|Minimum Stay||6 nights|
Querencia Lodge is perfect for extended families and groups. Elegantly rustic and warmly hospitable, Querencia Lodge features six guest rooms with private entrances from spacious decks, each with magnificent views of the Absaroka, Gallatin and Crazy Mountains and the Yellowstone River. Reserve a room, a suite or the entire lodge. Tiled bathrooms with showers are both private and semi-private and beds are queen or twin.
A spacious gathering area features an antique wood stove on a raised stone hearth. The kitchen is ready for the gourmet cook. Infrared and charcoal grills and tables facilitate outdoor dining. You will find a collection of some of Montana’s finest literature in the library. The Querencia specialty is a warm and informal hospitality: Make yourself at home! A three-night minimum is encouraged.
The Querencia family can assist you with all of your favorite activities: hiking, fishing, scenic river floats, white water rafting, guided trips to Yellowstone Park, horseback riding. Fly-fishing on the Yellowstone River is a short stroll from the lodge. Guided fly-fishing, equipment and free fishing advice are all available.
There are numerous world-class hikes with every degree of length and difficulty (guides available) nearby or you can take a well-trained Lab for a walk. Upland bird hunting with trained dogs are available in season. Bird watchers will enjoy all of the western birds including very close sightings of Bald Eagles. After a day in the outdoors soak in the nearby natural hot springs and then retire to the sound of silence broken only by the wind or the river.
Querencia is a fly-fishing destination specializing in the spring creeks and freestone streams of the Yellowstone area. It is also a base of operations for exploring Yellowstone Park (36 miles to the north entrance at Gardiner), the Little Big Horn Battlefield and all of southwest Montana, perfect for singles, couples, family reunions or business retreats. Children and well-behaved pets are welcome. Kennels are available to guests.
Querencia Fly-fishing School: a custom three to five day course of instruction and guided fishing for beginners and intermediate fly-fishers. Everything you need to know to fish successfully and unassisted is included. Trips to the rivers and streams of Yellowstone Park, the spring creeks and freestone streams of Paradise Valley and the Yellowstone River are included. Trips to the Big Horn River and the Missouri River are available with experienced guides and boats.
Querencia Cooking School: a three-night stay includes the preparation of three gourmet dinners and breakfasts. Guests share the cost of ingredients and wine. Dutch oven cooking on an open fire is a Querencia specialty.
Pheasants, ducks and geese: Guided hunting with trained Labradors on the islands of the Yellowstone River is available in season.
'Querencia' is a Spanish word that is used to mean that area in life’s arena where one feels safe and serene. The word perfectly describes Querencia Lodge, perfect for you and yours.
Mike Skaggs is your host at Querencia Lodge for the Summer of 2014. He takes personal responsibility for making sure you get the most out of your Montana visit. He is a graduate of Montana State University, Bozeman. Mike has made his career in the hospitality industry, spending his winters as a ski instructor at Bridger Bowl and Big Sky Resort. He has assisted with the operation of Querencia Lodge and Kennels for over 10 years. He enjoys guiding hikers and rowing the Querencia drift boat on scenic floats down the Yellowstone.
Joe Skaggs is the proprietor of Querencia Lodge. An avid outdoorsman, fly fisher and bow hunter, he teaches and guides with the knowledge and experience of someone who does it everyday. Joe is well known for his rapport with children and specializes in teaching beginners all they need to know to fly fish on their own. “Most of my guiding” he says, “is making sure people know where to go and how to get there and have everything they need for a great Montana experience.”
Easy going family atmosphere! Mike and Joe welcome you to their home and wish to share the true Montana experience. Great for families including children.
I highly recommend Querencia and Joe. We stayed there for 10 days in 2005 with my daughter and her family of 4 children who were 10, 12, 14, and 17 at the time. We felt at home and found it a wonderful place convenient to Yellowstone and many other activities. It had everything we needed make our stay easy and fun.
We fixed our meals and lunches to take out on a lot of days. Joe also treated us to breakfast and even shared game from the freezer which my son in law prepared and ate with our host.
It is not a typical B & B but more like visiting with relatives.
I highly recommend it and wish I could go with you.
A short walk down to the Yellowstone River may bring you to startle a young deer napping or just a lovely view. There are beautiful mountain views rising all around you in the distance. Sunsets and Moonrises are huge. I could go on and on. Have a wonderful trip. By sure to hire Joe or his son to take you on a float trip.
What a great time was had by all. We are an extended family who enjoy getting together every year and this is the best there is for us. Everyone has a comfortable bed and easy access to a bathroom. We can take our beloved pets who usually have to stay in a kennel at home. This is our second stay at Querencia and we plan to return again next year. We take turns making dinner. Every adult gets to cook their favorite one night. Joe who is an excellent cook is available if needed. There is access to a river boat trip if one wants. Either MIke or Joe is a great guide if you want to get on the river. The river is closeby , walking distance, and the fishing is good. One of our party flies drones and there is a clutterless field for him to fly in...no telephone wires, no trees, very clear. I can't say enough good about the lodge with Joe and Mike looking after our welfare. The kitchen is exceptionally well equipped.
These were excellent accommodations for my family of 9 to visit Yellowstone and explore and hike the local area. Gorgeous location, western decor, well appointed and delightful, laid back hosts Joe & Mike. The only improvement would be a "woman's touch" to better organize the kitchen particularly. All in all, a great vacation!
Beautiful lodge with great views. Our family of 16, including 2 small children, enjoyed our time together. Plenty of room to eat, sleep, and mingle. Teenagers & young adults especially liked the campfire each evening. Close enough to Chico to make several trips a day (just make sure to get a wristband for re-entry at the hot springs). Host Mike was very friendly and accommodating. Only complaint is that I spent a couple hours cleaning the kitchen upon arrival ... but, all in all, a great experience. Would like to go back during the summer to explore more outside, walk the trail to river, etc.
The drive in was beautiful and from the moment we arrived we felt at home. Mike was so helpful and the house was fully equipped with everything we needed. We got groceries in Livingston, which is only 15 minutes away, and the kitchen was fully stocked with really nice dishes, pots and pans. The fireplace was going when we got there and the house is very warm with heated floors as well. Each bedroom has it's own sink and entrance, and they all have a beautiful view. We brought our 2 dogs and they LOVED it. The entire yard is fenced in and the river is literally a 3 minute walk. We can't wait for our next trip to the cabin- we will DEFINITELY be back!
Our family of 12 people of various ages had a great week at the Querencia Lodge. We sure weren’t ready to go when the week was up. We are planning to come back next year for a longer stay. We liked that we had access to the Yellowstone River where several people caught large Brown Trout.
A special treat was having our pets with us. They loved the mountains and were able to run free and there was no threat of them running off. Joe, the proprietor, had chickens and dogs that were entertaining for the children.
The kitchen outfitted superbly. Any gourmet cook would be happy the variety of pots and pans and appliances. We used the picnic tables and grills when we ate outside.
The rooms are all large and well appointed and there’s plenty of bathrooms. The entire lodge is clean, rustic, and very comfortable. Joe is always there to help with any problems that might come up.
We were very close to Chico Hot Springs and went there several times, plus Yellowstone Park was just a short drive. Being fairly close to the grocery stores in Livingstone was a big help, too.
We had a great view of the gorgeous mountains. We highly recommend Q Lodge for a relaxing vacation for families.
Many happy memories were created during the three weeks we spent at Querencia. Our two daughters, their husbands and our four grandchildren visited for a week - there was room enough for everyone to be comfortable. Over the weekend we added two nieces and husbands and children for a grand total of nineteen! Joe was gracious enough to let us use the upstairs loft so everyone had a place to sleep.The kids loved playing in the big yard, tending to the chickens (feeding them and gathering eggs), eating outside at the picnic table, toasting marshmallows for s'mores - simple pleasures but ones they will never forget. I can still hear their squeals of delight.
The next week was spent with my siblings - the peaceful and cozy atmosphere inspired much reminiscing and laughter.
The house was totally charming with a rustic decor and was very well appointed with everything we needed - comfortable beds and linens and a well-stocked kitchen.
We could not have asked for a more accommodating host - having Joe around was like having our own personal concierge. He advised us on the best restaurants, hikes and fishing spots. He even took us for a drive to point them out to us. He and his son Mike took us on several river floats and were our fly-fishing guides. We had so much fun - almost everyone caught fish - some even hooked prize rainbow trout!
Querencia is very well located - 17 miles or so to Livingston - 6 miles to Chico Hot Springs (we enjoyed the pool and the Day Spa and the saloon) and 30 miles to Yellowstone - very convenient for day trips.
I highly recommend Querencia and hope to return someday.
World Class Fly Fishing, Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Scenic River Floats
To rent the entire property during high season (June 15 - Sept 14) we charge $3500 for a 6 night/7 day stay.
$500 deposit to reserve date, remaining balance paid upon arrival.