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

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
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, off of 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. It is only 11 miles (a 15 minute drive) to the town of Gardiner, the north entrance of Yellowstone Park.

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. 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 now have a fire pit with a view where you can make s'mores!

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, a satellite TV and DVD/VHS player, and a CD/cassette player. There are a variety of games, videos, 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.

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. They can be reached at 800-828-9080 or 406-848-7311. (

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 (

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
Speaks: english, dutch
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Calendar last updated:
June 27, 2017

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 house in 1990

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

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 house 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 House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • 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 ...
  • 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
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • 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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(160 traveler reviews)

Great Views and Sunsets Overlooking Yellowstone River--11 mi. to Yellowstone!
average rating of 4.95 based on 172 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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Beautiful views of the mountain, secluded with lots of adorable mule deer along the road

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great chalet with a wonderful view close to Yellowstone Park

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice house-just don't stay in winter

  • 1 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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Great location for wildlife viewing!

  • 5 of 5

Dear Magdalena and Bruce,

Thank you so much for sharing your home with us! We’ve had a wonderful time. It was an extra treat seeing bighorn sheep and pronghorn right on the road leading to the house! Thank you.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Durham, NH

Great location for wildlife viewing in secluded setting

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • 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

Gardiner House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak Season 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
September 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
October 2017
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Early Nov. 2017
Nov 1 2017 - Nov 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Late Autumn 2017
Nov 25 2017 - Dec 23 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/New Yr.
Dec 24 2017 - Jan 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
May 2018
May 1 2018 - May 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Peak Season 2018
Jun 1 2018 - Aug 31 2018
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
September 2018
Sep 1 2018 - Sep 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
October 2018
Oct 1 2018 - Oct 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Early November 2018
Nov 1 2018 - Nov 20 2018
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2018
Nov 21 2018 - Nov 24 2018
3 night minimum stay
Late Fall 2018
Nov 25 2018 - Dec 21 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Christmas 2018
Dec 22 2018 - Jan 2 2019
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 7.0%

Please note that there is an extra charge of $10/night per person for the 7th and 8th person.

Please use the HomeAway payment system when you book. For your final payment we accept personal checks or PayPal payments. 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.
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