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Private Cabin and Western Bar on the North Fork of the Big Lost River

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 bathroom, sleep 6 adults, plus inside cooking, western bar incl.

The Big Lost Ranch is located on the North Fork of the Big Lost River Valley. We are surrounded by Forest Service, it is a peaceful, tranquility and healing environment. We have romantic, individual sleeping cabins, and a separate authentic western bar just for your inside cooking area. The recreational opportunities in the surrounding areas 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 Big Lost Ranch 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 and no Wi-Fi in the cabin! I have Internet in the main Ranch House. You choice our place if you enjoy nature without to many people around. It is my pleasure to give everybody privacy, so you can tune into yourselves and relax. Remember if you get lonely you are just 30 min (18 miles) away from the famous resort town of Sun Valley. Yes we are right on the river, with magnificent panoramic views in all direction. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the high Idaho Mountains, without crowds.

My husband and I enjoy living an outdoor life style in the mountains. We love 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. If we have the time, we are willing to share our 25 years of fly-fishing experience in the area with you. We have explored this area for the last 25 years and can help you find the perfect hike to mountain lakes or explore waterfalls, whatever your heart desires.

Feel free to contact me if you are planning a bigger party, wedding or family gathering for the entire ranch property. That would be for a very special occasion only, needless to say it would be a lot more money. Thanks for understanding.

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Justine & Steve Kaiser
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
November 25, 2017

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 Mackay

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.


Mackay Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
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 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • One cabin has a king bed, and the second cabin a queen bed, you share these two Cabins with a bathroom in the center. The smaller cabin has a double bed with its own toilet, sink and outdoor shower. All 3 cabins are individual unique. 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, which would be much more expensive.
  • 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
  • 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 outside your bedrooms with nobody around you. You have comfortable 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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Private Cabin and Western Bar on the North Fork of the Big Lost River
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews
Laguna Beach

Comfortable Rustic Retreat on a stream running through Idahos high mountains

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: July 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: July 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: July 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: August 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 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.




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25

The rates for July and August of 2018 will be a minimum of 250,- I will not book just 2 people in for those two month for 150,- For your privacy you will be the only guest at the cabins. We have a very short summer season at 7200 feet in the mountains. All other dates are subjects of availability.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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