How far in advance do I need to reserve?
In the winter months we can book up a couple of months in advance especially Valentine’s or any Holiday Weekends. We recommend at least 6 months in advance for June, July, August & September. But even in our busier summer months, it never hurts to check with us. Cancellations are always a possibility.
How do I make a reservation?
You can book the cabin you are interested in directly from our website. Just click on the availability & reservations tab. We have a two-night minimum stay & cannot accommodate children or pets. Rates range from $210.00-$319.00 per night. Click on the Cabins/Rates tab at the top of the page. We need a 50% credit card deposit to reserve a cabin. The remaining balance is due upon arrival. If you prefer to talk with us directly to reserve a cabin, you can call us at 406-446-0186. Check-in is 4:00-8:00 pm. Check-out is 11:00 am. Please be sure to read our Policies Page before making a reservation. To cancel a reservation, you must contact us directly at 406-446-0186 or email to: email@example.com
What is the average length of stay?
In the winter it’s usually 2 to 4 nights. In the summer it ranges from 3 to 10 or more nights. On a 4 or more night stay, we offer a 5% discount.
What sort of weather can we expect?
Montana has very changeable weather & even in July, we can get snow in the higher elevations. You can click on this link for more on the average temperatures & climate in our area. http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/red-lodge-mt/59068/weather-forecast/334213 (Highlight the link & click to go to it.) You can advance to any month for average high’s & low’s. These are the historic averages, however, you need to be prepared for just about any type of weather in Montana! We can start to see some snow in the higher elevations in September & by early October we can get snow at our elevation. The snow usually melts quickly because of the warm ground, so we can still see very nice Fall weather. It is constantly changing!! In November & December, we can get a lot of snow or have very little. Again it can vary a lot & predicting how much snow we will have at any time is almost impossible. As far as travelling here, rarely are the roads completely closed or impassible. Our neighboring ranchers need to get out & feed cattle no matter what, so the roads are usually plowed as soon as possible & we plow our own roads around the cabins. We do recommend a 4-wheel drive vehicle or at least an all-wheel drive vehicle from October-May. Some of our heaviest snows are in the spring! You can also go to our What to Bring Page for more details on clothing to pack. Plan to wear layered clothing for quick temperature changes. Activities of course will be weather dependent, but you can check our activities page for a list of things to do in the summer & winter.
Do we need a 4-wheel Drive vehicle?
In the winter & spring months, October to May, we recommend a 4-wheel drive or at least a front wheel or all-wheel drive vehicle. The roads are rarely impassable however and the county roads are plowed as well as the main highways. Our nearby ranchers need to get out and feed cattle no matter what, so there is rarely a problem. If you would like to do some off-road travel to some high mountain lakes, you may still want a 4-wheel drive with high clearance to experience the backcountry.
What is the elevation at ‘Blue Sky’?
The elevation here is 5,500 feet. The elevation at the top of The Beartooth Highway is 10,947 feet. The highest peak in Montana, Granite Peak is 12,799.
How far is Blue Sky from the airport & is there shuttle or taxi service?
Billings, Montana is our closest airport. 1 1/2 hours driving time. Bozeman, Montana also has an airport. 2 1/2 hours driving time. Cody, Wyoming also has an airport at 1 1/2 hours driving time.
There is no shuttle service to ‘Blue Sky’ & taxi service is limited & expensive. You will need to rent a vehicle for your stay. We are 19 miles from the nearest town & you will want to be able to tour all of the amazing sights in our area with your own vehicle.
How far off the beaten path is “Blue Sky”?
‘Blue Sky’ is located 19 miles from Red Lodge off of Highway #78. We do not post any signs along the highway to keep our location private & exclusive. So we recommend printing directions off of our website. GPS systems are not always accurate. If you follow our directions, there are only 4 turns to our location from highway #78 and there are street signs to guide you.
What does my stay include?
All condiments are provided for any length of stay. Coffees & teas as well as sugar, salt & pepper, cooking oils & more. (Due to various dietary preferences we do not stock butter). There’s even popcorn & hot chocolate! There is also a gas BBQ on the deck or patio of your cabin. Don’t feel like cooking? There are many wonderful restaurants in Red Lodge (19 miles) to choose from or The Grizzly Steakhouse in Roscoe, only 6 miles from ‘Blue Sky’. www.redlodge.com
Your stay also includes the complimentary use of Mountain Bikes, snowshoes & DVD/Blu-ray movies. For hiking we have Bear Spray for your use here, but if you plan to hike in Yellowstone, you will need to purchase your own canister. Note: You cannot take Bear Spray on an airplane either checked or carry-on bag! You will have to purchase it here or rent it in Yellowstone.
What sort of activities are available?
In the winter we have snowshoes for your use or you can ski or snowboard at Red Lodge Mountain (45 minute drive from Blue Sky) Cross country skiing is available here or nearby. Ice-skating is available in Red Lodge. Skates can be rented in Red Lodge. Visit The Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary, open all year! Take a drive to Cody, WY. & visit the famous Buffalo Bill Museum. Scenic drives to frozen waterfalls & wildlife viewing. In November & December Big Horn Sheep are active during the rut. Shopping & dining in the quaint town of Red Lodge. Or you can just hibernate in your cozy cabin with a good book, board games & soaking in the whirlpool tub or taking a steam shower. In the summer you can try fly-fishing the numerous lakes or streams, Mountain Biking, horseback riding, hiking, whitewater rafting, scenic drives, The Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary & so much more! Go to our ACTIVITIES PAGE for more details & links to adventure outfitters. NOTE: Our pond may be off limits from the end of April to the end of June if The Sandhill Cranes & Geese are nesting. We do offer spotting scopes for viewing from a safe & non-invasive space.
How far is ‘Blue Sky’ from Yellowstone National Park?
In the summer, you can enter The Northeast Entrance of The Park via The Beartooth Highway #212. The Beartooth Highway is only open from Memorial Day Weekend to the 2nd week of October due to heavy snow. However, be aware that The Beartooth Highway can close at any time due to inclement weather! It is best to be prepared to travel an alternate route. Driving time to the entrance from ‘Blue Sky’ is approximately 2 1/2 hours depending on how many stops you make along the way. You can also enter The Park at the North Entrance in Gardiner Montana all year long. Driving time is approximately 3 hours to the entrance. Finally, you can also access the East Entrance of The Park through Cody, Wyoming (summer only). Approximately, 3 hours driving time to the entrance.
Can we get married at ‘Blue Sky’?
‘Blue Sky’ makes a beautiful setting for a couple wanting to tie the knot. However, we can only accommodate small ceremonies. If you have 25 people or less, you can book 1 cabin for a minimum of 2 nights & a $100.00 use fee. If you have 75 people or less, you will need to reserve all 5 cabins. We prefer a ceremony only but if you wanted to set up a tent for the reception as well, you would need to reserve all 5 cabins for 3 nights. We charge an additional $1000.00 use fee for ceremony & reception.