Intro: Hi there! I'm a graphic designer and photographer. My boyfriend (a writer/editor) and I travel full time in our self-converted van, while working from the road. We love hiking, trail-running, camping, backpacking trips, and visiting new places.
Steve and Bonnie have created a beautiful haven nestled in the mountains. Directions were easy to follow, and it was a beautiful drive back to the property through forests and meadows. The cabin is lovely and perfectly finished. It's not too fancy, and not too rustic, but in the best way! It really strikes the perfect balance that makes you feel immediately at home. You can tell Steve and Bonnie put as much care and attention into the details as they do into being your host. We were greeted with a smile, shown around, given tips for things to do, and felt immediately welcomed.
Upon arrival we set our things down in the cabin, changed into pants and long-sleeves for the slightly cooler air and surprise mosquito bloom. Then, we hiked up the readily accessible picnic overlook and enjoyed watching the last bits of sunlight recede from the meadow and surrounding mountains (including views of Indian Peaks wilderness). We then had a relaxing evening playing games (cribbage and cards are provided!) and enjoying our cozy abode. Waking to the sound of birds in the morning before cooking up breakfast, which we enjoyed on the porch. Just before leaving we made sure to read through and sign the guest book. We recommend LeCook to anyone looking for a peaceful getaway in the mountains.
We stayed at Holy Cross Refugio while backpacking the Missouri Lakes Fancy Pass Loop. We took our time and hiked the loop counterclockwise. We stayed the first night at Missouri Lakes and then at HCF the second night. Ben was great at answering questions promptly, and the cabin was easy to find once we got to Holy Cross City. The property is situated well with amazing views. Plus, there was a little stream there to pump water from. The cabin itself is cozy and welcoming, with plenty of kitchen utensils and tools, sleeping bags if you need them, hammocks, and even a solar panel for powering lights or other small electronics. We will definitely be back when there are fewer bugs and more snow. Thank you so much for having us!
This is not your typical campsite. It is pure western magic. Mikel is a fantastic host. She excels at making you feel immediately welcome and at home. Her property is rejuvenating and has a special energy that puts you at ease. We absolutely loved chatting with Mikel (who went above and beyond to make us an incredible dinner!) over beers, building a campfire, and enjoying the canvas tepees set on the property. Campers are invited to set up their own tents, park a van or RV, or hunker into a tepee. Regardless of your sleeping choice, you will wake up feeling rested, taking in beautiful views of the Big Horn mountains. If you're looking for true western hospitality you'll find no better than staying with Mikel and her loveable Labrador Woodrow. Do yourself a favor and book at least two nights.
Golden Skyfall is quiet and relaxing. We stayed at the Mountain View site (all the way up the hill), and couldn't have been more pleased. There were 360-degree mountain views, golden hay fields, and peace and quiet. Nick and his wife are very welcoming and helpful. A few dogs live on the property with Nick and his family, and are super friendly. We stayed here while passing through Bozeman (a quick 20 min away) on a road trip and left feeling relaxed and refreshed. While we arrived to stormy skies, the morning brought sun and we were able to walk around the property and take in the good weather and views. Thanks, Nick!
Diamond P Ranch Camping is located conveniently just off the highway (but far enough from the road that you won’t hear too much traffic noise), and is on the boundary of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Blake's lovely wife Megan met us, gave us an overview of the land, and got us situated. This location provides plenty of fresh mountain air and nearly 360-degree views to enjoy. Relax at your easy and open campsite or explore the bountiful offerings of the region.
From the campsite you can be in Yellowstone National Park in just over 10 minutes! It’s hard to find such laid back and spacious camping anywhere else in the region, and the park’s 2,000 campsites are usually all occupied by the end of the day, especially during summer season. We found it far more preferable, relaxing, and enjoyable to spread out at the ranch and not feel like you are camping on top of someone else.
From the ranch, you have great access to surrounding features like Earthquake Lake and Hebgen Lake, with their stunning views, ample and world-class river fishing, a truly relaxed vibe, and a lot less people than you’ll find inside Yellowstone. Seriously, a LOT less. You’re also within spitting distance of the Continental Divide, Lion’s Head Mountain, and endless national forest hikes and all the accompanying activities of such terrain.
If you’re interested in a horseback tour of the area, Diamond P Ranch has been operating rides for over 60 years and has trail rights throughout the region -- even going up over the Continental Divide. Their staff is wonderfully laid back and friendly and will definitely take good care of you.
The campsites themselves are generously spread apart, nice and flat, and sit next to Diamond P Ranch’s horse motel, so you’ll have the opportunity to meet interesting folks who are corralling their horses for the night and are perhaps even exercising them in the arena. A number of ranch horses also live 200 yards away in the open space, so you can go feed them apples and make friends with them if you’d like.
Amenities are basic, but you’ll have access to potable water and nice clean port-a-toilets. Wildlife viewing opportunities abound, including red tailed hawks, great blue heron, peregrine falcons, elk, moose, and foxes. Pleasant background sounds are provided by a small brook that runs behind camp, but the location really comes into its own during sunset and after dark. The magnificent sunsets will blow you away, but once the stars come out you’ll really begin to understand why Montana is called Big Sky country as you’re dazzled by the superb tapestry that engulfs you from above.