The Alta Ranch: The Aspen

Darby, Montana vacation rental

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  • Bedrooms - 1
  • Bathrooms - 1.0
  • Sleeps - 4
  • Pets considered
  • On the Westfork Bitterroot River

Do the words cozy atmosphere put a smile on your face? The Aspen is our smallest cabin. We actually have 6 cabins at our family 4-season Montana ranch, so if you're looking for lodging for more than 4 people we have you covered. Spring offers wildflowers and it is common to see moose, elk, and white-tail deer on the ranch. Summer fishing is excellent and so are the warm days and cool nights. Fall fishing can be fantastic too, but the colorful fall foliage steals the show. Downhill skiing is nearby; cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and ice skating are right out the front door. Ask us about canoeing and gold panning.

The kitchen features a full-sized range, refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee maker, toaster, dishes, cookware, and utensils. Send us your grocery list and for a small fee we will be happy to stock the kitchen before you arrive.

Sleeping arrangement: Master bedroom on main level with queen bed; loft with two twin beds that can be converted to a king bed accessible by spiral staircase; bathroom with stall shower.

A washer and dryer is available to all guests in the Homestead cabin as well as a TV, WIFI, books, and games.

Unique Features

The Aspen cabin has a porch overlooking the river. Spectacular views of the valley and surrounding mountains greet you every time you step outside! When you step inside our 600 sq. ft. cabin, you enter a warm living and dining room with wood stove (stocked with plenty of lodgepole pine, ponderosa pine, and Douglas fir firewood) and a fully equipped kitchen. Two-thirds of a mile of the upper West Fork of the Bitterroot River flows through the ranch grounds.

The Alta Ranch is a wedding and honeymoon destination too (spectacular mountains and forest are the perfect setting. Indoor or outdoor options for the ceremony. Creating a magical wedding celebration is a specialty of ours.

The Aspen is 200 feet from the river. The private campfire site is nestled in the pines next to the river

Things To Do

A place where wonderful memories are made! Explore Skalkaho Falls, just north of Darby, one of western Montana’s “must sees.” The Bitterroot River offers over 76 miles of floatable river, from 6 miles south of Darby to Missoula and 100 miles of fishable river. When the snow flies, the Lost Trail Powder Mountain typically accumulates the most snow depth in Montana and has some of the best downhill slopes in the state. Two miles away is Painted Rocks Lake (swimming, boating, water skiing, and jet skiing). The ranch is 4 hrs. south of Glacier National Park and 6 hrs. from Yellowstone.

Nearby are several good restaurants. What might you see near the cabin? Moose, elk, deer, eagles, waterfowl, songbirds, and more. No surprise because the Bitterroot National Forest surrounds the ranch. 1600 miles of solitary hiking trails - in fact, the ranch has some interesting history including visible trail markings by native Indians. Our guests enjoy excellent walk-and-wade cutthroat trout fishing.

Amenities: Multi-cabin resort capacity

  • Multi-cabin resort capacity 91-100

Amenities: Rental type

  • Pets considered
  • Year-round rental

Amenities: Housekeeping

  • Linens Provided

Amenities: Utilities/Firewood

  • Fireplace

Amenities: Kitchen amenities

  • Furnished kitchen

Amenities: Onsite recreation

  • Outdoor grill
  • Outdoor firepit
  • ATV trail


Multi-cabin resort capacity

  • Multi-cabin resort capacity 91-100

Rental type

  • Pets considered
  • Year-round rental


  • Linens Provided


  • Fireplace

Kitchen amenities

  • Furnished kitchen

Onsite recreation

  • Outdoor grill
  • Outdoor firepit
  • ATV trail

Property styles

  • Cabin
  • Cottage
  • Multi-cabin resort
  • Ranch

Property settings

  • Walking distance to water
  • Mountain view

Rates & Specials

$125 - $160 per night
$875 - $1120 per week

3rd party booking

$163 - $208 per night
$1138 - $1456 per week

$160 a night (June - September); $125 a night (Oct - May)

Check-in after 4:00 p.m. Check-out by 11:00 a.m.
Deposit of 50% is required within 7 days of reservation. Balance is due upon arrival.

All rates are subject to 7% Montana Accommodations Tax. Rates include unlimited use of all ranch facilities including catch-and-release trout pond, canoe, rowboat, paddleboat, campfire sites, library, clubhouse, and laundry. The minimum stay is 3 nights. For shorter stays there is an additional $50 charge. No smoking inside the cabins, but smoking is allowed on the porch.

We accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express, personal checks, travelers checks, money orders, and cash. Deposits are refundable, less a $25 cancellation fee up to 60 days before arrival. Within 60 days of arrival, deposits are refundable only if we are able to book the canceled space. If you must leave the Alta Ranch before your reserved time is complete, you will be responsible for the entire time reserved.


February 2013. The simple life is good. The Aspen was equipped with everything we could possibly need, and in turn we had everything we could possibly want. As with so many entries before, we leave wanting more, wanting to come back to this feeling of peace. My memories will hold the Alta Ranch as a “Good Place.” Thank you for maintaining this slice of heaven so perfectly. Bill and Lisa, Missoula MT
May 2013. We spent only 3 days at the Alta Ranch. And we had some great days here. Sandra, Germany
October 2013. Day One: 14th birthday well spent! One of my favorite things to do is fly fish and within 2 hours of being here, we had already caught 3 cutthroat trout! Amazing first day! Day 2: More trout. Snowed for a few minutes around noon. Tried out the pool table in the Bunkhouse. Campfire roasted hot dogs for dinner. Listened to elk bugling in the dark. Montana at it’s best. Day 3: Meadow was full of elk. Big bull trying to keep his harem cows together,. Got some great pictures. Heading out this morning and hate to go. We will be back! Tim and Dylan, Kentucky
August 2013. Had a lovely, peaceful visit. Caught some nice cutthroats and really enjoyed seeing the huge rain

Map & Owner/Manager Info.

Property Details

9203 West Fork Road
Darby, MT 59829
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406-349-2142 If you call, mention "Rent Montana Cabins". Visit website (if listed) then return and send your inquiry.


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