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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
November 26 - December 20, 2018 $1,150 -
January 10 - May 11, 2019 $1,150 $4,764
May 12 - June 08, 2019 $1,250 -
June 09 - September 07, 2019 $1,450 $6,050
September 08 - October 05, 2019 $1,250 -
October 06 - November 23, 2019 $1,150 $4,764
December 02 - December 21, 2019 $1,150 -
  • Bedrooms: 2
    Bathrooms: 1
    Sleeps: 5
    Sleeping Arrangements: 1 Queen, 1 Sofa Bed, 2 Full
    Square Footage: 1200
    Coffee Maker
    DVD Player
    Gas Fireplace
    Gas Grill
    Ipod docking station
  • Microwave
    No Air Conditioning
    No dishwasher
    On 10 or more acres
    On a River
    Pets considered
    Picnic Table
    Pond on property
    Spotty cell service
    Washer & Dryer
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1 5 5
Review Date: 06/22/2018
Charles Harris
We formerly lived in Butte and during that time I was associated with the Big Hole River Foundation and the Big Watershed Committee so, we’re very familiar with the Big Hole Valley. It’s a place we love. The cabin is perfect and located in the Heart of the River - far enough above the Bridge and river access to feel very secluded. The home is comfortable, great access to the River and landscaped very well. We would own this if we could because its the perfect place in a perfect place
Manager Response:
Hi Charles - 'A perfect place in a perfect place". I think you hit the nail on the head. We're happy that you enjoyed your stay and we hope you can visit again soon. - Suzy
Peace & Tranquility.
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.
Manager Response:
Hello Hallocks - We just love it that you loved Big Hole Canyon Ranch. The experience that you had is exactly what we hope our guests will feel. And we hope that you DO come back again...and soon! - Suzy
Amesome Hole River Ranch
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
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
1 5 5
Review Date: 06/04/2014
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!

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