Private, Cabin and Western Bar on the North Fork of the Big Lost River


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The Big Lost Ranch is located on the North Fork of the Big Lost River surrounded by National Forest. We have 3 rustic and romantic cabins right on the river available. We also have another cabin (The Bar) that is your inside cooking area. These cabins are 18 miles from Sun Valley/Ketchum. The location offers world class hiking, biking, fly- fishing, ect all around. Everyone has privacy in their peaceful cozy cabin surrounded by nature. Contact us and glamp in style"! Visit our website at 

Enjoy the peace, tranquility, the beautiful mountain setting, and privacy. I prefer to communicate with everybody before booking, because I want to make sure that we are the right place for you. I just like happy campers at the Big Lost Ranch. The cabins have no Wifi or TV, we have limited sattelite Wifi at the ranch house, but if you really need to be on your phone constantly, we are not the right place for you!

Think of us as camping in style "Glamping"! You have your cozy feather beds, full bathroom, and your own authentic western bar. We are not located in Sun Valley, although we are just 18 miles (about 30 min) away for your convenience. Bring your own food and don't forget wine and beer because you are a drive from a store.

My husband and I enjoy living an outdoor life in the mountains. We enjoy sharing our paradise with people, and their furry friends, wanting to experience this special area. There is excellent fly fishing in the numerous rivers surrounding the cabins. If we have the time, we are willing to share our 25 years of fly-fishing experience in the area with you. We have explored this area for the last 25 years and can help you find the perfect mountain lake to explore or waterfalls to visit.

Feel free to contact me if you are planning a bigger party, wedding or family gathering for the entire ranch property. That would be for a very special occasion only, needless to say it would be a lot more money. Thanks for understanding.

We are located 18 miles from Sun Valley, going east over Trail Creek Summit. It is a beautiful scenic mountain drive over a mostly dirt road. It takes about roughly 30 minutes from Sun Valley and having good tires is helpful to avoid a dreaded flat tire.


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Great four days

My husband and I just spent four nights at Steve and Justine's Big Lost Ranch. We returned after about 8 years because we remembered what a great place it was to get away from the hustle of city life. This time we went alone without the kids and we had a fantastic time hiking, fishing and just relaxing. The views from their cabins along the river can't be beat. If you want a place to get away from phone and wifi, this is the place. Of course, you can drive a short distance to get the needed reception if you must. We hiked up to Kane Lake one day, fished in the Big Lost River the next and relaxed and listened to the birds and aspens quake our final day. Coming from a big city, this place offers a great respite away from many of the decisions of normal life. We brought our food and beverages and they have a great place to cook and enjoy the outdoors. Justine and Steve are wonderful people. They are so gracious and welcome anyone to enjoy their place. We feel very fortunate to have found this unique place to spend some quality time with each other and the beautiful country that surrounds their home.

Visited on "July - 2015

Highly recommend the Big Lost Ranch

My immediate family and my parents have been staying with Justine and Steve at their Big Lost Ranch for years. They are the most gracious of hosts. Generations of our family have been traveling up to the North Fork River for the past century. I have been fishing in the area for the past 40 to 50 years usually camping in a tent or staying in an RV. How fantastic is it to now stay in the Big Lost Ranch's comfortable cabins, with gorgeous views, a relaxing bar, with all the comforts of home! Just the sound of the meandering river as you nod off to sleep is blissful. I would highly recommend the Big Lost Ranch. Whether you are into jogging, hiking, biking, kayaking or my, you will not be disappointed. The fishing alone is first rate with several 14 inch rainbow and cutbows! Contact Justine and Steve today. They will make your vacation comfortable and most relaxing in God's country!

Visited on "July - 2012

Experience Paradise on the Big Lost

A written description cannot begin to capture the total experience and fun you'll have staying with your fantastic hosts Steve and Justine Kaiser in their cabins or ranch house on the North Fork of the Big Lost. Smack dab in the middle of the highest mountains in idaho and a 30 minute drive over Trail Creek Pass to the activities in the Sun Valley/Ketchum area, their place has everything you need for a memorable stay. From the front porches of the tidy cabins you have the 11,000 foot Devil's Bedstead for your front yard beyond the North Fork as it flows past, footsteps from your door. Cook your meals and celebrate your great days in the bar/kitchen, or around the fire in the outdoor barbecue area. The cabins are comfortable, unique rustic delights, with everything provided for relaxation, right down to the cowboy pajamas laid out for your use. The fly shop is next to the bar, and Steve knows more about fishing the Big Lost and other area rivers than most of the guides in the area, with unique access opportunities starting minutes from the Ranch. The fly fishing there is truly special in these mountain surroundings, wading for big trout in multiple special locales on both the upper and lower stretches of the river. Hiking, mountain biking, river activities, and sightseeing are all around, including a must drive up the East Fork to Copper Basin, truly one of the most beautiful places in the Mountain West, with its high mountain meadows and aspen groves. Or just kick back at the Ranch and experience the peace and tranquility of your wonderful surroundings. Steve and Justine will employ their knowledge of the area to make your stay one you won't forget, truly wonderful hosts who will make you feel instantly at home, and who will go out of their way to make sure you are comfortable and happy. The true test of a vacation spot is whether, once experienced, you return, and we have been coming every summer for several years and plan to do so for years to come. If your idea of a great getaway is something beyond room service, with great things to do for all ages, and to make remarkable memories to carry with you for the rest of your years, then this is the perfect place for you. I personally look forward to it every year with a passion that I hold for few other places on the planet, and in these surroundings with these stellar hosts, truly a bargain like no other. Come and experience Steve and Justine Kaiser's Big Lost Ranch - you'll be more than happy you did!

Visited on "August - 2010

The accommodations are very comfortably

Big Lost Ranch was exactly what my wife, two teenage boys and I were looking for when I was searching for an adventurous place to stay in Idaho! It described very accurately by the hosts and exceeded our expectations. The amount of relaxation, complete quiet and pure beauty we enjoyed was beyond what we may have imagined. The accommodations are very comfortably rustic, with all the charm and touches that made you feel instantly at home. Although there are certainly fishing and hiking destinations nearby which our hosts were happy to point out to us, we found all we needed within the confines of the ranch and the closely surrounding streams and mountainsides during our 3-day stay. It is a great representation of the beautiful Idaho backcountry and during our limited visit, we felt we got to experience a great sample of what this area has to offer just out our front door. We felt immersed in high mountains, wildflowers, flowing streams, wildlife and open blue skies. Sleeping just feet from the stream is about as restful sleep as one could get. Waking to the sound of birds and a crisp sunrise was rejuvenating and inspiring. The "Bar/Kitchen" area was our favorite part of the accommodations. We cooked great multicourse family meals in a kitchen that was cozy and well-stocked with all the utensils place settings, glassware, pots and pans to cook full meals of food which we had bought in route to our destination. We greatly enjoyed the rootsy music selection and the library of books and field guides, as we played cards and board games in the comfort of this charming cabin. During the day we rode bikes, took walks, dips in the stream, grilled lunch on the BBQ and played croquet as the weather shifted between hot sun and refreshing mountain thunderstorms. At night we gazed at about as many stars as we had ever seen, as the river gently flowed nearby surrounded by complete silence. The hosts Justine and Steve were delightful to get to know and spirited outdoor adventurers. They were nearby when we needed guidance about the local surroundings, graciously helpful when we had minor car trouble, and certainly also gave us plenty of privacy so we could settle into the incredible surroundings and explore on our own. I can't say enough about how nice they made our short stay! If we make it back to visit again someday, I think we will stay at least twice as long because we know there are many more things to enjoy. Highly recommended. LP and MP

Visited on "July - 2017

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