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Frequently Asked Questions

There are so many things to think about as you plan your vacation to Montana, especially now with the Coronavirus impacting these decisions. Let us help and ease the process by answering general frequently asked questions below. We’ve adjusted some of our practices and policies to best suit our guests and employees during these times.

Don’t see your specific question, contact us for additional assistance today!

  • What is your cancellation policy?

    Reservations may be cancelled in writing to info@staymontana.com at least sixty (60) calendar days prior to your check-in date. In such instances, your advance payment will be refunded to your credit card, minus the booking fee. If the cancellation notice is received after 11:59pm MST on day (fifty-nine) 59 prior to your check-in date, then 100% of the amount due will be forfeited.

    We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance.

    For existing reservations, please refer to your vacation rental agreement.

  • Do you offer Travel Insurance? And do I need it?

    Yes, we strongly encourage guests to purchase our Rental Guardian Travel Insurance to protect against any unforeseen circumstances that would prevent you from enjoying your Montana vacation.

    Reasons to purchase Travel Insurance:

    • Valuable protections like trip interruption, medical coverage, emergency evacuation & baggage delay.


  • What is your cleaning process?

    Stay Montana has enhanced protocols of our already highest standards for cleanliness during these times:

    Stay Montana Professional Cleaning Standards

    • Cleaning products (CDC approved) applied with microfiber cloths
    • Sheets and Towels are laundered by a commercial laundry facility (not in the home)
    • Professionally trained cleaning staff using personal protective equipment
    • Disinfection of high touch areas using a pressurized sprayer (or electrostatic sprayer) – counters, light switches, remotes, door handles
    • Private Hot Tubs are drained, sanitized, & refilled before each new arrival
    • Individually packaged, eco-friendly shampoo, conditioner, and soap.

  • COVID 19 - What are local/state regulations?

    Stay Montana is proud to join Visit Big Sky in the Montana Aware effort to encourage responsible travel in Montana. At Stay Montana, safety is our number one priority for guests and Montana locals. We’re proud that Montana remains open, welcoming visitors, and we want to be sure everyone is following safe travel best practices to ensure your safety and to slow the spread of COVID-19.

    Check here for more information: Visit MT Montana Aware.

  • How do I make reservations for Yellowstone National Park this summer?
  • Does Glacier National Park have any restrictions this summer?

    Yes! Glacier National Park is instituting an online reservation system (ticketed entry) for the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor between the park’s West and St. Mary Entrances from May 28 to September 6, 2021.

    Please visit Glacier National Park’s website  for more information and to purchase tickets. Or our blog post here.

  • When do Big Sky Resort & Whitefish Mountain Resort open & close for summer?

    Big Sky Resort is open for summer activities from May 15 until about September 26th for most activities & September 30th, 2021 for golf. Please visit their website for exact details.


    Whitefish Mountain Resort is open for summer activities from May 29 – September 6, 2021. For more information visit their website here.

  • When do Big Sky Resort & Whitefish Mountain Resort open & close for winter?
  • Should I buy Lift Tickets ahead of time?

    Yes! Big Sky lift tickets are for sale online now and we strongly recommend buying Big Sky lift tickets ahead of time! The Resort announced once lift tickets are sold out online for a particular day, they will also be unavailable at the ticket window.

    Purchase Big Sky Resort lift tickets>>

  • What's the interaction with staff?

    Our properties all provide 24 hour self-check-in with smart locks or lockboxes. We also conduct virtual home orientations with in home tablets. Our property managers and concierge team is also available 24 hours a day for further assistance.

  • How do I check-in?

    Check-in instructions will be sent 7 days prior to arrival. Our instructions give you directions to the home and the lock code to access your home. Our check-in time is 4:00 pm, if you would like an early check-in our concierge can assist with your request.

  • What is check-out time?

    Our check-out time is 10:00 am. If you are interested in a late check-out our concierge can assist with your request 48 hours prior to departure or you can request it on your in property tablet.

  • Is there a cleaning fee?

    Yes, all our properties charge a cleaning fee for each guest stay. If the home has a private hot tub, the cleaning fee includes a drain, clean and fill for the hot tub. This service is completed between each guest.

    We also offer guests staying between 7-30 days a mid-stay cleaning option at a reduced cost. Please reach out to the concierge to request this service or you can do so on your in property tablet.

    For extended stays of 31 days or longer, a required mid-stay cleaning fee will be automatically applied at time of booking. This cleaning will be scheduled with you and the concierge around the 31st day of your stay.

  • What do you provide in your home?

    Stay Montana provides complimentary salt & pepper shakers, 2 rolls of paper towels, 2 rolls of toilet paper per bathroom, face tissue, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, bath gel, dishwashing soap, 20 dish-tabs, 20 laundry-tabs, dryer tabs, kitchen bags, large garbage bags, counter top cleaner and a clean sponge. Cling wrap and foil are also provided. Most homes have a basic supply of spices, but we do not stock pantries. There are coffee filters, but no coffee. Firewood, a lighter and fire-starters are provided for properties with wood-burning fireplaces. You are responsible for the purchase of any additional items you may require during your stay.

  • Do I need to bring towels and linens?

    No, all our homes provide professionally laundered towels and sheets for your stay.

  • Can I bring a pet?

    We do have a select few of our homes that are dog-friendly, allowing one dog. You can find these homes using the dog friendly search filters on our website. Our concierge team will collect information about your dog shortly after booking. We do not allow puppies (under 1 year old), aggressive breeds or other animals (cats, etc.).

  • What service does your concierge provide?

    Our goal is to provide an amazing Montana experience and in addition to providing information on our vacation homes, our concierge will assist guests with any vacation planning needs. On a daily basis our team is assisting with restaurant recommendations, dinner reservations, fly fishing, snowmobiling, Yellowstone or Glacier National Park tours, lift tickets, ski rentals, dog sledding, rafting, horseback riding and so much more.

  • What airport should I fly into?

    Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) services all our destinations.

    Bigfork/Flathead Valley is most easily accessed through Missoula International Airport (MSO) and Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) in Kalispell.

  • Should I rent a car?

    Montana is Big Sky Country and the best way to explore all its beauty is to have your own car. We do recommend a 4wd vehicle in the winter and guests of Big Sky do have several shuttle options if your preference is not to drive.


    Make sure to reserve your rental car early as we are getting reports of shortages this summer. Given the shortages, Turo, a carsharing company, can be a good option.

  • Do you have cribs & high chairs?

    We do have pack-n-play cribs, high chairs, and air mattresses available for our guests to rent. Please contact your concierge for availability and pricing.

  • RV/Camper Parking

    We’re sorry, our vacation rental homes are not able to accommodate RV, camper or trailer parking. Please let us know if you need assistance finding parking for a large vehicle and we will do our best to help. RVs may not be occupied while parked on-site.

  • Where should I ship items for my stay?

    If you’re planning on shipping items that you would like placed in your home, please do not have shipped directly to the home address and instead directly to our office address below. We cannot guarantee you will receive your items if shipped directly to the rental.