You’ll fall in love with this historic cabin located in Gardiner, Montana, United States. The 1,800 square foot cabin has 4 bedrooms, 6 beds, 2 bathrooms, and sleeps up to 9. The cabin is the winner of the 2010 Historic Restoration Award from the Montana Historical Alliance, this rare 2-story hand-hewn square log cabin was built in 1907. Austrians used broad axes to fashion unbelievable compound dovetail corners locking the logs in place for over 100 years. The address of the cabin is 25 Papesh Road, Gardiner, Montana if you want to Google Maps its location. It is a short 5-minute drive to the North Entrance of Yellowstone Park.
The cabin sits on 42 quiet acres once called The Little Trail Creek Ranch. It once fed tourists in Yellowstone Park. It is only 4 miles north of Gardiner, Montana, and the north entrance to Yellowstone. The cabin is not visible from the highway and has lots of grass, trees, and water. Out front sit the mountains of Yellowstone Park and the Yellowstone River. In the back is the Absaroka Wilderness. The old tree stumps that built the cabin are still visible up the cliffs behind the house. Herds of elk, bison, deer, and bighorn sheep use the land all year due to the trees and open water from abundant springs.
The owners like to go to The Boiling River one of the best natural hot springs in the world. They married there 26 years ago, and they still, go with the kids whenever they can. It is only 7 miles from the door, and it’s free once inside Yellowstone Park. The spring is closed in May and part of June due to high water, but Chico Hot Springs is 22 miles north, and it has wonderful food. On Sunday, you can eat brunch and swim for free. For 13 years the owners fixed up the cabin, it was fun. There are all new appliances, a 6 burner stove with a convection oven, new electric and plumbing, and heating. They used antiques and old wood salvaged from train stations and hotels where needed. The old wood in the log cabin has a certain glow and rustic character that comes from age.
During the renovation, the owners found many items they put into the chinking. Pocket watches, coins, buttons, even a gun, and 3 bullets in the logs (all at a waist-high level). There is a steam shower for use in winter. A 4,000-pound Tulikivi wood stove (for use only in winter) uses radiant heat to warm the log cabin. It is made of soapstone, which will stay warm a full 2 days after a fire. There is one bedroom downstairs, and 3 upstairs. A double size bed is in the sunroom, and the couch downstairs in the Tulikivi room is oddly comfortable for sleeping. So, if you appreciate the real deal with history, wildlife, quiet, and nature, you are welcome to the cabin. You’ll find the circle of trees cool and refreshing even on the hottest day.