Very Good

3 reviews

1 / 6 Grizzly Cabin. Large log cabin on it\'s own acreage with river access.



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Description from owner

TripAdvisor Property ID: 4899089

About the area

Smoky Bear Ranch at Glacier National Park is a small facility with a lodge and cabins in a remote setting in the North Fork Valley. The ranch has river access on the North Fork of the Flathead River which is the western boundary of Glacier National Park. About 10 minutes from the West Glacier entrance to the park but far from the crowds, traffic and trains of West Glacier. This is a ranch so we're not in any city but the closest town is West Glacier. Columbia Falls is about 15 minutes and Whitefish is about 40 minutes away. Our guests have considered us one of the best base camps for Glacier Park and you'll find a wealth of information about the park and surrounding areas on our site. We have been hiking, fishing, and exploring the area for over twenty years and can show you the best trails and fishing holes or set you up with guides. In addition we have hiking trails and river fishing right here on the property. See what other guests have had to say about our ranch over the last 20+ years. You can't find a nicer, more comfortable facility in such a remote setting in or around the park.

Owner profile

Scott And Nancy C.
Years listed:

Languages spoken: English



  • Grill
  • Heating
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • High Speed Internet
  • Linen provided
  • Mountain Views
  • Parking Included
  • Waterfront


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • CD player
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Video player
  • Washing machine


  • Cycling Trips
  • Fishing
  • Water sports

Reviews (3)

Very Good – based on 3 reviews Very Good
3 reviews

“Three Generation Family Vacation of a Lifetime”

Reviewed 22 Aug 2016

My family of 10 stayed in the Grizzly cabin for 5 nights. Ages 5 to 69 we all made memories to last a lifetime. While the main reason for our trek to Montana was to see Glacier National Park I never realized how moving the setting at Smoky Bear Ranch would be. I chose this establishment mainly because of it's location to the park. 15 to 20 minutes and you are at the gate. Perfect. I met Nancy, the owner, at check-in and she gave a thorough walk through of the cabin and all it's amenities. After that, she spent a good amount of time giving us pointers on things to do in the park and in Columbia Falls like grocery shopping and such. Her info was worth a fortune. We had horseshoe games every night while getting the bon fire going for the evening with wood purchased right from Scott at Smoky Bear Ranch. Even the wood was great. They give you kindling wood and some newspaper with every $5 bundle. Again, perfect. The simple things they provided us to use were really nice and saved us money like bear spray, walking sticks, maps, a number of books on the area and the park, etc. I could go on all night bragging about how nice and comfortable the place is. Make sure and sign up for the newsletter. They give a substantial discount and then you receive emails every once and a while which were all educational about the wildlife, the plants, places to see while you are there an such. Very cool. To wrap it up, I could not have gotten three hotel rooms for my family for five nights for the price I paid here. And hotel rooms would have never given us such a special time together under one roof. Grandma was happy. My wife was happy. Everyone was happy and continues to talk about how special it was. Lastly, I promise...take the walk down to the river from behind the main building. It is some kind of ancient rain forest or something. Scott, the owner, can explain it. It was awesome!

Owner's reply: Thank you for your kind words. We are so glad we could make your family vacation such a memorable one. We hope we'll see you again one day.

“Glacier family vacation”

Reviewed 2 Aug 2014

Our family of 11 stayed at Grizzly Cabin for a week. The location was actually very nice. The cabin was clean and well stocked for dishes and cooking utensils. A short trip to the West entrance to Glacier National Park if you are willing to drive on a little gravel. Blankenship road got is there is about 15-20 minutes. Also only 20-30 minutes from Whitefish and 10-15 from Columbia Falls. Location is very quiet and wooded. The temps got up in the 90's while we were there, but the cabin stayed quite cool and great for sleeping as it cooled off at night. Our hosts were very nice. They provided us with hiking maps and a guide book and also had bear spray on site that we could use if needed. The only unpleasant surprise was that the water was quite sulphuric and we decided to bring drinking water in. The good news is that we purchased a few gallons and would then take them with us into glacier and we could refill them for free at any of the campsites. We always filled our hydration packs at these sites prior to hiking anyway so it was not inconvenient. The cabin water was fine for bathing. We would recommend this for any familiy looking for a quiet, peaceful place to stay near Glacier.

Owner's reply: The cabins well is 200 feet (61 meters) deep and the water is potable. Although we treat it some hard water minerals such as calcium and magnesium remain. Some people are not familiar with the benefits of hard water.

“Loved it!!!”

Reviewed 14 Oct 2007

We loved our stay at Grizzly Cabin! The location was perfect, allowing us to do all of our day hikes with minimal travel. The cabins are set in a nice quiet location and are very comfortable. We look forward to coming again!!!

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Owner Supplied Testimonials

"This is definitely a piece of heaven! The Cabin is beautiful." Bernadette, Phoenix, AZ

"We had a great time at the Cabin. With the deer & bear visiting each morning we almost saw more animals here than in the Park."
Thomas, Tiffany, & Rachel, Simpsonville, SC

"We loved the Grizzly Cabin. Thank you for the tip on Glacier Route 7 where we found Logging Lake - a long hike but beautiful views, we also found that no one came down there." Mario, Timo, Ingo, & Hanna, Newtown, CT

"I would never have dreamed this place would be so beautiful! We had so much fun here. And the cabin was such a blessing, we could not have asked for a better place to stay. Thank you for creating such a wonderful place to live for a week!." Julie, Bakersfield, CA

"Wow, I must have died and gone to heaven! Grizzly Cabin is a perfect spot to house a wedding party." Jeanne, Honeydew, CA

"... The amenities and fully furnished kitchen were beyond expectations. Everything was so clean and in perfect order. I loved the rocking chairs on the front porch and always seeing deer close by." Kayla & Mike, Alexandria, LA

"How nice it was to return each night to this lovely cabin. We especially enjoyed all the deer that frequent the grounds & watching the hummingbirds."
Alan & Lisa, Paradise, CA

"What an incredible spot for a family stay. The setting is beautiful and the cabin is comfortable." Donavan, Silverton, OR

"This is a wonderful place. Enjoyed the privacy, cabin is just what we needed, everything included. The fire pit made nights especially wonderful."
Sarah, Vancouver, WA

"Our week was super & the cabin beautiful & well equipped. ...It was fun to see the moose, deer, wolves, & humming birds right here. ... The river walks were fun." Judy & Darrell, Kansas City, MO & Gene & Norma, Seattle, WA

"Grizzly Cabin is a comfortable and beautifully appointed wilderness hide-a-way. We appreciate you friendly and warm service and guidance... you are great hosts..." Ron & Irma, Westminster, CO & Jay, Cheryl, Weston & Sheridan, Helena, MT

"... We really appreciate it being fully stocked for all ages. The little ones had as much fun as the rest!"
Joy, Daniel, & Jacob, Yuma, AZ - Tom, Dana, Lexi, & Lacey, Johnson City, TX - Andy, Jean & Ashley, Bentley, Alberta

"The camp fires at night were a perfect way to relax at the end of a very busy day. You have a little piece of heaven here."
Julie & Larry, Natrona Heights, PA

"... The smell of pine & campfires, the buzz of hummingbirds & nature's silence is a treat for this family..." Peter & LeeAnn, St Louis Park, MN