The 9 Best Montana Cabin Rentals of 2020

Marshall Lake in autumn at Swan Valley of Lolo National Forest, Montana, USA

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If you’re feeling the call of the wild, where better to reconnect with nature than in Montana, one of the largest and also least densely populated states in America. Synonymous with stunning wilderness areas, it boasts snow-capped mountains and bison-inhabited prairies, dramatic badlands rock formations, and unrivaled wildlife encounters in Yellowstone and Glacier national parks. Opportunities for outdoor adventure (whether you’re a hiker, a biker, or a rock climber) abound. To fully immerse yourself in Montana’s natural beauty, eschew big city hotels and opt for a stay in a rural cabin rental instead. 

Our Top Picks

01 of 09

Best Overall: Secluded 1-Bedroom Cabin Near Ronan

Secluded 1-Bedroom Cabin Near Ronan

Airbnb

Bedrooms
  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Queen Bed

  • 2 People

Amenities
  • Kitchen

  • WiFi

  • TV

  • Heating

With a five-star rating on Airbnb, this Superhost-owned cabin offers the perfect blend of seclusion and convenient access to the nearby town of Ronan. This charming cabin is decorated in beautiful contemporary style, with an open-plan kitchen and spacious living and dining areas. Full-length windows let in breathtaking views of the snowy Mission Mountains, which can also be enjoyed from the front porch. In the evening, sit around the fire pit in the Adirondack chairs and watch the mountains change color with the glow of sunset. The cozy bedroom is separate from the main living area, while the bathroom boasts a natural rock wall and an indulgent, spa-style soaking tub. 

02 of 09

Best Budget: 1-Bedroom Cabin on the Edge of Lolo National Forest

1-Bedroom Cabin on the Edge of Lolo National Forest

Airbnb

Bedrooms
  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Queen Bed

  • 1 Sofa Bed

  • 4 People

Amenities
  • Kitchen

  • WiFi

  • TV

  • Laundry

Situated deep in the woods on the edge of Lolo National Forest, the closest town to this quaint log cabin is Alberton. Although the furnishings are simple, it receives excellent reviews and is an affordable option for budget travelers. The living area consists of an open-plan kitchen, a dining table, and a cozy seating area complete with a TV and large library. There are DVDs provided, so you can settle in for a movie marathon after a day of outdoor adventures. In summer, spend your evenings making s’mores or grilling hot dogs over the creekside fire pit. Other amenities include WiFi and a washer/dryer. Note that there is no cell coverage, however, a landline is provided. 

03 of 09

Best Runner-Up: Stylish 1-Bedroom Cabin Near Bozeman

Stylish 1-Bedroom Cabin Near Bozeman

Airbnb

Bedrooms
  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Queen Bed

  • 2 People

Amenities
  • Kitchen

  • WiFi

  • Laundry

  • Indoor Fireplace

Another Superhost-owned property with flawless Airbnb reviews, this studio-style carriage house is crafted from reclaimed timber and located in rural farmland outside Bozeman. It offers access to private and public hiking trails and gives you the chance to surround yourself with wildlife and mountain views. During the day, let the alpine air flood in through the French doors or eat out on the furnished patio. A cozy wood-burning fireplace adds ambiance and warmth on chilly winter nights. The kitchen is conveniently stocked with everything from tea and coffee to spices and condiments, so you can prepare meals without buying basic necessities. Other perks include WiFi and a washer/dryer.

04 of 09

Best Amenities: Bunkhouse Cabin on the Kootenay River

Bunkhouse Cabin on the Kootenay River

Airbnb

Bedrooms
  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Queen Bed

  • 1 Double Bed

  • 4 People

Amenities
  • Kitchen

  • WiFi

  • TV

  • Laundry

This listing is one of a community of cabins nestled amidst the cedar trees on the banks of the Kootenay River outside Troy. It offers access to an enviable array of shared amenities, including a barrel sauna, free bicycles, kayaks, and a beach with a fire pit and chairs. If you feel like socializing with other guests, head to the communal yurt; if you want a peaceful al fresco dinner, fire up the grill on your private deck with its soothing river and mountain views. Inside the cabin, you’ll find a queen bed, kitchen, and ensuite bathroom on the main level and a double bed in the loft. Use the WiFi to get online or entertain yourselves with the guitar and Victrola record player for some musical leisure, instead.

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05 of 09

Best Family: 4-Bedroom Cabin Outside Bozeman

4-Bedroom Cabin Outside Bozeman

Airbnb

Bedrooms
  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 1 King Bed

  • 1 Queen Bed

  • 2 Single Beds

  • 2 Bunk Beds

  • 2 Sofa Beds

  • 1 crib

  • 10 people

Amenities
  • Kitchen

  • Hot Tub

  • Cable TV

  • WiFi

This custom, four-bedroom family cabin is ideally located 16 miles from Bozeman and right next door to the ski resort at Bridger Bowl. After a day on the slopes, come home for a soak in the outdoor hot tub or kick back in front of the great room’s wood-burning fireplace. Mountain views dominate the living space, which also offers satellite TV and WiFi. When it’s time for dinner, whip up a feast on the gas grill or in the fully stocked gourmet kitchen. Parents traveling with babies or toddlers can afford to pack light since the cabin comes equipped with a crib and high chair. A bathtub makes bathtime a pleasure, while a private washer/dryer takes care of the laundry. 

06 of 09

Best Romantic: Livingston Cabin With Hot Tub and Fireplace

Livingston Cabin With Hot Tub and Fireplace

Airbnb

Bedrooms
  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Queen Bed

  • 1 Sofa Bed

  • 4 People

Amenities
  • Kitchen

  • Hot Tub

  • Indoor Fireplace

  • WiFi

Located close to Livingston and the Yellowstone River, this rustic-chic cabin is made for romantic getaways. Imagine evenings spent in the hot tub watching the sunset over the mountains; or in the living room with its statement stone fireplace. A projector screen and surround sound lend themselves to cozy movie nights, while the full kitchen has everything you need to make gourmet meals. Upstairs, the elegant bedroom features its own TV and separate seating area. There’s also a bathroom with a jetted Jacuzzi tub, and an upper deck with a swing seat big enough for two. Practical amenities include a washing machine and dryer, WiFi, and underfloor heating. 

07 of 09

Best Luxury: 2-Bedroom Cabin With Sauna and Hot Tub

2-Bedroom Cabin With Sauna and Hot Tub

Airbnb

Bedrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Queen Beds

  • 2 Single Beds

  • 6 People

Amenities
  • Kitchen

  • Hot Tub

  • Sauna

  • WiFi

The epitome of mountain luxury, this modern cabin in Cooke City-Silver Gate puts you within 10 minutes of Yellowstone’s Northeast Entrance and offers sled-in/sled-out access to the area’s snowmobile trails. Inside, it features an open-plan kitchen that opens into a living and dining area with vaulted ceilings for an endless sense of space. Curl up in front of the oversized satellite TV or use the high-speed WiFi to upload photos of your adventures. The covered deck boasts a grill and beautiful views of the adjacent creek, while a year-round sauna and hot tub are particular highlights of this luxury home. Featherbeds and radiant floor heating add to the sense of indulgence. 

08 of 09

Best Off-Grid: Self-Sufficient 1-Bedroom Cabin Near Livingston

Self-Sufficient 1-Bedroom Cabin Near Livingston

Airbnb

Bedrooms
  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Single Bed

  • 1 Air Mattress

  • 2 People

Amenities
  • Kitchen

  • Heating

  • Outdoor Shower

  • Free Parking

The perfect solution for creatives looking to escape the rat race, this off-grid cabin has no WiFi and no TV. Instead, spend your time sitting out on the covered porch, listening to the sounds of the local birdlife while you read, write, or paint. The interior of the cabin is lovingly decorated with antiques and original art. There’s a vintage cooker in the kitchen, although a two-burner propane stove provides a more modern way to self-cater. Use the propane heater to ward off the winter chill, and the battery-powered lanterns to see at night. A pre-chilled cooler and drinking water are provided, while hygiene needs are performed in the immaculate outhouse and outdoor glamping shower. 

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09 of 09

Best Pet-Friendly: 1-Bedroom Cabin With Fenced Yard Near Emigrant

1-Bedroom Cabin With Fenced Yard Near Emigrant

Airbnb

Bedrooms
  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 King Bed

  • 2 People

Amenities
  • Kitchen

  • Cable TV

  • WiFi

  • Fenced Yard

If you need a cabin that will welcome your furry family members, this one-bedroom home near the Yellowstone River is a perfect choice. Blessed with incredible 360-degree views of mighty Emigrant Peak, it features a fenced-in garden where your dogs can play safely while you explore the national park or take a drive into town. Spend your mornings sipping coffee on the furnished deck and your evenings relaxing together in front of the living room fireplace. The kitchen is well stocked and the loft bedroom features a comfy king-size bed. Despite its remote location, the cabin has all the technology you need including a large TV, WiFi, and reliable cell service.

How We Chose the Best Montana Cabin Rentals

 There are literally hundreds of cabins available for rent in Montana via Airbnb. In order to choose the ones listed above, we narrowed our search down to cabins with a rating of 4.9 out of 5 or higher. Most of the properties are owned by Superhosts, which means that they have been recognized by Airbnb as experienced hosts who go above and beyond to provide an excellent experience for their guests. All of our highlighted properties have a long list of positive reviews from past visitors. When selecting winners for specific categories, we looked at the amenities that would make the cabins a good fit for certain types of guests, e.g. high chairs and cribs for families, hot tubs and indoor fireplaces for couples. 

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