HomeAway uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
HomeAway uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag

Fish. Boat. Play. Relax.

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


Minimum Stay
4 nights


Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Big Horn County

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Loads of recreation opportunities await you in the Big Horn River Valley and Bighorn National Recreation Area. Book now for your vacation!

*Bighorn Lake: Fish for Walleye, Lake Trout and other game fish, water ski and go tubing, sail and enjoy the views of the red rock canyon. The canyon provides lots of opportunities for photography. Rent a boat or pontoon at the marina for a day on the lake with your group.

*Yellowtail Dam: Drive up to the visitor center to learn about the construction of this hydroelectric facility that is operated by the Bureau of Reclamation and how it has influenced the valley through irrigation, flood control, fishing and recreation.

*Bighorn River: Fly fish the world famous trout-rich waters, or hunt Canada geese and Mallard ducks from your drift boat.

*Hunt upland game birds on private property, with permission & licenses as required.

*History: Visit Little Bighorn Battlefield and the site of Fort C.F. Smith and its Hayfield Fight. There are also several other battlefield sites in the region, a well-planned day will allow you to visit them.

*In the region: Pompey's Pillar, the only remaining physical evidence of of the Clark's voyage down the Yellowstone, is located about 80 miles away. Billings and Sheridan (WY) are great shopping and theater destinations and are each about 90 miles.

Unlike the lodges in the area, this self-catering house offers you the ability to cook and eat what you want - when you want, come and go as you please and save money in the process. Your Bighorn Valley experience will be so much better then just renting a motel room!

This home is located just 2 miles from the 'Bighorn' river fishing access (known as '13 mile' to the locals) and is 12 miles from Ft. Smith. It offers all of the creature comforts you're looking for. You'll be able to spend the day on the water and be 'home' within minutes to a hot shower, ice cold beverage and grill that fish you just caught.

The warm water in the Bighorn river and many farmers' fields attracts many Canada geese during the winter, making the valley a prime area for waterfowl hunters and upland game birds trive in the many fields and pastures of the farms and ranches.

The home is situated on a large parcel of land, so you'll have lots of privacy, peace and quiet. The parking area is huge and there is plenty of room for your boats and pickup trucks.

The house has 2 bedrooms, and I have them set up with 2 full-size beds in each room. It will sleep 4 adults comfortably, with a maximum of 8. Very large groups will have restrictions of water use, and require special instructions so the septic system isn't overloaded.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
8 November, 2016

About Barbara

Hello! My name is Barbara. I was born and raised in Big Horn County, Montana. My parents were ranchers, and they taught my sisters and I the value of hard work! It was an awesome way to grow up - out in the country, with our horses as our best friends, swimming in Rotten Grass Creek and at Willow Creek Dam, building fence, putting up hay, moving cattle to our summer pasture in the Big Horn Mountains. We went to school at Lodge Grass (it was better then), and we all were in sports and kept very busy. Like I said, it was a great way to grow up!

Since then, I've moved around a little; but Big Horn County holds a special place in my heart - especially Rotten Grass Creek valley, Soap Creek, and the 'Esp Range' and Little Bull Elk Ridge on the mountain.

Currently, I live in Billings and work at a oil refinery, pulling wrenches.

Barbara purchased this house in 2009

Why Barbara chose Montana

This property was my parent's retirement home. The house was designed by Mom and reflects the rancher in her. That generation spent a lot of time at the kitchen table, drinking coffee, visiting with neighbors and playing cards; so the kitchen/dining room is the centerpiece of the house. She also designed in a huge utility room and lots of storage. I believe all of this combines to make a perfect vacation home, plus I couldn't have hoped for a better location!

What makes this house unique

Some of the most enjoyable moments I have at this property are when I have the binoculars up to my eyes. There is always something to look at. There is a great horned owl that can be seen most mornings on a fence post in the coulee. We've seen many colorful songbirds flitting around eating bugs. The Bighorn mountains are beautiful at any time of day, but it's fun to watch storms come across from Wyoming. I've also seen quite a few white tail deer browsing in the pasture area and a coyote or two hunting along. (No big game hunting is allowed on the Crow Reservation, sorry.)


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(14 traveller reviews)

Fish. Boat. Play. Relax.
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews


  • 5 of 5

It was perfect. The early mornings, still fresh, when the sun painted the fields to the west in a golden hue. The 'homecoming' in the evening from the hustle and bustle of Crow Fair to the quiet of 'our' place. The house itself, so spacious and well equipped. And, of course, Barb: even sending me Montana tourist brochures all the way to Switzerland so that I arrived well informed!

My husband and I stayed for almost three weeks. We enjoyed it so much that we are seriously thinking about renewing the experience.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


  • 5 of 5

our stay in the bighorn valley was excellent. the house is equipped with everything imaginable for your stay. great for a couple, two couples, or two to four guys. there are two bedrooms and four double beds. we barbq'd pork loin one night and even found a meat thermometer. only one slight negative, the water pressure is a bit lacking. otherwise, we loved it.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Sioux Falls, SD

Great place!

  • 5 of 5

Barb provided everything we needed. The house was clean and comfortable and we were able to relax and enjoy the fishing.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Ben! I'm so glad you enjoyed your vacation!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Alpharetta, GA

Might be the best kept secret for lodging on the Bighorn!

  • 5 of 5

Recently stayed for 7 nights during a waterfowl hunting trip. With 3 people, 1 dog, a boat and tons of gear, we have always had problems with space. Not here! Plenty of room to keep the wet & dirty stuff outside and safe.

You will be very happy to return "home" each day to the comfortable furnishings and secluded location. If it's been a long day, you will most likely find yourself asleep in the big cushy chairs after a big meal cooked in a kitchen that has everything.

Barbara was on top of things from the minute I first contacted her. You don't need to worry about a thing. We started making plans to return next year on the drive back to Hardin.

Thanks for a great stay!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 7, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Fantastic Stay!

  • 5 of 5

A great home away from home! This rental is equipped with everything you need to have a truly relaxing stay. The photos do not depict how clean and well maintained this home is. Barb is just an email away, answering questions and helping you plan the trip before you come and while you are there visiting. (I received a packet of brochures on attractions in the Fort Smith area weeks before my arrival date.) I would definitely recommend this property to a family looking for some quality time together or to a group of friends wanting to explore the Bighorn area!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Exceptional Home with all the Amenities!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

The pictures and description doesn't due justice to how nice and well equiped the house is for guests.

The house was spotlessly clean when we arrived will all the necessary amenities and more. The location is perfect, private, nice big clean patios with tables and chairs, BBQ and most importantly

close to the BIG HORN RIVER fishing access. By the way the fishing was great lots of Browns and

Rainbows. We will definitely be back next year if not sooner.

Thank you again Barbara your home and detailed insutructions and all the amenities made our stay PERFECT!!

The Wells Missoula MT.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 9, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
85 Miles
Billings, MT and Sheridan, WY
Nearest Barpub
32 Miles
Hardin, MT
Nearest Golf
35 Miles
Hardin, MT
Nearest Motorway
32 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Ft. Smith, MT
Nearest Ski
150 Miles
Red Lodge, Montana
Car: necessary

Seasonal upland game bird and goose/duck hunting.

Great home base for lots of local water-sport activities and sight-seeing.

Make a day of historic battlefield tours, and visit Pompey's Pillar.

Quiet and private - perfect for recharging your batteries and getting away from the 'Honey Do' list for a few days!

Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Big Horn County, Bighorn River Valley

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Winter rates
1 Jan - 15 Mar
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £157
Cleaning Fee £87
Tax Rate 7.0%

Signed contract is required.
Pets must be pre-approved. Additional cleaning fee and refundable deposit required.

Visa, MasterCard, Discover
Personal / Corporate checks
Money Orders

Enter dates for accurate pricing
Available arrival


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Big Horn County, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet
  • 1.5
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Double Bed
  • Double Beds (4) Sleeps 4 comfortably, maximum 8
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • marina
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • caving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
No video games are provided! Encourage your children to go play outside, or play a board game together!

Partner Offers

Portable wifi hotspot

You might like these similar properties