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Adventure in Yellowstone! With the Comfort of Home

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Fully Furnished Vacation Home, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 6

Our goal is to provide a "home away from home" for an outstanding vacation to Yellowstone National Park!

Elk River Lodge at Yellowstone is a comfortable, well-furnished, relaxing home at the Original Historic Entrance to Yellowstone. Yellowstone 2 blocks from Your Front Door!

SPECIAL WINTER & SPRING RATES AVAILABLE: One Couple $120/nt; Two Couples (party of 4) $180/nt. Minimum 3-night stay. One couple $695 - $795/ week.

There are restaurants, deli's and grills conveniently available within a short walk.

If you arrive from the North, you will have a beautiful drive through Paradise Valley (Hwy 89 S). Elk River Lodge is located in the rustic ''cowboy'' town of Gardiner, Montana, you will find most anything you need - Restaurants, Galleries, Camping & Fishing goods, Gift shops; the Gardiner Market (groceries). Guides and outfitters are available for Adventures in fishing, wildlife, horseback riding, whitewater rafting and zip-lining! World Class fishing is located within 1-mile of the house, plus more in the interior of Yellowstone and Paradise Valley. Convenient access to the Park for photography.

Home Amenities: Elk River Lodge is furnished for your relaxation & comfort: Central Air Conditioning, central heat, Satellite Television, Wi-Fi, DVD player, linens, towels and paper goods. The kitchen is fully furnished with appliances, dishes and utensils. The home is kid-friendly and furnished with games and books. 2 bedrooms, 2 queen beds; 2nd bedroom has daybed twin w/trundle, 2 full baths. Master bedroom has private full bath. Second full bath is off the living room.

Convenient access to Yellowstone for photography and wildlife viewing: grizzly & black bear, wolves, bison, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, bald eagles, osprey and more!

Keywords: Vacation home in the small mountain town of Gardiner, Montana at the North Entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Easy access to Mammoth Hot Springs, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone. Adventure. Wildlife, bison, buffalo, elk, wolves, bighorn sheep, photography, fishing, hunting, whitewater rafting, zipline, horseback riding, cowboy cookouts, geysers, hot springs. Convenient amenities, restaurants, grills & delis, grocery, shopping, guided tours.

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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 19, 2017

About Barbara

Gardiner, Montana is my home. I enjoy the lifestyle of living in a small rustic 'tucked-in-the-wilderness' town. As you walk to the Post Office or grocery store, people will wave to you on the way. Surrounded by mountains, beautiful 'Big Sky' and wildlife. Some say this is 'the end of the road.' I prefer to think of it as 'the Beginning of the Road.' It is a wonderful place to experience the refreshing adventure and beauty of nature.

Barbara purchased this house in 2009

Why Barbara chose Yellowstone Country

It is a beautiful treasure to have Yellowstone for my home. I remember the wonder and excitement of my first trip here. The roaring geysers, the painter's palettes of radiant hues shimmering under the waters of the steamy hot springs and bubbling mud pots. Wildlife with no fear. Herds of free-roaming great bison, majestic elk, ambling grizzly and black bears. Mountainsides of rainbows of wildflowers. It will be my pleasure to share Elk River Lodge and the beauty of Yellowstone with you. I trust that the wonder will touch your life, refresh you and you will take some of the Wonder, Excitement and Beauty home with you.

It is outstanding to see the hot springs and geysers with their wonder and unique beauty, each different than the one before. Every season changes the beauty to new palates of colors and symphonies of action. The animals also change with the seasons. Bears emerging from their dens in the late winter. Wildlife babies in the spring. In summer, moving into the prime of their beauty. The majestic elk and bighorn rut in the autumn, with golden aspens & cottonwoods in the mountain valleys. Winter with the elk & wolves in their primal dance for survival in the pristine snow. Arrive in the winter during the new moon and see the Milky Way in all of its glory! During the winter, daytime snowcoach tours are available to Old Faithful from Mammoth Hot Springs, which located near Gardiner.

You will have an outstanding trip to Yellowstone!

What makes this house unique

Some have said that a lifetime could be spent here and not see it all. The opportunities are: Viewing wildlife in their natural environment is a premier point in visiting Yellowstone. In the fall (full rut starts approximately Sept 12), is a favorite time to come see the exciting Elk Rut, where the Majestic Elk Bulls in their Prime vie with each other for their harem for cows. Mammoth (5 miles south) is a main viewing area. Bison are easily viewed in both the Lamar and Hayden Valleys. Wolves, with Elk and Bison, are most likely to be found in the Lamar Valley. The Old Yellowstone Trail, starting 3 blocks from the home is an outstanding location to see the wildlife in the winter. All of these areas are within driving distance with beautiful Wilderness Scenery along the way. There is Incredibly More to see than I could ever possible describe in a short paragraph!! Pristine Wilderness... Wildlife... Geysers... Hot Springs... History... Fishing... Hiking... and More! A Lifetime of Adventure!! Gardiner is the headquarters for the Yellowstone Association, which holds Institute Field Classes relating to the environment, biology, geology and history of the Yellowstone area. These exciting Institute Classes take place in the field, viewing first hand what is being learned. Elk River Lodge is located 3 blocks from the Heritage Resource Center for the National Park Service of Yellowstone National Park, where resides the archives, library and museum artifacts relating to the history of Yellowstone. With appointments/library card one may explore the fascinating history and artifacts of Yellowstone.

During the winter season the rental is available at a low-season rates. Check the calendar for rates & availability. Elk River Lodge is a very convenient location to see and photograph wildlife in the Lamar Valley, or those enjoying the Adventure & Beauty of Yellowstone. Snowcoaches, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are available out of Mammoth

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for providing us with this lovely temporary home for us to stay. This makes our trip more enjoyable. We love the nice decorations in your house very much. We can also clearly tell that you are such a dedicated owner. The house is very clean and the furniture equipments, DVD's, books, etc, are very well kept and maintained.

We will definitely recommend your house to our friends who are going to visit Yellowstone. You have added a lot of joy to your guests in this house.

Wish you all the best!
May 2013
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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: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Private Master Bath; Adjustable showerhead sprays
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Located off the living room; adjustable showerhead sprays
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master Bedroom w/ Private Full Master Bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Twin Daybed w/Trundel; Pack-n-Play available on request
  • Queen-size Beds (2); Daybed twin with pull-out twin-trundle; Comfortable Soft-Top Beds! (1) Fold-away crib. (1) baby high chair. Please call ahead to make arrangements for high chair or crib.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • snowmobiling
  • whitewater rafting
Elk River Lodge provides convenient ease of access to the Northern Entrance of Yellowstone National Park, just two blocks from the Park boundary. The North Entrance Gate is 1/4 mile away. During the summer, within walking distance of 8 restaurants, delis & grills. The Yellowstone Association is within 2 blocks. The Yellowstone Heritage Center is 3 blocks. The historic Roosevelt Arch is 3 blocks. The owner lives in a separate apartment on the property.


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Adventure in Yellowstone! With the Comfort of Home
average rating of 4.9375 based on 85 reviews
the Netherlands


  • 5 of 5

In one word, just great. Lovely surrounding, just a short distance to the Yellowstone entrance gate.

All clean well-equipped kitchen, with delicious welcoming Brownies, two spacious bathrooms and a comfortable living room.

Friendly hostess Barbara with her playful dog Derrick.

André and Anita from the Netherlands

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Refreshing, Relaxing, Rejuvenating

  • 5 of 5

Many friends go to Florida for the winter. I figured, why not go to the mountains and Yellowstone Park in October! I was not disappointed with my decision. The house is spotless, comfortable, has an open floor plan, is within blocks of the entrance to the park and the historic Roosevelt Arch. The kitchen is fully stocked, there is a washer and dryer and dishwasher - what's not to love!!. Not to be missed are the Elk hanging out on the athletic fields of the Gardiner School just blocks away. It is a beautiful time of year. The Aspens started the month being flame yellow against the pines. The weather is changeable but that means you get new scenery every day as the light changes. From cloud filled days that you can watch come through the Paradise Valley or get hung up on Electric Peak to sky blue, sunny days. It is ever changing. Photographers would have a heyday, not only here in Gardiner but, of course, in the park as well. During October the Park does start to close down facilities but there is still more than enough to do. Pack a lunch and head on through. Traffic is cut way back so you have time to slow down, relax and just gaze at the scenery.

It has been a wonderful month in a terrific home with Barbara as a terrific hostess. The welcoming brownies are becoming legend, her hospitality is un matched. Barbara is very knowledgeable about the area, it's history, geology, architecture, astronomy - you name it. A very kind and helpful host. I'll be back. Thanks again.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean,comfortable and convenient

  • 4 of 5

The directions to find the VRBO were good. Parking was ideal. The place was clean,comfortable and very convenient for Yellowstone. There was a welcoming plate of brownies which was a nice touch.

The apartment was well equipped and "homely". The only oddity was that the bathroom for the second bedroom was the other side of the living room/kitchen area.

The kitchen was well equipped and there was a supermarket conveniently close by.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Woodlands, TX

Comfortable and Convenient!

  • 5 of 5

This little house is VERY convenient to town and the North Entrance of Yellowstone. The home is cozy and comfortable. Barbara is a wonderful hostess that tends to any requests quickly. We also enjoyed playing with her sweet dog, Derek.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice house in kind of a dumpy town

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable, clean house. Quiet. Barbara left us some great brownies. Very convenient to Yellowstone. One bedroom had its own bath, only negative was the other bedroom, you had to pass through the living room. Perhaps our best lodging in a 2-week vacation.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Great Place to Stay - Like Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5

Very impressed how clean and neat everything was. Even had a fresh batch of brownies waiting for us upon our arrival. Everything was exactly as described and more. Very convenient to shopping, eating places and the Park entrance.

Would stay here again if we are in the area and would recommend it to anyone.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Bozeman, Montana
Nearest Barpub
0.01 Miles
1 block
Nearest Ferry
357 Miles
Virgelle Ferry, Virgell, Montana
Nearest Golf
53 Miles
Livingston, Montana
Nearest Train
389 Miles
Havre, Montana
Nearest Motorway
0.01 Miles
MT Hwy 89 S
Nearest Restaurant
0.01 Miles
1 block
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Cross Country Skiing, Mammoth Hot Spr, Yellowstone
Nearest Beach
1106 Miles
Gold Beach, Oregon
Car: necessary

The Lamar Valley in Yellowstone is the Serengetti of North America. The premier location to view wildlife such as bison, elk, wolves and bear (plus more!) is located a scenic 30 miles inside the Park. Yellowstone Association Institute Field Classes, National Park Ranger-led programs, hikes and activities; Chico Hot Springs - a Hot Spring Spa with a fine dining restaurant is located a 30 mile-drive north. Yellowstone Association Institute Field Classes.


Rates & Availability

Gardiner House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring 2017
May 1 2017 - May 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
High Season 2017
May 26 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Autumn 2017
Oct 1 2017 - Dec 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Christmas Holiday
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Winter 2018
Jan 2 2018 - Apr 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Spring 2018
May 1 2018 - May 24 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
High Season 2018
May 25 2018 - Sep 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
Autumn 2018
Oct 1 2018 - Dec 20 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 10.0%

Payments accepted by major credit cards accepted by VRBO. All transactions conducted through VRBO.

The owner lives in a separate private apartment on the property.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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