Whether you’re looking to ski the Rocky Mountains or hike along the Great Plains, the diverse natural landscapes of Montana make it an ideal vacation destination for anyone who loves the outdoors. From skiing and snowboarding to boating, fishing, and exploring the world-famous Yellowstone National Park, Montana has something for everyone, and the scenery is beautiful year-round. If you’re planning a Montana vacation and seeking the perfect cabin or vacation rental home within close proximity to lakes, hiking trails, ski resorts, dining, and more, this top seven list of Montana cabin rental locations can help you find just what you need.

1. Gardiner

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Gardiner, Montana is located along Yellowstone National Park’s northern range, so a vacation rental here puts you just minutes away from one of the most popular parks in the world. Yellowstone National Park has plenty to offer when it comes to activities and recreation, and vacation rentals in this area include cottages that sit along the Yellowstone River, rustic wood cabins, and private homes just steps away from the park. During the summer, spend your days in Yellowstone Park hiking through the canyons, fishing at Yellowstone Lake, and visiting the world-famous Old Faithful geyser. If you’re planning a winter trip, sign up for a Yellowstone Year-Round Safari, where you and your family can get up close and personal with the bison and elk that roam the land. Or, take the 5-mile trip into Mammoth Hot Springs and enjoy a warm, relaxing soak.

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2. Seeley Lake

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Seeley Lake sits nestled between the Montana’s Swan and Mission mountain ranges, and vacation rental options in the area include rustic wood cabins and lakefront condominiums. Located in Missoula County, Seeley Lake offers the perfect backdrop for a variety of year-round activities, including fishing, canoeing, and kayaking during the summer months, while the surrounding mountains have over 350 miles of groomed trails for snowboarding and downhill skiing. The Seeley Lake Ski Club maintains the Nordic Ski Trails, where you can explore the beautiful landscape on snowshoes and cross-country skis. If you’re feeling adventurous, sign up with the club for a guided dog-sledding tour.

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3. Big Sky

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Big Sky, Montana serves as a gateway town to Yellowstone National Park, and it’s known as the home to the “Biggest Skiing in America.” During a winter visit, enjoy over 5,800 acres of ski-friendly terrain that spans Lone Tooth Mountain, Big Sky Mountain, and Beartooth Mountain Range. Snowboard, ski, or rent some snow tubes and navigate the mountains, or take a family snowshoe hike through Yellowstone’s back country. The area offers cozy cabins within a few miles of the slopes, as well as private homes and seasonal cottages just outside of Yellowstone National Park. During the summer months, Big Sky and Yellowstone Park offer endless opportunities for recreation. Sign up for a family fly fishing trip with Gallatin River Adventures, brave the Gallatin River on a whitewater rafting excursion, or simply relax outside your vacation rental and watch the sunset as you grill up some burgers or freshly-caught fish.

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4. Red Lodge

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Vacation rentals in Red Lodge include cozy townhomes and wood cabins just a few miles north of Rock Creek, where you can spend your days fishing, canoeing, and rafting when the weather is warm. While Red Lodge is also a gateway town into Yellowstone, you can also find plenty of activities outside of the park. For a little sightseeing and some shopping, pop on down to Main Street and peruse the historic architecture antique shops in Historic Downtown Red Lodge, then stop by the Rocky Mountain Market for some snacks and souvenirs. During the winter months, go sledding on the closed road between Red Lodge and Cooke City, or hit the slopes with the family at the Red Lodge Mountain Ski Resort, which offers over 65 trails for beginners to pros.

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5. West Yellowstone

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West Yellowstone is a great vacation rental location choice if you’re planning to spend your days exploring the park, as it sits within a mile of Yellowstone Park’s west entrance. Lodging options include rustic wood cabins, condos, private rental homes, and townhouses, with gorgeous views of the surrounding landscapes. Activities in Yellowstone National Park are limited during the winter months, but you can sign up for guided snowmobiling tours or take a snow coach bus tour to Old Faithful geyser. During the summer, the park is a mecca for recreational activities that include fishing on Yellowstone Lake or Madison River, guided nature tours, horseback riding, and searching for treasures at the Yellowstone Gem Mining Company.

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6. Bozeman

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Bozeman sits in southern Montana’s Rocky Mountains, approximately 3 miles north of the Spanish Peaks and the Bridger Mountain Range. Whether you’re visiting during the summer or winter, there are plenty of activities to enjoy, including kayaking down the Madison River, fishing in the Hyalite Reservoir, downhill and cross country skiing through the mountain trails, and visiting the Siebel Dinosaur Complex, which houses authentic T. Rex fossils. Many of the cabins and vacation rental homes in the area sit just steps from several lakes and rivers, including Canyon Ferry Lake and the Gallatin River, which was also used as a location in the Hollywood blockbuster “A River Runs Through It.”

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7. Whitefish

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Also located in Montana’s Rocky Mountains, the mountain town of Whitefish is an ideal getaway spot for families looking to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors with the added benefit of modern conveniences. Downtown Whitefish houses several shops and restaurants and serves as a gateway to Glacier National Park. Nearby Whitefish Lake has a boating ramp for easy access to fishing and watersports during the warmer seasons, and you can also pack up a picnic lunch and spend the day at City Beach. During the winter months, Whitefish Mountain Resort provides plenty of fresh powdery snow for skiing and snowboarding. Rent a mountain cabin for fantastic views and quick access to the nearby natural attractions, or choose a lakefront rental home for beautiful views of Whitefish Lake.

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