Great Views and Sunsets Overlooking Yellowstone River--11 mi. to Yellowstone!

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  •  Type: House
  •  Beds: 3
  •  Baths: 1
  •  Sleeps: 8


Yellowstone Vacation Home is uniquely located on a hillside ringed by towering mountains, and is surrounded by quiet US Forest Service public lands that you can hike in and usually have all to yourself. It has gorgeous views of Paradise Valley and the Yellowstone River.  This home is only 11 miles (a 15 minute drive) from the town of Gardiner, the north entrance of Yellowstone Park.
Standing on the deck of this home, you'll enjoy gorgeous views in every direction. If you like fishing, you'll have easy access to Yellowstone River and to all the fishing areas in Yellowstone Park. There is even a small lake located only a half mile from the house. Wildlife photographers, this place is for you! Close to the cabin you are likely to see mule deer, elk, antelope, bald eagles, big horn sheep and many bunnies! We have an outdoor fire pit with a view where you can make s'mores!
We recommend that you bring a 4WD or AWD vehicle, which can be necessary on the gravel/dirt road to the house if there has been a big downpour or an extended period of rain or snow. Most of the time, and especially in June, July and August, 2WD is sufficient.
There are many fun things to do in the area year round. Fishing, hiking, horseback riding and river rafting trips are available nearby and, of course, all the wonders of Yellowstone Park.
This 2-story, 1200 square foot, 3 BR, 1 BA, cedar home sits on a one acre property that is fully fenced, and has a nicely maintained lawn. Pets are rarely allowed but we do make some exceptions. The three bedrooms sleep 6 to 8 people, with one queen-size bed, a pair of twin beds, a bunk bed, and two fold-up foam pads. Features include WiFi, forced air heating and air conditioning, a wood burning fireplace, washer/dryer, satellite TV, DVD player, and a CD player. There are a variety of games, DVDs, and CDs for the use of our guests. No smoking please.
A cozy cabin feeling is engendered by the fir woodwork on most walls and ceilings. The spacious downstairs bathroom features two sinks and a shower-tub. The cabin has an extra large 75 gallon hot water heater. The kitchen is fully equipped, including a glass top electric range, dish washer, microwave, large refrigerator and a gas grill provided on the deck. This home is well supplied - we provide linens, towels, a hair dryer, all paper goods, hand soaps, dish washing soaps, laundry soaps, trash can liners, etc. The comfort of our guests is important to us!
You'll love the peace and quiet as you gaze at the mountains and the Yellowstone River while enjoying a meal on the wrap-around deck. You'll see the sun set over Paradise Valley in the crux of the canyon, often with spectacular colors.
Please note: Vacations in May, September and October can be a good option, because the weather is not as hot as mid-summer, and Yellowstone Park has fewer visitors. In May there are many sweet newborns to observe among the wildlife. In late Sept./early Oct. the autumn colors are at their peak.
Winter in Yellowstone Park:
During the winter, there can be up to 6 inches of snow on the roads to our vacation rental home, so a 4-wheel drive vehicle is required. The area around the cabin doesn't generally get heavy snowfalls, but Yellowstone Park is at a higher elevation and gets lots of snow.
The only car-accessible park entrance that remains open year-round is the north entrance in Gardiner. Mammoth Hot Springs, the park headquarters, is only a 5 mile drive from Gardiner. The road leading to Mammoth also remains open all winter all the way through to Tower Falls, the Lamar Valley and Cooke City. The Lamar Valley is a great place for wildlife viewing during this time of the year. Many trail heads for groomed cross-country ski trails are located along this road. The other park roads are closed to cars during the winter, from early November through mid-March. During that period those roads are only open to winter transport including snow coaches, snowmobiles, and cross-country skiers.
Yellowstone Year Round Safaris offers guided snowmobile tours and snow coach tours into Yellowstone leaving from Best Western at Mammoth Hot Spring. In Mammoth there is an ice skating rink open to the public at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and the restaurant remains open there as well as at the Old Faithful Lodge.
Our favorite activity summer through winter is to soak in the outdoor hot spring pools at Boiling River. Its parking area is only 3 miles inside the park from Gardiner. You walk a half mile along a path bordering the Gardiner River, until you get to a place where a creek of hot geothermal water flows into the river. Rocks are piled up to create natural pools where the hot water mingles with the cold river water to create comfortable places to soak and relax. When you get out, even though the air is cold, you still feel warm as you get dressed.
Hunters are also welcome at Yellowstone Vacation Home. This area of Montana, just north of Yellowstone Park, receives hundreds of elk migrating out of Yellowstone Park each winter. There is also a year-round resident herd of elk in the mountains just above the cabin, and mule deer are abundant in the area. Hunting, in-season, is open to the public on all of the vast U.S. Forest Service lands that surround the cabin for miles. You can literally just walk out the gate and hunt in the surrounding Forest Service lands. (License required.)
If you're looking for wildlife sightings close to the cabin and beautiful views in the quiet seclusion of pristine Montana surroundings, with easy access to the attractions of Yellowstone Park, and the fishing and white water rafting opportunities of Yellowstone River, you will be delighted with your stay at our Yellowstone Vacation Home!
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Owner info


We love this property because of its unique location in the midst of an infrequently visited national forest. This home looks out over Paradise Valley and the Yellowstone River. Because our property is surrounded by public lands, you can hike and explore for miles around the cabin; including fishing or wading along the shores of the Yellowstone River. We lived here ourselves for 9 years and we love the pristine natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains, so close to Yellowstone Park.

Terms & Conditions

50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

Additional Rate details

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning fee $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%
Please note that there is an extra charge of $10/night per person for the 7th and 8th person.







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My family and I throughly enjoyed our accomdations. It was very clean and comfortable. We cooked and enjoyed our meal on the deck of the home. We walked and just enjoyed the beauty of the mountains. Peaceful, quiet and restful.

Great location!

We enjoyed the location of the cabin and the wildlife around it. Walking to the river to fish was very easy and nice! Most things in the Park were closed and there were road closures and construction, but we had the best weather and saw everything except the Grand Canyon and wolves. The cabin is very clean and well stocked and that was great. I learned how to play horse-shoes but concluded that my husband is a cheater! I swear he makes up rules as he goes. Great time to visit we thoroughly enjoyed it

First visit, but not the last

What a perfect place to stay! Everything was so clean and so well stocked! We really enjoyed the solitude of the cabin while still being close enough to the park to go every day. Thank you for sharing your lovely home! We will definitely be back and cant think of a better place to stay! We hiked in the park and around the house as well. The huge herd of elk that we saw moving from the valley was breathtaking. We got here in 80 degree weather and experienced snow and 28 degree weather on our last day here. Montana/Wyoming has captured our Louisiana hearts! Thanks for everything!

Yellowstone Vacation

Thank you for sharing your vacation home. We had a lovely time. We spent our mornings drinking coffee on the porch and watching wildlife in nearby fields. Yellowstone was great. Views were amazing! Night star gazing was fun too. So many stars! We will be back to this beautiful part of the country again, some day. Thank you again!

Incredible Place

My family stayed a week and there is not one negative about this house or its location. Incredible views and the comfort of a wonderful home. Proximity to YNP made it easy to come and go back and forth to the park. There is a herd of approximately 200+ elk that we enjoyed seeing just over the hill everyday when leaving the house. Just a perfect vacation in the perfect home. Thank you for allowing my family to use your house. Chris and Sherri Asheville NC