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Amy Howie

Member since: 2014
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Speaks english

Log Lodge, Family friendly, animals all about, near park on our private ranch

Bedrooms 5
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Photos and Description of the Gardiner vacation lodge rental

Massive Log Lodge-8 beds, 4 baths

This property is the original 'McDonald family homestead', 20 minutes from Yellowstone Park line, 25-30 minutes to pay shack in Gardiner. It consists of a log lodge on the hill and log cabins down by the creek all private from each other; all of which are now rental properties. On this listing is the lodge which is 5 Bedroom / 4 Bathroom home that sleeps 12, more if needed; 6500 square feet.

King Master suite with walk in rock shower and big jacuzzi tub with views, double sink,walk in closet, and upper deck.

3 quality Queen bedrooms with a bath/shower, double sinks, twin bed in 1 of the queen bedrooms with 16' climbing wall and rope.

Antique full bedroom with bath attached, very comfy/cozy.

Twin bed in loft Workout area.

Downstairs is 1 queen bed in rec room area. 1 bathroom downstairs. Downstairs is main floor area with kitchen, great room, walk out to decks, yard, parking, etc.

Large kitchen with multiple stations, all equipped with everything, 2 sinks, 2 refrigerators, double oven, lots of sitting in area opens to dining room with 6 chairs at table.

Open great room with large couches, leather recliner chair and big rock fireplace. There are 72 windows in lodge, the views are beautiful and plentiful.

Laundry room with LG front load washer/dryer.

Lodge made with logs up to 40 inches in diameter.

Big deck out front opens to nice green yard with automatic sprinklers, a fire pit, more land to stretch out on, & a very large trampoline.

Views of Yellowstone Park mountains, meadows, wildlife, forests, and the company of our ranch's friendly horses, cats, dogs, cows.

We like to think you are coming to get away from it all, & hoping you don't get too tempted with the cable and wifi. Let us know if you need it disconnected. Families who have done that say they bond more. Cell service is not the best in Montana or Wyoming area of the park, & Verizon is the best coverage.

We do have a log barn and attached indoor arena above the lodge higher on the hill for private use only. Many guests come watch the ranch girls ride and rope in the arena when they happen to be between rodeos, visit the cats in the hay, and the miniature cows in the pens. The smaller animals are penned by the barn and arena for their protection from the wildlife.

We have a resident elk herd of a few hundred. They have their babies throughout the basin, as well as in and around the cabins, lodge, & along the road. Howl for the wolves at night, enjoy no city lights up here and many a bright stars and beautiful big sky!

We are open year around. The beauty never stops!

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Amy Howie (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Call Owner
Speaks english


Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Bozeman Belgrade off Highway 90, 1.15 hours
Nearest Barpub
12 Miles
Nearest Golf
50 Miles
Nearest Train
50 Miles
In Livingston, MT
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Hwy 89 that links to the park and Hwy 90 links 89
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Lighthouse Restaurant at bottom of our road
Nearest Ski
65 Miles
Bridger Bowl
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Yankee Jim canyon on Yellowstone River
Car: necessary

Lodge & log cabins private from each other in the mountains outside of Gardiner next to Yellowstone Park, quiet, beautiful 5 generation family ranch with a few of the old log cabins to look at.

Complete with friendly animals, wildlife on the ranch and during your drive, and still close to many activities including Yellowstone Park.

We are like an extension to the park. Our road Cinnabar Basin runs into Old Yellowstone Trail on the Yellowstone River that leads you to the park a few miles before Gardiner. Or you can take the highway parallel to it, reach Gardiner first, then go into the park.

We are 20 minutes to park line, 25-30 minutes to Yellowstone Park Entrance Station on other side of Gardiner.

1 hour to 1.5 to Old Faithful

4 hours one way to Jackson Hole Wyoming.

Lodging is quality, comfy, cozy, with everything you need, big yard & fire pit, creeks and ponds, animals that visit, beautiful scenery. 6000' lodge with massive logs, spacious & comfortable for family get togethers.

Our neighboring ranch has zip lines, horseback riding, and barbecue lunches. These activities can be arranged when you get here, or in advance. They also have packages to include white water rafting.

The other neighboring ranch at bottom of our road on the Yellowstone River, will be breaking ground on a natural hot springs resort.

We have a wonderful fresh and fair priced restaurant 'The Lighthouse' near the same location at bottom of our road right off the highway, easy for going or coming back from Gardiner. My family's favorite place to eat as well as our guests.

We have dogs & cats that like to visit you, as well as friendly horses and cows that all love attention and treats too. They are outdoor animals not allowed inside.

I encourage an easy hike along the Old Yellowstone Trail in Yankee Jim Canyon approximately 10 miles from our place going opposite of the park. You have the crashing river below which sometimes has sandy beaches for a picnic, and you can view the old signage on the rocks meant for the park's visitors traveling by stagecoach.

There are many public accesses to Yellowstone River to do your own fishing or floating right from the Old Yellowstone Trail at bottom of our road.

We have a creek that flows all the way through our place and down along our road to the river. You can try to fish some of those spots as well, It's a bit trickier fishing due to willows for the moose, and the fish are more skittish.

I can send you an email detailing areas of interest and whom to contact.

We are a like an extension to Yellowstone park.

We are:

5 minutes to horseback riding & zip lining

10 minutes to Yellowstone River, river rafting

soon to be: 10 minutes to hot springs wellness with ranch neighbor

15 minutes to park line on Old Yellowstone Trail

15 minutes to Lighthouse Restaurant (fresh incredible food)

15 minutes to Devil's slide-natural rock formation

20 minutes to Gardiner

25 minutes to Yellowstone Park Entrance Station

25 minutes to Yankee Jim Canyon, stagecoach trail-historic

30 minutes to boiling river, natural hot springs right inside the park

35 minutes to Mammoth Hot Springs, ice skating, cross ctry skiing

40 minutes to Chico Hot Springs

60 minutes to Old Faithful

Of course, these times could be interrupted with animals getting in your way, or you driving slower in awe of the beauty.

The lodge has satellite wifi. If you need high usage, it will be additional $10 per GB which is our cost.

Email anytime for any questions or information needed of the area.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation lodge rental in Gardiner, Montana

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee C$67
cleaning fee / damage fe C$333
Tax Rate 10.0%

Cancellations are refundable minus $75 fee IF I can re-book exact dates.
Check in is 5pm, and check out is 10am for all properties.

extra charges if excessive cleaning is needed, if garbage is not bagged and littering lodge/cabin, ranch grounds, in cans/dumsters without bags.
We have satellite wifi. Not city wifi, but mountain wifi, can be slow. good for emails and occasional surf web. Netflix cannot be accessed, nor should utube or anything else be streamed. satellite dish network cable too.

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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation lodge rental in Gardiner, Montana

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 6500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Walk in rock shower, big jacuzzi tub with views, double sink
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , double sink, between two queen bedrooms, end of hallway
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , connects to antique room, antique cabinet sink, rock floor
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , downstairs off great room and entry
  • One bathroom downstairs, 3 upstairs. king master and antique bedroom has attached, and 3 queen rooms have bathroom in between them.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master bath, deck, oversized chair, tv, walk in closet
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , big windows looks out towards Yellowstone mountains, desk
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , big windows look out towards car port and mountains
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , antique bedroom, comfy, cozy, wake to big sky n mountains
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen , queen bed downstairs on main floor in rec room area
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Big windows, climbing wall, climbing rope and ledge
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , Queen bed is in the Exercise Equipment Area
  • 4 queen beds, 2 twin beds, 1 king bed, 1 full bed. For extra charge, the lodge has plenty of room to add bedding for more occupancy.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
The ranch just down the road 1/2 mile has horseback riding, barbecues, zip lines. River rafting is at bottom of our road, and our other ranching neighbors are breaking ground on a hot springs at bottom of our road on the Yellowstone River. We have horses & cows of all sizes and personalities that love attention and treats of veges and fruit. Our old yellow lab, blue heeler and red healer are also outgoing, as well as Maggie & Disco the cats, all outdoor animals. Year around white mountain goats you can see with telescope from front of lodge. Mountain sheep, antelope, elk, deer, buffalo & smaller wildlife that roam seasonally on ranch and at bottom of our road.