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

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights


About the property

2-Story House, 3 Bedrooms/1 Bath, with Mountain and River Views in quiet setting

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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More Details

Magdalena and Bruce Beall (Yellowstone/Yosemite Vacation Rental Homes, LLC)
Member since: 2002
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This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

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Calendar last updated:
April 13, 2018

About Magdalena and Bruce Beall (Yellowstone/Yosemite Vacation Rental Homes, LLC)

My husband and I love this property because of its unique location in the middle of national forest, looking out over Paradise Valley and Yellowstone River. We lived here ourselves for 9 years and we love the pristine beauty of the Rocky Mountain wilderness.

Magdalena and Bruce Beall (Yellowstone/Yosemite Vacation Rental Homes, LLC) purchased this cabin in 1990

Why Magdalena and Bruce Beall (Yellowstone/Yosemite Vacation Rental Homes, LLC) chose Gardiner

It wasn't until we moved out in 2000 that we decided to turn this home into a vacation rental home. We wanted to share this location here with you all because of the absolute beauty of the surrounding area and the breathtaking views. The sun sets in the crux of Yankee Jim Canyon, directly in front of the deck, often with glorious colors!. As you sit on the deck you'll just feel the peace and quiet permeate you as you unwind and relax ...

What makes this cabin unique

Wildlife can be spotted regularly, especially in the meadows of Paradise Valley that can be seen from the wrap-around deck. And of course the close proximity to Yellowstone Park is another great attraction with all of its rivers, canyons, and unique thermal features, as well as its abundant wildlife. But our favorite activity is to soak in the natural hot springs in the Gardner River close to the 45th parallel in the Park. Rafting on the Yellowstone River and horseback riding can also be enjoyed close by. Fishing can be done 200 yards from the home in the Yellowstone River - just walk down the hill and there you are! We hope you will enjoy staying here as much as we do! Bruce and Magdalena Beall

Guestbook comments from the owner

Owner's comment: If you have found this guest book via a search engine and you would like to contact us to find out more and potentially book with us, this is our contact information:

Bruce and Magdalena Beall

Owners of Deer Meadow Vacation Home (listing 318438 on HomeAway dot com), Yellowstone Vacation Home (listing 318329 on HomeAway dot com, Lakeview Cabin (listing 173958 on HomeAway dot com, and managers of Mountain Lake Cabin (listing 152802 on HomeAway dot com)

(208) 558-1988

(208) 520-0480

(208) 520-3226

Email: yellowstonevacation at fairpoint dot net

Thank you. We'd love to hear from you and share our beautiful vacation homes with you and your family. All the best!
Jan 2007
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Gardiner Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • We strongly recommend bringing a 4WD/AWD vehicle which is necessary during long periods of rain or snow on the 4 mile dirt/gravel road to the cabin.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • River ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bathroom is downstairs. Features two sinks & hairdryer
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master bedroom - 1 queen
    Second bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Third bedroom - 1 bunk bed , The third bedroom has a bunkbed for 2
    Convertible bed(s) - There are 2 foam fold-up mattresses with bedding available.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
The cabin is only 11 miles from Yellowstone Park with all of its geothermal features and abundant wildlife. Wildlife can also be enjoyed from the cabin - you are likely to see herds of elk or deer in the mornings and evenings.


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Great Views and Sunsets Overlooking Yellowstone River--11 mi. to Yellowstone!
average rating of 4.946429 based on 180 reviews
Woodward, OK, USA


  • 5 of 5

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.

Check this one out, it is a plus.


  • Submitted: May 27, 2009
  • Stayed: May 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Having meals on the deck is indeed very rewarding, because you'll look out on Dome Mountain, Paradise Valley and the Yellowstone River. Often elk and deer can be seen in the fields below as they come down from the mountains in the mornings and evenings. You might even see an occasional wolf pass by! The property is surrounded by Forest Service lands, so if you are looking for a peaceful getaway, only 11 miles from Yellowstone Park, this is the place for you. Magdalena and Bruce - owners of Yellowstone Vacation Home
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Great location!

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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First visit, but not the last

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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!
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Yellowstone Vacation

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The house is somewhat dated but it all just works and feels like home.

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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Incredible Place

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Nearest Barpub
11 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Highway 89
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
The Lighthouse on Hwy 89 South
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Swimming at Cutler Lake
Car: necessary

Yellowstone Park with its geothermal features and wildlife is only 11 miles from the cabin.

Wildlife is frequently viewed from the cabin.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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.

Your first payment must be made by credit card via the HomeAway payment system. Your final payment can be made by credit card via the HomeAway payment system, or by personal checks drawn on a US bank. Guests from overseas: credit card payments via HomeAway only.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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.

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