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Alex, wife Beth

Member since: 2012
Call Manager
Speaks: english, french, my wife speaks french

Historic 2 Story Hand-Hewn Log Cabin Next to Yellowstone Park

20 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Yellowstone Cabin Rental Photos and Description

Cabin, 4 bedrooms + sunroom, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps (11-12)

Winner of the 2010 Historic Restoration Award from the Montana Historical Alliance , this rare 2 story hand-hewn square log cabin was built in 1907. Austrians used Broad Axes to fashion compound dovetail corners locking the logs in place for over 100 years.

It is a short 5 Minute drive to the North Entrance of Yellowstone Park.

The cabin sits on 42 acres called 'The Little Trail Creek Ranch.' It once fed tourists in Yellowstone Park. It is only 4 miles north of Gardiner,Montana and the north entrance to Yellowstone. The cabin is not visable from the highway, and has lots of grass, trees and water. Out front sit the mountains of Yellowstone Park and the Yellowstone River. In the back is the Absaroka Wilderness. The old tree stumps that built the cabin are still visable up the cliffs behind the house.

Herds of Elk, Bison,Deer and Bighorm Sheep use our land all year due to the trees and open water from abundant springs.

We like to go to 'The Boiling River' - one of the best natural hot springs in the world! We were married there 26 years ago, and still go with the kids whenever we can. It is only 7 miles from our door, and it's free once inside Yellowstone Park. The spring is closed May and part of June due to high water, but Chico Hot Springs is 22 miles north, and it has wonderful food. On Sunday, you can eat the brunch and swim for free.

For 13 years we fixed up the cabin. It was fun. There are all new appliances, a 6 burner stove with convection oven, new electric and plumbing, and heating. We used antiques and old wood salvaged from train stations and hotels where needed. The old wood in the cabin has a certain 'glow' that comes from age.

During the renovation, I found many items I put into the chinking. Pocket watches, coins, buttons, even a gun--and 3 bullets in the logs [all at waist high level].

There is a steam shower. A 4000 pound Tulikivi woodstove [for use only in winter] uses radiant heat to warm the cabin. It is made of soapstone, which will stay warm a full 2 days after a fire.

There is one bedroom downstairs, and 3 upstairs. A single bed is in the sun room, and the couch downstairs in the Tulikivi room is oddly comfortable for sleeping.

So, if you appreciate the Real Deal -- with history, wildlife, quiet and nature-- welcome to our cabin. You'll find our circle of trees cool and refreshing even on the hottest day.

Don't forget to look at the stars at night. See the Milky Way and watch for shooting stars. A pioneer superstition says, if you see a falling star and say 'money,money,money' before it goes out - you'll be rich! Lay on the grass at night--- it's the perfect place to try your luck.

Hosts- Alex, Beth, and Emma --


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  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Alex, wife Beth (Property Manager)
Member since: 2012
Call Manager
Speaks: english, french, my wife speaks french

Guestbook comments from the manager

Liebe Alex, Beth and Emma,

Wunderbar! Simply wonderful, to enjoy staying here in your Yellowstone Cabin. We learned how not to lose the remote control- and shared happy times with our loving and beloved relatives. Many thanks.

P.S. Congratulations on the Sirr Family Award for Exellence in Restoration. You guys are Great!
Sep 2012
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based on 20 traveler reviews

Historic 2 Story Hand-Hewn Log Cabin Next to Yellowstone Park
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews

Beautiful historic cabin with wildlife

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent the Thanksgiving holiday here and it was one of our most memorable, in a lovingly restored historic cabin with amazing views. Bighorn sheep would come off of the mountain behind the cabin and our 2 year old loved seeing all of the wildlife! The owner was very welcoming and helped us when my father's vehicle got stuck in the snow (we got in fine with a 4 wheel drive). This cabin is charming, comfortable, and a nice respite. We will definitely come again!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great place to celebrate 50 years of marriage

  • 5 of 5

We wanted to get together as a total family to celebrate our 50th anniversary. We needed sleeping for 8 and room for grandchildren to play. This property offered both. Their is private sleeping for 8 with two bathrooms. The kitchen is well stocked with all equipment and dishes to cook up whatever one wants to prepare.

It's close enough to the park that one can be there in a few minutes but still totally away from the crowds. We highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Norman, OK


  • 5 of 5

This property offers not only fabulous views and wildlife in you back yard, but a place you look forward to coming home to after a day in YNP, rafting, or just enjoying the area. It is comfortable from the moment you open the door.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at this cabin was wonderful. We hiked mountains and ate and relaxed very well. A must go!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Minneapolis MN

Awesome Cabin!!

  • 5 of 5

This place had everything our party of 6 adults could have hoped for, and more! Beautifully and very meticulously restored cabin, wildlife right outside the windows, and all the amenities inside. We're definitely planning to return to this cabin next year and in future years!

  • Submitted: May 20, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Wonderful rental home for exploring Yellowstone National Park

  • 5 of 5

What a TERRIFIC rental home! The place is just as described on VRBO - and the ducks are a great addition! There were 6 in our party, age range 29 - 79 and we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The herd of bighorn sheep showed up the first morning and came back later in the week as well. The view is spectacular and pictures don't do it justice. We found everything we needed in the home - linens, cleaning supplies, dishware, etc. It's a great location for exploring Yellowstone National Park and Gardiner.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Nearest Airport
85 Miles
Bozeman, Montana
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Blue Goose - in Gardiner town
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Lighthouse Restaurant, better than town/cheaper
Car: necessary

Hot Springs!! My wife and I went to the Boiling River on our wedding day, 26 years ago... and we still go every chance we can. The Boiling River is the highest flow natural hot springs in the USA... one of the best in the world! Closed due to high water May and part of June. Don't miss it... bring your swim suit.

Chico Hot Springs is a historic spa, with great food. Go on Sunday for the morning brunch-- and swim for free.


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Summer Season
May 15 2016 - Oct 14 2016
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $125
Insurance $49
Tax Rate 7.0%

Summer Season Rates: May 15th to Oct 15th. No damage deposit. Insurance $49. Full refund minus $50 re-booking fee if cancelled 90 days before check-in date. No refund or cancellations if 60 days prior to check-in date. Mandatory 7% Montana Bed Tax added to rental fee. Cleaning fee $125. Check in Time 4PM. Check out Time 10AM.
Winter Season Oct. 16th to May 14th. 7 night minimum stay. $2375/week.
If more than 10 guests - $25/night/person will be charged.

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Yellowstone Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , steam shower too
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , full tub
  • Bathroom downstairs has a Mr. Steam enclosed shower. Push the button, get into shower, wait 4 minutes for steam to come out. There is a seat inside the all white acrylic shower. You can turn on and off the steam as you choose, showering in between. Room for two! I think it's romantic... The steam shower is for use in the fall or spring--- when it is cold... I have turned it off for summer as kids might accidentally leave it on, and I don't think anyone would want to use it in the heat. If you do want to use it, go ahead, turn it on at the electric box near the washer, first floor, the switch says 'Steam.'
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , downstair bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , upstair
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , In upstairs sunroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , beds on floor
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , upstair bedroom
  • Above the kitchen is a King and a Twin bed. These two beds are matresses on the floor. Over the railing, this room looks into the kitchen below. Kids like this room, as a basket is used to haul up food from the kitchen.. My wife and I use the King bed just fine, but some people might find a mattress on the floor unacceptable for adults. Another thing-- I built the beds to normal height with good matresses but no box springs on 3 of them. There is one old time brass bed with a box spring. Many modern bed frames are built for use without box springs, as this leaves storage space below the bed. For myself, I find no difference with or without a box springs, as the bed 'softness' comes from the mattress, not the box spring. One renter mentioned this to me as an item that should be disclosed --- so here it is.No one has ever said the beds were too hard or uncomfortable. The logs hold heat and cold. Pull the Living Room curtains during hot summer days.Cool nights, open the screens.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • Steam Shower
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Enclosed steam shower in first floor bathroom, No Land line Phone--- your cell phone should work, Free natural hot spring, Boiling River, 7 miles away in Yellowstone Park [it is only 1/4 mile walk from unmarked parking lot], Chico developed Hot Spring 22 miles north, Hiking trails on the National Forest and Yellowstone are nearby---we love the Castle Lake hike-- lots of blueberries, We have 42 acres to explore, old barn and sheds, an easy walk down to the Yellowstone River and fishing too , lots of wild animals, Wolves come through, Mountain Lion, in the Fall-- Grizzly Bears come to our apple trees, quiet-- and the brightest stars you've ever seen. Yellowstone river has public access for fisherman and rafting 2 miles away... the river flows across the road from our land. Yellowstone park is very close, the entrance is 4 miles drive from here. 25% off rafting trip with Scott, manager of Whitewater Rafting -- he lives on our 42 acre ranch in the white house.

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