|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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Black Mountain Lodge is ideal for extended families, reunions and retreats. Enjoy log cabin comfort and rustic elegance in the privacy of your own mountain meadow (50 secluded acres near Helena, Montana, surrounded by National Forest). The spacious Main Lodge with its sleeping porch and four private sleeping cabins easily accommodate up to twelve guests. A gurgling mountain stream winds its way between the Lodge and cabins lulling you to sleep at night.
During the day take in the panoramic view from the large screened porch. Or hike miles of spectacular trails right from the front door. Guided horse riding trips are also available onsite. Wildlife abounds in our mountain meadow and you will spot animals large and small--moose, deer, elk, coyotes, even bear--from both the porch and trail.
The Main Lodge sleeping porch accommodates two twin beds. The four sleeping cabins include a King size bed, a four person bunk house, and two cabins with a full size bed and bunk bed each. A full bathroom is located in the Main Lodge and a multi-user Bath House serves the sleeping cabins.
This historic property was originally a lucrative mining claim during the Gold Rush. The tailings from multiple mining claims can be found in the nearby hills. You might get lucky yourself but don't be tricked by the glittering Fool's Gold that laces the stream! In the early 1900s it became Primrose Farm, a dairy providing fresh milk to nearby Helena. Our family acquired the property in 1941 and we are now heading into our fourth generation as stewards of this remarkable piece of Montana.
Guided horse-riding trips can be arranged from the front door! If you want to explore the surrounding area there is fly fishing and river rafting for the adventurous types and fine western art galleries and historic sites downtown for the more cultural types. We would be happy to point you in the right direction depending on your interests.
Black Mountain Lodge is not winterized so rentals are for summer only: mid-June to mid September. Weekly or monthly rentals: $2625/week.
Weddings: 3-day minimum, $750/day, 125 guest maximum.
Keywords: Cabin, Retreat, Lodge
Hello, I'm Kim. I am the manager of this family property and a member of the family. For work I have a small consulting firm specializing in leadership development and executive coaching. I even use Black Mountain Lodge as a venue for my executive development retreats!
Kim purchased this lodge in 1941
My grandparents bought this property in 1941. It is only 12 miles outside of Helena, the capitol city of Montana, but has all the pristine qualities and privacy of a destination deep in the wilderness.
We love starting our day with morning coffee on the screened porch as the sun streams in. Later on we usually go hiking or horse riding and bring a picnic with us. Early evening we hang out in chairs under the aspen trees and enjoy a cocktail. Dinner usually goes long and late as storytelling and eventually guitar playing takes place by the fireplace. What makes Black Mountain Lodge magical for kids is that they can roam safely for hours--exploring the stream, venturing up to the towering Ponderosa stand in the meadow, getting to know the different personalities of the horses. If we do feel like venturing into town, Last Chance Gulch is home to The Parrot, a vintage soda fountain and candy shop that will delight young and old. The Holter Museum is known for its fine collection of western art. The Wells Fargo bank hosts an impressive display of gold nuggets and Gold Rush trivia. For evening and dining fare, numerous brewpubs and restaurants are in walking distance of downtown.
Our stay here was even better than expected. Beautiful, peaceful, lots of old school fun that forced the teenagers to put down their phones and interact. The kids went on an adventure searching for wildflowers and came back enchanted with the land; absolutely blown away by this piece of heaven!
We hosted our son's wedding at the Black Mountain Lodge and could not have asked for a more beautiful setting or gathering place for our family and friends who joined us from across the United States. Everyone who stayed on site in one of the lovely, clean sleeping cabins all commented on how well they slept under the cozy down comforters. We were able to prepare and serve 100 guests from the well equipped kitchen - something our family's gourmet chef had to see to believe.
We reserved the lodge months in advance and Kim, the owner responded to all of our questions in a timely, friendly manner and the caretaker greeted us with a big smile and took the time to walk us around the property so that we felt right at home. We enjoyed feeding the horses before they were moved to a different place and can't wait to return to ride them when we have more time.
We hope to return to the Black Mountain Lodge in the future so that we can relax and reminisce about how perfect it was for the wedding and family gathering. We would highly recommend this property for anyone who wants to reconnect with nature, family and themselves, or for someone who wants to host a do it yourself wedding. You won't be disappointed.
We come here and gather annually. When we first rented this little haven in the woods, we weren’t looking for a place mostly without technology, but we found it and it’s wonderful to disconnect from technology and reconnect with one another. We love the simple pleasures, nested in this rustic lodge, where we're content to sit by an icy creek, play badminton in the yard, pan for gold, go on long, lazy hikes, organize a horseback ride, compete in a fierce pie eating competition, or just cheer on babies who are nearly ready for their first steps.
Outside, I hear my two sons-in-law get to know each other a little better each time they turn and baste food over the smoking grill. Beyond the grill is a fast running stream where we store perishables in mesh laundry bags. Retrieving goods from the stream is a task that falls to the children.
My kids would say the hub of activity is the over-sized screened porch on the main cabin, where they gather every night after the young ones are asleep. I have the only bedroom in the main lodge and even through a couple solid old wood doors, I love the muffled sounds as they catch up, cut up and amuse one another, just as they’ve done their entire lives.
With the exception of my early rising son, I won’t see another adult for hours, but every morning I am greeted by my two eight-year old grandsons, who are inseparable cousins. Our ritual begins with cups of steaming hot chocolate and reliving their tent adventures from the previous night.
That’s our week; we laugh and play and eat and drink and repeat. Before we know it, it’s time to clean up and line up for tearful hugs goodbye.
Thank you Kim and Ayrne and Black Mountain Lodge for maintaining this beautiful, heritage property and making to available to my family. It’s an honor to know you and a privilege to spend a week there every summer.
Black Mountain Lodge feels like the Montana I remember, off the beaten track, plenty of fresh air, and wide open views. The set-up is perfect for a family gathering--send the children to bed and the adults can stay up enjoying themselves on the porch. The entire place is perfectly outfitted with plenty of dishes, towels, beds, and privacy for a group. The caretaker is fantastic and only makes the experience more enjoyable. I can't say enough good things about BML. We're coming back next year!
This place is a keeper. Beautiful property and the horses add a delightful touch. The loge is very well outfitted. We enjoyed making dinner for our group every night. Caretaker is very helpful and I hear an excellent fly fishing guide as well. Very convenient to any off site activities although there is very little reason to ever leave the property. I will certainly go back again.
We had an absolutely wonderful time at Black Mountain Lodge! It fit our family reunion perfectly: room to get together in the sun room and in the comfortable lodge room; charming cabins for sleeping and getting away from the group; soothing sound of the creek (also good for chilling the beer and sodas); and the beautiful setting at the head of the gulch with great hiking access. The two kids in the group also had a couple of trail rides and loved that experience. The whole family was very happy to be there. Thank you for sharing this special place.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jun 18 2016 - Sep 17 2016
92 night minimum stay
Jun 18 2016 - Sep 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
|Cleaning Fee||$250 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|