• Tin Cup Creek Retreat

    Darby, Montana
  • $2,174,000 US


It is a magical environment – the whispering of the majestic pine trees and the sound of the rushing creek right outside of your home. Welcome to Tin Cup Creek Hideaway. Located on 20 + Creekside acres in the exclusive Chief Joseph Estates this custom designed and built luxury log home will exceed your every desires. Situated on the banks of the year round Tin Cup Creek the residence was designed to capture the beauty of the setting. Copper accents shine as you walk up the pathway to the front entrance. The majestic foyer leads you to the great room which is the center piece of the home. Floor to ceiling river rock fireplace and a combination of hardwood floors and tile compliment the expansive log interior.

On the west side is the library offering a wonderful respite for relaxing and reading. The formal dining room has a direct view to the creek and lush landscape. This is a special setting for friends and family.
The second centerpiece of the home is the well thought out chefs kitchen. A combination of tile, brick and hardwood compliments the homes log warmth and Montana's Big Sky color palate. For casual dining there is a breakfast alcove overlooking Tin Cup Creek. The cozy kitchen retreat with fireplace is the perfect place to enjoy a steaming cup of hot chocolate on a Montana's winter day.
Your private office is right around the corner from the kitchen with built in bookshelves and built in desk.
The master suite will delight with the corner gas fireplace, well designed master bath and closets plus the inviting window seat.
Upstairs you will find the two well- appointed guest bedrooms, full bath and office.
There is an expansive Creekside outdoor entertainment patio which is accessed through the great room or kitchen.
Friends and family will fall in love with the 2 bedroom separate log guest cabin which includes a fireplace, full kitchen, full bath and loft area for children.
The property is level and includes a combination of native meadows, Ponderosa pine trees, parklike improvements and is home to the resident elk, white tail deer, moose and an occasional black bear.

Interested to know more about the Bitterroot Valley?


The Bitterroot Valley lies in a north/south protected valley with its own distinctive climate apart from the rest of the state. Microclimates are found throughout the valley because of the variety of elevations and bodies of water. Spring varies with its entrance; residents can get a taste of early warm weather, although temperatures fluctuate greatly between March and May. June brings most of the precipitation which is much needed as the valley heads into the heat of July and August. Warm summer days often stretch well into September. Fall brings a beautiful display of colors as the temperatures drop and the days get shorter. Snow comes early in the mountains here; the west side usually will have somewhat more snow than the east side and traditionally the East Fork and West Fork areas, south of Darby, will receive a larger snow depth due to the higher elevations.

The Bitterroot Valley has a dry climate and a low humidity factor with an average rainfall of 13.3 inches per year. The west side of the valley generally has more pine trees and shallower soil and enjoys a view of the Sapphire Mountains to the east. The east side of the valley is slightly warmer with deeper soil and an impressive view of the Bitterroot Mountain range.

The valley floor generally has the most productive soil and enjoys a view of both mountain ranges. Growing season 130-150 days, Average Frost Free Period May 14-Sept. 20, Zone 5-6.


Cold, clear mountain streams, quiet lakes and secret ‘cricks’ offer solitude, spectacular scenery and World Class Trout Fishing. With its gentle currents and easy wading, the Bitterroot River is the ideal trout stream, offering the angler unsurpassed fishing. Native to this river are species such as Brook Trout, Brown, Bull, Cutthroat, cutthroat/rainbow cross and Rainbow Trout as well as Mountain Whitefish. State fishing access sites along the Bitterroot River are spaced at five to ten mile intervals, allowing wading anglers key entry points and providing floaters with options for full or half-day trips.

The high alpine lakes of the Bitterroot Mountains also offer superb fishing. Some require a bit of a hike to get to, others are easily reached by car, but all are well worth the effort. The largest of these lakes and most popular is Lake Como.

Local recreation area for water sports is Lake Como. Bring your boat or personal watercraft and enjoy a full day on the water angling for both cutthroat and rainbow trout.

Other smaller streams such as Skalkaho Creek and Bear Creek offer Native cutthroat, Brown trout and Mountain Whitefish. Most streams in the valley pass through some private land; Montana law allows the public to make recreational use of rivers and streams between the ordinary high water marks. Anglers can wade a stream, walk along the bank below the high water mark or float fish on any waters large enough to carry a boat.

Fishing is a year-round sport in Montana with Summer being the high season. Most waters are in prime condition, free of spring runoff from late June through October. Some anglers like to get a head start in March or April before runoff. Alpine lake fishing is confined to the summer months here in the Bitterroot Valley. Water freezes lower lakes in December and doesn’t let go until March or April, making ice fishing a popular sport.

Montana’s great fishing is the result of climate, geography and geology. Aggressive conservation efforts are practiced to protect the habitat of wild trout and other species that thrive in these waters.


In Montana it’s been said there are only three seasons; summer, winter and hunting. There are few places in the world where our hunting heritage is as well respected and well represented as in Montana. The high country thrill of stalking elk in the Rockies on a crisp fall morning with a fresh sprinkling of powder snow is an awesome experience. The Bitterroot Valley offers the big game hunter an abundance of wild game, including deer, elk, bear, cougar, moose, bighorn sheep and a variety of smaller animals.


Just north of Stevensville along the Bitterroot River is the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge. The refuge was named for former Stevensville resident, the late Senator Lee Metcalf, who was instrumental in acquiring the land. The area is a delightful place for observing and photographing wildlife, such as deer, coyotes, pheasants, grouse, osprey, songbirds, Canada geese, trumpeter swans, blue heron, and a variety of other waterfowl and small animals. The 2800 acre wildlife refuge has an interpretive center, picnic area, two interpretive trails and several foot trails providing access to the river. Fishing is allowed in this area, but not on the refuge ponds. Public hunting for deer and waterfowl is permitted in portions of the refuge, subject to federal and state regulations.


Winter in the Bitterrooot Valley is a season of exhilarating recreation and snug nights by the fire. As the first snowfall blankets the ground, the scene becomes one of profound beauty and wonders. Elk, deer, bighorn sheep and other wildlife move down to the lower elevations, making winter the best season to view much of Montana’s abundant wildlife. Snow creates a perfect stage in Montana’s back-country, making it easy and fun to identify animal tracks imprinted in the snow. Perfect powder snow and brilliant blue sky are some reasons why people say Montana is at its best under a blanket of snow. These are, of course, the skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers.

At Lost Trail Pass, elevation, 7000 ft., you’ll find Lost Trail Powder Mountain Ski Area and Lodge. The ski area, now over 60 years old, has the best snow depth (over 300 inches) and the highest quality natural snow found in the northwest. On the average, Lost Trail has 85-90% sunny days, with temperatures averaging 20 degrees throughout the season. Lifts transport fun seekers up 1200 feet from 6800 feet to the top of the mountain at 8000 feet. Choose from a total of 38 trails, with 18+ well-groomed runs extending from Montana into Idaho.

For cross country skiers, the Bitterroot Cross Country Ski Club maintains the Chief Joseph Ski Course near Lost Trail Pass at the intersection of Hwy 93 and U.S. 43. Trails are groomed Thursdays, and there is parking along U.S. 43.

The Lost Trail Winter Park Area also offers great mileage for the snowmobiler through Forest Service road systems, open parks, meadows, and rolling hills with little danger of avalanche. Snows come early and stay late in April, so if you’re looking for real outback adventure this is the remote area for you.

Other downhill ski areas within 1-1/2 hours of Hamilton: Montana Snow Bowl North of Missoula, 30 runs, 20% beginner, 40% intermediate, 40% advanced, 700 acres of extreme skiing.

Marshall Mountain North of Missoula, 22 runs, 15% beginner, 65% intermediate, 20% advanced.


The Ravalli County seat is located in Hamilton, which is also home to shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities. History buffs enjoy visiting the Daly Mansion, Hamilton, built by copper baron Marcus Daly; St. Mary’s Mission, Stevensville, the first settlement in the state of Montana; the Ravalli County Museum and points of interest along the Lewis and Clark trail from Ross’ Hole in Sula to Travelers’ Rest in Lolo. The towns of Stevensville, Darby, Corvallis and Victor all feature unique shops and restaurants with a focus on the western lifestyle.

Summer brings a host of community events, festivals and farmers markets throughout the valley.


Missoula International Airport offers non-stop commercial service to major cities throughout the U.S. Ravalli County Airport and the Stevensville Airport are open to private planes. Rental cars are available in Missoula and Hamilton.