Darby is a rough-hewn little town that seems only a few steps from its early logging days. Although there are some swanky houses on the edges of town, in-town motels are pretty simple.
To stay in miniature log cabins, go to the Travellers Rest Cabins (601 N. Main St., 406/821-3282, $50–60); each cabin has a single and a double bed.
In the same price range is the 1940s-era Wilderness Motel (308 S. Main St., 406/821-3405, $40–70) with several kitchenettes and a bunkhouse that can sleep six.
Another midrange place to stay if you don’t mind somewhat dilapidated cabins is the Lost Trail Hot Springs Resort (8321 Hwy. 93 S., 406/821-3574, www.losttrailhotsprings.com, $65 lodge room, $80 cabin) in Sula. Along with the hot mineral water and an on-site bar and restaurant, there are easy-access recreational opportunities such as mountain biking, hiking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, and fishing,. Pets are accepted with a fairly stiff fee and stringent requirements. Lost Trail Hot Springs is six miles south of Sula on Highway 93, and six miles north of Lost Trail Pass.
© W.C. McRae & Judy Jewell from Moon Montana, 7th Edition