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Crabapple Cabin-Secluded Cabin on the Banks of the Yellowstone River

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights


Pray Cabin Rental Photos and Description

Cabin, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3)

Montana doesn't get any more real than this. We invite you to our secluded historic cabin 30 feet away from the Yellowstone River in the heart of Paradise Valley. Come and stay awhile, watch the river go by and listen to the sounds of the Yellowstone River's great birds moving over the river from the cabin deck. If you're quiet, you can hear the wind from their wings in flight just feet away from you.

You may want to play a little game of horseshoes before grilling up a good dinner on the barbecue grill. Toss in your fishing line from the property's banks or launch a raft and sail away. Or you could just soak up the sights and sounds until your appetite gets you moving to dine at Chico or the many other nearby dining choices.

The manicured mature trees and shrubs on the property provide an idyllic park-like setting. There is a fire pit and benches for a relaxing evening fire, long conversations and marshmallow roasting. Count on having an all-wheel drive vehicle for the driveway. It's a steep one!

Keywords: Paradise Valley, Yellowstone River, fishing, cottage, lodge, summerhouse, hut

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

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
September 8, 2016
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About The Owner

Ralph and I bought this property soon after we were established with a job in Yellowstone National Park. We fell in love with Yellowstone and the unparalleled beauty of Paradise Valley. After searching real estate for a long time, the opportunity to purchase this property became available and the rest is history.

The Owner purchased this cabin in 1979


based on 17 traveler reviews

Crabapple Cabin-Secluded Cabin on the Banks of the Yellowstone River
average rating of 4.882353 based on 17 reviews

A Little Piece of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

Crabapple Cabin was lovely. It is a small, adorable, cozy cabin nestled among the trees on a fantastic piece of property that the owners, Jackie and Ralph, have lovingly and beautifully landscaped. The Yellowstone River is yours to enjoy exclusively for fishing, rafting and wild life viewing. Each morning there was a family of deer playing in the river just across from the cabin. The hike along the river bank extends for several miles before encountering other property owners. This was a walk that was especially enjoyed by not only myself, but my dog each morning.

While the cabin itself is small, it was perfect size for just my dog and I. It would also provide ample room for a couple with small children as there is a a loft with additional beds. Four adults might find it a tight squeeze, especially if there were additional children. But the property is huge! There is a lovely deck that wraps around two sides of the cabin and part of it is covered. I sat under the covered deck during a quite significant thunderstorm and enjoyed watching the rain!

The cabin provides access to the northern entrance to Yellowstone, which I visited while I was staying at the cabin once and again later when I was staying in Bozeman. Access from the cabin was better and quicker through the northern entrance into Yellowstone! There is a very nice restaurant in Chico Hot Springs (the food smelled wonderful when I drove by), but I did not stop to eat.

The cabin was built in 1939, and as our family has a cabin that was built in the 1920's; staying there brought back many fond childhood memories. Jackie and Ralph have made many improvements and the property is well maintained, but expect a cabin and not a newly constructed house. The Jerla's extend warm hospitality to their guests and I enjoyed the flowers and homemade wine. Jackie and I share a love of reading, so we bonded over animals, good reads and a variety of other subjects. As animal lovers, we had a bit of entertainment watching her cat, Elmo, tease my dog, Lillybeth each day.

I simply cannot wait to return and plan to do so both in the winter and next summer. I would love to say something negative so that no one would stay there. (I could just move in permanently as a long term renter) But that would be very unfair to two wonderful people that I like and very untrue about a place I fell in love with! I hope that you find your visit to Crabapple Cabin in Paradise Valley as special as I did!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming, rustic cabin!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in the Crabapple Cabin on our trip to Montana and Yellowstone. We found the cabin to be immaculate and full of rustic charm! The views from the cabin were amazing and the proximity to Yellowstone was perfect. I highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Exceeded our expectations

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Crabapple Cottage last summer but forgot to review this until I started looking at the availability for this summer. That's right, we loved it so much we can't wait to go back! We have been visiting and renting homes in the Paradise Valley for over 10 years and this one is special for many reasons. The location is amazing, the cottage is so cozy and comfortable, and the hosts are accommodating and incredibly kind. They really thought of everything with this place! If you choose to stay at the Crabapple Cabin you will not be disappointed!

  • Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wellsboro PA


  • 5 of 5

The ideal location for seeing the North side of Yellowstone. We stayed 7 days, so we also had time to explore some of the Gallatin National Forest. Emigrant had everything we needed, including a nice, well-lit laundry. The cabin was as lovely as we had hoped, with a well-equipped kitchen. We love to cook and grill! We would highly recommend this little piece of heaven.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

It has taken me awhile to write this, because, selfishly, we don't want too much competition in booking it! This hideaway is so perfect that when my husband was standing in the front yard, he thought we must be in the wrong place because he couldn't see the cabin! As incredible as the cabin/setting is, it is outdone by its owners, Jackie and Ralph; we shared many laughs, made some great memories, and can't wait to go back. It was better than the Bahamas!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Park City, Utah

A Perfect Little Place

  • 5 of 5

I enjoyed 3 relaxing days at Crab Apple Cabin with my dog and it was even nicer than expected. It's a genuine old cabin, tiny, but with all the comforts and cute decorations. A real labor of love for the owners. Spotless, fully equipped kitchen, dreamy beds and linens. Every detail is thought of and the grounds are beautiful. Very private even though it's near to other homes. The large decks on the west and south sides of the cabin provide a lot of outdoor living space and multiple seating. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Soak in the natural thermal hot springs of Chico Lodge nearby and enjoy their world class dining, enjoy fine dining and entertainment at locally renowned Pine Creek Cafe, visit the awe inspiring sights of Yellowstone National Park via the north entrance in Gardiner, Montana for wildlife viewing and geyser eruptions, check out the park's historic treasures at the Yellowstone Heritage and Research Center in Gardiner in view of the Roosevelt Arch and take advantage of the public tours offered there, live theater in Livingston by Crazy Mountain Theater or the Blue Slipper Productions, experience blue ribbon fishing in the waters of the Yellowstone with supplies available at Knolls Fishing on Chicory Road or guided fly fishing trips from the Yellowstone Angler.


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Pray Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming

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