2 Cabins, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathroom, sleep 6 adults, separate cabin for cooking
Justine & Steve Kaiser
- english, german
About Justine & Steve Kaiser
My husband and I enjoy living an active outdoor lifestyle in the mountains . We love sharing our place with kindred spirit. There is excellent fly fishing in the numerous rivers close by. If we find the time we are happy to share fly-fishing knowledge with you. We even have extra fly fishing equipment, if needed. It gives us joy to help you find the perfect hike to numerous high Mountain Lakes, or waterfalls.
Justine & Steve Kaiser purchased this Cabin in 1992
Why Justine & Steve Kaiser chose Mackay
We enjoy our private Idaho, nestled in the mountains and feel honored to share it with you. Our property offers unparalleled privacy, lots of recreation, and access to Sun Valley/Ketchum. We love being on the river and our ponds.
What makes this Cabin unique
We have two cabins right on the North Fork of the Big Lost River available for rental. With your privacy in mind we only allow one group to book at time. The larger cabin is divided into two rooms, one with a king size bed and the other with a queen bed, sharing an adjoining bathroom. Each room accommodates two people. The second smaller cabin has a comfortable double bed with a toilet, sink and outdoor shower. There is room for tent camping if you have a bigger party we also have a wall tent across and a tepee .
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Rustic with a beautiful setting and a nice woodstove in the kitchen for cold days!
Overall, it was very relaxing and quiet. There are more than enough pillows and the beds are comfortable. The shower runs out of hot water after only about 5 minutes, but if you wait a minute, it comes back. The kitchen has what is needed for cooking, with a small fridge and a cook-top that takes a while to heat up. We cooked steaks over the fire pit one night. The woodstove was very nice to warm that cabin. The heating in the bedrooms worked well. Be sure to understand the pricing. We thought we were getting all the cabins for the money we paid, but when we got there, we were told we would be charged extra for the third bedroom. This is about a 40 minute drive from Sun Valley and the drive is very bumpy with many rocks sticking up in the road, so you have to drive slowly in places, but a very scenic and beautiful setting. Friendly owner.
Our prices are clearly stated, you got two cabins for one, and compained about not getting the third one. There was no communication, that is why i just take people that are able to communicate, and are gracious and thankful.
Comfortable Rustic Retreat on a stream running through Idahos high mountains
Big Lost Ranch was exactly what my wife, two teenage boys and I were looking for when I was searching for an adventurous place to stay in Idaho! It described very accurately by the hosts and exceeded our expectations. The amount of relaxation, complete quiet and pure beauty we enjoyed was beyond what we may have imagined. The accommodations are very comfortably rustic, with all the charm and touches that made you feel instantly at home. Although there are certainly fishing and hiking destinations nearby which our hosts were happy to point out to us, we found all we needed within the confines of the ranch and the closely surrounding streams and mountainsides during our 3-day stay. It is a great representation of the beautiful Idaho backcountry and during our limited visit, we felt we got to experience a great sample of what this area has to offer just out our front door. We felt immersed in high mountains, wildflowers, flowing streams, wildlife and open blue skies.
Sleeping just feet from the stream is about as restful sleep as one could get. Waking to the sound of birds and a crisp sunrise was rejuvenating and inspiring. The "Bar/Kitchen" area was our favorite part of the accommodations. We cooked great multicourse family meals in a kitchen that was cozy and well-stocked with all the utensils place settings, glassware, pots and pans to cook full meals of food which we had bought in route to our destination. We greatly enjoyed the rootsy music selection and the library of books and field guides, as we played cards and board games in the comfort of this charming cabin. During the day we rode bikes, took walks, dips in the stream, grilled lunch on the BBQ and played croquet as the weather shifted between hot sun and refreshing mountain thunderstorms. At night we gazed at about as many stars as we had ever seen, as the river gently flowed nearby surrounded by complete silence.
The hosts Justine and Steve were delightful to get to know and spirited outdoor adventurers. They were nearby when we needed guidance about the local surroundings, graciously helpful when we had minor car trouble, and certainly also gave us plenty of privacy so we could settle into the incredible surroundings and explore on our own. I can't say enough about how nice they made our short stay! If we make it back to visit again someday, I think we will stay at least twice as long because we know there are many more things to enjoy. Highly recommended. LP and MP
Great four days
My husband and I just spent four nights at Steve and Justine's Big Lost Ranch. We returned after about 8 years because we remembered what a great place it was to get away from the hustle of city life. This time we went alone without the kids and we had a fantastic time hiking, fishing and just relaxing. The views from their cabins along the river can't be beat. If you want a place to get away from phone and wifi, this is the place. Of course, you can drive a short distance to get the needed reception if you must. We hiked up to Kane Lake one day, fished in the Big Lost River the next and relaxed and listened to the birds and aspens quake our final day. Coming from a big city, this place offers a great respite away from many of the decisions of normal life. We brought our food and beverages and they have a great place to cook and enjoy the outdoors. Justine and Steve are wonderful people. They are so gracious and welcome anyone to enjoy their place. We feel very fortunate to have found this unique place to spend some quality time with each other and the beautiful country that surrounds their home.
Highly recommend the Big Lost Ranch
My immediate family and my parents have been staying with Justine and Steve at their Big Lost Ranch for years. They are the most gracious of hosts.
Generations of our family have been traveling up to the North Fork River for the past century. I have been fishing in the area for the past 40 to 50 years usually camping in a tent or staying in an RV.
How fantastic is it to now stay in the Big Lost Ranch's comfortable cabins, with gorgeous views, a relaxing bar, with all the comforts of home! Just the sound of the meandering river as you nod off to sleep is blissful.
I would highly recommend the Big Lost Ranch. Whether you are into jogging, hiking, biking, kayaking or my favorite...fishing, you will not be disappointed. The fishing alone is first rate with several 14 inch rainbow and cutbows!
Contact Justine and Steve today. They will make your vacation comfortable and most relaxing in God's country!
Cobb Family Summer 2012
Once agin the Cobb Family returned for a wonderful time in the cabins and at the Big Lost Ranch. Our family has a long history of camping on the North Fork of the Big Lost, going back to our Idaho grandfather and family in 1910 and continuing on through each generation to the present with our grandchildren.
We were thrilled a few years ago to discover that cabins on the beautiful sight of "the Old Homestead" property (that we have been observing over many years), now welcomes guests. We have now stayed 2 summers for a week and can't say enough about how much we enjoy being at the Big Lost Ranch. The accommodations are perfect for our family and many fun times are enjoyed around the BBQ, campfire and gathering to eat/socialize in the "Bar". The setting and sights are spectacular, while providing a calm and relaxing atmosphere. Justine and Steve are gracious hosts who have given special attention to their guests' needs. We can't wait to stay again during the summer of 2013! Jay and Anne
Experience Paradise on the Big Lost
A written description cannot begin to capture the total experience and fun you'll have staying with your fantastic hosts Steve and Justine Kaiser in their cabins or ranch house on the North Fork of the Big Lost. Smack dab in the middle of the highest mountains in idaho and a 30 minute drive over Trail Creek Pass to the activities in the Sun Valley/Ketchum area, their place has everything you need for a memorable stay. From the front porches of the tidy cabins you have the 11,000 foot Devil's Bedstead for your front yard beyond the North Fork as it flows past, footsteps from your door. Cook your meals and celebrate your great days in the bar/kitchen, or around the fire in the outdoor barbecue area. The cabins are comfortable, unique rustic delights, with everything provided for relaxation, right down to the cowboy pajamas laid out for your use. The fly shop is next to the bar, and Steve knows more about fishing the Big Lost and other area rivers than most of the guides in the area, with unique access opportunities starting minutes from the Ranch. The fly fishing there is truly special in these mountain surroundings, wading for big trout in multiple special locales on both the upper and lower stretches of the river. Hiking, mountain biking, river activities, and sightseeing are all around, including a must drive up the East Fork to Copper Basin, truly one of the most beautiful places in the Mountain West, with its high mountain meadows and aspen groves. Or just kick back at the Ranch and experience the peace and tranquility of your wonderful surroundings. Steve and Justine will employ their knowledge of the area to make your stay one you won't forget, truly wonderful hosts who will make you feel instantly at home, and who will go out of their way to make sure you are comfortable and happy. The true test of a vacation spot is whether, once experienced, you return, and we have been coming every summer for several years and plan to do so for years to come. If your idea of a great getaway is something beyond room service, with great things to do for all ages, and to make remarkable memories to carry with you for the rest of your years, then this is the perfect place for you. I personally look forward to it every year with a passion that I hold for few other places on the planet, and in these surroundings with these stellar hosts, truly a bargain like no other. Come and experience Steve and Justine Kaiser's Big Lost Ranch - you'll be more than happy you did!
The three individual unique, romantic cabins are located 18 miles east of Sun Valley. You are right on the North Fork of the Big Lost River. The property is located between the Pioneer and Boulder mountains at 7200 feet. We have a quiet, tranquil and healing environment. The ranch is very private and a perfect place to escape reality or the for a while. Just come if you want to get away from people and busy towns or campgrounds. I give everybody complete privacy during their stay and will not book anybody else in the cabins at the same time. We have been fly-fishing for the last 25 years, and gladly help you find good fishing places or help out with any fly-fishing questions or equipment. There are many amazing hiking and exploring opportunities all around, we are happy to point you towards some of our favorites. We have maps and everything else that you would need. You just have to be ready for a joyful loving adventure in the mountains. We are between the Pioneer and the Boulder Mountains, all excess able on dirt roads.
Driving north on highway 75 to Sun Valley, turn right on Sun Valley Road (second stoplight after entering Ketchum) which will turn into Trail Creek Road. From the Sun Valley resort Golf course go 18 miles east on Trail Creek Road (mostly dirt) up and over trail creek pass and look for a small brown Forest Service sign on the left that says 'NORTH FORK ROAD'. Take a left on North Fork Road and go 1/4 mile and take the first unmarked road on the left. The driveway descends down a hill and you'll see the cabins along the river. Welcome to the 'BIG LOST RANCH'
If you come north on highway 93 from Mackay, turn left (going west) on Trail Creek Road go 22 miles and look on your right (north) for 'NORTH FORK ROAD' go up 1/4 mile up this road and take the first left unmarked road which is our driveway which will descent to the property.