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Tranquil Private Home on the Yellowstone River

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-9)

This tastefully furnished lodge looking decor, YELLOWSTONE RIVERVIEW RETREAT, is located only 3 miles north from Yellowstone National Park original entrance in Gardiner, Montana. Riverview Retreat is the perfect place for fishing the Yellowstone river for as the Yellowstone river flows thru the back yard, also great for photographers, wildlife enthusiasts, or just sitting on the banks of the Yellowstone river and enjoying the tranquility of the river and Yellowstone park across the way.

This house sits on three acres, surrounded by lots of mature trees a huge yard with the back of yard being private, the back yard has a covered gazebo with rock fire place and a deck over the banks of the Yellowstone River, also apple and cherry trees.

At different times of the year you may see different wildlife in the yard such as mule deer, elk, grizzly and black bear and buffalo.

Will consider case by case availability on dates and amounts.

Keywords: Riverfront, Yellowstone National Park, Lodge Looking Decor., Fishing, hunting, lots of parking for large Rvs, sight seeing, and horse corrals.

More Details

Sandy Karnes
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2017

About Sandy Karnes

This home is a 4th generation family home. Our children have been born and raised in the area, and all graduated from Gardiner schools. I moved to Gardiner, from Northern Idaho, met and married Joe in 1982 (formally deceased). We raised 3 wonderful boys, Jim, Jeff, and Jake. Jim is in the Navy with a family of his own. Wife Elizabeth, 2 children, Katie and William. Jeff (Navy for 6 years) lives is Olympia, Wa. married to Ryanne With 1 child, Aria. Jake (Marine for 4 years) lives in Gardiner with wife Kayla. We are a very family and friend oriented family. We have supported the town and school of Gardiner with a lot of pride of the area. I was an active leader of the local 4-h club for over 10 years. All our boys have been in 4-h, showing horses, sheep and beef and doing quite well. I worked for Yellowstone Natl. Park for 14 years but now work for Malstrom Airforce base in Great Falls, Mt. as a Motor vehicle and equipment operator. I like to meet new people, and like to make new friends.

Sandy Karnes purchased this house in 1980

Why Sandy Karnes chose Yellowstone Country

I have inherited this home, and would love to share is tranquility, and beautiful setting with you.

What makes this house unique

This home and area is just a nice area to come and De-stress and relax and enjoy the river, yard, wildlife and the birds chirping in the trees


Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Bozeman Montana
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Gardiner, Montana
Nearest Golf
52 Miles
Livingston, Montana
Nearest Motorway
52 Miles
Livingston, Montana
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Gardiner, Montana
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Yellowstone park
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Daily's Lake
Car: necessary

My home is located 3 miles from the entrance into Yellowstone Park and Gardiner Montana. The house with a huge back yard sits on the banks of Yellowstone river. This home is far enough out of town so you hear no noise at night but close enough if you need to run in to enjoy some day and night life. We offer out door seating in a covered gazebo with a rock fire place, and deck over the river bank, to enjoy the scenery, sounds of the river and just the tranquil feeling you will get. In Gardiner there are lots of Gift shops, grocery store, Bars and different kinds of restaurants.

Other Activities: Yellowstone National Park is in your back yard. There is wild river rafting and fishing on the Yellowstone River, Horseback riding along with dinners up in the mountains. Yellowstone National Park offers lots of site seeing, museums, and history of the area.

Golf: There is golfing in Livingstone Montana, 53 miles from the house. Also Bozeman Montana has a golf course which is about 80 miles from the house.

Ski: In the winter time Yellowstone Park has some of the best cross country skiing around. Not only awsome scenry but the animal life you will see. You also have down hill skiing in Bozeman Montana about 80 miles away and both cross country and down hill skiing in Big Sky Montana about 130 miles away.


Gardiner House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Children welcome ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • River
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , sink and toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , double sink
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , pillow top matteress
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , Bunk bed is a twin on bottom and single on top.
    Other (See Description) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , queen sofa
  • King size beds (1) Blankets, linens, and pillows provided., Queen size Beds (1) Blankets, linens, and pillows provided, Baby Cribs (1) Linens and blankets provided., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Couch is queen hide-a-bed, more beds available on request, can put in big air mattress have big sun room with two glass slide doors at each end., Bunk Beds (1) bunk bed is double on bottom with twin top. Blankets, linens, and pillows provided
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Yellowstone river running thru back yard, Yellowstone park on other side of river, electric peak view, horse corrals available with water tank bring your own feed, and for you hunters meat pole provided.


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Tranquil Private Home on the Yellowstone River
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Great location and property!

  • 5 of 5

The property and house were great! The house was very well stocked. Owner and her family were very nice and accommodating! The location was very convenient to Yellowstone! We loved staying here and would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mountain View

Cozy home by the river!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at this cute yellow house with a backyard that goes down to the Yellowstone river just outside of Gardiner, MT. Very clean, tidy, excellent location, and super friendly and helpful hosts.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Houston, TX USA

Fantastic property on the Yellowstone River!!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 4 awesome nights at this gem. The house was large and the setting was perfect! The two bedrooms are nice size and will sleep quite a few people. Everything was spotless clean and the kitchen was great as well as the nice touches of all the "homey" goodies, like condiments, coffee, laundry soap for the full size washer & dryer, plenty of towels...the house has all the perfect extras. We would go into Gardiner, a very short drive from the house, for restaurants and/or groceries and the house is a very short drive to the park. It was perfect for us. The Gardiner Market had everything we needed and there were lovely restaurants in town, like Tumbleweed. Each night, after our day in the park, we would sit on the awesome deck on the river and have a fire. We didn't want to leave! The view is unsurpassed...amazing! The first night, we were sitting on the deck and I looked behind me and I saw an elk in the yard! I was pleasantly surprised...and several elk came to visit during our stay. I can't say enough about this perfect property. It was so very quiet and just close enough to the park. We want to return sometime soon, and we will stay at this house each time we return. Sandy and her son were SO friendly and amazing. They were available for anything we needed...but there was nothing they did not think of for our stay! Anyone would be so happy that they chose this place for peace and quiet, yet close proximity to Yellowstone and the cute little town. And the nicest people are in Gardiner! Anyone would love this wonderful property!! We can't wait to return! Thank you Sandy, for sharing your fabulous home!!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great rental that just far enough outside town but just close enough.

  • 5 of 5

The home is right outside of the town and YS entrance but yet it seems like its sitting in the rural MT riverbanks. It was very comfortable and roomy for my group ( 4 adults and 2 tweens). All the little extras ( condiments, extra laundry stuff, tinfoil, etc.) made it so perfect. The riverside bank and fire pit/porch area were amazing. The games and fishing poles were a lifesaver for the kids as well. Owner and family were super nice and very easy to get ahold of if I needed communication with them. It felt like home. Great rental.....I would stay again! Also it was clean and had everything anyone would need!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Here. Best ever!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best place of any you could stay at!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 6 nights in early September, and I was so excited after booking this trip, couldn't wait to get up there. Nothing about this house or area let us down. This was the most beautiful property, loved the privacy, we really felt as if we were in our own little world! Very clean, had everything we needed and we spent almost every night at the river with a fire and just gazing at stars, and listening to the river... ahhh, heaven. Very comfortable home, and the bed is great! Gardiner is a great town, too! Just felt at home here after even just a day. The Gardiner market has about anything you need, and where as usually we have to stock up on groceries, it was so close, we just stopped in after being in the park and got what we needed each night. Entrance to Yellowstone is so close also. I would recommend this house to anyone! And also we did get to meet the owner's son and wife, and they couldn't have been more pleasant and nice! Thank you for allowing us to rent your home, it made our vacation all the better!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fremont, Wisconsin

Absolutely Wonderful Experience!

  • 5 of 5

The house was very clean!! It also had everything we needed (more than enough towels, bedding, seating, etc). It is a great place to relax after a day spent exploring Yellowstone. It is private so you can get away from the tourists and relax by the river while reflecting on your day. Then you can crawl into a clean comfortable bed to help get you ready for the next days adventures. The family was kind and very responsive to anything we needed. I could have sat down with them and talked for hours.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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