Cub River vacation development brings upscale cabins

Three cabins at Day Mountain Ranch are waiting to be landscaped to finish them off.

CUB RIVER – Doug Day, a California businessman and contractor, is building a luxury resort in the Cub River area east of Franklin, Idaho that could rival upscale resorts in other mountain communities.

Doug Day bought some acreage in the Cub River area and turned it into an upscale retreat.

Day found land for sale in the Cub River area located at 77 S. Springcreek Rd. Preston and when he looked over the land, he envisioned The Day Mountain Ranch, a resort with horses, cattle and luxury cabins. He bought the 1,675 acres and began to do what he had been doing all his life: build.

“It’s a beautiful place,” Day said. “I have relatives in Logan and Brigham City and liked the area, so I was looking for something like this in the area when I found it. It had been for sale for a few years.”

The California native built a shop and cabins using rock from the hillsides for the exterior walls and imported wood furniture from Indonesia for the interiors. His family has been living in the area for four years now while he works on it. Each cabin has granite countertops, nice furniture fully furnished and several Bob Hill western paintings hanging on the walls.

One of the Day Mountain Ranch cabins decked out for groups to stay for gatherings.

“The ranch was part of the Hull Family Trust,” Day said. “Bob Hull’s family were the trustees and were trying to sell it for a number of years.”

When he bought the ranch, he also purchased some extra land leases and started grazing cattle.

“There wasn’t anything here except some old homestead wood structures,” he said. “We put in some roads and wells to improve the water structure. Then we brought in underground power.”

Day built a viewing station or lookout with a deck surrounding it on one of the peaks. Guests can look out over the valley and see Johnson and Lamont reservoirs and turn another direction and see the tail end of Glendale Reservoir. He also built a shooting range for pistols, shotguns and rifles.

A horse trailer at Day Mountain Ranch shows the company brand and logo.

“We have six high-end cabins and a large, heavy pavilion and horse barns,” Day explained. “We designed the place for group events, family reunions, corporate retreats, weddings and other gatherings.”

The horse barn will be turned into a welcome center where people can buy swag. People have already been finding them from their website.

“Between families and individuals, we can sleep up to 74 people in all the cabins,” he said. “The cabins are set up like homes with central heat and air, soaking tubs, large showers and bathrooms.”

All of the cabins have unobstructed views with decks. The basements have a wall with built-in bunkbeds, pool tables, foosball, and air hockey tables.

The cabins also have high speed internet and cable televisions in every room.

“I have other companies and when I built this I thought of my own needs,” he said. “We can do our company retreats here and we have a big family and we struggled finding a place to have family reunions.”

A lookout station at Day Mountain Ranch was built on one of the peaks that overlooks Franklin County.

They have tried cruises, traveled to Mexico and other places, but they are growing and nothing felt right until now.

“I wanted to have a place to accommodate everyone, a place where other people could come and enjoy themselves,” he said. “That is why we made it so nice. It has worked out; we are getting all kinds of groups scheduling the cabins.”

They have a full-time horse trainer on site and horses for trail riding. They have a pond dug, but didn’t fill it this year because the water table is too low.

A horse sculpture made of Indonesian driftwood adorns one of the cabins at Day Mountain Ranch.

“It’s been chaotic, but it is starting to come together,” he said. “We have other buildings in the works. We are waiting for building material prices to come down a little before we do more.”

The resort is situated not far from Cub River with steep hills all around it.

“I wanted to keep like it is preserved it,” Day said. “It is such a beautiful area to see and experience.”

The website is daymountainranch.com.

“I’ve worked all over the country and this is my last spot,” he said. “This is my happy place.”

 

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1 Comment

  • will davis May 11, 2021 at 9:32 am Reply

    What a shame, and the funniest thing the news reporter is acting like its a boon and the builder like; “why wouldn’t they all be thrilled with it?”… Maybe more people from someplace else will do the same; “bought the 1,675 acres and began to do what he had been doing all his life: build.” Oh, yeah another builder, we can fill every single open place with stuff. Why pick here? Becasue instead of staying where they are from they want to fill another place they can buy cheaply. Instead of it being as it was; “There wasn’t anything here except some old homestead wood structures,” he said. “We put in some roads and wells to improve the water structure.” Notice the caviot ‘I have relatives in Utah, so see, I’m almost a local’. Alas up come the fences, the buildings and the garbage. You know, the west has long struggled with water issues, not because there is a lack really, but, because we people like to make cities where there isn’t water. We have been blessed in the area not to have to suffer from things like that. But, the dreamers who have a dream of turning “It’s a beautiful place,” into a high end glamping extravaganza “unobstructed views with decks. The basements have a wall with built-in bunkbeds, pool tables, foosball, and air hockey tables.
    The cabins also have high speed internet and cable televisions in every room” where we used to hunt, hike and fish. The funnies thing is “I wanted to keep like it is preserved it,” Day said. “It is such a beautiful area to see and experience.” lol That fellow Idahoans is Californian code talk for; “Gonna build myself a fancy compound and fence that sucker off. So best pay attention to the no trespassing signs where you used to go horn hunting, foraging, bird hunting, camping, hiking etc. Its all mine now and no one with out the money will walk there again!!! The humorous irony is in the same breath he tells us how great and beautiful it is, while describing the ritzy compound and then saying he wants to preserve it.
    Wow… Congrats to the Hull heirs, I’m sure great granddad is pleased with what you have “traded for money”.

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