Lillian’s Little Lodge
Big Timber, Montana

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lilians-little-lodgeKnown for accommodations with a personal touch. Don’t just take our word for it—come discover for yourself: warm hospitality, superb landscapes, and the opportunity to “put a little gravel in your travel.”

Lillian’s Little Lodge is named in honor of Great-aunt Lillian. The original part of this 2200 square-foot guest house is a one-room schoolhouse that some family members attended back in the day. After the schoolhouse was moved to the ranch, an extensive remodel in 2016 added bedrooms and modern amenities, resulting in a spacious Home on the Range.

Featured in the Montana Stockgrower’s book, Centennial Ranches, this fourth-generation ranch is located just north of the community of Big Timber in southwestern Montana. Gayle’s roots go deep in this soil, running back to her Norwegian ancestors who homesteaded here in the 1890’s. Today their rangeland runs along the foothills of the Crazy Mountains, where you’ll likely see beef cows grazing with their calves. Look again and you might spot deer or antelope or even elk browsing out there as well.

Just twelve miles from Big Timber, the road starts at an elevation of 4,000 feet along the Yellowstone River and rises to an elevation of 5,400 feet arriving at the guest house situated in wide open terrain in the shadow of the Crazy Mountains. Only 25 minutes from Interstate 90, it feels remote and far from civilization, however you won’t need a 4-wheel drive vehicle unless you want to drive to a private back-country trailhead on the property for hiking or some challenging mountain biking.

Your hosts: Gayle and Patrick Callinan live on the property and they’ll make you feel right at home. Ask Gayle what she wishes for her guests and without hesitation she’ll reply, “that everyone feels grounded and connected to nature and self.”


Whether you’re thinking about a Montana getaway for your family or planning a retreat for friends, you’ll want to ask about rates and availability for these optional activities.


The Lodge is located equal distance from Bozeman and Billings airports with the Old West town of Big Timber a half hour to the south. Your hosts can tell you how much time to set aside for these excursions:


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