The Alta Ranch: The Cottonwood Cabin

Darby, Montana vacation rental

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  • Bedrooms - 2
  • Bathrooms - 2.0
  • Sleeps - 8
  • Pets considered
  • On the Westfork Bitterroot River

If privacy and extra space are on your vacation wish-list, then our 1400 sq. ft. hand-hewn Cottonwood log cabin is for you. It's very close to the river too - about two-tenths of a mile away, just an easy stroll across the lush meadow. Ask us about gold panning - you may as well live like a local! That could mean white-water rafting trips on the Salmon and Bitterroot rivers too. Glacier National Park is a scenic 4 hours away; Yellowstone National Park is 6 hours away.

This cabin is great for 2 couples, or 8 people total if you use the queen sleeper sofa and twin rollaway beds. Weddings and Honeymoons are special at the Ranch.

Sleeping arrangement: Bedroom on main level with either a king bed or two twin beds; loft bedroom with either a king bed or two twin beds and 2 rollaways.

The Cottonwood cabin has a washer and dryer and iron in the laundry room. Guests can go to the Homestead cabin for TV and Wifi.

Unique Features

It has a small creek running next to the cabin and a private campfire site nearby. Relax on the porch and soak in the amazing panoramic view! The Cottonwood also has a BBQ and laundry room. The wood stove in the living room is stocked with plenty of lodgepole pine, ponderosa pine, and Douglas fir firewood. Kitchen features a full-sized range, refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee maker, toaster, dishes, cookware, and utensils. Send us your grocery list and we will be happy to stock the kitchen before you arrive! We also have a high-chair and a Pack-n-Play if needed.

Paperback books are available in each bedroom, along with a closet and extra storage space.

Things To Do

The Cottonwood cabin offers a gorgeous view of the valley and surrounding mountains. Skalkaho Falls, just north of Darby, is 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).

Nearby are several good restaurants. What might you see near the cabin? Moose, elk, deer, eagles, waterfowl, songbirds, and more. That's no surprise because the Bitterroot National Forest surrounds the ranch. 1600 miles of hiking trails; Excellent walk-and-wade cutthroat trout fishing; Horseback trail riding; Mountain biking; Guided ATV riding - the list of adventures goes on.

Just down the road is the first ranger station ever built in the U.S.

Amenities: Multi-cabin resort capacity

  • Multi-cabin resort capacity 91-100

Amenities: Rental type

  • Pets considered
  • Year-round rental

Amenities: Housekeeping

  • Linens Provided
  • Washer & Dryer

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
  • Washer & Dryer


  • Fireplace

Kitchen amenities

  • Furnished kitchen

Onsite recreation

  • Outdoor grill
  • Outdoor firepit
  • ATV trail

Property styles

  • Cabin
  • Cottage
  • Multi-cabin resort
  • Ranch

Property settings

  • On a river
  • Walking distance to water
  • Mountain view

Rates & Specials

$175 - $220 per night
$1225 - $1540 per week

3rd party booking

$228 - $286 per night
$1593 - $2002 per week

$220 a night (June-September); $175 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.

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.

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.


August 2013 - Had a lovely, peaceful visit. Caught some nice cutthroats and really enjoyed seeing the huge rainbows in the pond! Marlene and Tom, North Carolina
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
Great fishing on and off the ranch. Big fish on our dry flies which made us happy. Good meals, evening movies. Thanks Katrin and Peter for sharing this piece of heaven with us. Susan and Phil, Washington

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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