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Historic family-run working ranch with 12,000 acres to ride, fish and explore

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 6 nights


About the property

Stay in an historic log cabin [the 'Summer Cabin'] - 4 BR/3 bath/3 fireplaces

Since 1901, the Mackay family has been hosting friends and guests at the Lazy E L Ranch. Thirty miles from Yellowstone National Park, the ranch has over 12,000 stunning acres adjacent to the Beartooth Mountains. Come to the Lazy E L to experience over 100 years of history; an endless variety of horseback riding terrain; an authentic working cattle ranch; fishing, rafting, hiking and access to the great outdoors. The Lazy E L Ranch is home to a variety of wildlife including deer, elk, moose, bears, mountain lions, bald eagles, Sandhill cranes, coyotes and sometimes wolves. Some wildlife like deer are very common. Others remain elusive like mountain lions. Some animals like wolves migrate on and off the ranch.

Built in the 1930's, the historic Summer Cabin, featuring unparalleled rustic charm, will be your home base. There are four comfortable bedrooms - two with king beds and two with twin beds - some featuring stone fireplaces and spectacular mountain views. Sit on one of the beautiful porches and read a book or just enjoy the view. The Summer Cabin offers three newly renovated bathrooms and a kitchenette with a washer/dryer. Just steps away, in the main barnyard, you will have exclusive use of the Cook House, featuring a well-appointed commercial kitchen and dining room where you can prepare meals at your leisure. With advance notice, arrangements can be made to have a local chef coordinate, shop for and prepare your meals.

There is nothing quite like horseback-riding on the Lazy E L, whether trail-riding through the woods, along the West Rosebud River or through open grasslands among the 2,000 head of cattle that graze the ranch each summer. Riding is arranged through local outfitters / neighbors - Paintbrush Adventures or Dream Dance Ranch - who have been taking family and guests riding on the ranch and in nearby national forest lands for years.

The ranch lies across three valleys, spanning from the East Rosebud River to the West Rosebud River. The West Rosebud offers five miles of private river access for some of the best fly-fishing in Montana. The Shorey Cabin, situated on the river near the southern border of the ranch - adjacent to Custer National Forest - is the perfect place for an evening cookout after a day on the river. Shorey's is also a great picnic destination while on a day horseback ride.

The Beartooth Mountains offer incomparable hiking opportunities for all levels. The beautiful East Rosebud Canyon connects a series of pristine mountain lakes. Known as 'The Beaten Path,' this trail is for hikers who want to explore up to 25 miles of unparalleled wilderness landscape connecting Cooke City [near the northeast gate to Yellowstone Park] to the East Rosebud. Also nearby, you can hike the West Rosebud to Mystic Lake or explore the Stillwater Canyon with its raging waterfall [a very different experience depending whether you are on foot or on horseback].

In Absarokee, MT, just 15 miles away, you can whitewater raft along the Stillwater and Yellowstone Rivers, guided by Adventure Whitewater, and complete with cliff jumping and frequent bald eagle sightings.

To top it all off, there are great dining options in the area. Roscoe [4 miles from the ranch] is home to the Grizzly Bar, famous for its steaks and burgers. Red Lodge, just 25 minutes to the southeast, features some terrific cuisine with choices ranging from the upscale Ox Pature or Carbon County Steakhouse to local favorites including Cafe Regis [vegetarian specialties], Mas Taco and the Red Lodge Pizza Co.

Whether you are just looking for a little downtime or wanting to 'take-on' the great outdoors, there is no place quite like the Lazy E L Ranch. You can spend your whole visit discovering all the ranch has to offer, or use it as a base to explore Yellowstone Park and the surrounding Beartooth-Absaroka Wilderness.

More Details

Michael Wang
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
13 July, 2018

About Michael Wang

In 1899, Malcolm Mackay came West and fell in love with the Rocky Mountains and the Western lifestyle. An outdoorsman, Malcolm enjoyed horseback riding, hunting, camping, exploring the remote wilderness, and working on the ranch. In 1901, he homesteaded the Lazy E L Ranch near Roscoe, Montana and over the years bought adjacent homesteads. He married Helen Raynor and built their home on the Lazy E L - the Summer Cabin. They had four children who survived to adulthood - Malcolm [“Bud”], William [“Bill”], Donald ['Pete'] and Mary-Ellen. The descendants of Malcolm Mackay continue to operate the Lazy E L Ranch to this day.

Michael Wang, Malcolm's grandson, now helps manages the ranch along with cousins Andy & Reg, and we will all be available as points of contact to help you coordinate an amazing western experience - we look forward to hearing from you!

Michael Wang purchased this cabin in 1901


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Roscoe in Carbon County

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • resort ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Newly renovated in 2017
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Newly renovated in 2017
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Newly renovated in 2017
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • The king and queen bedrooms have wood burning fireplaces; the king has a bathroom en-suite.
  • Books
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
There will always be a family member present on the ranch to help you coordinate special activities on the Lazy E L or in the surrounding area. Please inquire regarding larger groups, as we may be able to accommodate up to 14 people.


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Historic family-run working ranch with 12,000 acres to ride, fish and explore
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Four Families Vacationed Together at the Lazy EL Ranch

  • 5 of 5

Our gathering of 4 families at the Lazy EL Ranch for a week in July, 2016 was full of amazing activities and fellowship. We filled the Summer House, Stokke Cabin and Russell Cabin, then focused on the large Cook House to share all our meals, prepare for activities, play games and watch after-dinner family history slide shows. We stocked up at Costco in Billings, took turns cooking in the commercial kitchen, then ate inside and on the full porch with its Big Sky view. The cousins, ages 2-15, had a blast in and around the Cook House with spontaneous competitions and imaginings. The sunsets were amazing and we couldn’t stop gazing at the mountains from so many vantage points. The adults enjoyed late evening discussions on the Summer House porch.

We highly recommend the local outfitter who brought excellent horses to us at the Ranch so we could ride on trails, open pastures and in the woods on the 12,000 acres of Ranch property with its incredible hills and snow-covered mountain views. We also hiked and mountain biked to our limits, then cooled off by tubing in the pristine East Rosebud River. Our fishermen drove to the West Rosebud for memorable fly fishing despite a few rain showers. We all went whitewater rafting, splashing and cliff jumping just 15 miles north at Absarokee, MT. Twenty miles south in Red Lodge, MT, we all enjoyed the 4th of July Parade and the finale Rodeo from the covered grandstand (buy tickets well in advance online). We ate out just south of Red Lodge at the Bear Creek Saloon and Steakhouse where you can bet on the piglet races. We also ate at the Grizzly Bar in Roscoe, MT just 4 miles from the Ranch. Our hosts Reg, Andy and their son Jack were very helpful and responsive.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lexington, MA

Family memories for life

  • 5 of 5

Our family had an amazing time at the Lazy EL in mid-July. Our week there was the kick off of two weeks in Montana and Wyoming. This was our first time in this part of the US and our experience at the Lazy EL could not have been better. My family of five stayed in the Summer Cabin and had room to spare. The beds were very comfortable and rooms were all well appointed. Waking up in the master bed room to phenomenal views of the mountains to the south was a wonderful treat. Having drinks at the end of a busy day before dinner as we watched the sun start to go down was so relaxing. The views and vistas truly are breathtaking.

We hiked, rode horses, fished the West Rosebud River (Justin was a great guide), waded in the cool waters of the East Rosebud River on hot afternoons and just relaxed, read books and marveled at the views. The location was perfect for an afternoon at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and watching the rodeo in Cody, WY. Seeing the pig races at the nearby Bear Creek Saloon and Steakhouse was something our kids wont soon forget. And the town of Red Lodge nearby has great stores for poking around in and fun placed to get food. For those who need to be connected at all times, this is not the place for you. Thankfully, there was no cell coverage (we are AT&T) but there is wifi at the cook house which was perfect...connection if you really needed it but so easy to disconnect.

I cannot say enough about our hosts, Reg and Andy. They made us feel so welcome, answered all our questions, volunteered ideas and made sure we had a chance to appreciate their wonderful ranch. Their love and passion for the property and the region came through in so many ways.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lake Bluff, IL

A Slice of Heaven in the Old West

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had the great treat of staying at the Lazy EL for a week in late summer. It is difficult to capture in words or photos the awesome beauty of the place. The mountains, streams, valleys and Big Sky are absolutely breath-taking. Our lodgings in the Summer Cabin were private, comfortable and dripping with ranch history. We spent our days hiking, riding and rafting around the property and didn’t want to leave at the end of our stay. At night we would make our own dinners in the kitchen, hang out on the back porch star-gazing or maybe head down to the Grizzly Bar in near-by Roscoe, which is a must visit. If you want to experience the Real West surrounded by incredible natural beauty and great hospitality, look no further than the Lazy EL.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boston, MA

A wonderful time

  • 5 of 5

Our short stay at the Lazy E-L ranch was the highlight of our western tour this year. We stayed in a one-room log cabin that oozed western charm with a big stone fireplace that we used every night and a front porch perfect for an end-of-day glass of wine. The first time I've experienced total silence in years. The proprietors were gracious and did everything to make us feel welcome but also gave us plenty of space and privacy. A must-do is to book a horseback ride with the local outfitter through the ranch. We rode close to 4 hours and didn't come close to seeing it all. The scenery was breathtaking and it was well worth getting up at dawn to catch the sunrise. Cooking facilities are in a separate cabin though, and given the distance to anywhere, you do want to remember to stock up before arriving. Internet service is available in the cookhouse but not the cabin, but for us, getting away from email and phones for a while was a relief. Distance is a relative concept in this part of the country, and the closest real town is Red Logde, which is about 20 miles away. But right down the road is the Grizzly Bar, which welcomes both tourists and locals. We chose to become regulars at the Grizzly, and also found some great restaurants (Bogarts and the Red Lodge Cafe in Red Lodge) for dining rather than cooking ourselves. If you don't bring a camera while hiking and driving around the area, you'll regret it. I'd never heard of the Beartooth Highway before, but that was more impressive than Yellowstone - we drove it both ways. Hoping we can find the time for another trip next year, this time longer.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Billings, MT [or Bozeman, MT (135 mi.)]
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Grizzly Bar, Roscoe, MT
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Red Lodge Mountain Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
I-90 [30 mi.]; Rt. 212 [20 mi.]; Rt. 78 [4 mi.]
Nearest Restaurant
25 Miles
Montana Jack's [20]; Bridge Creek Backcountry [25]
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Red Lodge Mountain [Big Sky(185) or Bridger(135)]
Car: necessary

The Lazy E.L. Ranch is located along the front-range of the Rocky Mountains with incomparable views and access to nearby National Forest lands. The ranch is just a 25-minute drive from Red Lodge, MT, the gateway to the northeast entrance of Yellowstone Park via the Beartooth Highway - one of America's most scenic drives, peaking at 11,000 feet. One hour to the south of Red Lodge is Cody, Wyoming, home to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West - an historical museum - and the Cody Nite Rodeo [every night from June 1st through August 31st]. Within 15 miles of the Lazy E.L. ranch, in Absarokee, MT, there is access to whitewater rafting [through Adventure Whitewater] on the Stillwater and Yellowstone Rivers. Truly a four season destination, the Red Lodge area offers not only marvelous restaurants and shopping, but access to unparalleled back-country hiking, pack-trips and skiing.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Roscoe, USA

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6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £102 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £382.4
Cook House Cleaning £152.96
Summer Cabin Cleaning £229.44

The Cook House is available for use for a $100.00 flat fee, plus a $200.00 cleaning fee.

Note: a cook can be arranged with reasonable advanced notice; the Lazy E L will help you coordinate riding arrangements in advance [every day of your stay, if you would like] and can help you with other area reservations including rafting, dinners, etc.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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