Medicine Lodge Mountain Cabin

Property Map

Medicine Lodge Mountain Cabin

Dell, Montana

Medicine Lodge Mountain Cabin is nestled against the Beaverhead Mountains in southwest Montana’s Medicine Lodge Valley. The cabin sits at approximately 7,600 feet in elevation, just below the Continental Divide, which follows the peaks of the Bitterroot Range, just a few miles away. The ranch’s 680± acres are bordered on three sides by public lands, providing immediate access to Montana’s  Beaverhead-Deer Lodge National Forest and Idaho’s Salmon National Forest on the west side of the Divide. Erickson Creek flows past the very comfortable 3-bedroom, 1.5 bath western log cabin which was constructed using on-site and reclaimed materials. A private access easement contributes to the privacy of this secluded mountain setting making it a dream destination for hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding and all types of outdoor adventure.








The Medicine Lodge Valley is in a little-traveled area of southwestern Montana, south and west of the town of Dillon, MT. To get there from Dillon, one travels approximately 25 miles south of Dillon on Interstate 15 to Clark Canyon Reservoir. Clark Canyon is an impoundment of the Beaverhead River and now inundates the site of Camp Fortunate, where Lewis and Clark camped in August of 1805. From Clark Canyon, travel west on National Scenic Byway 324 following the Corps of Discovery’s route toward Lemhi Pass. Just a few miles west of the reservoir the Medicine Lodge Road heads south between the Bitterroot Range and the Tendoy Mountains. The ranch is located on the west side of the valley, below the continental divide in the Bitterroots.

The nearest private airport is in Dillon, which has two asphalt runways of approximately 3,500 and 6,500 feet. The Bert Mooney Airport in Butte, Montana is approximately a two-hour drive from the ranch and offers regional air service with Delta connection flights to Salt Lake City. Montana’s busiest airport at Bozeman is approximately two hours and forty-five minutes away. Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is serviced by Alaska, Allegiant, Frontier, and United Airlines and handled almost one million passengers in 2014.


The town of Dillon, Montana provides the nearest services and is approximately an hour’s drive on National Scenic Byway 324, past Clark Canyon reservoir. Dillon is the Beaverhead County Seat and has a resident population of under 5,000 which is made up of a combination of ranchers, cowboys, fly fishers and outdoor enthusiasts. University of Montana Western is located in Dillon and has an enrollment of approximately 1,500 students.

While Dillon is an attractive town with a broad range of services, one of the qualities that makes this region of Montana special is that it is off the beaten path from many of the more heavily traveled recreational areas in Montana. This is an area where public lands dominate the landscape and you are not likely to find other vehicles in the parking lot at any given trailhead.

The Continental Divide Trail runs over 3,000 miles from Mexico to Canada. The trail follows the Continental Divide along the Rocky Mountains, which carries it within a few miles of the ranch at the crest of the Bitterroot Range. There are a myriad of other trails and unimproved roadways in the area that can be utilized for recreation. The abundance of public lands in the area offers a lifetime of backcountry adventure.

The Medicine Lodge Valley was inhabited by the Shoshone Indians into the early 1900s, most notably led by Chief Tendoy whose name is immortalized by the mountain range to the northeast. The area was, and still is, rich in game and the Shoshone utilized this area through the summer months for hunting. This is evidenced by the multitude of tipi rings and pictographs on the limestone rock walls and in the many caves that are scattered throughout the area. The pictographs depict scenes of buffalo hunts and many other activities. The main attraction for the Shoshone was the availability and ease of harvesting the bighorn sheep and jackrabbits which inhabit the area.

General Description: 

Medicine Lodge Mountain Cabin encompasses 680± acres of deeded lands that are surrounded on three-and-one-half sides by public lands. The Beaverhead-Deer Lodge National Forest and some Bureau of Land Management acreage adjoining the national forest makes up the west boundary. The north and east boundaries are entirely bordered by BLM, as is a portion of the south boundary. The remaining southern boundary is the only portion of the ranch that adjoins private lands.

The ranch is made up of a combination of rolling sagebrush meadows, willow-lined creek bottom and evergreen timber. The cabin is sited at approximately 7,600 feet in elevation along the edge of the timber, overlooking a branch of Erickson Creek. Tucked into the evergreens, the cabin is very secluded and enjoys spectacular vistas of the Medicine Lodge Valley, Tendoy Mountains to the east and the majestic Bitterroots and the Continental Divide to the west. The national forest can be accessed by foot, horseback or recreational vehicle directly from the cabin.


There is a grazing lease for 180 AUM’s (animal unit months) on the adjoining BLM (Bureau of Land Management) lands included in the Morrison Creek Allotment. 


The rustic cabin was built for the current owners in 1999 with reclaimed logs from nearby homestead cabins. The logs were re-sawn and re-stacked and the interior finished with reclaimed barn wood. Trees cut on-site were utilized for cabinet tops and other accents, which adds to the rustic ambiance. There are two bedrooms and a bathroom on the main level and a loft bedroom and half bath upstairs. The fully enclosed basement is unfinished. Drinking water is supplied by a developed spring. Heat is provided by a wood stove in the basement and propane wall heaters in the bedrooms. A generator produces electricity for evening lighting.

General Operations: 

The ranch has traditionally been used for summer cattle grazing. The deeded lands and adjoining BLM lands are fenced as one pasture and the Morrison Creek Allotment # 20621 provides for 180 AUM’s (animal unit months) grazing on the deeded and adjoining BLM (Bureau of Land Management) lands included in the allotment. Stock water is provided by both branches of Erickson Creek.

Wildlife Resources: 

Wildlife is abundant with elk and deer frequenting the property. Moose also utilize the creek bottom habitat and pronghorn antelope are a common sight. Sage grouse populate the native rangeland and mountain grouse species reside in and around the aspen and conifer stands. A wide variety of raptors are also commonly seen. The ranch adjoins an expansive wilderness where almost any variety of wildlife common to the northern Rockies may be found.

Fishery Resources: 

All of the small mountain streams in the area hold trout. Sheep Creek (approximately 20 miles south of the ranch) is the most significant. Essentially, Sheep Creek gains flow from seeps in the limestone cliffs providing a cold, nutrient rich, watercress-laden environment perfect for supporting a vibrant population of brown, rainbow and native cutthroat trout.

Sheep Creek flows east into the Red Rock River which feeds Clark Canyon Reservoir and in succession forms the Beaverhead, Jefferson and eventually the Missouri River, merging with many of the fabled southwest Montana trout fisheries enroute.
The Beaverhead River is a renowned tailwater fishery that flows out of Clark Canyon Reservoir. Just 40 minutes’ drive from the ranch, the Beaverhead is known for large, strong fighting fish and some of the highest fish densities found in the state.
To the north of the ranch anglers will find the tumbling Wise River, a classic freestone mountain stream, and the world famous Big Hole River, which is fed in part by the Wise.

Broker Comments: 

If one is looking for a private mountain getaway that offers a wide spectrum of remote recreational opportunities, Medicine Lodge Mountain Cabin will be of interest. The surrounding public lands offer immediate access into the beautiful high country of the Bitterroot Range and the charming, rustic cabin is a delightful destination, surrounded by the tranquility of the outdoors. The location, setting, wildlife, and access to public lands make this an exceptional mountain retreat. 

The Facts: 
  • 680± acres bordering national forest
  • 3-bedroom, 1.5 bath log cabin sited along a mountain stream
  • Surrounded on three sides by public lands
  • Private access easement
  • Located in the Medicine Lodge Valley, 50± miles southwest of Dillon, MT
  • Launching point into the Bitterroot Range and Montana and Idaho backcountry
Additional Services: 

MANAGEMENT SERVICES – Hall and Hall’s Management Division has a very clear mission–to represent the owner and to ensure that his or her experience is a positive one. Services are customized to suit the owner’s needs. They often begin with the recruiting and hiring of a suitable ranch manager or caretaker and are followed by the development of a management or operating plan along with appropriate budgets. Ongoing services include bill paying, ranch oversight, and consulting services as needed. Even the most sophisticated and experienced ranch owners appreciate the value of a management firm representing them and providing advice on local area practices and costs. Wes Oja and Jerome Chvilicek at (406) 656-7500 or Justin Bryan at (325) 260-5883 are available to describe and discuss these services in detail and welcome your call.

RESOURCE ENHANCEMENT SERVICES – Increasingly the value of a ranch is measured by the quality of each and every one of its resources. Coincidentally, the enhancement of a ranch’s resources also increases the pleasure that one derives from the ownership of a ranch. Our management services have included the assessment of everything from wildlife habitat to bird habitat to water resources and fisheries and the subsequent oversight of the process involved with the enhancement of these resources.Wes Oja, Jerome Chvilicek or Dan Bergstrom at (406) 656-7500 or Justin Bryan in our Abilene office at (325) 260-5883 are available to describe and discuss these services in detail and welcome your call.

AUCTIONS - Hall and Hall Auctions offer “Another Solution” to create liquidity for the owners of Investment-Quality Rural Real Estate.  Our auction team has experience in marketing farmland, ranchland, timberland and recreational properties throughout the nation.  Extreme attention to detail and complete transparency coupled with Hall and Hall’s “Rolodex” of more than 40,000 targeted owners and buyers of rural real estate help assure that there are multiple bidders at each auction. In addition, the unique Hall and Hall partnership model creates a teamwork approach that helps to assure that we realize true market value on auction day.  For more information on our auction services contact Scott Shuman at (800) 829-8747.

APPRAISALS - Staying abreast of ancillary market influences in ever-changing economic conditions requires a broad professional network to tap into. Finding an appraiser who not only understands the numbers but also the differences in value from one area to another is a critical part of making an informed decision. The appraisal team at Hall and Hall, formed entirely of Accredited Members of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA), has that critical network of brokers and lending professionals. This professional network coupled with diverse experience across multiple regions and market segments allows our appraisal team to deliver a quality product in a reasonable timeframe.  For more information contact our appraisal team at (406) 656-7500.

SPECIALIZED LENDING - Since 1946 Hall and Hall has created a legacy by efficiently providing capital to landowners.  In addition to traditional farm and ranch loans, we specialize in understanding the unique aspects of placing loans on ranches where value may be influenced by recreational features, location and improvements and repayment may come from outside sources. Our extensive experience and efficient processing allows us to quickly tell you whether we can provide the required financing.

Competitive Pricing  |  Flexible Terms  |  Efficient Processing
Dave Roddy • (406) 656-7500 
Mike Hall or Judy Chirila • (303) 861-8282
Monte Lyons • (806) 698-6882
J.T. Holt • (806) 698-6884


Following is a Montana law required disclosure.


Montana law requires that BUYER’s and SELLER’s be advised about the different types of agency relationships available to them (MCA § 37-51-102 & 37-51-321).  A real estate agent is qualified to advise only on real estate matters.  As the client or as the customer, please be advised that you have the option of hiring outside professional services on your own behalf (legal and tax counsel, home or building inspectors, accountant, environmental inspectors, range management or agricultural advisors, etc.) at any time during the course of a transaction to obtain additional information to make an informed decision.  Each and every agent has obligations to each other party to a transaction no matter whom the agent represents.  The various relationships are as follows:

SELLER's Agent:  exclusively represents the SELLER (or landlord).  This agency relationship is created when a listing is signed by a SELLER/owner and a real estate licensee.  The SELLER's agent represents the SELLER only, and works toward securing an offer in the best interest of the SELLER.  The SELLER agent still has obligations to the BUYER as enumerated herein.

BUYER's Agent:  exclusively represents the BUYER (or tenant).  This agency relationship is created when a BUYER signs a written BUYER-broker agreement with a real estate licensee.  The BUYER agent represents the BUYER only, and works towards securing a transaction under the terms and conditions established by the BUYER and in the best interest of the BUYER.  The BUYER agent has obligations to the SELLER as enumerated herein.

Dual Agent:  does not represent the interests of either the BUYER or SELLER exclusively.  This agency relationship is created when an agent is the SELLER's agent (or subagent) and enters into a BUYER-broker agreement with the BUYER.  This relationship must receive full informed consent by all parties before a "dual-agency" relationship can exist.  The "dual agent" does not work exclusively for the SELLER or the BUYER but works for both parties in securing a conclusion to the transaction.  If you want an agent to represent you exclusively, do not sign the "Dual Agency" Disclosure and Consent" form.

Statutory Broker:  is a licensee who assists one or more of the parties in a transaction, but does not represent any party as an agent.  A licensee is presumed to be acting as a “statutory broker” unless they have entered into a listing agreement with the SELLER, a BUYER-broker agreement with the BUYER, or a dual agency agreement with all parties.

In-House SELLER Agent Designate:   is a licensee designated by the broker- owner/manager (of the real estate brokerage) to be the exclusive agent for the SELLER for a specific transaction in which the brokerage has the property listed and the BUYER is working directly through the same brokerage also.  This agent may not act on behalf of any other member of the transaction and works for the benefit of the SELLER, but still is obligated to the BUYER as any SELLER's agent would be.

In-House BUYER Agent Designate:   is a licensee designated by the broker- owner/manager (of the real estate brokerage) to be the exclusive agent for the BUYER for a specific transaction in which the brokerage has the property listed and the BUYER is working directly through the same brokerage also.  This agent may not act on behalf of any other member of the transaction and works for the benefit of the BUYER, but still obligated to the SELLER as any BUYER's agent would be.

Subagent:   is an agent of the licensee already acting as an agent for either the SELLER or BUYER.  A "SELLER agent" can offer "subagency" to an agent to act on his behalf to show the property and solicit offers from BUYER’s.  A "BUYER agent can offer "subagency" to an agent to act on his behalf to locate and secure certain property meeting the BUYER's criteria. 

_____ of Hall and Hall is the exclusive agent of the Seller.

NOTICE: Offering is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, change or withdrawal without notice, and approval of purchase by owner. Information regarding land classifications, acreages, carrying capacities, potential profits, etc., are intended only as general guidelines and have been provided by sources deemed reliable, but whose accuracy we cannot guarantee. Prospective buyers should verify all information to their satisfaction. Prospective buyers should also be aware that the photographs in this brochure may have been digitally enhanced.