New cabin resort opens on Sundance border

IMG_9583By Sarah Pridgeon


At the end of a winding dirt road across from the golf course, behind a wooden arch and a temporary sign, is Sundance’s newest getaway location. Bearlodge Mountain Resort was built as a tranquil environment to escape from the rat race, both for its owners and the guests they hope to welcome.

The cabins are designed to be base camp for hunters, a quiet retreat from a hectic lifestyle or a relaxing place to retire to at the end of a long day sightseeing. The project grew from an initial plan to build a home looking out over Sundance Mountain; as a cabin resort was something owners Dan and Sharon Fairbanks had always wanted to do, it seemed a natural development.

“We’re originally from Wisconsin, but we decided to move away because we were tired of the rat race,” explains Dan. “We looked all over the country and found Sundance had the really nice community and laid back atmosphere we were looking for.”

With building work and final aesthetics almost complete, the 97-acre resort is now open for bookings. The easiest way to book is online, says Dan, as the process is designed to be almost fully automated.

On the website, a potential guest can browse the available cabins and see at a glance whether their choice is available on a particular date. Guests can book daily or weekly and are given entry codes for their cabin and permission to arrive and leave at their leisure.

The resort currently houses seven cabins. Three are two-bedroom apartments with full amenities, while the remaining four are studio or efficiency apartments that resemble hotel rooms.

The studio cabins feature limited accommodations designed for hunting groups or as a second room for larger families. Each has built-in wardrobes and an open deck, as well as a kitchenette and bathroom.

The larger cabins meanwhile include two bedrooms, a gallery-style kitchen and full bathroom and amenities, as well as covered porches. Each cabin offers slightly different bedroom combinations to appeal to a range of groups and families.

The resort currently features a mountain bike or hiking trail across the property and the Fairbanks plan to build a lodge beside the cabins for next summer’s season. The lodge will include a spa, massages, pedicures and manicures and other relaxation services.

“We’ll keep adding things to do,” says Dan. “But we want to stay small and keep the relaxed atmosphere.”

For more information about Bearlodge Mountain Resort or to book a cabin, visit