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1916 Schoolhouse near Yellowstone-horse rides,zip lining, rafting, hiking

Bedrooms 1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Cabin, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Take a step back in time and delve into the rich history of the area. Our 1916 Schoolhouse is located on the historic Stermitz Ranch in beautiful Cinnabar Basin, Gardiner, Montana. This is the original location of the school, which provided a much needed learning place for the children in this rural area - many of whose families immigrated to the area to work in coal mines.

In 2009-2010, the schoolhouse was completely renovated to preserve the structure and maintain the historic integrity of the building. Many of the original items are on display for all to enjoy.

From the moment you drive to the schoolhouse on the hill, you will be amazed by the breathtaking views. Once you set foot inside, you are in for a relaxing vacation. The schoolhouse boasts several tall windows, each with spectacular mountain views - aspen trees and wildlife abound. Watch deer, elk, and the occasional moose graze in the meadow out the front door. Bears, wolves, and coyotes are sometimes spotted on nearby hills and fields.

Experience what life is like on a western ranch. We raise American Quarter Horses, and generally have at least one new foal every summer. Last summer our cabin guests were fortunate enough to witness the birth! The ranch is also home to chickens,pigs,cows,dogs, and cats. Have farm fresh eggs delivered to you upon request- our sons charge $5/dozen and offer free delivery.

A highlight of the Schoolhouse features:

*Horseback rides and zip lining available on property.

*Whitewater rafting on the nearby Yellowstone River.

*Farm fresh eggs delivered.

*Hiking/cross-country skiing from the front door.

*King size bed with luxurious linens.

*Mountain views from every window.

*Beautiful location on the historic Stermitz Ranch.

*A scenic 20-25 minute drive to Yellowstone National Park.

*2 twin convertible beds (with bedding)are perfect for kids.

*Cozy seating area with a charming propane fireplace.

*Carefully appointed details such as a tin ceiling, original wood floors, old school desks and books, a chalkboard, etc.

*Heated slate floor in the bathroom.

*Kitchen with a full size range.

*Opportunities for children to interact with animals.

*Western ranch experience.

Do you have a larger group, or planning a family re-union? Ask about our other cabin rentals on the ranch! We also have a large covered pavilion with picnic tables - perfect for those large family gatherings.

We look forward to meeting you.

Your hosts,

Stacy and Rob Stermitz

Keywords: Studio, cottage, school house, cabin

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Stacy Stermitz
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 12, 2017

About Stacy Stermitz

My husband, Rob and I feel extremely blessed to live in such an amazing place. We are fortunate to raise our 4 sons, who are the 5th generation, here on the historic Stermitz Ranch. Rob works full time as a Landscape Architect in Yellowstone as well as managing the ranch operations. Stacy is a full time mom and manages the vacation rental properties and the horseback rides. We enjoy working on renovation projects together, generally on the weekends as time allows. The schoolhouse is our third complete renovation on the aging ranch buildings. The next project will be the original homestead house built in 1910. We have enjoyed the challenges that each building brings, and look forward to the day when all of the original structures have been restored and preserved!

Stacy Stermitz purchased this cabin in 1900

Why Stacy Stermitz chose Yellowstone

After Rob and I both graduated from college and got married, we decided that this was the ideal place to raise our kids. We both share a deep appreciation for the outdoors and the history of the area, and the proximity to Yellowstone Park makes it ideal. We just love the story of how his family came to be here. Rob's great grandfather, Joseph, was born in Slovenia, Austria in 1862 and worked in the coal mines from the age of 9. He later immigrated here from Slovenia with his wife and two children in 1892, following the promise of work in coal mines in Montana. When they arrived he found that no work was to be found. Joseph used his last $10 to buy a shotgun so that he might feed his family. While here, a fire broke out in the Cokedale mines. Joe helped put out the fires and was noticed by the mine boss who asked 'who is that good worker?' Someone explained that it was an immigrant who couldn't find work. The mine boss then said 'Put that man to work. Anyone who works that hard for no pay should get a job.' The family, along with the addition of three more children, moved to the ranch in Cinnabar Basin in 1900. They purchased the the original homestead of Bob Dixon. Their house consisted of a dirt roofed dugout built by Dixon. Later, when the mine closed in 1910, the lumber was brought from the hospital building in Aldrige to construct a log and lumber house. Rob's grandfather was born here in 1910. He later attended this school. In 1935, Rob's grandfather married Gladys Elliott, who was one of the teachers at this schoolhouse. Their son, Jim, also attended school here and continues to live here on the ranch with his wife Lorayne.

What makes this cabin unique

The ranch is ideally located in the remote mountains of the Gallatin National Forest, while still being a close drive to the many wonders of Yellowstone National Park. We enjoy watching the abundant wildlife, hiking and skiing from our back door, and taking a horseback ride up the scenic mountain trails that the ranch has to offer. Being in the great outdoors is what this property is all about! Experience what life is like on a western ranch. We hope that you will enjoy it as much as we do.


Gardiner Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Ski-In
  • Ski-Out
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Dialup Access
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) A "Pack-N-Play" is available upon request., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Twin floor matts can be easily moved to any spot in the room.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Toys
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(29 traveler reviews)

1916 Schoolhouse near Yellowstone-horse rides,zip lining, rafting, hiking
average rating of 4.8965516 based on 29 reviews
Newnan, Georgia

Felt like home

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just got back from here.. the best bed we have slept in ever!! so cozy.. met the owners/ and the inlaws.. such great people.. went horseback riding on the property.. so fun.. kitchen fully stocked!! just a beautiful place to get away.. never gets old seeing the beauty of Gods world.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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School House Cabin

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was so awesome, it is hard to know where to start. When we first got there it was like stepping back in time. It was so peaceful and our view from all around the cabin was breath taking. All the wild life we saw going to Yellowstone away so exciting. It was really close to town for shopping and had everything you could thing of except Wal-Mart which was good. The time we were there with no TV, or Cell phone reception was great too. Gave us a chance to really connect with each other and recharge. My husband totally relaxed and distressed!!! he needed this for sure. He works in a refinery and it is dangerous. Neither one of us wanted to leave and the weather was awesome. Got surprised by that cold front the moved through that last night we were there. Woke up to a heavy frost in August. Hadn't experienced that in over 40 years!!! Truly memorable and hope to come back soon!!!! Thank you Stacy and Rob!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great cabin close to the park

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful stay at the Stermitz ranch on our son's first Yellowstone road trip. The cabin was easy enough to find, a little off the highway, and about 15 minutes from the North entrance. We spent every day heading into the park and after some long hikes, the usual bison traffic jams and wildlife diversions, the cabin provided exactly what we needed when we came home late into the evening - fantastic star gazing, an exceptionally comfy bed, and a small kitchen to prepare our meals. We took a horseback ride around the ranch on our last day, and would highly recommend any future travelers do the same - great staff, and beautiful trails.

Only two negatives (that may or may not apply to all travelers) 1) If we had stayed past 4 days the half size fridge might have become an issue - we played a lot of fridge tetris getting all of our food to fit 2) not a lot of storage for clothes and other belongings - whilst the cabin is decorated with antique schoolhouse memorabilia, there isn't a lot of room for anything else.

Overall, we had a great stay and would definitely return, the cabin provided a great base for our Yellowstone adventure.


  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cincinnati, OH

great place to stay near Yellowstone

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at the schoolhouse for the first 6 days of our Yellowstone area vacation. The cabin was well maintained and exactly as advertised. It was a cozy and comfortable place to come back to each day after a fun filled day of hiking and sightseeing in Yellowstone. To us, it is an important element of our national park vacation to find a place to stay that maintains the outdoor vacation vibe, and staying on this ranch fit the bill perfectly. We cooked our own breakfast and dinner each day at the cabin. The cabin included a lunch size cooler for packing lunches for sightseeing and also bear spray to carry for hikes. We went on the 2.5 hour trail ride at the ranch, which starts right at the corral at the bottom of the hill from the cabin, and it was by far the best trail ride we have ever taken (and we have taken quite a few). I would highly recommend this cabin for a couples vacation. The ranch also features two other larger cabins for larger groups.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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One of the best backdrops in Montana!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the Schoolhouse for 3 nights as a beginning to our Yellowstone vacation. This cabin is so comfortable, everything you need. The views are spectacular, the ranch is peaceful and quiet, yet easy to get to. We saw wildlife, had a nice horseback ride, slept great, and fixed our own breakfast everyday with the fresh eggs. The ranch is very convenient to Gardiner and the North entrance to Yellowstone. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great experience, saw bears!

  • 5 of 5

Stella's property is wonderful! Right in the middle of the mountains! Waking up every morning was a feast for the senses. The cabin is very well decorated, well equipped and comfortable. The road to the cabin is about 7 miles on highway from the park entrance and about 4 miles of internal country road. We saw a bear during one our our rides back home on this country road :) My family had a great time here, thanks Stella!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Nearest Barpub
12 Miles
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Nearest Ski
75 Miles
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Gardiner Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low Season
Oct 1 2016 - Jun 14 2017
2 night minimum stay
High Season
Jun 15 2017 - Sep 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 10.0%

High Seas(6/15-9/30)5 nt min.$250/.Low Seas(10/1-6/14) 2 nt min.$200/night.
E-Mail Us for Lower Rates During Off-Season /nt(2 Nt Min.) 50% Deposit Secures Reservation - Remaining Balance Due 2 weeks prior to arrival.Full Refund Minus $50 Re-Booking Fee if cancel 60 + Days Prior to Check in.No Refunds for Cancellations Less Than 60 Days Prior to Check in.7% tax. Add 3% for credit card use

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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