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“ Excellent ”
16 Reviews
28302 Cougar Trail, Bigfork, MT 59911


Bedrooms: 9
Bathrooms: 4.5
Sleeps: 40
Type: Home
Per night: $375 - $849
Per week: $2,495 - $5,995
Pets allowed: No
Internet: Yes
Description of the Bigfork vacation home rental
Cougar Trail Ranch

THE RANCH HOUSE: 7 Bedrooms and a Foyer, 3.5 Bathrooms. Sleeps 34.
THE CABIN: 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom. Sleeps 6.

Located in Bigfork, in the middle of Flathead Valley, Cougar Trail Ranch is the ideal site for large gatherings. It is perfectly designed for family reunions, weddings, and corporate retreats. Nestled in fourteen acres of paradise, The Ranch is surrounded by the magnificent Montana wilderness. The view of the Rockies is simply breathtaking.

The Ranch House

This beautiful vacation home is cozy though very spacious (5,000 sq. ft). The Old World style woodwork and the earthy colors give it a true feeling of a home away from home. With its fully equipped kitchen and adjacent living room with fireplace, your family and friends will be able to create complete and/or fancy meals while enjoying the amazing view of the mountains.

It was built by the owner himself and his two sons. As a general contractor and carpenter, Arlan designed his dream home for his family. Now that his family is all grown up, you have the privilege of enjoying great moments in this superb home too. Each bedroom has its own style and personality. They are all named after his children and grandchildren.

The Ranch House is equipped and set up as a fully furnished property that includes bedspreads, linens, blankets, pillows, towels and a fully equipped gourmet kitchen with granite countertops and five-burner range top. The 8 bedrooms include 2 king, 7 queen, 3 full and 7 twin beds, as well as 2 sofa beds. There are 3 full bathrooms and a powder room. The master bathroom has a separate shower, and Jacuzzi tub. The living room has a gas fireplace, and the kitchen area a wood stove. There is a gym and a theater room that has state of the art projection system. It includes a wireless system that is connected to Wi-Fi and has TV, Netflix, hulu plus, Pandora, vudu, and other movie channels free of charge as well as all hook ups for tablets and portable computers. A speaker system is set to play music in all the main rooms of the first floor and outdoors on both the front and back decks.

The Ranch House features two large decks. On the front deck you will find a gas grill, tables and chairs for relaxing and dining. It is surrounded by gardens, a pond with a fountain, a beautiful lawn and an outstanding view of the mountains. Not to mention the fire pit for roasting marshmallows! On the back deck you will find a table and chairs for relaxing or dining. Wind down the day in the spa and have fun playing a game of foosball. On demand, we can set up our volleyball net on the side lawn.

The Cabin

A perfect place for a romantic getaway or a fun trip with the kids. Enjoy the beautiful Flathead valley and Glacier National Park. Offering space and solitude, yet close to the Ranch House, this is the ultimate private getaway that can sleep 6 people. From its front deck, you can also enjoy the spectacular view of the mountains.

The Cabin is equipped and set up as a fully furnished property that includes bedspreads, linens, blankets, pillows, towels and a fully equipped kitchen with granite countertops, 3 bar stools, a table and 6 chairs. It features a small living room, a master bedroom with a queen-size bed, a full bathroom, and a loft with a king size bed and a sofa bed that sleeps 2. We have to mention that to access the loft you'll need to climb a ladder (see photos). On the front deck you will find chairs, a small table and a gas grill for BBQs.

Concierge services

On demand, we can offer your group house cleaning and gourmet meal preparation as well as catering for special events. We can coordinate your fishing trips, snowmobile excursions and other special activities you might want to book in the area during your stay. Please call us today so we can help you plan your perfect vacation and create memories that will last a lifetime!
Area Information
Located right in the middle of the Flathead Valley, Cougar Trail Ranch is surrounded by nature. It gives you access to amazing lakes, rivers and streams, mountains and wildlife. It is the perfect spot for outdoor activities and sports. From the Ranch, you can get to most activities within a few minutes.

Summer activities: Golf, fishing, canoeing, white water kayaking, rafting, hiking, mountain biking, and swimming.
Winter activities: Cross-country skiing, skiing and snowboarding, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing.

Cougar Trail Ranch is also close to cultural centers such as Kalispell, Whitefish (city), Whitefish Mountain Resort, Blacktail Ski Resort, Glacier National Park. Nearby lakes are: Swan, Flathead, Echo, Loon and Horseshoe.

Availability Calendar


Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Oct 01 2014 May 31 2015 - $375 $2,495 - 2 Nights
Jun 01 2015 Sep 30 2015 - $795 $5,995 - 5 Nights
Jun 01 2015 Sep 30 2015 - $795 $5,995 - 5 Nights
Oct 01 2015 May 31 2016 - $425 $2,900 - 2 Nights
May 01 2016 Oct 01 2016 - $849 $5,900 - 5 Nights
Check In: 5 p.m. Check Out: 10 a.m.
Lodging tax: 9.8
Deposits: 50% Deposit, balance due within 90 days of booking date. Cancellations will be refunded on re-booking.
Payment Options: American Express, Discover, Mastercard, PayPal, Visa
Other Fees: All holidays and weddings are charged peak rates. Additional charge for renting The Cabin: Seasonal: Oct-Apr: $175/night, $1200/week, Peak: Jun-Sept: $225/night, $1475/week. Note: Rates are subject to change without notice.


  • Beds

  • 3 King Beds
  • 3 Double Beds
  • 7 Twin Beds
  • 3 Sofa Beds
  • 8 Queen Beds
  • Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hot Tub
  • Porch
  • Balcony
  • Full Kitchen
  • Housekeeper
  • Ski In/Out
  • Canoe
  • Garage
  • Kitchenette
  • View (Mountains)
  • Cook
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Linens Provided
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Heating
  • Parking Included
  • Wood Stove
  • Deck
  • High Speed Internet
  • Patio
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • DVD Player
  • Iron
  • Stereo
  • Blender
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • CD Player
  • Fax Machine
  • Oven
  • TV (Antenna)
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Gas Grill
  • Radio
  • Telephone
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Toaster
  • Computer
  • Ice Maker
  • Refrigerator (Mini)
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Activities

  • Bicycling
  • Kayaking
    (<1 mile)
  • Golf
    (6 miles)
  • Bowling
    (8 miles)
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Horseback Riding
    (1 mile)
  • Grocery Store
    (6 miles)
  • Jet Skiing
    (8 miles)
  • Gym/Fitness Center
  • Casino
    (2 miles)
  • Parasailing
    (6 miles)
  • Downhill Skiing
    (25 miles)
  • Hiking
  • Live Entertainment
    (2 miles)
  • Playground
    (6 miles)
  • Ice Skating
    (25 miles)
  • Hunting
  • Beach
    (5 miles)
  • Pool
    (6 miles)
  • Movie Theater
    (25 miles)
  • Restaurant
  • Boating
    (5 miles)
  • Racquetball
    (6 miles)
  • Water Park
    (25 miles)
  • Snowmobiling
  • Lake
    (5 miles)
  • Shopping Area
    (6 miles)
  • Whitewater Rafting
    (25 miles)
  • Volleyball Court
  • Park
    (5 miles)
  • Snorkeling
    (6 miles)
  • Winery
    (25 miles)
  • Canoeing
    (<1 mile)
  • Sailing
    (5 miles)
  • Tennis
    (6 miles)
  • Zoo
    (25 miles)
  • Fishing
    (<1 mile)
  • Water Skiing
    (5 miles)
  • Windsurfing
    (6 miles)

Reviews for this vacation home rental in Bigfork, Montana

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Mike Neeb

Mike Neeb

Kitchener, ON Canada

Family Christmas Vacation

January 1, 2015

Cougar Trail Ranch exceeded our expectations for a family Christmas getaway right from the perfect turkey dinner waiting for us upon arrival to the overall warmth and character of this very spacious, well kept home. Inside we made good use the large kitchen, theater room, workout room and hot tub. the outside is breathtaking with trails for walking or sledding. Arlan was very attentive to our needs and always available if needed. I would highly recommend this property for any family vacation.

Zakk Morrison

Zakk Morrison

Lethbridge, AB

felt like home

December 31, 2014

Arlan made us feel at home as soon as we arrived. They had food in the fridge and on the stove for us to enjoy as soon as we walked in. All the rooms were very comfortable (kitchen, theatre, bedroom, living room, etc). The outside was as comfortable as the inside. The grounds were well kept. A hidden treasure is out the backdoor to the hot tub. A very nice treat after a long day. For a few of us the fitness room (which includes a TV! to make the time pass a little quicker) was a nice change from eating and drinking. Thanks Arlan for a great Christmas holiday. Morrison-Rebolone Family

Maggie Budge Agard

Maggie Budge Agard

Missoula MT

Just like home but better!

December 25, 2014

This home is amazing! It is built and decorated beautifully! The attention to detail in design is flawless! We were shocked that a place so large could feel so warm and comfortable. Our family group of 17 stayed with plenty of room to spare and we felt right at home there. The owners were very accomodating to our needs as well. There was not a thing that we needed and did not have - the kitchen was well equipped to cook both gourmet and formal meals and there are many spaces to relax and wind down. We would recommend this rental to anyone and hope to return.

Majken May

Majken May

New York, NY

Amazing Montana Weekend!

September 15, 2014

We recently stayed here to attend an area wedding and couldn't have been more pleased with our experience. The house was incredible; clean, spacious, awesome amenities, easy to get to, and so much fun to stay at! I can't say enough for Arlan's hospitality or the gorgeous house. I would absolutely recommend staying here if you're ever in this neck of the woods.

India Morgan

India Morgan

Brooklyn, New York

Perfect spot for a high school reunion

September 15, 2014

Arlan's home goes above & beyond what you could hope for in a large rental property. 13 of us were up in Montana for a wedding on Swan Lake & Cougar trail was the perfect spot for our group. We arrived & were blown away; even the pictures don't do it justice. The grounds are immaculate - Arlan joked that his lawn was nicer than any carpet he'll ever own! He gave us a detailed tour upon our arrival, showing us how to use his awesome theater room (where we even hooked up our laptop to stream an Oregon football game that wasn't on tv) & sharing some of his home brewed beer. We spent the days around the house, playing volleyball, football, BBQing on the huge porch, exploring walking paths at the nearby Swan Lake. At night, we would build a campfire in the firepit & make s'mores before going in the hot tub & star gazing on the lawn. Some of the most beautiful views I've ever seen are from the front porch of the house. Have nothing but wonderful things to say about the home & Arlan himself - he really goes out of his way to make sure you're happy, comfortable & have everything you could need. Will absolutely be returning - next time with even more friends! :)

Rex Barrett

Rex Barrett

Rogers, Arkansas USA

Great place for gatherings

September 2, 2014

Had a mini family reunion here. It was an excellent place to stay. The little kids had fun on the large lawn playing and running. We used the firepit every night to roast marshmellows and hot dogs. The house was large, nice and very comfortable for ages from 82 to 4. I would highly recommend to friends and family.

David Willette

David Willette

North Adams, MA


August 3, 2014

We stayed at Cougar Trail the week of our son's Bigfork wedding. The house has everything you could possibly need. The only thing we had to run out and buy was bar soap for the baths. We had anywhere from 6 to 30 plus sleeping in the house on various nights and we never felt crowded. We had our rehearsal dinner under a tent on the front lawn with about 75 guests. Our caterer loved the kitchen and extra freezer and refrigerator in the house. Arlan and his lovely wife were wonderful hosts, always available if we had questions. I appreciate the fact that they didn't have a million rules for us to follow, they trusted us to respect their property. I highly recommend this property it is beautiful and comfortable!

Calgary Crew

Calgary Crew

Calgary Alberta


February 5, 2014

This was the second time that we brought in the new year here. Like our first visit we arrived to nice inviting and clean house. Each year we have gone with a group of 25+ people and everyone has had somewhere comfortable to sleep. It is close enough to whitefish that many people made skiing day trips. For those that opted to stay at the house for the day there was no shortage of things to do. From hiking around the house, reading books by the fire place to watching movies in the theater room (not hard to do if you follow the instructions that Arlan gave upon arrival.) When we got home we realized we had forgot something that was pricey to replace. With a couple emails sent Arlan found it and had it in the mail to return it to us. The customer service was great and he did what he could to make our stay enjoyable. There is a good chance we will be returning and I would happily recommend the property to large groups looking a nice relaxing vacation.

Megan Reberg

Megan Reberg

Crosby, ND USA

Christmas Wedding

January 7, 2014

I had my family stay in this amazing lodge when my husband and I got married. There was 16 of us and we had room for so many more! It was great because each family had their own area. I especially loved the kitchen and living room. It was an open area that was perfect for gathering in. The theater was fun to watch movies and football on. The location of the cabin is far enough away from town to appreciate the scenery, but close enough to have everything you need each day. We didn't have anything to worry about when we were staying there. Overall, awesome for large families or groups of friends!

Megan Reberg

Megan Reberg

Crosby, ND USA

Amazing Montana Wedding

January 2, 2014

My husband and I got married over the Christmas holiday. We had 16 people staying in the house and there was so much room still available! The kitchen and living area are beautiful and were a great gathering place for everyone! The theater was a fun place to watch movies, football, and tv. All of the kitchen appliances were very nice so we had big family breakfasts and dinners and ate out for lunch. The scenery is absolutely beautiful, far enough away from town to enjoy the beauty, but close enough for all the amenities Bigfork, Kalispell, and Whitefish offer. Arlan, the owner, was very welcoming and willing to help in anyway we needed him. Thanks so much. We had an amazing time!

Cierra Maloney

Cierra Maloney

Pittsburgh, PA

Perfect Montana Wedding

August 9, 2013

We rented the house for a week and had about 8 couples stay with us. We ended the week with our wedding ceremony and reception in the backyard. The weather was perfect and the evening was beautiful. We danced under the stars until the wee hours. Arlan was a great host and very accommodating. Thank you, Arlan, for a perfect night.

Sherry Ross Keenan

Sherry Ross Keenan

Fairfax, VA

Perfect in every way ! ! !

July 26, 2012

We had our family reunion and a wedding combined in this, our first trip to Montana. The house and grounds were as described - absolutely beautiful, and the owner, Arlan Wiggins, was as accommodating a host that one could hope for. We hope to return next year!

Kemet Stine

Kemet Stine

Fresno CA USA


August 15, 2011

The owner was very nice and was avble to assist with any issues we had with working the theater room. The property was kept immaculate.

Kache Miller

Kache Miller

Milk River, Alberta


February 11, 2011

We stayed here on a ski vacation with 4 other families. There was plenty of space, super clean, beautiful inside & out. Could not say anything bad at all. Thank you. We will be back!



Alberta, Canada


October 13, 2010

This was a great place for our family to get together and spend some quality time. Quiet, roomy, and beautiful.

Ronda Trumble

Ronda Trumble

mckinleyville CA

amazing place i'd love to own it!

January 2, 2010

Arlan, Thank you so much for a beautiful place. Like the other guy said pictures don't do it justice. There is so much room and so many things to do.We wanted to check the surrounding areas out more but the house was so beautiful no one wanted to leave. We had a small family reunion (about 30) plenty of room for many more. If you do decide to leave, everything is quite close, many lakes to choose from,town,hikes,snowboarding if winter etc. We would like to stay a week in the winter, and check the area out more,but of course go back in the summer. We would definatly have another family reunion there. We look forward to going back.

Owner Supplied Testimonials

Arlan, your place is amazing!!! the pics don't do it justice. we had a fabulous time and are going to try and get a big group together for the Holidays. Thanks for your incredible hospitality. Steve

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