Yellowstone Vacation Home
Gardiner, Montana, United States 59030
Our year-round vacation rental home is located on a hillside, overlooking the Yellowstone River and an expansive grassy valley ringed by towering mountains. It is only 11 miles (a 15 minute drive) from the town of Gardiner, the north entrance to Yellowstone Park. WiFi is available just bring your laptops and electronic devices. If you are looking for 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.
This home is in a beautiful secluded location on a gravel/dirt road. It has gorgeous views of Paradise Valley and the Yellowstone River. We recommend that you bring a 4WD or AWD vehicle, which is necessary when there has been a downpour or an extended period of rain or snow. Most of the time, and especially in June, July and August, 2WD is sufficient.
This 1200 sq. ft. three bedroom/one bathroom cedar home sits on a one acre property that is fully fenced, and has a nicely maintained lawn. Gorgeous views can be enjoyed from the wrap-around deck, as you overlook Paradise Valley and the Yellowstone River. We now have a fire pit in the yard where you can make s'mores! Although pets are generally not allowed, we do make some rare exceptions. No smoking please.
The property is surrounded by pristine Forest Service lands that you can hike in, with 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, called Cutler Lake. There are many fun things to do in the area year-round. Horseback riding and river rafting trips are available nearby, and of course, all the wonders of Yellowstone Park are a must-see!
Our favorite activity is to soak in the outdoor hot spring pools at Boiling River. Its parking area is only 3 miles inside the Park from Gardiner. After parking you walk about a half mile along a path bordering the Gardiner River. You soon arrive at a place where a creek of hot geothermal water flows into the river. Rocks are piled up in the river to create natural pools where the hot water mingles with the cold river water to create comfortable places to soak and relax.
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. They can be reached at 800-828-9080 or 406-848-7311. (http://www.yellowstoneyearroundsafaris.com/Snowmobile-Tours-Gardiner-MT.html).
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.
Another fun winter activity is dog sledding which is available at Chico Hot Springs. You can reach Absaroka Dogsled Treks at 406-223-6440 or at their website (http://www.dogsledmt.com).
If you are looking for 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!
Away From It All
Carbon Monoxide Detector
Deck / Patio
Dishes & Utensils
Iron & Board
Lawn / Garden
Alarm Clocks in Every Bedroom
Books about hiking and things to do in the area
CD player and CD collection
Crib/playpen and high chair available
DVD player and DVD library
Games, puzzles and decks of cards
iron and Ironing Board
Large back yard
Spacious Lawn around the vacation home
Rates and Availability
Weeknight: $185 / night
Weekend Night: $185 / night
Weekly: $1200 / week
Minimum Stay: 2
September 2017: 09/01/2017 - 09/30/2017
Weeknight: $225 / night
Weekend Night: $225 / night
Weekly: $1500 / week
Min Stay: 3
October 2017: 10/01/2017 - 10/31/2017
Weeknight: $195 / night
Weekend Night: $195 / night
Weekly: $1300 / week
Min Stay: 3
Early Nov. 2017: 11/01/2017 - 11/21/2017
Weeknight: $185 / night
Weekend Night: $185 / night
Weekly: $1200 / week
Min Stay: 2
Thanksgiving 2017: 11/22/2017 - 11/24/2017
Weeknight: $195 / night
Weekend Night: $195 / night
Min Stay: 3
Late Fall 2017: 11/25/2017 - 12/23/2017
Weeknight: $185 / night
Weekend Night: $185 / night
Weekly: $1200 / week
Min Stay: 2
Christmas/New Year 2017/2018: 12/24/2017 - 01/02/2018
Weeknight: $195 / night
Weekend Night: $195 / night
Weekly: $1300 / week
Min Stay: 3
May 2018: 05/01/2018 - 05/31/2018
Weeknight: $215 / night
Weekend Night: $215 / night
Weekly: $1450 / week
Min Stay: 3
Peak Season 2018: 06/01/2018 - 08/31/2018
Weeknight: $255 / night
Weekend Night: $255 / night
Weekly: $1700 / week
Min Stay: 6
September 2018: 09/01/2018 - 09/30/2018
Weeknight: $225 / night
Weekend Night: $225 / night
Weekly: $1500 / week
Min Stay: 3
October 2018: 10/01/2018 - 10/31/2018
Weeknight: $195 / night
Weekend Night: $195 / night
Weekly: $1300 / week
Min Stay: 3
Early November 2018: 11/01/2018 - 11/20/2018
Weeknight: $185 / night
Weekend Night: $185 / night
Weekly: $1200 / week
Min Stay: 2
Thanksgiving 2018: 11/21/2018 - 11/24/2018
Weeknight: $195 / night
Weekend Night: $195 / night
Min Stay: 3
Late Fall 2018: 11/25/2018 - 12/21/2018
Weeknight: $185 / night
Weekend Night: $185 / night
Weekly: $1200 / week
Min Stay: 2
Christmas/New Year 2018: 12/22/2018 - 01/02/2019
Weeknight: $195 / night
Weekend Night: $195 / night
Weekly: $1300 / week
Min Stay: 3
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 can’t 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!
Thank you for your wonderful review! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. You're welcome back any time. It's true, this vacation home is a great place for viewing wildlife. And hiking in the area around the house offers great views of Yellowstone River and Paradise Valley. Until next time!
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!
I've never been in a rental that has thought of everything a person could need. I mean everything. There are notes explaining how to use things which at first seem silly but then you realize it's thoughtful because it eliminates any guessing you may have. The location is more remote than I realized and some may not like that. The road leading to the house is a doozy. There were a few wash out ruts, regular ruts, and some large holes. I wouldn't take a car on this road even with awd. You really need more clearance. We saw a herd of elk nightly along the road which we looked forward to. The biggest frustration was internet. The bandwidth is so slow you really can't research activities or attempt to plan day trips etc. checking email is about it. I'd suggest looking into Hugh's net to see if they provide service because dishnet is really next to worthless. We also loved seeing the magpies each day in the yard. Overall, it's a great place to stay and quite relaxing. Gardiner was busy and it was nice to be away from that, although you're just a 10 minute drive from the shops and restaurants. I was pretty pleased but the road definitely needs some attention if at all possible.
PROSPECTIVE RENTERS, PLEASE NOTE: THE ROAD TO THE HOUSE WAS GRADED (SMOOTHED OUT) BY THE COUNTY ON AUGUST 25, 6 DAYS AFTER THIS REVIEW WAS POSTED. ALSO, ON THE SAME DAY OUR LONG-AWAITED INSTALLATION OF HUGHSNET SATELLITE INTERNET WAS DONE. WE NOW HAVE WIFI AT THE HOUSE AT SPEEDS CAPABLE OF STREAMING VIDEO (25 MBPS DOWNLOAD SPEED AND 3 MBPS UPLOAD SPEED.) The road grading is done at least annually by the county. As explained on this listing, you should be fine with any vehicle with AWD or 4WD. (2WD works fine if the road is dry.) This historic vacation home was fully remodeled in the 1990s. Much of the house has original walls and ceilings of tongue and groove fir that were refinished at that time, adding a clean rustic charm. This is a great location for watching herds of deer and elk in the fields around the house as they come down the mountain mornings or evenings to drink from the river, or along the road leading from the highway to the vacation home. Yes, our vacation home is off the beaten path and the reward is total privacy, abundant wildlife, and fantastic views of the Yellowstone River and Paradise Valley.
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
Dear Magdalena and Bruce, We had so much fun here in Yellowstone. It’s such a beautiful and wild land to explore. It touched our hearts and spirit forever! The house was perfect and we enjoyed everything: view, campfire and wildlife. In Yellowstone we were blessed to see: coyotes, black bears (x3), buffalo, elk, rabbit, geese, swan, bald eagle, momma grizzly with her 2 cubs (that was in Lamar Valley). The incredible journey included a double rainbow in Lamar Valley as we waited out a storm in the evening – very spiritual. Thanks for sharing your home and Blessings to you.
We had a wonderful time and felt at home. It is a perfect home for vacation with a perfect view. All the amenities are very well maintained. We enjoyed grilling on the patio. Owners are very good with giving clear instructions to reach the house and also about the things in the house. They were prompt to respond when we needed help. It’s an unforgettable vacation!!
Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with our family. It was perfect for our home-team of 5 and our first visit to Yellowstone. For our trip from Madison, Wisconsin. we spent one night in Bozeman, one night at Under Canvas in West Yellowstone and the remainder of our stay in your beautiful setting. We toured the entire park, went white water rafting on the Yellowstone River and stopped at most of the park’s natural wonders. But seeing the abundant wildlife was all of our favorite part of the trip. We saw elk and bison right from your patio, a longhorn sheep on our drive from your home into Gardiner, a few pronghorns by your home, and in the park we got up close to a black bear, saw a few bald eagles, and hundreds of bison. We loved coming back to your house each night for family dinners, playing games and making s’mores. On our one rainy day we enjoyed a relaxing day by the fire. Your home provided all of the needed amenities in a quaint setting. It was perfect! Thank you!
We had an amazing time in Yellowstone!! The house was wonderful and we loved how secluded it was. Everything was very clean and organized. Magdalena and Bruce were very prompt in answering all of our questions and had instructions throughout the house. On our adventures through the Park we saw 15 bears – 1 grizzly mom w/2 cubs; 2 more grizzly moms w/one cub each plus 8 black bears. In Lamar Valley we witnessed a fox killing a fawn and then stalking the second fawn for over 30 minutes before wandering away. Amazing but sad. We also saw multiple bison herds, mule deer, elk and pronghorn. The horseback riding trail with Paradise Adventures was the most beautiful trail I have ever been on (up in mountains with wild flowers everywhere, river, trees – gorgeous!) We also did a whitewater raft trip down Yellowstone River. Thank you so much for an amazing unforgettable adventure! The Frabells, Bud, Jackie, Meghan and Shannon: Strongsville, Ohio
Dear Magdalena and Bruce, What a wonderful experience at your house! Amazing landscape, surprising visits of elk and deer hiking in the hills; everything was gathered in the same place to offer us an unforgettable trip. Some highlights of our trip: - Saw 10 bears (5 black and 5 grizzlies) - The Old Faithful geysers - The wonderful colors of the Grand Prismatic - Seen a wolf eating a baby elk (it was sad but amazing) -All of the other magnificent animals Thank you! The Belgian Family
This is a nice house in a really nice location way off the beaten track. But you've got to be able to reach it first. Even though the rental description clearly states the road and drive are kept plowed this is not really very true. The owner told me they hadn't had to actually have someone plow the road in years, which to their credit, they did before we arrived. However, with just two new inches of snow it was really hard to reach the house. I'm an experienced snow driver and had a big 4 WD vehicle and we fish tailed up and down 4 miles of one lane road with a mountain on one side and a steep drop off/river on the other. I'm sure it's gorgeous when it's not raining or snowing. On our second night (New Year's Eve) we got a half mile down the road and nearly got stuck in 1-2 foot drifts (and there was no new snow this day). We ended up at a hotel in Gardiner that night and in another (not great) HomeAway property for a couple nights, then another hotel. We didn't let it ruin our Yellowstone winter vacation, but it would have for a lot of people. The owners refunded my money for all but the first night, and the cleaning fee, so one night cost over 400 dollars. Really nice handyman actually led us out the first morning to break through the drifts (he shoveled some on the way in he said) and then went back and shoveled out the road and got our stuff on New Years (so we had no stuff for a day too). He was amazing.
Firstly, thank you for the nice things you said about Yellowstone Vacation Home and its beautiful location. And yes, we agree that our caretaker is a very caring and hardworking man. He came quickly, and gladly helped you out, on several occasions when you needed him. We paid him well for that. The thing you're not mentioning here is that you came at the height of what meteorologists called "the worst winter storm to hit the Rockies in 20 years". Heavy snow, strong winds and bitter cold all came together. I sent you an email warning of the extreme conditions you were coming into. You told me that you had been following the weather predictions but had decided to come for your 6 night stay anyway. We paid $600.00 to have our 3 mile stretch of quiet country road cleared of 2 ft. of snow on the day of your arrival, and our caretaker shoveled the entry deck and parking area. You were able to arrive at the house safely and drive out the next morning to Yellowstone Park. Unfortunately, when trying to return, you saw strong winds had blown our road nearly closed again with deep drifts. (This was a day of blowing snow & near zero visibility at times, throughout a vast area of Montana. It was so bad, there were several accidents on nearby Hwy 89.) You called me. It was after dark. We sent our caretaker to you right away to help assess our road. We all decided together that it just wouldn't work for you to try to stay in our remote cabin for 5 more nights during an ongoing storm like that. (Several days of the same extreme conditions were predicted.) So we decided we'd refund all of your rent/tax for the remaining 5 nights and you'd stay in a hotel in town, near Yellowstone for the night. The next morning, we suggested another nice vacation rental with easy highway access, closer to Yellowstone and more expensive, and offered to pay the difference for you. You said you had already made your own plans. Our caretaker drove to the house through the drifts, collected all of your belongings and delivered them to you at the hotel. The amount you actually paid us was the standard rent of $195 for the one night plus the standard $100 cleaning fee. (You also paid $13.65 tax plus the HomeAway service fee of $92.44.) We've had many happy winter renters. It's rare that we need to plow, and you're mistaken in saying our listing says we keep it plowed. We do say that 4WD is a must. Normally, well-packed tire tracks suffice in the 6-12 inches of snow that's usual in that area.
Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful home. It was a great home base as we explored the area. Lovely view. We enjoyed a hike up the road very much and the wildlife viewing was exceptional! Your house really is truly special. We loved how remote we felt while we were there. Thanks again! Jocelyn H. Durham, NH
Dear Bruce and Magdalena, Thank you for the use of your beautiful home. The house has that rare combination of seclusion and all modern amenities. We were very comfortable here and would love to come back again. We saw antelopes and elk on the way to the house and many other animals in YNP. The deck and views were amazing. Also amazing was having heating, AC, hot water, etc., out in the wilds of Montana. Remote and convenient at the same time. When we arrived the house was spotless. Your housekeeper does an excellent job, and the yard was nicely kept. Also, when the coffeepot malfunctioned, the delivery of a new one was much faster then I expected considering the logistics involved. Very responsive and completely unexpected. As hosts the two of you did everything possible to make our stay enjoyable. We had a wonderful time and had everything we needed.
Dear Bruce and Magdalena, Thanks so much for allowing us to stay in such a wonderful place. The house is amazing and the views are beyond belief! While there we saw elk, bighorn sheep (females and babies) and antelope just up the road. Everything in the house and outside made this getaway more than imagined. We would highly recommend the house and would love to come back again. Sincerely, Lori and family, North Carolina
Dear Bruce & Magdalena: What a wonderful house! We had the best Yellowstone vacation ever with your amazing house as our home base. We hiked the Yellowstone Park, saw tons of wildlife and were always happy to return to our Montana house. Thank you for the memories, we will be back!
Dear Bruce and Magdalena, We had an amazing time staying in your home and visiting the surrounding area. Your location is peaceful and relaxing! We really appreciated all the amenities, too! The kitchen had more gadgets than we ever could need during our stay and the books, games and literature were a very pleasant touch! Very welcoming! The whole family enjoyed your beautiful lawn and gazing out at the stunning scenery from the deck. Beautiful. At the house we enjoyed watching the bunnies and the birds. We even were lucky enough to watch closely as a coyote stealthily followed a small deer. In the park we were overwhelmed with all the beautiful nature and wildlife. Elk, deer, pronghorn antelopes, oh… and bison of course! And we were thrilled to see two sibling wolves and a grizzly bear mama w/her cub! Very exciting! Highlights include: - Wildlife viewing with Misty from Flying Pig. She was great and we really enjoyed our day with her! - Old Faithful area and Observation Trail. Short fun hike to a beautiful view of Old Faithful and just further the Solitary Geyser. Very Cool! - White water rafting with Zack from Flying Pig. Our favorite activity!! The kids loved the rapids and swimming in the Yellowstone River. - Hiking by the Boiling River and relaxing in the Hot Springs. AMAZING! Not to be missed! We have had a beautiful vacation and have made lifetime memories. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us! A big shout out to your housekeeper and Hubert…. they do a beautiful job presenting your beautiful home. Thank you! Thank you!
I could repeat all the things already written by the families who’ve stayed in your ‘perfect’ home. We’ve rented through VRBO for years all over the country and this home is truly the best one so far! The little things really matter. Like having night lights throughout, flash lights, lots of lighting in the bathroom, tons of towels, a griddle, the fireplace, the deck seating, the grill! I think that Magdalena and Bruce should give workshops to other VRBO owners on how to have the perfect set-up for their guests. And kudos to your housekeeper as the home was spotless when we arrived and to Hubert for taking such good care of the lawn! Thanks for allowing us to use your home to spend a great family vacation together. Lots of memories made! Blessings!
Thank you for sharing your little piece of Montana with us! We enjoyed having such a lovely spot to come back to after a long day of fun activities. The kids loved the bunk beds and making s’mores by the fire pit at night. As others have mentioned, the bunnies in the yard had us laughing! Some highlights of our trip: - Hiking down to the ‘Grand Canyon of Yellowstone’ (Uncle Tom’s trail) - Seeing the bison herd and 2 bears in Lamar Valley - An all-day horseback ride up to Fawn Lake (we went with Hell’s-A-Roaring stables) - A fun raft down the Yellowstone River (we went with Flying Pig) - Seeing the thermal features in Mammoth We feel like we’ve only seen the tip of this amazing park!
Your experience (public) We loved everything about this home. It was only about a 15-20 minute drive to Gardiner, which is the north entrance to Yellowstone NP. The home had everything we needed such as firewood, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, laundry detergent, etc. Air conditioning was a plus, although we didn't really need/use it. Our favorite part about the house was the back deck. We spent every day exploring the park and every evening watching the sunset right in between the mountains and hanging out on the deck. You literally have the whole valley to yourself...well, except for several bunny rabbits in the yard, and the elk which would come down to the valley to graze. The best time to spot the elk was at sunrise or sunset. The home was very clean, had a great cable selection, and Wi-Fi worked perfectly. We spent 5 nights in the Tetons/Jackson Hole area, then spent 9 nights at this property. We didn't have 4 wheel drive, and it was not needed during our stay because it was in June/July and we didn't get much precipitation; however, during the winter I could see how it would definitely be needed, or if they had prolonged periods of rain during the summer. We liked that the home was far away from everything, yet still close to the entrance of the park. We would definitely recommend this house to anyone visiting the greater Yellowstone area, and hopefully even have the chance to return to this home in the future. Also, Bruce and Magdalena were always an e-mail or phone call away and they responded promptly to any questions. Mary & Eric, Louisiana
We loved everything about this home. It was only about a 15-20 minute drive to Gardiner, which is the north entrance to Yellowstone NP. The home had everything we needed such as firewood, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, laundry detergent, etc. Air conditioning was a plus, although we didn't really need/use it. Our favorite part about the house was the back deck. We spent every day exploring the park and every evening watching the sunset right in between the mountains and hanging out on the deck. You literally have the whole valley to yourself...well, except for several bunny rabbits in the yard, and the elk which would come down to the valley to graze. The best time to spot the elk was at sunrise or sunset. The home was very clean, had a great cable selection, and Wi-Fi worked perfectly. We spent 5 nights in the Tetons/Jackson Hole area, then spent 9 nights at this property. We didn't have 4 wheel drive, and it was not needed during our stay because it was in June/July and we didn't get much precipitation; however, during the winter I could see how it would definitely be needed, or if they had prolonged periods of rain during the summer. We liked that the home was far away from everything, yet still close to the entrance of the park. We would definitely recommend this house to anyone visiting the greater Yellowstone area, and hopefully even have the chance to return to this home in the future. Also, Bruce and Magdalena were always an e-mail or phone call away and they responded promptly to any questions. Mary & Eric, Louisiana
My husband, myself, and our adult son spent nine nights in this wonderful cabin from June 17th until the morning of June 26th. Everything we could possibly need or want was supplied in this fantastic cabin. It had the best equipped kitchen of any VRBO that we have ever stayed since we started doing our national park vacations in 2009. I always pack certain kitchen items that are not usually provided and only had to use two baking pans of my own, but most people don't bake as much as we do. It was really nice to have spices and other basics supplied and even better to find condiments in the refrigerator left behind by others for our use too. The cabin was very clean and well maintained. Having a washer and dryer were essential for us with all of the hiking that we do. We must have picked the best month to visit because we did not need either the heat or the air conditioning during our stay. Also, the wildflowers in Yellowstone peak in June. We saw an abundance of wildflowers in every size and color along all the trails we hiked in all areas of the park. We spent eight whole days hiking in Yellowstone. We hiked a total of 56 miles and we drove on every road and side loop in the park. Yellowstone is unique, beautiful, and totally awesome. We hiked some great trails--our favorites were Hellroaring Creek, Mount Washburn, and the Hoodoos. There is so much to see and do at Yellowstone that we never even visited Old Faithful. We tend to avoid the crowded areas, but did enjoy the Mammoth Springs and the Norris Basin. It was amazing to be among the crowds at Artist Point and then hike about 25 yards down a trail and have the place all to ourselves. We saw lots of wildlife including seven bears, bison, big horn sheep, elk, pronghorn deer, marmots, ground squirrels, but one of favorites was the little bunny who lived in the yard by the cabin. We got caught up in both bear and bison jams inside the park. If you really want to see hundreds of bison, just drive through Lamar Valley and while you are there, take a hike around Trout Lake. We got to see the Cutthroat trout spawning in the stream which feeds into the lake. The best part of our day was always coming back to the cabin after our long day of hiking and sightseeing to relax on the deck and watch the sunsets. This was one of our most relaxing and fun vacations ever! If you are looking for a fun vacation, Yellowstone and this cabin are the best!.
So to start my trip we were delayed and we arrived very late and so thankful the owner answered the phone at 2 a.m. I so needed to have the reassurance that I needed finding the property, so I can not thank them enough for that. It is off the grid so to speak...I was not prepared for the drive back to the house. With that, it was what made the property unique and the privacy and views were amazing. And when we went horseback riding we drove similar roads to the ranch and realized that it is what makes this area even more amazing. Gardiner was the perfect town to make your home base for Yellowstone and the amazing restaurants in that town. It made it even better not having to go too far for anything. If there was one thing I would have changed I would have liked the firepit in the yard or a chimney on the deck...we always look forward to nights outside, and the location was not ideal for kids to be at night. My kids enjoyed being there and loved seeing so many animals...We also went kayaking on Yellowstone lake and on our way we got stuck in a Bisen traffic jam...definitely a first for me. It was just an amazing trip and this house made it a truly unique experience. I have already been asked by some of my friends for the info for this house. Can not say enough...
Your home was so much more than what we expected – thanks for a lovely, peaceful vacation stay. We saw a lot of elk around the property and covered almost all the major Yellowstone attractions. An amazing three days! We were lucky to spot a grizzly at a kill and wolves and coyotes. The bison were everywhere! There was a little rabbit under the shed we befriended too. Best regards~
Our family of four (2 junior highers) had a good time at the home the first of the year. Because of the cold weather we weren't able to take advantage of the stunning location as much so I felt the price was high for not being able to enjoy the deck and the grounds. It was a nice distance from Yellowstone and we went cross-country skiing in the park and enjoyed the Boiling River. There is even a pond to skate on not too far from the property (but I'm not sure if the owners allow outsiders on the pond). The home was dated but everything was in working order and the wood walls and ceilings were beautiful. The single downstairs bathroom (while all the rooms being upstairs) wasn't very convenient for middle of the night trips down the steep staircase. My daughter had a rough night sleep on one of the single beds that you could feel the coils through so she switched beds the second night and slept soundly (a sleepy 13 year old girl can be a dangerous thing! LOL). All in all it was a nice stay and we appreciate the owners for their kindness.
We are glad you enjoyed your stay. The rental rate in winter is very much reduced from the summer rate. Since we allowed you to arrive much earlier than the usual check in time, and arranged for you to depart hours after the usual check out time, at no extra charge to you, we hope that the extra time balanced out the rental rates you found high. Regarding the downstairs bathroom, we make it very clear on our listing that the bathroom is located downstairs (both in the photo caption and in the amenities section) so it is up to prospective guests to really check all features and see if it will suit your needs. Regarding the mattress that wasn't comfortable, we will check on it and replace it if necessary. The pond you mentioned (Cutler Lake) is not our property - it's Forest Service land.
We spent Christmas at the home. We had fun sledding down the road and playing games by the fire at night. Yellowstone was a beautiful, winter, wonderland!! We saw many animals driving and snowshoeing in the park. It was an incredible Christmas vacation.
Amazing! That’s the best word to describe our stay in your beautiful mountain home. We found everything to be perfect. The cabin had everything we could possibly want or need. The hairdryer included in the bathroom was wonderful, since that's a bulky item we didn't have to pack. The kitchen was equipped with every possible item, even a garlic press! The fireplace was thoughtfully set up with kindling ready for a fire when we arrived. The views are too gorgeous to be defined with words. We enjoyed sitting out with coffee to watch the sunrise. After a long day of fishing, hiking and sightseeing it was fabulous to come back and enjoy a fire in the fireplace or sit out on the deck and see the beautiful stars so bright in the night sky. We saw many elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, and jackrabbits (whoa) along the road to the cabin. At night we heard coyotes. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home. Our vacation will be unforgettable!
My traveling friend and I recently had great loss in our lives. and we both were in much need of some comfort and solitude. This home and location helped us tremendously soothe the pain. I have rented through VRBO.com for many years in many locations. I always enjoy my stay, but seldom want to return to the location. This is not the case of this home. The location is all you could ask for, IF you want solitude, quiet (except for the far off occasional auto that travels down Fwy 89, which was kind of comforting seeing how remote it is) and exceptional views, this home is for you. The home is comfortable, especially for those that are tall. I didn't have any trouble and joking said to my traveling friend that I feel petite standing at the counters. Everything we needed for making our home cooked meals were in the kitchen. The out of town vicinity of this home is still close enough to get to town in about 15 minutes. There was wildlife on the dirt road everyday we came and went from the house. The deck is expansive and comfortable to sit and just while away the hours, again looking at the views. I saw a huge herd of elk meandering up the mountain beside the house early one morning after a night of being serenaded by bugling elk. I highly recommend this rental. Thanks Magdalena for sharing your place under the Yellowstone sky with us city dwellers.
You will not believe the views from the back deck! You will not believe the majesty of this place!! Elk and deer gather in the fields below. Sunsets and sunrises are spectacular! - the stars, too!! If you are planning to venture into Yellowstone, enjoy, but don't miss the opportunity to just be still in this fabulous retreat! We came to spend most of our time in the Park, but often found ourselves just sitting back to enjoy our company. We looked for a vacation home that was not too close to other cabins, but not too far from civilization. After months of searching, we found this lovely cabin. The proximity to Gardiner and provisions was convenient. A couple miles from the bridge in Corwin Springs. As suggested by the owner, 4WD is recommended. The home is we appointed with all the ammenities anyone could expect. The grounds are surrounded by a sturdy 5' fence providing security and safety. The space inside is roomy and comfortable. Bruce and Magdalena were easy to reach, considerate of our needs and accommodating. We later learned that they offer homes in several other locations. Happy to say we just recently booked a home in Yosemite for next year... Can't Wait! Be sure to look up their other properties!!!
We had a great stay in this cabin in the hills north of Gardiner. The rooms were clean and comfortable. The kitchen had all the amenities we needed. The cabin is set apart from roads and the town so that you are quite likely to see wildlife. We saw a coyote near the fence and found bear tracks not too far away. Keep in mind that in the fall or winter you WILL need a 4WD vehicle to get up the gravel road to the cabin. To solve this hurdle, we got a Subaru Outback from Phasmid rentals in Bozeman—for a better price than we could have gotten it from the standard places (and they met us at the airport). Also, we had no cell phone coverage (but isn't that the point). Do not plan on streaming videos or spending a lot of time on the internet at the cabin because the WiFi is minimal and usage is capped by the owners provider. Don't worry, you won't want to be on the web, because you'll want to be out in Yellowstone or watching wildlife from the very nice deck. The owners are a dream to work with. They made everything simple and easy.
Best vacation ever! House, deck and views are stunning – we enjoyed watching the elk come down from the mountains to the valley each night at dusk. Stars at night are awesome too! If you don’t like the crowds at Yellowstone, check out the trails and forest roads in surrounding Gallatin National Forest. Get maps at ranger station in Gardiner. Views and wildlife equal to Yellowstone and you feel it is ‘yours’ alone to enjoy! Try driving down Tom Miner Road – beautiful! Thanks so much!
Home was as advertised and well kept up. 15 minutes from Yellowstone north entrance. Owners were very forthcoming and easy to reach and work with. Views from the home were nice indeed. Drawbacks from my point of view, were remoteness (essentially the only house on/at the end of, a 4 mile gravel road), lack of a bathroom on the second (bedroom) floor, lack of cell phone reception which I attribute to being on the wrong side of the mountain for Verizon, and a frustratingly slow wifi capability which owner said was the best offered by provider.
This vacation rental is in a beautiful secluded location with magnificent views. This renter says that the home was just as advertised, which is true. This home has 3 bedrooms and one full bathroom with 2 sinks in it (which is downstairs). We have always advertised it that way. We also tell renters about the 4 mile gravel road to the house (graded annually) and advise that renters bring a 4WD vehicle just in case there has been a lot of rain or some snow. It's a stunningly beautiful drive with panoramic views and usually views of herds of elk, deer or big horn sheep not far from the road. After the gravel road the next 6 miles of the drive to Yellowstone Park is along a 2-lane highway at 70 mph until slowing for a small town near the entrance. The 11 mile drive to the park takes about 15 min., as this renter said. The high speed internet connection is via satellite from DishNet (Hughes). It is the fastest, and only, high speed internet available in that location. I'm sure that it's not as fast as many people are used to in cities and suburbs. It's not fast enough for Skpe or streaming video. It's fine for sending /receiving email and surfing the web. Yes, due to the mountains the Verizon signal at the house is weak. A quarter mile from the house, at the top of a hill along the road back toward the park, the signal is strong. We do provide a landline phone at the home for that reason.
My family and I just returned from the Yellowstone Vacation Home. I couldn't have planned this trip any better! The house is in great shape and a perfect place for a family. We enjoyed sitting on the deck in the morning and evenings. My kids enjoyed running around the yard looking for critters. The wildlife is abundant! I am very pleased with our decision to stay outside of the park. And the North Entrance was our favorite part of Yellowstone. Super close to Lamar valley where we saw a black wolf and tons of Bison. I highly recommend this home!
Thanks for another wonderful summer filled with memories. We all had another week filled with fun adventures. The highlight was getting to see two bears swim across the river in Yellowstone. Loved the view from the back deck. Watched the baby elk play in the meadow. We will be back.
Upon arrival we found the home to be perfectly clean. We brought several items with us that we felt would not be provided based on previous rental experiences. I feel confident in saying that anything you would NEED for a vacation here would be provided. I was astounded at how thorough and thoughtful these owners are. We arrived to the firepit being prepped and ready with small twigs, the grill was the cleanest/best prepped I have ever seen, and just about every item we brought for the kitchen was not needed because it was already provided. Great job by the owners for anticipating what the renters will need!!! The home itself is an older home that has been remodeled. (I would be interested in knowing some of the history of it!) I was totally surprised to find the bathroom downstairs where it was accessible to all staying. I may not have read correctly, but I thought the bathroom was off the master/queen bedroom. All three bedrooms are on the second floor leaving the living, kitchen, dining, bathroom and laundry room downstairs. Outside...WOW....what a view! We enjoyed meals on the deck, getting up early to watch animals trek across the field for water, walking down to the river, and just enjoying the sunset, the stars and even the rain. I spoke with both owners during our rental process, and both were very pleasant, helpful, and provided any information we needed regarding the rental as well as the attractions around the home. Bruce was especially helpful when a storm went through and there was a power outage. Just before the outage, we realized the AC didn't seem to be working. He guided me to flip a switch that hadn't been flipped with the changing of the season yet...problem solved simply. Do not hesitate to give them a call because they truly want your experience to be enjoyable and stress free. Wonderful time, wonderful vacation, wonderful owners...we WILL rent from them again without hesitation. Thanks so much for sharing your home with us!
Magdalena and Bruce, Our stay at your home was very enjoyable! We saw a large variety of wildlife. We loved using our spotting scope early in the mornings off of the back deck to see the elk and deer make their way to the river – while we had our morning coffee. We played Monopoly two nights in a row with the kids and had a toasty fire going. There was an awesome trail ride by horses we did at Chico Hot Springs to see the beautiful countryside! I am impressed with how organized, clean and accommodating the house is. Thank you so much for the experience. We hope to come back for another stay in your lovely home – piece of paradise. Many thanks ~
What an awesome place for a mountain getaway. The cabin has everything you need and the views off the back deck are spectacular. The home is extremely clean and the owners take great care of the property - while there is not much cell service - they provide a phone for any local calls and the Internet service worked well and you can stay in touch if need be that way. The owners were very easy to deal with and were always easy to reach before or during my stay. But my favorite aspect of this cabin is the location - just sits in a beautiful area with views of paradise valley that are awesome - and the drive back to the cabin is scenic as well and easy to spot wildlife - elk, antelope, deer and a herd of big horn sheep all easy to spot going to and from cabin durning my visit. Also just a short drive into Gardiner and the Yellowstone entrance. Fall was a great time to visit and experience the northern part of Yellowstone - all kinds of wildlife spotted in the park of course including wolves and a grizzly bear. Just a perfect place for a Montana getaway - will certainly return.
We loved staying here during our 4 week National Park vacation. The setting is absolutely perfect and the views outstanding. We had several sunny 90 degree days and several cold rainy days. Loved spending our days touring our first National Park. We saw many bison, a trumpet swan, numerous elk and bighorn sheep. While shopping at the Gardiner Market we were closed in by elk in the parking lot - a first for us! Thank you for allowing our "boys" to join us here. They really enjoyed the fenced yard!!
Thank you so much for sharing your vacation home with us! It was very well equipped and organized and in an awesome location! On our trips into Yellowstone each day we saw lots of animals! On the last day we saw a moose and a mama bear with 3 cubs! We would definitely recommend your home to others, and maybe can come again ourselves. We are now on our way to Cody, then 2 days at Old Faithful Lodge, finishing at Jackson Hole. The scenery out here is very beautiful; wish we could stay longer!
Thanks for opening your home to us – it’s the perfect get-away place. The location is outstanding! We had everything from 80 degrees to snow and enjoyed it all! We enjoyed a couple of fires outside (in the fire pit) and a couple inside (in the fireplace). We saw hundreds of bison - our best viewing was the road to the northeast entrance and the side road off that road (Lamar). We saw tons of elk, pronghorn and deer. Our absolute favorite dinners were at the Lighthouse Restaurant. Amazing food - local - organic. Thanks for the coolers and everything else you supplied in this well stocked home. Yellowstone is an amazing place - we're off to the Tetons…
We leave Yellowstone humbled once again by God’s creation. The Park is absolutely amazing. We could not wait to go back each day. This trip made our 24th anniversary one we will never forget. I truly enjoyed the fishing in the Park. If you’re a fisherman, trust the Fishing Yellowstone Park book that is on the mantle written by Mr. Parks. The book is worth the read, not to mention it is spot on for the types of fish and the size that each water holds. Great guide book. We saw elk, coyote, eagles, antelope, buffalo, osprey, mule deer. Love this place!
Spent a wonderful week in close proximity to Yellowstone. We went into the Park every day and highlights included the Canyon and all the geothermal features, especially those around the Norris Basin. The house is a fantastic location and we never tired of looking out over the valley. Animal sightings in the Park included a bull elk, bison (obviously), pronghorn, golden eagle and osprey. Think we saw the full range of August weather in a week; snow on the peaks each night to start with and cool, but hot and thundery by the end of the week.
What a wonderful week! We loved this private and peaceful location. We could not get enough of the deck in the mornings! Loved having dinner out there too. Our highlights: - Spending time with the wolf watchers in Lamar Valley – look for the spotting scopes by Soda Butte - Beaver Pond Trail loop by Mammoth - Geyser day: Old Faithful, Norris Geyser Basin and Fountain Paint Pots - Lamar Valley in the morning + evening - Hiking Petrified Tree Trail by Tom Miner campground - Hiking Slough Creek Trail - Roosevelt Lodge – eating lunch (wild game chili) on the rocking chairs on the porch - Soaking in Boiling River – an elk came in to join us! - Seeing all of the animals in the Park – amazing and long days in the Park - Campfires at the fire pit with s’mores! - North Rim Trail and lookouts at Grand Canyon of Yellowstone The house was wonderfully equipped and stocked and the view and location really can’t be beat. We hate to leave. We loved that newspaper, kindling and firewood were all provided - that is a great selling feature I think! We really could have used another week just sitting on the deck! Heaven! Hopefully you will hear from us soon for another vacation. Thank you!
This cabin worked great for our family of 6! We loved being able to cook for ourselves and all of us having a bed! Our highlights: - Teton hike at Jenny Lake - Hiking Specimen Ridge by Tower Falls - Hiking to Natural Bridge by Lake Yellowstone - Swimming at Firehole Canyon Thanks for stocking the house with all we needed! We loved our week here!
This was our second trip to your home and it was as wonderful as the first trip. After a long day in the Park it was so nice to come home and enjoy the quiet and beautiful views. Several nights we could see a herd of elk in the valley and the stars were amazing. We did a one hour horseback ride and dinner with Hell’s A Roaring ( via the Flying Pig) that was excellent. Lunch at the Iron Horse overlooking the river is worth a stop (good food). If you want to see large herds of bison don’t miss Lamar Valley. Spied a copy of the Yellowstone Expedition guide in the cabin which I almost bought in the Park. The guide gives you great detail on the Park and the CD was great to listen to in the car. Also really appreciated the use of the coolers for packing lunch to take to the Park every day. Thanks again for sharing your cabin – it is a great getaway!
Bruce and Magdalena, What a beautiful place you have. Thank you very much! We really enjoyed our stay here at your place while we were at Yellowstone for our daughter’s wedding. The quiet of the country setting was enjoyable and helpful. The wildlife and stars were 'extra' and wonderful! Thank you. God bless ya~ Bruce and Magdalena. You have a great location! What a beautiful view of the valley. My sister was married on Wednesday at the Mammoth Chapel in Yellowstone and we couldn’t have asked for a better home to stay in before and after the ceremony. The caretakers do a great job keeping the place nice and comfortable. Hope to come again soon!
Great remote house for enjoying Yellowstone and continuing that enjoyment of nature around the house at night. The elk herd of 100+ came down to graze, only to be spooked by two cars going by! Haven’t seen them since on the flats, though we did see a number of the herd on a hike up in the hills – can’t do that in Seattle. So much to love about Yellowstone – Trout Lake, Beartooth Hwy, Ranger talks about animals, geology, geothermal activity, Yellowstone Lake and ice cream. Geyser day was possibly the best. Of course we went to Old Faithful. When it finished we followed the geyser walkway and just happened to hit Beehive just as it emptied. Then we saw Castle go off, and before it was finished Grand erupted. Each of these are infrequent and we were lucky to see them all. Probably should have played the lottery that day.
Dear Bruce and Magdalena, We had a wonderful time on our vacation to Yellowstone and thoroughly enjoyed your home. The setting was breathtaking and the house well-appointed and very comfortable for a family. In the park and its vicinity we saw moose, elk, grizzlies, black bears, mule deer, 6 bald eagles (!), big horn sheep, tons of bison, falcons and the list goes on. For anyone interested in a private guide led wildlife safari in the park we would very highly recommend Dan at Yellowstone Safari. He’s super knowledgeable, loves kids and goes the extra mile to take you off the typical trails and into the wilderness. Best 8 hours of our week long trip! Thank you for allowing us to use your house for our own home base. We hope to be back!
Once again an outstanding vacation!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful fully stocked home with us. Love coming home, making a fire and making dinner after long days in the Park. Yellowstone again did not disappoint! Numerous bears, cubs, wolves, elk, etc. Scenery amazing here and at the Park. This is our heaven on earth. We so pray we will be able to return.
Truly a beautiful, peaceful space that we were thrilled to be able to call home for the last week. Had a wonderful time at Yellowstone and just walking and hiking around the house. Also had such a good time at the stables at Chico Hot Springs that we are heading out for another ride today. (Dinner there was amazing as well.) Hope to be back soon!
Had a great trip – your home is super comfy, and the fireplace, amazing! Even though Yellowstone was entirely closed due to Government shutdown, we had a great time; our 5 year old loved the hot springs at Chico and Bozeman, and a trip up Tom Miner proved to provide plenty of wildlife and snowmen! Hope to come back next year.
Bruce and Magdalena, Thanks for letting us use your beautiful home. We loved it. It fit our family perfectly. We also loved being away from it all and having some space to ourselves. The road was a bit challenging at first but we soon mastered it. The kids got to see lots of animals and loved swimming in Boiling River. Thanks again~
Bruce and Magdalena, We were here for the second time and like this place again and again. Everything in this house is done to make staying here comfortable and enjoyable. Yellowstone Park is a real wonder. We saw eruption of so many geysers. We were delighted by beautiful colors of hot springs. We saw bisons, deers, elks and pronghorns. We wish to come here once more just to sit on the deck of this house and enjoy solemnity and tranquility of this place.
Hello Magdalena and Bruce, How happy we are to have found your lovely home online. We’ve had a great stay and have enjoyed having your home as a base. We spent lots of time in the Park and took an all day trip down the Yellowstone in a raft. It’s been great and we hope to be back. Your home is very well appointed and clean, quite comfortable and in a lovely setting. Thank you for sharing!
Bruce and Magdalena, Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful home with us. Your directions were great – we arrived in the dark and arrived without any problems – although I think we startled the sleeping pronghorn on the way. Your house is a great location and made it so easy to get to Yellowstone. We saw so many animals – bears and cubs, thousands of bison, elk, osprey, and eagles. My husband almost stepped on a rattlesnake! The scenery was absolutely wonderful and we got some great shots of the sunset over the mountains. This was a great place to stay especially with three kids we need to cook for. Everything was very comfortable. Thanks so much!
Third time here and it is just more awesome each time!! Scenery beautiful – wildlife abundant – saw over 30 bear, grizzly and triplets!! Lamar wolf pack on a kill, numerous elk – several bulls, badgers, coyotes, etc. etc. It truly is paradise!! Then to come to your home and see elk off the deck – have a fire and great dinners... Thanks once again for sharing your beautiful home with us - it truly is heaven on earth! Hopefully we will be back - God willing.
Thanks so much for sharing your home with us. We wish we had more time to enjoy the deck and its beautiful sunsets and sunrises. My first morning here I woke up just in time to see a young buck wandering around the outside the fenced yard. Saw some neat birds we don’t see in Illinois. We enjoyed some grilled hamburgers using your grill on the deck. We thought the queen size bed upstairs was very comfy. The quilt is nice too. In the mornings we marveled at the cloud or fog that would appear and disappear so quickly on the mountains. The drive to the house was neat. We took lots of snap shots on our way back from Yellowstone Park. The fog and clouds were awesome with the sun setting and the curves and hills on the road. As we went by a fenced area with water sprinklers we saw about 200 elk (all females) in that fenced area. We thought they were being raised there but the next morning they were all gone. So I guess they were wild. We also saw pronghorn and mule deer. There were buffalo across the highway being raised. We spent most of our wake hours exploring Yellowstone Park. Thanks again and God Bless. P.S. – The fire place was warm and cozy.
Thank you for sharing your vacation home with us. We had a wonderful, relaxing, exciting time. The little extras (games, hair dryer, wood, soap, spices, night lights, baby gates, etc.) were truly appreciated. We caught lots of fish in the river and saw tons of animals in the park. What a great holiday weekend. Thank you again!
May 12-19, 2013 Thank you so much for letting us use your home for our honeymoon. We saw 24 bears (12 were cubs), 3 moose, mountain goat, wolf, 2 coyotes, many different ducks, lots of buffalo, elk, geese, bighorn sheep, mule deer, pronghorn and 2 eagles. Your home is gorgeous. We enjoyed our honeymoon and we will be back! Thank you!
This was our second trip to Yellowstone and we had an awesome time. Your cabin contributed to the great time we had. This was without a doubt the nicest cabin we have stayed in. Beautiful views, clean, well-stocked and everything you could possibly need for a great stay. We saw bears, wolves, elk and moose on our daily trips into Yellowstone, and hiked several trails in the park. One morning while leaving the cabin we had a huge bull elk standing in the middle of the road. Thank you for helping make our trip memorable. We are going to try and make it out Yellowstone every two years and will be looking to book your cabin again in the future. I will also recommend your cabin rental to anyone I know who is planning on visiting Yellowstone.
We had a great time at your vacation home. It was perfect for exploring Yellowstone. You really do think of everything that your guests will need! On three separate occasions, we saw elk, antelope and big horn sheep on the road to your house. We found Yellowstone to be more than we expected. We really enjoyed the spectacular views and all the geothermal activity we witnessed. It was interesting to see wildlife that we don’t have back home. And we had perfect weather for the entire week. Thank you for the use of your beautiful home. We would definitely stay there again.
Bruce and Magdalena, We had a wonderful week! Enjoyed staying in your very nice vacation home. The home is very comfortable, very clean and very well stocked. We saw elk and pronghorns on the way in and out (along the road) to your home. In the Park we saw elk, mule deer, longhorn sheep, pronghorns, marmots, and a big black bear. The bear was seen while on our hike to the top of Mt. Washburn. To our greatest pleasure, we were able to watch wolves in the Lamar Valley for a few hours on three separate mornings. On our last day in the Park, we watched a grizzly bear feeding on a carcass in "Little America." That topped our list of things/animals to see – awesome! Thanks again for sharing your lovely home! Everyone should experience Yellowstone.
Bruce and Magdalena, What a great week we’ve had! Your home is the best vacation home we’ve ever stayed in. Anything you need is at your fingertips. Yellowstone was wonderful to see! The scenery and wildlife abound! A lot of the wildlife was here at the cabin on the way out….pronghorn, elk, white tail bucks and does, snowshoe hare and rabbits, an eagle, osprey. We’ve also enjoyed the ‘no humidity’ weather!! Thank you for sharing your home with us! P.S.: I wrote this before we went out on our last eve – finally – saw two bull moose and a calf – Awesome!!
Dear Bruce and Magdalena! Your vacation house is very beautiful and cozy. It was difficult for us to find this place because we trusted to GPS and did not use directions you provided. It was most impressive to experience a hail storm when we finally arrived. We love this house very much. The house is maintained with great love to itself and to the guests coming here. You’re thinking of everything starting from cooler to guide books for Yellowstone Park. All together this lovely place and Yellowstone Park made our vacation unforgettable.
Dear Bruce and Magdalena, What a trip! From passing elk herds in the pasture each morning to the amazing views from the back deck, our stay here at your cabin has been a memorable one. The plentiful wildlife add to the experience as we saw numerous pronghorn, bison, bighorn sheep and the mule deer, not to mention the elk in Mammoth each day. To top it all off we got the privilege to watch 7 wolves in Lamar Valley for over an hour! Truly a wild experience not to be found elsewhere. We also visited all the main geyser basins, toured Mammoth and hiked numerous trails including the entire South Rim (much better than traveling from parking lot to parking lot). Overall, thanks for sharing your wonderful cabin. It was spotless, one of the cleanest vacation homes we have ever been to. We hope we can return to this beautiful part of the country some day in the future. Thanks again.
We had a great stay at this fabulous house. The standout quality of this home is its isolated location with great views of the Yellowstone River Valley and surrounding mountains. Though isolated, the house is also a great base for a visit to Yellowstone Park and only a short drive from the park’s north entrance. The house is clean and comfortable and the deck is fantastic for lounging and dinning. The kitchen is equiped with everything that you need for making great meals including spices and condiments. All the reviews are true. If our family returns to Yellowstone, we hope we will be able to rent this house again.
Coming home from a long day touring Yellowstone was wonderful. The house is so comfortable and very clean. We BBQ’d every evening and loved sitting on the deck watching the beautiful Montana sky. On our second day of touring we saw a badger, a herd of elk and a herd of pronghorns all before we even got off the gravel road leaving the house. Enjoyed our time here and are sad to go! Thank you for helping make this a great vacation. The Raleighs ~ Awesome! C.B. and M.B.
What else can we say that hasn’t already been said in this online guest book? Yellowstone is a FABULOUS treasure. Wildlife, mountains, waterfalls, rolling hills, cool breeze, geysers…perfection. During our stay we enjoyed Lamar Valley for wildlife, the Upper and Lower Falls and many other great places. Thank you for the use of your wonderful cabin. It was a trip of a lifetime for my family!
Thanks for the use of your vacation home. It was always nice to come back after 10 hours of hiking to have a beer and watch the sunset off the back porch. We saw the local elk and saw almost all the animals in the wild with the exception of two longhorn rams knocking horns on the mountain tops. The climb up Washburn Mountain was a bit taxing reaching the ranger’s station. The Lamar Valley had the highest concentration of wildlife and the Yellowstone Canyon/High and Low Falls were the most picturesque. The Food Farm grocery had adequate supplies for our meals and packed lunches. This is a fantastic location and will recommend this place to anyone thinking of trekking out this way. Thanks for the little extras like the spices above the stove and the overall cleanliness of the place. Sincerely,
Thank you so much! We all had a fantastic week here at your wonderful Yellowstone Vacation Home! Your clean and comfortable home, with its great space and terrific deck overlooking the valley, was perfect for our family. While here we enjoyed Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons for the first time. We were in awe! We saw pronghorn, elk, bison, coyotes, a fox, 9 black bears, 3 grizzlies, a bull moose, 4 bald eagles, yellow bellied marmot, ground squirrel, and the most spectacular views. We hated to leave. We had perfect sunny weather all week!
My family of 4 (wife and 2 teens), had a fantastic time staying at your rental property. The vacation home is in a beautiful, secluded location, overlooking a picturesque valley between the mountains. We saw elk every day near the property and had perfect weather during our stay - - highs in the low-mid 80's and lows in the 40's, and sunny every day. We spent most of our time in Yellowstone and saw 12 bear, including a grizzly swimming across a pond, as well as moose, bison, elk, bald eagles, fox, and coyote. The Grand Canyon and Lower/Upper Falls were spectacular and we also enjoyed the geyser area including Grand Prismatic and Old Faithful. We drove down to Jackson and spent the night and went on a float raft trip down the Snake River to view the breathtaking Grand Tetons. This was the best family vacation we have ever had and the vacation home was a very enjoyable part of our experience. Our favorite part was the deck overlooking the valley, where we relaxed at the end of the day and enjoyed the sunset. Thanks again for allowing us to enjoy your home.
June 10-16, 2012 We’ve had an awesome time this week. Your home is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your home with us. While we were here we saw a lot of wildlife. We saw a wolf, many buffalo, goats/sheep/billy goats, elk, mule deer, and five moose! We didn’t get to see any bears though. We also loved your recommendation on white water rafting with The Flying Pig and horseback riding with a cowboy dinner! We really loved your beautiful and CLEAN home! 4 of 4 children said it was their very best vacation ever and they are very fortunate children who have seen and been to quite a lot in their 10-16 years. I hope that you are blessed with more visitors in the coming years that I am confident will love your home just as much as we did. Perhaps we'll be back one day down the road... Thank you!
Such a great place to stay. The ride to town got shorter every day and I also enjoyed taking the dirt road all the way to town. Our adventures are too numerous to detail here. We had so much luck in seeing all the animals on our bucket list. Lamar Valley has all you could ask for. We even got on first name basis with John, the park ranger, in late afternoons in Lamar. If you’re having trouble finding moose, go all the way out past Lamar to Pebble Creek and then start looking as you head towards N.E. entrance. Great little souvenir store in town called E.L.K. Inc., also has picture and viewing devices. Hope you all have as good a visit as we have had and the luck we had in viewing animals. God bless ~
Neither our vocabulary nor the pages in this book are enough to describe how much we enjoyed this place. The seven of us felt at home. We were supervised by the well thought out information posted in every place about how to operate it. The view from our bedside windows, the scenic view right outside, the automatic lightings, INTERNET CONNECTION, the books, playing cards, STAR WARS VHS are just the few things on top of our mind that we loved. We leave with just one regret – not staying for more than 3 days.
I am struggling to search for the words to describe the visceral experience of Yellowstone National Park. As three guys from the very built-up environment of Philly and its suburbs, every waking moment of our time at Yellowstone Vacation Home was a moving snapshot of the unfamiliar. We came to Yellowstone without knowing what to expect of its trails, climate, vegetation and wildlife. We discovered that these are all privy to change very quickly. On one side hike to Osprey Falls the temperature varied from 65F to below freezing, from the intense sun to hail. The sheer power of the waterfall at the trail’s end is a must-see for those seeking a thrill like no other. Many thanks to Bruce and Magdalena for meticulously planning the layout of the home. Take advantage of everything it has to offer. My brother, father and I will be back soon.
We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Yellowstone. Each day was filled with new adventures. The grizzly bears and black bears were everywhere during our time here and much of the park was closed or restricted due to high level of bear activity. Our favorite animal sightings were in Lamar Valley. We saw bison calves, bighorn sheep, antelopes, coyotes, fox and spent two hours watching a wolf pack hunt bison and their calves - hearing them howl and bark was thrilling. We enjoyed your deck, fireplace and all the little extras that made staying here easy. We have rented homes all over the country and so appreciated trash bags, detergent, toilet paper, etc. Couple of trips for groceries and we were set. We had a great dinner at the Raven - so unexpected. We had cocktails on Rosie's roof bar and a decent dinner in the restaurant. We spent one afternoon horseback riding up in Jardine - beautiful views. Tomorrow we head to the Tetons and Jackson Hole to continue our adventure.
Bruce and Magdalena, We had an unforgettable time on this trip. Saw a lot of wildlife and enjoyed the gorgeous views. We are so fortunate to be blessed with such a beautiful state that has so much to offer. This trip will be one that will be always burned into my memory. We were so thankful at the end of each day to have such a splendid retreat to come to and relax by the fire, have a nice warm meal and enjoy a glass of wine with the views. Thank you so much for sharing your home with us. God Bless - Kathy and Kevin, Lolo, MT
A great encore visit! Tim and I had a wonderful time, mostly doing some things we didn't get to do last year, like fishing the Madison and Gallatin Rivers. Last year Dunraven Pass was already closed for the season but we caught it the one day it was open during our stay this year. We also got to see Morning Glory Pool and West Yellowstone and the Gibbon River. Oh, and we saw a moose along the Madison River! As before, we had a fantastic vacation and hope to return next year. Thank you for making this little piece of heaven available to folks like us from faraway places. On a mere second visit it felt like home the moment we walked in the front door. We have this incredible fondness for your home when we spot it from Highway 89 or the Old Yellowstone Trail on our way back in the evenings. We know what we don't have to bring, because the house is so well-equipped, so our packing and shopping are simple and comfortable, easy and stress-free. Okay, so we are already talking about the next trip here. Now, on our last night, we are reviewing our photos, listening to music before the fire, writing in our journals, and running out on the deck for a final view. Thanks so much! We "get it" here: so quieting and peaceful.
Thank you so much for sharing your home with us! Nothing like feeling ‘at home’ on vacation. The elk and the view were spectacular. We were lucky enough to witness four wolves and a grizzly posturing over an elk carcass along the Lamar. Hiking into Yellowstone’s back country is a ‘must’ as well as fishing the majors and minors - Slough Creek, Lamar River, Firehole, Gibbon and Yellowstone. A great time was had by all…
We had a wonderful week of exploration and relaxation. The elk herd has returned in spite of the presence of persistent and determined hunters! We have seen pronghorns, deer, bison and a coyote during our visit. With the clearness of the night sky here we were able to see lots of shooting stars, Jupiter and its satellites and the backyard was a wonderful place to set up dad’s telescope to look even further out into the night sky. The house is very comfortable and well supplied with both supplies and information. It’s a wonderful location. If you get into Livingston for a visit, be sure to stop by Chadz, a funky little coffee shop on Main Street, and a fun micro-brewery called Neptune’s Brewery on L Street. All in all a wonderful visit at a wonderful destination! You have a treasure in your home in Gardiner but I am sure you already know that! We hope to return to the area and your vacation home in a few years.
August 27-September 1, 2011 We had a wonderful few days at your Montana retreat. A great time enjoying Yellowstone, with each day capped off by returning to this lovely home with spectacular surroundings. We had planned to dine out once or twice, but we all agreed it was far better to come back to the home and enjoy the best sunset view in the valley! Thanks! ~ PS: The daily "elk parade" (down the mountain in the evening and up the mountain in the morning) was a highlight!
You have a beautiful home. We enjoyed our nights on the deck looking at the stars, relaxing and playing UpWords and cards with our kids and of course going to Yellowstone! We love all the beautiful animal photos, quilts and furnishings in the home. Thank You! Visitors from Chicago ~ We had a lot of fun here and we had fun playing cards. The children ~
You did such a great job stocking everything we needed – right down to rubber bands :-) Marge, Texas ~ We loved the cabin and all the wonderful things to make it home. We enjoyed hiking, horseback riding, white water rafting and seeing the animals. It was a wonderful vacation! Susan, Texas
July 31-August 6, 2011 ~ We have enjoyed ourselves in your cozy cabin. The view has been incredible! We have watched thunderstorms roll across the rugged mountains. We also saw the stars in the night sky which resembled diamonds in the sky. The home is very clean and comfortable. We would love to stay here again. We saw elk and pronghorn, which was wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing your cabin, Magdalena!
June 18-21, 2011 Thank you for letting us use your beautiful home! We had a fabulous time in the park and at the house. A fantastic place for my friends and I to have a reunion. I’ll bring my family back and so will my friends. We are from Tennessee and Texas. We spent time at the upper and lower Geyser basins, Hellroaring creek and in the Lamar valley. We saw an unbelievable amount of animals, birds and flowers. Thanks again! Tom Bruce and Magdalena, thank you so much. We truly had a wonderful time. The house is beautiful and the setting unreal. Gary
June 11-18, 2011 Thank you so much for once again sharing your beautiful home!! The beauty and serenity is priceless. We were fortunate to have our daughter and future son-in-law join us this time and they cherished every moment as we did. Once again the animal viewing was spectacular!! On our last day we saw 11 bear, including a cub in a tree (not here :-) and 5 of the Lamar Canyon wolves!! Throughout the week we witnessed an elk giving birth and saw an additional 25 bear, moose, not to mention the numerous elk daily from your deck. After such amazing days we loved coming home to a warm fire and home cooked meals. Magdalena and Bruce, you cannot know how much we have enjoyed all this beauty that you so generously share with us. We thank you again and pray we will be able to return. This truly is heaven on earth!!
October 16-23, 2010 As we drove south down the highway along the river my daughter pointed out the car window to the cabin on the hill and remarked what a perfect little place that was, with what must be a lovely view of the valley below. What a surprise to learn that our rental was that same little magical house! What an exciting time we had in Yellowstone and Grand Teton Parks. Our drive through the Lamar Valley was amazing and Tim's photographs in Yellowstone of geysers and the Lower Falls at night were fantastic. Mairin had a wonderful soak in Boiling River and our evenings and early mornings around the house sipping coffee and enjoying the deck or cozying up by the fireplace to work a jigsaw puzzle, read or review the day's photos were glorious. Thanks so much for all the helpful suggestions and guidance on making the most of our stay. Tim's 60th birthday celebration was a fantastic family event. We really loved this cabin and would hope to return to it and Gardiner some time soon.
September 25-30, 2010 Wow. What serenity! The area was bright and warm, full of animals and gorgeous browns and golds. We couldn't get enough of the view! Our oldest son learned to fish on the Yellowstone River and caught - his sister! (Kate got a fish hook in her lip.) We had great care at Mammoth Clinic! The home was clean and so well stocked! We'll recommend to many others! This was our first trip to Montana/Wyoming and hopefully not the last! Thank you for all the notes around the place. It helped us settle in quite nicely. PS: I got a fish hook stuck in my lip. I saw a bunch of least 7 chipmunks. Kate
September 12-20, 2010 Thank you for such a wonderful place to relax and enjoy Yellowstone. Everything was perfect and the only thing to complain about is the fact we have to leave. The weather was great and we loved sitting on the deck in the evenings. Also, the people in Gardiner were so friendly! Thank you again for such a wonderful vacation spot....We really enjoyed our stay.
August 29-September 4, 2010 A big, big bonus to Yellowstone!!! Our own herd of elk in the backyard - really much nicer than Yellowstone! We felt at home as soon as we stepped in and we thought it was really special staying in your home. Waking up with the morning sun over the fields we found our car with frozen windows. We saw so many beautiful animals. We always said we wanted to "live like God in France" (a Dutch expression), but Montana is even better! We will recommend your home to our friends.
August 21-28, 2010 This is our second time in this home and both times it has been perfect. We actually stayed in the home offered by the Bealls at Henry's Lake earlier this year as well as the West Yellowstone home in previous years. Of the dozen of trips to Montana over the years their homes are by far the best. All the little touches make you feel at home. Fishing was great nearby in the Yellowstone and great in the Lamar. Overall great stay.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful house with us for the past week. It was very nice to be able to return "home" after tooling around Yellowstone all day, dodging bison, and just relax on the deck and enjoy the sunset. It was a wonderful base for exploring the park and we even managed the Beartooth Highway one day. We loved our time here.
July 24-31, 2010 Your home is beautiful, we had a great time on our vacation. The view is awesome. We could live here forever but it is time to go back. Thank you for a GREAT vacation. We will be back. I have let a lot of my friends and relatives know. I have also told them that the pictures on your site do not do justice to the view in person.
July 16-23, 2010 Thank you so much for sharing your home with us. We had a wonderful week in Yellowstone and very much appreciated being able to get away from the hubbub of the park every day. Your house is so comfortable and we so appreciated the stocked kitchen and the ice chest and ice blocks were great for picnics in the park. We saw elk grazing in the valley at night and lots of bunnies every day close to the house. We had a ball rafting with the Flying Pig and really enjoyed horseback riding as well. Also, based on your comments we tried out the Boiling River which was great after a long day in the park. Your house is kept amazingly clean and we felt completely at home. Thanks for making our summer in Yellowstone so memorable. Sincerely, Matt, Janice and Family PS: On our raft trip we pointed out the house to our boat - our guide commented 'that is the best house in the valley' - everyone was amazed to find out we were staying there!
Bruce and Magdalena, Thank you so much for a great stay at your home! We all agree this trip was one of the best we have taken. We enjoyed the breathtaking views from the home! We also enjoyed being able to see elk, deer and rabbits from the house every day. The weather we had this week was wonderful! It was really sunny and warm. After a busy day in the park it was nice to come back to the home and be able to relax on the deck and see a beautiful sunset in the valley. Thank you for a wonderful stay!