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Big Hole Canyon Ranch

 
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Premier fly fishing retreat on the Big Hole River between Dillon and Butte.

The property has a quarter mile of direct access to the Big Hole River, and incredible privacy on 15 acres.

This is a historic one room cabin that’s had the addition of two bedrooms and a full bath, turning it into a charming vacation home.

New for summer 2017: Internet and cell phone booster!

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Big Hole Canyon Ranch is a fisherman’s dream. Out the door is access to the Big Hole River, a fisherman’s boat launch less than half a mile away, and a pond (not stocked) just off the deck all make for a great experience. The ranch’s beautiful hand-hewn log cabin has a rustic western feel but is appointed with top quality amenities and furnishings and is a very comfortable home base. Located on 15 acres in Maiden Rock Canyon this is both a prime fishing property and a great family or romantic retreat. Guests enjoy hiking and exploring on the property and on the adjoining Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest.

GENERAL LOCATION: The cabin is five miles north of Melrose, Montana easily accessed by taking Interstate 15 south from Butte or north from Dillon. The property borders the Big Hole River.

BEDROOMS AND BATHS: There are two comfortable bedrooms, one with a queen size bed, the other with two double beds. Great mattresses and high quality linens will make it hard to get up in the morning! There is additional sleeping space on a queen sleeper sofa in the living room. The cabin has one full bathroom with a stall shower.

KITCHEN & DINING ROOM: The small kitchen is fully equipped, with high quality appliances including a gas range, coffee maker, microwave oven, a full size fridge, blender and all the cookware and serving ware that you’ll need. There is a dining table for four but where you’ll probably want to take your meals is outside on the wonderful deck overlooking the pond.

LIVING ROOM: The charmingly rustic living room has a beautiful rock hearth with gas fireplace and a sofa with a pullout sleeper. There is a flat screen TV and a selection of DVDs to enjoy (but no TV reception in the canyon), a boom box for CDs, an iPod dock, and a good selection of books and board games.

OUTDOOR AMENITIES: Guests will find a built-in stone fire pit and plenty of outdoor furniture on the porch, a gas grill for barbecues, and Adirondack chairs and stone benches out by the pond and river. The river is just out the back door. The views are of natural, wild hillsides. Not another house or light in sight! For summer 2016 they'll also be adding an outdoor shower. (Note: The train goes through the canyon, across the river from the cabin, so you’ll see that go by a couple of times a day and the pond is no longer stocked).

ACTIVITIES NEARBY: Fishing on the Big Hole River! You can launch a boat upstream and take out is just a stone’s throw downstream from the cabin at Maiden Rock. Because this take out is just downstream from the cabin, the only fishing boats you see going by are in late afternoon. The rest of the day the river out front is yours! The famed Beaverhead, Ruby, and Wise Rivers are also an easy day trip for fishermen. Enjoy walks on the property and on adjoining public land, and visits to local historic sites. For rock climbers, Humbug Spires is just a few miles away.

CLOSEST TOWN AND AIRPORT: Grocery stores in Butte and Dillon are 27 and 35 miles away respectively. Butte is the closest airport, with Helena, Bozeman, Idaho Falls and Missoula also being good options.

**Rates below are for seven night stays. Reservations for as short as 3 nights are accepted at most homes. You can use the chart at the upper left to get a quote for your desired dates, or we invite you to call us at 800-550-4589 to visit with one of our reservationists.

  Weekly Monthly
October 08 - November 18, 2017 $1,150 -
November 27 - December 20, 2017 $1,150 -
January 07 - May 12, 2018 $1,150 $4,764
May 13 - June 09, 2018 $1,250 -
June 10 - September 08, 2018 $1,450 $6,050
September 09 - October 06, 2018 $1,250 -
October 07 - November 16, 2018 $1,150 $4,764
  • Bedrooms: 2
    Bathrooms: 1
    Sleeps: 5
    Sleeping Arrangements: 1 Queen, 1 Sofa Bed, 2 Full
    Square Footage: 1200
    Coffee Maker
    DVD Player
    Fireplace
    Gas Fireplace
    Gas Grill
    Internet
    Ipod docking station
  • Microwave
    No Air Conditioning
    No dishwasher
    On 10 or more acres
    On a River
    Pets considered
    Phone
    Picnic Table
    Pond on property
    Secluded
    Spotty cell service
    Washer & Dryer
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Peace & Tranquility.
Rating:
1 5 5
Review Date: 08/08/2017
The Hallock Family
Honestly, this was the most incredible vacation ever. Our tranquility started the second we got off the freeway on Moose Creek. The closer we got to the cabin, the more we smiled. The kids loved the pond and river, the dogs loved the vast land, and my wife and I loved the early morning briskness drinking coffee outside with the beautiful, scenic water and mountain views. We had the pleasure of meeting the caretakers Joan & Shawn, both are amazing people and Shawn shared a plethora of knowledge/history of the area. This cabin let us enjoy each others company, rather than the technology we are all addicted to. We will 100% be back, again and again.
Amesome Hole River Ranch
Rating:
1 5 5
Review Date: 09/30/2016
PN Davis
Extraordinary place! We loved everything about this place....the house, the impressive ease of working with mountain home, the location, the river, the fishing...Our only complaint is not being able to stay longer. Plan to go back!!
Manager Response:
Thank you for your wonderful review of Big Hole Canyon Ranch and Mountain Home Vacation Rentals! We are so very glad that you enjoyed the home, the location, and working with our staff. We hope to see you again in the future!
Amazing Cabin and Location
Rating:
1 5 5
Review Date: 08/19/2014
Trae U
This place is fantastic...! Had high expectations based on reviews and pictures and I was still blown away by the cabin and location... Secluded rustic cabin feel with all the ammenities needed... Little touches such as sprinkler system to keep grass lush and green during the summer months, on demand hot water so no short or missed showers, nice washer and dryer and beautifully decorated interior make this a place I wish I could own... Do certainly plan to visit this cabin again... Very peaceful location with direct river access is what this place delivers... Somewhat removed from civilization (groceries and restaurants) but that is untimately what we wanted on our trip... Highly recommend the cabin and the rental company was first rate... Sublimely comfortable beds to boot...
Manager Response:
Thank you so very much for your wonderful review of Big Hole Canyon Ranch and Mountain Home Vacation Rentals! We are very glad that you had everything you needed for a comfortable and peaceful vacation. It is our goal that all of our homes are well equipped and and that guests have their needs met. We do hope to see you another time!
Magic on the Big Hole
Rating:
1 5 5
Review Date: 06/04/2014
aschussler
This is our 3rd rental with Mountain Home and it was a wonderful experience. Very private and peaceful. Saw moose, geese, pheasant and 5 bighorn sheep. The caretakers are attentive and helped me figure out how to get the oven going, and replaced the can opener, which broke as I was using it. We were disappointed that there were no trout in the trout pond, but it was not a deal breaker. The river is just down from the cabin. We were the first guests of the season, and the river was too high to wade fish by the cabin. We would love to return in September when the water is lower. The cabin was cozy and very clean. Loved the automatic gas fireplace.
Manager Response:
Thank you very much for your great review of Big Hole Canyon Ranch and for using Mountain Home Vacation Rentals for a 3rd time! We love having return guests that come back year after year. Thanks again and we hope to have you return a 4th time!
Exceeded our expectations!!!
Rating:
1 5 5
Review Date: 09/04/2013
Jen and Tadd
The Big Hole Canyon Ranch is everything we wanted for our honeymoon but even more beautiful in person. We stayed at the cabin for 3 nights. The cabin is very clean and everything we needed was provided for us. We could have used another frying pan for our breakfast, but other than that we had everything we needed to fix our meals. The queen bed was very comfy and we enjoyed opening the windows at night to let in the cool breeze. We had fun catching a few big trout from the private pond, but it is catch and release so keep that in mind. We enjoyed hearing the river close to our cabin and taking in the crisp, clean Montana air in the evenings. It was so quiet and peaceful at the cabin. There is a little traffic on the road by the cabin and a train every now and then across the river, but it is very minimal and didn't bother us at all. The men that take care of the pond stopped by to check things out and they were very friendly. We found it a little difficult to find things to do in Butte, so we drove south of Bozeman to go whitewater rafting on the Gallatin river. It was great and we highly recommend it. We would have gone ziplining, too, but didn't get there early enough. I did find a great book in a sporting goods store in Butte about it's copper mining history, which is very colorful and interesting. There is a company that does aTV tours in Butte that sounds fun, but we couldn't fit it into this trip. There is plenty of room in the cabin and next time we plan to take our kids. Our experience was excellent. Communication with the property managers is great. They called our second day to see how things were going. We had one small issue and when we called, they took care of it right away and it did not diminish our experience in any way. I loved the phone app that gave us excellent directions and instructions for our stay. I felt very informed and comfortable with our choice and I highly recommend Mountain Home-Montana Vacation Rentals.
A Dreamy Montana Experience!
Rating:
1 5 5
Review Date: 08/29/2013
firefly_10
We wanted a specific feel to our vacation. Thanks to Big Hole Canyon Ranch, we succeeded! This cabin was exactly what we were looking for! - It was very secluded. - It had all the amenities while still having that rustic vibe. - It was a very short walk to a river with great fishing and no other people around. The two bedroom cabin was comfortable and clean with nice furnishings. The exposed log walls made us feel like we were someplace special in Montana, not in just any house that could be anywhere in the world. The grounds were very well kept and they even have a mowed path to the river. The women of Mountain Home were great. The process of booking this cabin was easy, they happily answered our questions, they gave us great directions and they even followed up with a phone call the day after we got there to ensure we had everything we needed. We were very pleased with the service. We definitely would like to come back! Just a few notes to help others plan their stay at Big Hole Canyon Ranch: - The bedrooms have ceiling fans, which is a nice touch on warm days. - The Washer and Dryer are top of the line. They are in a closet around the back of the house. (Just be aware you need to go outside to get to them.) - The kitchen had very limited counter space and could have used some mixing bowls and measuring spoons. - The bathtub is an old fashioned claw foot tub with a wrap around curtain. The tub itself is nice, but it might not be for anyone who has any issues with balance or hip problems and the similar. It is very high to step over the edge into the tub and there isn't anything to hang onto for balance. (And that darn shower curtain kept clinging to my legs.) - The sprinklers for the lawn were on timers, but they didn't seem to interfere with anything, and it was nice to have a green lawn. - We didn’t use the fold away slotted kitchen table as there didn’t seem to be enough room and there was a picnic table outside, but when it rained it was difficult to find a place for our toddler to eat messy food. - The cabin is across the road from the arch… not through it or next to it. - They provided firewood for the fire pit. - The river had very rocky banks at the end of the path, but if you have the dexterity to travel over them up the river a bit, you could find a few grassy areas to fish from that were more comfortable. - Be aware of Fishing limitations set by the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks… the river was low when we were there, so they announced fishing restrictions or closures in some areas of the Big Hole River.
A Dreamy Montana Experience!
Rating:
1 5 5
Review Date: 08/28/2013
Jill
We wanted a specific feel to our vacation. Thanks to Big Hole Canyon Ranch, we succeeded! This cabin was exactly what we were looking for! It was very secluded. It had all the amenities while still having that rustic vibe. It was a very short walk to a river with great fishing and no other people around. The two bedroom cabin was comfortable and clean with nice furnishings. The exposed log walls made us feel like we were someplace special in Montana, not in just any house that could be anywhere in the world. The grounds were very well kept and they even have a mowed path to the river. The women of Mountain Home were great. The process of booking this cabin was easy, they happily answered our questions, they gave us great directions and they even followed up with a phone call the day after we got there to ensure we had everything we needed. We definitely would like to come back! Just a few notes to help others plan their stay at: - The bedrooms have ceiling fans, which is nice on warm days. - The Washer and Dryer are in a closet around the back of the house. - The kitchen has limited space and needed mixing bowls and measuring spoons. - They have a claw foot tub with wrap around curtain - it might not be for anyone who has any issues with balance or hip problems. The edge is very high to step over and there isn't anything to hang onto. - We didn't use the slotted fold away kitchen table as there didn't seem to be enough room and there was a picnic table outside, but when it rained it was difficult to find a place for our toddler to eat messy food. - The cabin is across the road from the arch... not through it or next to it. - They provided firewood for the fire pit. - The river had rocky banks at the end of the path, but if you have the dexterity to travel over them up the river a bit, you could find a few grassy areas to fish from that were more comfortable. - Check "Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks" for Big Hole fishing restrictions.
Great Little Cabin
Rating:
1 5 5
Review Date: 07/10/2013
N & A
We stayed at the Big Hole Canyon Ranch for a week in July and had a great time. The cabin is even more beautiful in real life than in the pictures. It is comfortable and well equipped. The bedrooms are nice size with comfortable beds and the living room area is comfortable as well, although we spent 90 percent of our time outside. A few pointers I can pass on are: - The kitchen does have a large fridge although in the pictures it shows it having a small one so that was a very nice and handy surprise. - If you are a fisherman you can't beat the location on the Big Hole. A couple min walk and your on one of the best rivers in Montana which as awesome and the bug hatches seemed to be going off all the time. (Yes, if you don't fish and don't appreciate large numbers of bugs you might find this not as exciting as some of us) - I would highly suggest keeping the doors shut at all times during the day because all those bugs really love to hang out in the cabin. -This is rattlesnake country, stay on the paths and just be aware. -We used Sunrise Fly Shop in Melrose for a float trip on the Beaverhead and they we're really good, I would use them again next year. -When we were there the pond really wasn't fishable yet, I would double check with Mountain Home to confirm that the pond is stocked and ready to go if fishing is important to you and your family. -The deck area is really nice and there are a number of chairs available for you to use and although it get's really hot the nice breeze keeps it comfortable and pleasant. -Evening storms are Beautiful-we had two thunder storms and it was so neat to watch them rolling in. All in all this place is great. We visit Montana every year for fishing and every year we've stayed at different places but next year we plan on staying at this little cabin again, it was just that nice.
Our fantastic mountain vacation getaway cabin.
Rating:
1 5 5
Review Date: 05/23/2013
A FlipKey verified reviewer
This cabin is located on a remote section of the Big Hole Canyon Ranch. This was our second stay there and I can't weight to go back. It has all the modern amenities needed without any urban noise of sirens, horns, pagers, cell phones etc. You are at one with nature in a secure environment. The cabin is kept very clean and is a very relaxing getaway. The Big Hole River is just a 3 minute walk out from the back of the cabin. But as a fishing destination, stop in at the Sunrise Fly Shop in Melrose and get set up with a float down the Big Hole or Beaverhead River with one of the guides for a fantastic day of fishing and then head back to your cabin and review your days photos out on the deck with a cool beverage. I also liked the combo locked gate entrance and keypad entry to the cabin so you don't have to worry about loosing keys.

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