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Ruth Drange

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

Burnt Out Lodge, Log Lodge on Montana Ranch Great for Reunions and Retreats

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Lodge, 6 Bedrooms, 7 Baths, (Sleeps 24-28)

Welcome to Burnt Out Lodge! The 5,000 square foot guest lodge is located on 3,200 acres near Big Timber, Montana. It features views of the Crazy Mountains on your drive in and the Absaroka/Beartooth Mountains from the Lodge. Add a commercial kitchen as well as a nearby creek for fishing and you’ve got a Montana experience that most people can only dream about.

The Lodge is situated on the Drange family ranch near Big Timber, Montana. The ranch is a cattle ranch that has been in the Drange family for over 80 years. You’ll notice that the Drange family brand, the U Running 3, proudly marks the headboards of the beds in the Lodge.

The Lodge features six bedrooms that all have private baths. The building is spacious with room for everyone. The loft has a TV, reading materials and is stocked with games. Porches and a patio provide places for people to sit and visit outdoors. The grounds are lovely. There’s a hillside flower garden, cottonwood trees and a pond. Guests can fish in the nearby creek and hike in every direction from the Lodge.

It’s common to see all kinds of wildlife from the lodge. Watch the pond for mule and whitetail deer, sandhill cranes, blue heron and turkey.


Natural Bridge State Park - 45 minutes away

Prairie Dog Town State Park – 15 minutes away

Big Timber, Montana – Featuring the Crazy Mountain Museum, Overland Golf Course, great shopping and more is only 30 minutes away.

Yellowstone National Park - 2 hours away


The facility is great for all kinds of reunions, family getaways, craft groups or weddings. The main Lodge can seat seventy five people for a meal.


More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Ruth Drange (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Ruth Drange

Marlyn 'Blick' and Ruth Drange had the Lodge built in 1997 and have enjoyed running it as a Bed and Breakfast. Because of age they are not able to do that anymore. Both owners have spent all their lives in the area. They have been married for fifty four years and have lots of stories to tell of their experiences of running a ranch.

Ruth Drange purchased this lodge in 1997

Why Ruth Drange chose Montana

People need a place to rest and relax and enjoy nature, After visiting a daughter in California they decided to provide one such place. One of the favorite things the guests like is sitting outside at night and watching the stars while hearing the sounds of nature.

What makes this lodge unique

If you have special limitations or need to negotiate the fees we will work with you. Also we offer special prices for crafting groups and local reservations, please call or email us for details.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The Burnt Out Lodge is perfect if you are looking for cozy and spacious as well comfortable lodgings! With a big, well stocked kitchen, generous sleeping and bath rooms, gorgeous views with room to roam we were able to spread out when needed yet come together for intimate discussions. Everyone in my party was pleased with the accommodations and I was pleased to work with such a great woman, Ruth Drange. She was gracious and helpful throughout the planning process. Ivy - Yoga Plus, 2016 Exploring Mediation Retreat
May 2016
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based on 9 traveler reviews

Burnt Out Lodge, Log Lodge on Montana Ranch Great for Reunions and Retreats
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
Billings Mt

Family Reunion and 50th Anniversary Celebration

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent a week at Burnt Out Lodge

The six spacious rooms each with a private bath were beautiful

BEDS were available for many more in the loft and lodge

THE KITCHEN with the walk in cooler and refrigerator made our cooking wonderful

We did also enjoy the ice machine, commercial stove and dishwasher.

Ruth helped us arrange a catered meal for 50 for our celebration day

EVERYONE is still talking about the wonderful time

Extras included the flower garden, swimming, water slide near by and the peaceful setting A FANTASTIC WEEK

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. We always strive to make our guests welcome and help them with any problems they have. This was a nice group, who enjoyed the company of friends and family in our Lodge.
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Perfect Family Reunion Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Burnt Out Lodge was the perfect place for a family reunion of nearly 45 attendees. This included a variety of ages from toddlers to 80+. The Lodge itself was our headquarters and housed nearly half of our group. The others enjoyed either tents or RV's in close proximity. The large walk-in cooler and freezer, as well as on-site ice-maker were a big hit. The kitchen is where much of the visiting took place, and this kitchen was absolutely amazing. The Drange family were wonderful hosts and all expectations were met during our weekend. They accommodated every request.

Our family enjoys music, and the piano was well-used over the weekend. There was plenty of room for outdoor games and events were planned accordingly. There were a few that drove to town for forgotten items - otherwise all chose to stay at the Lodge and just enjoy the time with family.

We will definitely consider using this location again for other family gatherings.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Another successful family reunion! We are always glad when the renters enjoy their stay and also recommend us to others. Thanks and we will see you again!
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Boise, ID

Peace and Serenity Abound!

  • 5 of 5

The scenery surrounding the lodge is filled with beauty and never once disappointed throughout our entire stay. With every light change during the day, you noticed more and more. The lodge was built with extreme craftsmanship and was clean and inviting from the moment we walked through the door. The gourmet kitchen was a dream to cook in and has given me ideas for my home kitchen remodel. The only drawback was that we didn't have more time to stay there and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. We will be back for sure and this time will make sure we have plenty of time to take in all the splendor this lodge has to offer.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! We loved having you and look forward to seeing you again.
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Big Sky Country at it's Best!

  • 5 of 5

The lodge was great for our family over Thanksgiving week. The ladies loved the big kitchen with anything a cook could want or need. The laundry room was very handy. The bedrooms were spacious and very well decorated. Plenty of space for everyone to have there own area, yet a common area where we could all get together. The lodge setting along Upper Deer Creek is wonderful, with Mule Deer plentiful on the drive in and around the lodge. It was perfect for taking walks in the warm November sun. It is only minutes to Big Timber with plenty of choices for shopping and eateries! We had a great time and will be back again!

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This family were great guests and we look forward to having them back.
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Space for everyone

  • 5 of 5

The lodge is huge. We had a family reunion and there was more than enough space for all of us to see, or not see each other:) The kitchen was stocked. The walk-in frig, freezer made me envious.

Highly recommended for a large reunion, such as ours. Enjoy.

PS you must try the onion rings at the Grand Lodge in Big Timber.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This was a nice group to work with. We were there to water the flowers a couple of times and enjoyed visiting with them. At their request we brought a DVD of the flood here in 2011. I think they were surprised to see how much recovery work had been done. They are welcome back anytime.
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Family reunion

  • 5 of 5

We rented the lodge for our family reunion and had a fantastic time! It fit 20 of us comfortably, had a big kitchen where we could all get together and cook, and was private yet had many activities close by. What a great vacation!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We can sleep twenty four people without using the futon or couch bed. Someone in this group even set up a tent on the lawn. With the automatic sprinkler system we are having installed, that could be a very wet experience. Guests do enjoy the use of the walk-in cooler and freezer as we aren't too close to town. As these guests did we have lots of space on porches and the patio to sit and visit with a few or many persons. Appreciated this family as much as they enjoyed their time here.
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Billings Montana
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Big Timber
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
16 Miles
Big Timber
Car: necessary

I am feeling nostalgic today. When Burnt Out Lodge was just a dream of mine (I was much younger!). The Black Butte Fire came through the property on September 9, 1994. I thought it was over before it had a chance. The people that we had been working with told us we had eighteen months to use the burnt trees. The Lodge was built using those burnt trees. We then started a Bed and Breakfast. I loved it we met many people from all over the world.

What a learning experience! All went well until May 2011 when we had the worst flood in years. Although the building was a good distance from the creek, we had water from one bank to the other of the valley. The damage was awful, the entire valley looked like a rock covered mess. The flood took out our septic tank, washed under Room 4 and took the pond out. The entire summer we had Stenberg Construction company remaking the valley and pond. There was no business conducted that year. When we reopened in 2012 we opened as a Vacation Rental (Age was forcing us to cut down on the labor). The grounds are starting to look like nothing ever happened and the new pond is doing well. Hope those who are not aware of our history enjoy my trip down memory lane. Have a good day!


Rates & Availability

Big Timber Lodge Rental Rates

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Open May-December
Apr 15 2018 - Apr 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
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Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 7.0%

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Montana Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Catering available
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 40 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
    Bathroom 7 -
    Bathroom 1 - toilet
  • 7
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 28
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (8), Twin or Single Beds (8) One futon and one couch that opens into a queen sized bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting

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