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MOUNTAIN ELK HUNTING/RETREAT Outdoor Recreation Ranch - Helena, Avon -

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Separate WC's1
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 6 bedroom holiday lodge in Helmville

Lodge, 6 Bedrooms, 5 Baths, (Sleeps 18)

Rugged back country makes up the majority of this vast working Montana mountain ranch. An ELK Hunters Paradise & Outdoor lover's Retreat, located by Avon in the beautiful Garnet Mountains, it is 42 miles west of Helena & Canyon Ferry, 15 miles east of Garrison & Drummond, & roughly 40 miles south of Lincoln.

With over 10,000 acres to play on - this is a true outdoor recreation delight for Big Game Hunters (rifle & bow) with huge ELK herds, Trophy Muley Deer, Black Bear, Wolf & occasional Moose; also for avid horseman (endless mountain trails), nature lovers (watch big game & other Wild-Life, fields of colorful wildflowers, mountains, trails) , fisherman (fly fishing in our stocked reservoir), 'big toy' enthusiasts (4-wheelers in the summer, snow mobiles in the winter, over logging roads in the back country), snow-shoeing & cross country skiers (unbelievable views & endless roads). Also a wonderful place for a sabbatical, family reunion, or group retreat....a peaceful, natural setting for guests 'to get away'.

Enjoy the warmth of the wood fireplace in the Great Room, viewing the Elk trophy mounts on surrounding walls. The poker table corner is sure to delight those who enjoy a good card game, reminiscent of the old Wild West gambling days! Or step across the hall to partake in a game of pool. The large kitchen is great for entertaining large groups, with an attached sunroom & sauna.

This older ranch home offers lots of room to spread out with the Great Room, pool room, kitchen & office all on the main floor, along with the King bed Master Suite with double hide-a-bed & its own shower & bathtub. On the lower level you will find the Queen bed suite with shower & tub; bunkbed room, King bedroom, 5 single twin beds with 2 bathrooms adjoining the bath & shower.

Looking out the dining, sunroom & office windows, down the road is the ranch manager's house, with the corrals, barns & farm buildings of this operation. Cattle may be present in the corrals, depending on the time of year. With Mountain views of Helena National Forest to the west & Garnet Mountains to the east, wildlife is everywhere - an occasional fox or elk may stray cross the backyard hill! Treat yourself to a rugged Montana Wilderness vacation with over 10,000 acres to explore & come in at night to the comforts of our huge ranch house! Our property is great for your back-to-nature retreat, family reunion, nature exploration, big game hunting, bow hunting or fly fishing expedition. Close to mining opportunities by Helena.

Close to Montana cities - Helena (Helena is Montana's capital, mining nearby, restaurants, historical tours), Garrison, (bars & restaurants), Canyon Ferry (boating), Deer Lodge (prison, hot springs, restaurants), Lincoln (hunting, restaurants, bars) - if you feel the need for civilization !

Keywords: Ranch home, Outdoor, Recreation, ELK Hunting, Big Game, Bow Hunting, Fishing, Fly fishing, Mining, Hiking, Horse back riding, Retreat, Sabbatical, Reunions, Montana Western Adventure, Camping, 4-Wheeler, Snowmobiles, Cross country skiing, Snow Shoeing, Wildlife, Get-A-Way, Mountain Home, Paradise, Wilderness, Adventure, Helena, Garrison, Lincoln, Canyon Ferry, Drummond, Deer Lodge

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 October, 2016
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We are native Montanans , Joe is a CPA & I am a retired Insurance Agency owner. We have invested in farms & ranches for the past 20 years. Between us we have 8 children, ages 36 to 16.

MELANIE VANKOTEN-EVE purchased this lodge in 2008


Montana outdoors at it's finest!! We want to preserve our Montana heritage for our children.

What makes this lodge unique

Hunting is the greatest love of this property for us - and we all enjoy the fishing, hiking, 4-wheeling, along with running our cattle ranching operation in this wonderful Montana outdoor setting. This is your Montana Wilderness Adventure destination - over 15,000 acres to explore!!!


based on 6 holidaymaker reviews

MOUNTAIN ELK HUNTING/RETREAT Outdoor Recreation Ranch - Helena, Avon -
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Everything you come to montana for

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at little valley ranch - lots of elk and other wildlife seen. Road system is great for access to different parts of the property. Great fishing in the lake. And the house was very spacious with tons of room for large groups. Very scenic property with everything you could ask for when coming to Montana for a ranch getaway. Definitely recommend!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Elk Hunt 2015

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time on our elk hunt at this rental. We had numerous close encounters with elk and although we were never able to harvest one, we had a fun hunt. The accommodations were very comfortable.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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2015 Fall Hunting Adventure

  • 5 of 5

The Little Valley Ranch is all I had hoped it would be. What a blessing to get to stay for a week and enjoy a great hunting experience. There was no disappointment with any of it. The home, the lake fishing, the size of the ranch, the amount of elk . . . it couldn't have been better. The ranch owners were very hospitable and accommodating and made me feel welcome. I'm looking forward to going again in 2016. There were lots of elk but the hunt was still challenging, as I would want it to be. This year God blessed me with a 5 point bull elk so there will be lots of meat in the freezer for a while! All in all it was a great time. What a beautiful place!!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fountain Valley, CA

Little Valley Ranch

  • 5 of 5

Little Valley Ranch is an awesome location nestled in the Garnet Mountains. It has a large rustic farm house that is part of a working ranch. You have access to miles of rugged mountains to explore. There is an abundance of opportunities for activities. We saw amazing numbers of elk, deer and antelope. Also enjoyed some awesome fishing and hiking. If you like the outdoors or just want to relax and take in the big sky country you will love this ranch.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 14, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hardin, MT

Minnesota Group

  • 5 of 5

The hosts were great! They even gave me a birthday party. Fishing was good. Saw lots of elk. The lodge was excellent and well stocked. Good fishing destinations nearby. The 4-wheeler trails were plentiful but a map of the trails would have been helpful. All in all a good place to stay. Would highley recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Turlock, CA


  • 5 of 5

Excellent vacation rental. Will be pleased to return next year.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Car: necessary

Rustic, working Montana mountain ranch located in the Garnet Mountain Range by Avon - Over 15,000 Deeded acres of Mountain wilderness! ....Follow logging roads on your own horses or 4 - wheelers to explore the mountain terrain; great for snow-mobiling, snow-shoeing & cross country skiing during winter; other seasons - observe the Elk herd, Muley & Whitetail deer, Black & Grizzly bear, fox, wild turkeys & moose in their natural habitat; hike beautiful meadows & mountain trails on this unique Montana ranch! Bow hunting & rifle hunting reservations available upon special request...... Or watch the ranch hands moving cattle on horseback, enjoy a bonfire under the Big Sky Country night, or rack up a game of pool in the lodge! ... Civilization is just a short drive to Drummond, Deer Lodge, the state capital of Helena, Canyon Ferry, Lincoln, and roughly 90 minutes from Missoula.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday lodge in Helmville, Montana

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rifle Hunting Season
20 Oct 2016 - 27 Nov 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £65
Refundable Damage Deposit £410

Please contact owners for specific rates & for all bookings. Special Hunting rates for both Bow & Rifle seasons. We are happy to assist you with Special Events, Family Reunions, Sabbaticals, Business Groups, etc.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday lodge in Helmville, USA

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 5200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Master Suite - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Main Floor - Toilet
    Queen Suite - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Separate toilet/sink room, adjoins shower room w/ bathroom 4
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Separate toilet/sink room, adjoins shower room w/bathroom 5
  • 5 total bathrooms, Main floor- 3/4 bath off kitchen, full bathroom in Master King suite. Walk-in basement - full bath in Queen suite, there are 2 - 3/4 bathrooms that adjoin shower/tub in center room.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Master King Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Master has it's own private bathroom with shower & bathtub.
    Southwestern - 1 Large Double Bed , Queen suite has it's own bath room with shower & bathtub
    Girls Bunk - 1 Single Bed , 1 Bunk Bed
    King Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , King with adjoining bathroom
    Red Western Room - 2 Single Bed
    Boy's Camo Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed
  • The spacious King Master Suite has built in closets,its own shower, bathtub,the Queen Suite has its own bathtub/shower., the King bedroom has 1 King bed and 1 twin, The boys 'camo' room offers 1 King bed and 2 twin beds. The Red Western room has 2 twin beds with built in desk area., The Girls Bunkbed room has 1 set bunkbeds and one twin bed.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • ski
  • Snowmobiling

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