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Barn on the Banks of Yellowstone National Park

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights


About the property

Barn, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Wow..what a the loft! You may not have been 'Born in a Barn', but here's your chance to stay in one and VACATION 'Till the Cows Come Home'! We invite you to stay in our barn loft and call it your home, while you relax and enjoy our nation's largest and oldest National Park.

Barn on the Banks is located in a quiet area on the outskirts of Gardiner, Montana. We are less than 1 mile to the park's North Gate Entrance, famous for the Teddy Roosevelt Arch, and within walking distance to down town shops, restaurants, a grocery store, post office and excellent trout fishing.

Yellowstone river runs through this small town that is nestled at the foothills of Electric Peak, a majestic mountain that carries snow throughout most of the year. We are located at the end of a lane with no through traffic. Our loft overlooks the confluence of the Gardiner and Yellowstone rivers, and has unobstructed spectacular views of the mountains. We border the river and we are directly across from Yellowstone Park.

A short walk down the bank takes you to the river's edge where you can sit and enjoy nature, including frequent fliers of ducks, geese, bald eagles, and osprey, or possibly see a family of otters playing in the water.

From our deck you can view hummingbirds, mountain songbirds, and wildlife including deer, elk, Big Horn sheep, Pronghorn (antelope), or possibly see a bear, wolf, coyote, or bison.

One summer while sitting on the deck of the barn, my husband witnessed a doe deer giving birth to twin fawns. We frequently saw mama deer and her little ones close to our house and barn throughout the summer. Now we've seen yet another 'Near Barn Birth'! Over Memorial Weekend, we and our guests witnessed an Elk giving birth just a few feet below the deck of the Barn! This is truly an area you'll be able to experience nature.

The barn has never housed animals, the bottom of the barn is used for private storage. The barn loft was renovated in 2008-2009, and features a full kitchen with all new appliances, comfortable seating in the living area, and a large deck that looks into Yellowstone Park. You can sit by the fire on a chilly night, or cool down with air conditioning on a hot summer day.

There are amazing views from all areas of the loft made easy by several large windows. The master bedroom has a king bed, private bath, air conditioning, a fireplace and your own private balcony to sit, relax and enjoy the sunset.

The 'Queen Room' catches the morning sun, and has the ambiance of a fireplace as well. The 'bunk room' has two bunk beds, one which is a double bed topped by a twin, the other is a single over a single. The sofa in the living room converts to a full size bed.

The deck above the river features a gas grill and seating for your outdoor relaxation and enjoyment. So come and stay with us, enjoy our 'Barn on the Banks', and make your vacation one you will remember.

- Your Hosts, Ken and Linda.

Keywords: Barn Loft, cabin, River frontage

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 8, 2017

About The Owner

An answer to prayer brought us to this little piece of heaven. We moved to Montana in 1977 with our then small children to follow a teaching job in Gardiner. We both grew up in the Midwest on Farm and Ranches in Rural Nebraska. We have always loved the mountains and have enjoyed horseback riding, hiking, skiing, hunting, canoeing, and lots of other outdoor activities in beautiful Montana.

Why The Owner chose Yellowstone Country

We love animals, Mountains, the great outdoors, and wanted to raise our children in a small town... so what better place to live than in Montana next to Yellowstone Park!? The barn was built in 1994 but was never used to house animals, even though we had horses, along with several other animals our kids raised. As our kids left home, so did most of the animals...thank goodness! In 2008, a long time dream began to take shape as we began renovating the barn loft into a 1100 SF 3 bedroom, 2 bath apartment. 'Barn on the Banks of Yellowstone Park' was open for business as a Vacation Rental in the Spring of 2009. Much of the decor was directly inspired from my early childhood memories of Country Life. Several old things from the Ranch & Farm... 'treasured Junk', have been re-purposed as part of the Barn decor it an eclectic charm to make you feel right at home...even if you weren't born in a barn. So please come stay in the 'Barn' while you vacation in the Nation's oldest National Park. has all the modern conveniences and comforts of home...even running water and indoor plumbing! :)

What makes this barn unique

We are located just 1 mile from the North Gate Entrance to Yellowstone Park which is the only entrance open year around. The 'Barn on the Banks' is open year around as well, and has views that will take your breath away as you look directly into Yellowstone Park, the Yellowstone River below, over our small town of Gardiner, or gaze upon 'Electric Peak'. Our property borders Yellowstone Park and the Yellowstone River which means that we have lots of wildlife around our property. We have had 3 'Near Barn Births' as a doe deer gave birth to twins and a cow Elk gave birth to her calf just a few feet below the Barn deck! The 'Near Barn' experiences are something our guests and we are still talking about. Because we border Yellowstone River, some of the best trout fishing around is directly below the Barn. Our convenient location is perfect for experiencing Yellowstone in the Winter as we have some of the best cross-country skiing, wolf watching, and snowshoeing just minutes away. We absolutely love it here and have never regretted the move from Nebraska to God's Country! :)


Gardiner Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • River
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , In the master bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 bunk bed
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , In the living room.
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Bunk Beds (2), which is a double bed topped with a single bed and a single over a single in the bunk room. The couch also opens up into a double bed. Child Beds (1) We have a Portable Crib available upon request, Baby Cribs (1) We have a portable crib available upon request, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The sofa opens up into a double bed which is located in the Living Room, Bunk Beds (2) We have 2 sets of bunk beds. One is a double bed topped with a single bed. The other is a single over a single.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
We provide linens, towels, hand soaps, dish soaps, shampoo, Body wash, Paper towels, Toilet Paper, Some coffee, coffee grinder, Tea, and general Spices. There is a hairdryer, Iron with full sized ironing board. A few kids fishing poles and small tackle box and lots more. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We hope you choose the 'Barn on the Banks'


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Barn on the Banks of Yellowstone National Park
average rating of 4.99 based on 100 reviews

Amazing place!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the barn! From the deck you see both the Yellowstone and Gardiner rivers and Yellowstone Park vistas. One day several elk were at the water just across the river. Inside the barn is perfect. Comfy bed. Kitchen had everything we needed. Loved the touches of things from the old family farm including hand forged horse bit toilet paper roll! We felt very grateful that Linda shares this wonderful place. I strongly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable and charming

  • 5 of 5

Barn on the Banks was a wonderful home for our week in Yellowstone National Park. It was delightful in size, comfort and practicality. We love staying in the beautifully decorated bedrooms. Meals in the comfortable kitchen were a breeze. This kitchen is stocked with all the comforts of home from coffee beans to cookware to dish soap. The family room is stocked with games and books for the whole family. Outdoors we enjoyed seeing elk and a buck in the stunning yard space on our very first day.

The owners, Ken and Linda, were always close by or available by text to answer any questions we had about the area. Thanks to them, we enjoyed an outstanding horseback ride near by and made sure to include Artist Point on our adventures. It turned out to be one of our favorite sights at Yellowstone.

I would love to return to magical Yellowstone. If I do, I will most definitely stay at Barn on the Banks - it is a real gem.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing property and location. A home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 with 3 teenage boys stayed at Barn on the Banks in August 2017 and had a great time. The place is incredible. The views into the national park from the deck are spectacular and you can see animal trails all across the hills. The condo has all the amenities you need and the Ballaghs have thought of everything. The location gives you great access to the north and west sections of Yellowstone which are less frequented but have great scenery, hiking and wildlife viewing. We were at the Barn for several days and barely scratched the surface of all that the area and the property has to offer. The condo was the perfect size for our family with comfortable beds and two full bathrooms. The Barn on the Banks is a great place to stay and we highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Expectations Exceeded on all Levels

  • 5 of 5

Barn on the Banks exceeded our expectations on all fronts for our party of six. Ken and Linda are great hosts and provide everything you need for a great vacation in the Gardiner, MT, and Yellowstone areas. We are already looking forward to our next trip there!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tucked Away, Quiet, Private, Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

The Barn was perfect for our group of 5. We had plenty of room for relaxing after long days of our adventures into Yellowstone. The Barn is located in the town of Gardiner, very close to the North entrance to Yellowstone and very close to restaurants, grocery shopping, gift shops etc... Although the Barn is very close to anything you may need, it is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the town. It was lovely to spend evenings on the quiet, private deck listening to the Yellowstone River and gazing at the stars. It was nice to be able to use the very well stocked kitchen to prepare most of our meals. We spent our days traveling in and out of the Park. Whitewater rafting with the Yellowstone Rafting Co. was one of the many highlights of our trip! So was the Huckleberry ice cream! I would highly recommend the Barn to friends and family, and if lucky enough to visit Yellowstone again, I would love to stay at the Barn again. Thank you, Ken and Linda, for providing our family with such a beautiful, spacious, perfect place to spend our vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Place For Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

The Barn on the Banks was the perfect place to stay for our Yellowstone vacation. It was so nice to have a place to relax, cook meals, and play games with our family. The barn was very cozy with great attention to detail. It was wonderful and I highly recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Bozeman Montana

Access to a hiking trail and excellent trout fishing directly below our rental. Property borders Yellowstone River and Yellowstone Park. Easy access to Cross-Country Skiing in the Winter. Check us out for great deals during off-season!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $500

Email us for special discounts if staying longer than 1 week June through August. Two person discount of $150/night September through May. Rates subject to change. Closed January- April

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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