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Private autentic Property and Bar right on the North Fork of the Big Lost River

4 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 nights


Mackay Cabin Rental Photos and Description

Cabin, bathroom, sleep 6 comfortable, and your own western bar incl.

The Big Lost Ranch is located right on the North Fork of the Big Lost River and is surrounded by national forest. We have historic, romantic, individual sleeping cabin, and a separate a authentic inside cooking area. The recreational opportunities in the surrounding area are endless. You'll find amazing hiking, mountain biking, fly- fishing, floating the river, horseback riding, and any other outdoor activity you can think of . The property is perfect for getting away from people and enjoying the beautiful Idaho wilderness while staying in the heart of it. There is no cell service at the property which allows you to enjoy nature without distractions while still just being 30 min a way from the famous resort town of Sun Valley. There is a river flowing right through the property and panoramic views in every direction. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of Idaho Mountains, with close access to all the luxuriates of the Sun Valley Resort, 18 miles away.

My husband and I enjoy living an outdoor life in the mountains. We enjoy sharing our paradise with people, and their furry friends, wanting to experience this special area. There is excellent fly fishing in the numerous rivers surrounding the cabins and we are more than welcome to share our 24 years of fly-fishing experience in the area with guests. We have explored this area for the last 25 years and can help you find the perfect mountain lake to explore or waterfalls to visit.

Feel free to contact me if you are planning a bigger party, wedding or family gathering for the entire ranch property.

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  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed

Justine & Steve Kaiser
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, german
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About Justine & Steve Kaiser

My husband, son, and I have lived at the Big Lost Ranch since 1992, although we move down to Sun Valley every winter to ski and live in town. When our son Jake went to college we started sharing our tranquil mountain retreat with the public and it has been so much fun, I get so much joy out of our guest being happy and thankful. My husband and I are outdoors people, we fly- fish, kayak, hike, bike, and explore the surrounding mountain lakes every chance we get. We love our peaceful private ranch, and love sharing this beautiful place and the lifestyle with people who seek that kind of experience.

Justine & Steve Kaiser purchased this cabin in 1992

Why Justine & Steve Kaiser chose Idaho

We feel lucky and fortunate to have our own little private Idaho, high in the mountains at 7200 feet in-between the Pioneer and Boulder mountains. We love our privacy, our ponds, the river running through the property, and the pure natural beauty all around us. The recreational opportunities surrounding the property are endless and can be enjoyed without seeing many other people, which makes it very special and unique. We would love to share our peaceful experience with people from all across the globe who seek that kind of outdoors adventure and tranquility.

What makes this cabin unique

Enjoy your own old western bar right next to the sleeping cabins while gazing up at the most majestic Devils Bedstead Mountain in the Pioneers . Sit in one of our lawn chairs next to the river and enjoy the utter tranquility of the area. Our three cabins are very unique individual decorated. The larger cabin has two bedrooms that share a bathroom. If you book one room of the cabin I will not book someone in the other, so you always have a private bathroom . The smaller cabin has a bathroom, sink and an outdoor shower. So we have an indoor and an outdoor shower, you are steps from the river, there is a fire pit right on the river, and there are two gas grills . You can use the bar as the indoor cooking area, if the weather is cool. It is not a full kitchen! You'll have pots, pans, utensils, a toaster, two hot plates electric burners, a coffee machine and many more items but no oven. You also have hot water a big double sink, sorry no dishwasher, you need to do your own dishes! There is a wall tent across the river with two beds, a hammock, and many tables and lawn chairs, really to much to mention. Enjoy and relax , you have all the privacy you need.


based on 4 traveler reviews

Private autentic Property and Bar right on the North Fork of the Big Lost River
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews
houston, texas

Great four days

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cobb Family Summer 2012

  • 4 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Highly recommend the Big Lost Ranch

  • 5 of 5

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, 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!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Seattle, WA / Northwest USA

Experience Paradise on the Big Lost

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Sun Valley
Nearest Golf
18 Miles
Sun Valley
Nearest Restaurant
18 Miles
Sun Valley
Nearest Ski
18 Miles
Sun Valley
Car: necessary

The three individual 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 in the mountains at 7200 feet, it is a quiet and tranquil environment. The ranch is very private and a perfect place to escape reality for a while. I give everybody complete privacy during their stay and will generally not book multiple cabins at the same time. We have been fly-fishing for the last 25 years up here, and will gladly help you find the best fishing places or help with any fishing questions. There are lots of amazing hiking and exploring opportunities in the surrounding area and we are happy to point you towards some of our favorites. I have maps and everything else that you possible would need.


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.


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Pet Fee $25

I take checks or cash only. We are small and I like to talk to everybody before booking, just to ensure that our place is right for you!
Just to clarify the rates, It is $150 (2 people) for one cabin per night, $275 for two cabins (4 people), and $375 for all three cabins or six people. Please contact me for more pricing information

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Mackay Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View
  • River ...
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , outdoor shower , sink and running water
  • The bathroom in the larger cabin is shared between both rooms. If there are just two people renting one of the cabin I will not rent the other cabin, so you never have to share a bathroom. The smaller cabin has its own toilet and sink and an outdoor shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • The bigger double cabin has a king bed and the second cabin a queen bed, you share a bathroom in this cabin. The smaller cabin has a double bed with a toilet, sink and outdoor shower. They are each individual furnished. They have dimmed lights, down blankets, games, books.... too much to mention! But no TV or wify ! Included in the price you have your own authentic western Bar which serves as your inside cooking/dining area. You also have outside cooking areas, two BBQs and open fire cooking by the river. I love to give everybody completely privacy. All you have to bring is food and the beverages of your choice! There is more than enough space for camping but I charge a little extra for more than 6 people and pets. Call me for bigger special gatherings about the inquire of the whole ranch property.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 bicycles
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • pond
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Fly fish right out your bedrooms with nobody around you. You have beautiful places to relax and read in peace and tranquility. There are endless recreational opportunities . We can provide our guests with all the information they need to explore and enjoy the surrounding outdoors adventures. Visit our website for more info

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