"The winds will blow their own freshness into you...
while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."  John Muir

Cabin in Paradise
CHICO, MONTANA                                    Welcome!                                    406-333-4323

Read Edie's new novel set in Emigrant Gulch.
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The Log Cabin:

If you are looking for a private, clean, well appointed, restful cabin in which to spend your precious getaway time, Cabin in Paradise will be the right place for you. Although a bit off the beaten path, the cabin is located very near major Montana attractions.  Chico Hot Springs Resort, famous for its pools filled with straight out of the ground pure mineral water, is only a mile away.  If hiking and exploring are your passions, just step out the door and you will find yourself facing fascinating miles of Montana trails and back country beauty.  Would you rather catch a big trout? No problem!  The world famous Yellowstone River is only five miles away and mountain streams flow down into Paradise Valley. Mountain lakes are also among the area attractions.  Most all guests want to head to Yellowstone National Park and its one of a kind scenery.  Make sure you bring your camera along to capture and take home pictures of the area wildlife.

For the benefit of today's busy folks we have compiled Cabin in Paradise amenities and area activities into a nutshell for a quick read:

The Cabin in a NutshellArea Activities in a Nutshell
Peaceful mountain retreatHorseback riding and packing
Best for couples and small familiesPhotography, breathtaking scenery
Spacious with vaulted ceilingFly fishing, lake fishing
Hand-built log queen bedHiking & Biking
Antique iron double bedSwimming & Soaking
Trundle twin bedCamping & Cookouts
Clean and sanitaryKayaking & Raft Trips
Dining table seats 4 to 5 easilyRock Picking & Climbing
Ethan Allen couchPanning for Gold & Gems
Sites for Weddings
Fully equipped kitchenette - cookware, dishes, microwave oven,Sites for Family Reunions
coffeemaker, toaster, linens, paper towels, dish towels, napkins,Churches
full size electric range and refrigerator, shower, pedestal, sink,Cattle Drives
towels, and necessary paper products providedRanches & Rodeos
Pine and tiled floorsWildlife & Big Game
Fully automatic heatLarge Variety of Birds
Free wi-fi, video library, books, magazines, games, local information,Gourmet Restaurants & Cafes
trail guides, maps, puzzlesBakery, Grills, Hog Roasts
CD Player - *bring your own music*Spas & Beauty Shops
Many positive reviews in guest journalsArt Galleries & Antique Shops
Live Bands, Concerts, Dances
Covered front porch - lounge chairsSnowshoe, Cross-Country Ski
Picnic table, kettle grill, yard swingDownhill Ski & Snowboard
Private fenced yard, trees and shadeSnowcoach Rides
Romantic arbor sitting area, flowersDogsled Treks
Plenty of off-road parking for bigger rigsIce Fishing in Winter
One mile to Chico Hot SpringsExploring & Hunting
Adjacent to thousands of acres of Forest Service land & mountain trailsRelaxing & Resting
Five miles to Yellowstone RiverReading & Cowboy Poetry
Eight miles to natural Daley LakeStargazing
Thirty-five minutes to Yellowstone National ParkGift Shops & Jewelry
Area History
Local Museums
Geysers & Mudpots

Queen Log BedAntique Iron BedTwin Bed
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Yard Swing   
    Cabin in Winter

The cabin has its own private yard which is fenced and lined with shady trees.  The cabin thus stays cool in the summer.  The covered front porch
with lounge chairs is a perfect place to relax with a morning mug of coffee or to stargaze at night.  The yard has a picnic table, grill, and log lawn swing.

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As we sat on the swing and let our minds be quiet, the sound of the wind and
the gentle tumbling of Emigrant Creek reminded us to be quiet my friends,
and be aware of a beautiful pageant in play around you.”

~ from the Cabin Journal ~
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“I have traveled all over the world in my job
but I don't think I have ever seen such a lovely valley as this.”
Visitor from Dublin, Ireland
~ from the Cabin Journal ~
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Chico Peak
Chico Peak from road south of cabin

  Jellyfish clouds over Emigrant Peak 
Dexter Peak from Mill Creek Road
Bench at Mill Creek with Dexter Peak
Tattered Flag with Castle Rock in Background
      Tattered flag with Castle Rock
 Cabin in Paradise is located in the historic, charming, and tiny community of Old Chico, Montana. Our quiet little town does not
     have a stop sign, pop machine, or even one store but it's long on history and conveniently close to many popular destinations of
     tourist interest. Here, remnants of mining activity dating from 1864 to the 1940s will stir the imagination and entice visitors to trace
     the steps of miners and mules while exploring the raw and awesome magnificence found along Emigrant Gulch Road by Emigrant
     Creek. The road ends high in the mountains after approximately eight miles of awesome rugged grandeur. The crystal clear waters

     tumbling and splashing down from the lofty peaks sing to the senses while cooling the gulch to a pleasant 50 or 60 degrees on
     summer evenings.
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“The history of the neighborhood is fascinating.
Thank you for sharing tales with us.”

~ from the Cabin Journal ~
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Rainbow Ending at Cabin in Paradise     Emigrant Creek
Rainbow ending at Cabin in Paradise                                             Emigrant Creek in Winter
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“With rivers of light stretching through the trees
-- the sound of the creek and the squirrel so rich --
the place to be is Old Chico, so distant but so close.

~ from the Cabin Journal ~
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           Make us your base camp in the spring when area ranchers move herds of cattle to summer grazing in the high meadows, when
   young elk, deer, and antelope are appearing in the pastures, when mists climb the mountains, and the wildflowers abound. Or visit
   us in the summer to fly fish the famous streams and lakes, hike, horseback ride, mountain bike, kayak, or float the crystal area
   waters.  Summer is the time to take in a rodeo or attend many other colorful local events. In the fall when the cottonwoods, aspens,
   and the hillsides turn vivid gold against the purple mountains, you will want a camera along for sure. Montana winter is so special as
   quiet descends and the peaks shine with caps of new snow. It is fun to listen and to hear no sounds at all. Winter is the perfect time
   to snowshoe or cross-country ski or to simply hole up in our cozy cabin with hot apple cider. Whatever season you choose to come
   visit us, here in this last best place there is a certainty...the
Montana big sky Paradise Valley area will put on a show for all.
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We had a wonderful time...great hiking, fishing, and wildlife spotting.
Our list includes 5 grizzly bears, including a female with two cubs,
a black bear with two cubs, numerous elk, bison, bighorn sheep,
mule deer, coyote, and lots of trout.”

~ from the Cabin Journal ~
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Throwing Rocks Ranch HandHiking
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It was enjoyable to get to know the area and all it’s treasures.”
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We were born in the wrong state!”
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We got in the middle of a bison road crossing migration - up close and personal!!!
What a thrill to be near the enormous beasts.”

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This morning we experienced the beauty and peace
of which you are blessed each day.”

~ All four quotes taken from the Cabin Journal ~
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50% of the total fee is the required deposit to secure and hold desired dates.  Payment in full is due upon arrival.  We do welcome one-night only
last minute bookings.  Such reservations will be accepted with pre-payment by means of a valid credit card and this fee is not refundable.

We accept VISA, MasterCard, personal checks, and cash.             VISA       MasterCard

Summer Rates - June 1st to September30th.  We prefer a two night minimum stay.

$155.00 per night double occupancy.  $15.00 each additional guest.

A 7% Montana lodging tax is required in addition to the rental fee.

Winter Rates - October 1st to May 31st.

$145.00 per night double occupancy.  $15.00 each additional guest.

A 7% Montana lodging tax is required in addition to the rental fee.

Registered and paid guests only are to stay in the cabin - no exceptions.

Until confirmed, prices are subject to change.

Check-in is between the hours of 3:00 PM and 8:30 PM (unless other check-in arrangements are made ahead of time...please ask).

Summer check-out time is no later than 10:30 AM.

Cancellation Policy: A three week notice ahead of the scheduled arrival date is required to obtain a full refund. Guests will pay 50% of the
full rental fee if cancellation is made within three weeks before the date of arrival. However, if management is subsequently able to rebook
the dates in question the refund will be in full.  Please feel free to discuss this with us.  Please note that same day reservations which are
accepted only by prepayment with a valid credit card are not refundable.

No Smoking except outside (Now a Montana Law.)

No Pets (No exceptions as we are set up and advertised as a no pet establishment.)

Cabin in Paradise
c/o Edie Melgren
P. O. Box 88
Emigrant, MT  59027-0088
406-333-4323 office
406-581-2481 cell

Edie with Search & Rescue TeamCabin in Paradise owner, Edie Mellgren, has served as a
member of Park County Search & Rescue.  She can give
you information about the area as well as important tips
on keeping yourself and your party safe while you are
enjoying the splendor of Montana.
We are a small operation, one cabin, but that makes us sort of unique these days.
Having worked hectic jobs for many years we understand, fully, how precious
and important time away is to folks. So we are dedicated to paying attention to detail and we are always willing to take the time to hear your ideas, comments, questions, and requests.
 Take U.S. Highway 89 south out of Livingston, MT. or north out of Gardiner, MT.  Go to Emigrant, Montana…you will see a blinking yellow
light here.  Turn east (left if coming from Livingston, right if coming from Gardiner) and drive past the Emigrant General Store.  In a short distance
you will cross the Yellowstone River and continue to the T intersection.  (Look for the Paradise Valley Fire Dept. building directly across the road.) 
Turn left at the T and travel approximately one half mile.  Turn right at the first possible turn.  Travel up to Chico Hot Springs Resort.  Drive
completely through the resort without turning.  At the back parking lot you will see a gravel road near the chain link fence.  Continue on this road
for a bit over one mile.  Turn left on Emigrant Creek Rd.  Cabin in Paradise is the third building on the left hand side of the road.  Additional tip: 
We are five miles from Emigrant and a bit over one mile from Chico Hot Springs.  If you still can’t find us…please feel free to call.  Have a great
trip.  We are looking forward to your visit!

  Travel Montana

Crevice Mountain Lodge More than a place to stay - it's an experience!
Bear Paw Outfitters for horseback rides and back country trips with lots of breathtaking scenery.

Paradise Adventure Company for adventure on the famous Yellowstone River.

Angler's West Fly Fishing Outfitters in Emigrant for a chance at the big ones and fun besides.

Absaroka Dogsled Treks  Picture yourself driving a team of Huskies into the majestic Absaroka Mountains.

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We had a wonderful time and we can say this to our friends and family back home...
‘We now have a friend in the Paradise Valley of Montana, and if you’re ever going out
west we know the perfect place for you to stay.’ Thank you so much, Edie. Take care.”

~ from the Cabin Journal ~
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Both of us shared in your place and we are richer for the experience,
so much at peace, this is not the way we came.” Visitor from Australia
~ from the Cabin Journal ~

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God Bless Montana

Thank you for visiting our website.
We appreciate your interest and we hope to talk to you soon.
Warm regards,

Please enjoy our gallery of beautiful photos from around the area.
 If you want to see any of the photos below in full size, just click to enlarge.

Garage in SnowSwan Lake FlatsCrazy Mountain in a Storm
BisonTurkeysYoung Mule Deer
Horses in Tom Miner BasinYoung ColtCows Resting
Carter Bridge AreaYellowstone FallsYellowstone Park

Star on Old Shed

Door of Old Building

Old Lace Curtains
Read Edie's new novel set in Old Chico, Emigrant Gulch, Montana, in the early 1900s.

Available now on Amazon Kindle, iPad, and iPhone.   Paperback edition available in June 2013.  
Edie's Novel
This action packed family novel is set in the bustling gold mining town of Old Chico, Montana in the early 1900’s. The story explores age-old societal conflicts that made lives difficult then as well as now.

Trouble begins to brew for thirteen-year-old Lucas due to father Andrew Goddard’s inflexible rules, prejudices, and judgments. Detachment between the father and son escalates as they increasingly learn they hold to very opposite interests and principles. For much the same reasons there are repeated clashes between Lucas and a local gang of hooligans led by the impossible Jedediah Dean.

Against this western frontier backdrop Lucas and his best friend, half-breed Sioux Indian John Wesley, live out many adventures and misadventures. Both dream of going to find a secret and rare white Spirit Bear said to be somewhere in the great Absaroka Mountain wilderness. But a series of unfortunate and unforeseen events intervenes which not only delays their quest but also turns many people in the neighborhood against them.
Copyright 2014 Edie Mellgren