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- 5 bedrooms
- 4 bathrooms
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Type: HouseYellowstone Park LODGE rock fireplace
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The LODGE is made of massive logs with a beautiful large rock fireplace in a great room with couches, chairs, stools, rolling tables looking out through floor to ceiling windows encased in logs. 72 windows, like living outside with inside comfort.
Views are gorgeous mountains of Yellowstone Park, meadows and wildlife on our 5 generation family homestead ranch. The lodge sits on the highest part of ranch overlooking the private basin of 3 ranches. Private from the cabins and we all can't see each other. The kitchen is also open to the great room with 2 refrigerators, 2 ovens, a convection cook top, many granite counter tops and stools for many ...Read more
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Yellowstone Park LODGE rock fireplace
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6 miles north of Gardiner, turn off by Lighthouse Restaurant on Cinnabar Basin Road that crosses over Yellowstone River and connects with Old Yellowstone Trail curving back up into the mountains towards Electric peak and Yellowstone Park. The dirt road borders a beautiful creek the entire way and make your way into a private basin next to Yellowstone Park. You don't need a 4 wheel drive in spring, summer and fall. You would in the winter. We do plow all winter. Plenty of parking, even RV's.
Our neighboring ranch has horse back rides and zip lines. Another neighboring ranch has a hot springs wellness center at Corwin Springs which is our turn off.
Rafting and fishing are all within 1/4 mile to 7 miles away.
DIRECTIONS FOR the McDonald Ranch.
Coming from Bozeman, Billings, Livingston, take exit 333 at Livingston, go south on Hwy 89 towards Yellowstone Park. From Livingston, our turn is 7 miles north of Gardiner 43 miles south of Livingston. You drive through the beautiful Paradise Valley, passing through Emigrant & a flashing yellow light… you have 23 miles to go.
Go through Yankee Jim Canyon with the river on your right and 7 miles before Gardiner, you hit Corwin Springs, the sign is on the right just before our turn, after the 8 mile marker.
Take a right at Cinnabar Basin Road (before the Lighthouse Restaurant up on your left). Go over Yellowstone River, take a right at stop sign, the sign says Cinnabar Basin Road and Old Yellowstone Trail. Don't go left, that will take you into the park & Gardiner on a dirt road.
You meander up the dirt road and stay left curving left up into the mountains. Stay on the road closest to the mountain which is Cinnabar Basin Road leaving the river. This Cinnabar Basin Rd is approximately 6.5 miles with a beautiful creek that changes from right side to your left side a few times. Don't go left into Mulheron Creek or into anyone's driveways.
Come up the Cinnabar Basin Road almost to end…when it opens > up into a big basin, you need to take the first driveway to the left. > There is a mailbox that says McDonald, & a jack leg fence that lines both sides of the driveway. Straight ahead is the "Schoolhouse Cabin" with dormers and hand hewn logs. To the left of this big cabin is a couple of old outbuildings where the "Creek Cabin" sits right before the creek crossing on your right.
Continue to meander down the driveway crossing the creek and along the bottom of a mountain. Not very far up ahead…there is a big log shop with lean to's on each side, and to the right of this shop is "Grpa's Cabin".
Continue up the mountain going left, at the top the LODGE is to the right, our horse barn to the left. Good views from up there around the entire basin.
From Yellowstone Park and Gardiner, you come north on Hwy 89 out of Gardiner 7 miles and turn left right after the Lighthouse Restaurant on Cinnabar Basin Rd and continue on with directions above.
You can also take the Old Yellowstone Trail south, that was used by the stagecoaches in the old days. From the park's rock arch (official entrance of Ystone Park), you go straight north past the Gardiner Elementary/High School, past the park's historic museum and meander on a dirt road which is still park for approximately 3 miles. The last 4 miles or so is the old road and you run right into Cinnabar Basin Rd. You will notice the bridge you cross from the highway and continue on straight and left up into the mountains. This old road usually has a lot of antelope, mountain sheep, buffalo, deer and elk. This is the road in the winter where there are daily round ups of buffalo trying to leave the park and lots of political people hanging around harassing each other.
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