a studio. And downstairs another bedroom with two twins and 3/4 bathroom separated.

There's no wi-fi or phone signal, so if you have places to go and people planned to see, either make the plans ahead of time, or drive a mile or so down the road for service.

Also, there are no window treatments upstairs. We covered them with towels, so we could sleep a little pass 6am.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our Mill Creek Retreat is just that--a cabin retreat--designed for a quiet place to stay in the mountains, by a creek. It is up on a hillside, away from the road and with full view of the mountain tops and the canyon through windows where one can see the moon rise or watch the dawn on the mountain tops. We've had many families stay over the ten years we've rented our cabin and they've found it a delightful place for all. Phone service/internet has been a problem since some years back, Verizon tried to buy AllTell towers and the FTC wouldn't let them. The towers were torn down and despite our investment in expensive booster equipment, the signal continues to be a problem--sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Most our guests are happy to be offline for a time!
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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: August 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: July 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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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Pet Fee $50

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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