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Secluded and Spacious Home - Close to the South Fork of the Snake River

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Aspen Hills Retreat surrounded by forest of Aspen and Pine.


Last updated: 03/22/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-5 nights
  • Sleeps:15
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

4 Bedrooms/2 bath with large kitchen, Mountain Views

Relax on the over-size deck and drink in the natural and scenic mountain beauty of East Idaho! The stunning views from every angle will give you incredible views of Mountain Solitude! The peace and seclusion of the setting fulfill a dream for many visitors - to escape to a more peaceful, natural setting. Aspen Hills Retreat sits next to groves of Aspen and Pine trees, on a hill overlooking pastures and fields. Wildlife often come out of the woods to roam the area including, moose, elk and deer.

The tranquility and beauty of this property make Aspen Hills Retreat the perfect place for your getaway, whether it be a family vacation, reunion, friends or business group, fly fishing buddies, wedding, romantic honeymoon or anniversary...anyone who would like to experience the peace of this secluded property. No neighbors for a country mile!

The kitchen has a skylight in the ceiling, gas stove and burners, microwave, refrigerator, more than ample cupboard space, and central island. 2 bathrooms, each with a shower and tub. Washer/Dryer for use.

Aspen Hills Retreat offers 4 bedrooms, beds for 8 with 3 queen beds and 1 set of bunk beds. We also provide one queen and 4 twin air mattresses, plus room for sleeping bags on the floor.

The 1500 sq/ft deck is the perfect place to relax and enjoy nature. The sounds and scenery of the mountains, and breathing the crisp, clean air are gifts for our guests. Thousands of twinkling stars are seen in the skies at night. Hopefully you'll get to experience one of our summer rainstorms and a beautiful rainbow which comes only after the rain.

The large lawn offers plenty of room for camping in tents, campers and RV's (no hookups). The large Quonset hut behind the Retreat has a cement floor, lights and electricity for night meals/meetings, tables and chairs...a perfect place to feed a group, in the shade and out of inclement weather.

This secluded property can accommodate large groups for reunions, weddings and other large gatherings.

Large group rates are available on our website.

A short hike up behind the retreat will give you a dramatic view of the landscape where the famed Snake River winds through Swan Valley.

This comfortable property is strategically situated in a triangle for a Home-Base. Only an hour drive East to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, then north to 2 the Grand Teton National Park. Or you can go West, then North through Island Park which borders Yellowstone National Park with the West Entrance at West Yellowstone. Close to wonderful fishing in Swan Valley.

A scenic trail for hiking is Cress Creek Nature Trail, about 15 minutes from the Retreat. It's in an area which has a favorite swimming area - Heise Hot Springs is built by a natural hot springs, and has 3 different pools, each with different temperatures, and a 350 ft slide in the cool pool. A new adventure is to traverse the mountain by Heise on 10 zip available for the very adventurous who like to get a birds-eye view of the area!

A golf course, plus a fun miniature golf course is at 7N ranch, bordering Heise Hot Springs.

Trailriding, catering to all skill levels, is another activity just a mile further down the road from the Retreat, at Granite Creek Ranch. Most of the trails are on the mountains, so the scenery is awesome! For those who would like to see the views, but not ride a horse, a new addition is a 6 person UTV tour, driving on ranch/jeep trails. Both the trailrides and UTV rides have to be scheduled, and are guided.

A Fisherman's Dream...Blue ribbon Cutthroat trout Fly Fishing on the Snake River is just 3 miles to the Conant Boat Dock and in various areas through Swan Valley. Fishing, boating and water skiing can be found at either Palisades or Ririe Reservoirs, both about 20 minutes away. Boats and trailers can be parked at Aspen Hills...plenty of space.

Trails for 4-wheelers or snowmachines are within minutes of Aspen Hills Property, on public ground. Personal boats and trailers with machines can also be parked at Aspen Hills.

Yellowstone Park can be accessed by driving north on Hwy 20 through Island Park with its beautiful sites, and into the west entrance, West Yellowstone (2 hours to the north). West Yellowstone is full of tourist treasures. Or by driving through Jackson Hole, Wyoming, then into the Grand Teton National Park and the south entrance into Yellowstone Park, on Hwy 187, north of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Jackson Hole is a beautiful 1 hour drive to the east from the Retreat. A new super side trip - the Yellowstone-Grand Teton Loop of 262 miles, crosses into all three states that border Yellowstone Park...a fantastic scenic drive!

A large Quonset Hut sits by Aspen Hills Retreat. It has power and lights, tables and chairs. Perfect for family reunions and larger groups. We've even hosted weddings by the treeline, and wedding dinners in the Quonset...perfect for outdoors enthusiasts and those who enjoy the peace, quiet, and beauty of nature.

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Member since: 2010

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 03/22/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1800 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 15
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25-30. ...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Perfect for children! Playground by the pine trees....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Smoking Allowed:

    Outside or in own vehicle...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15, Beds for 8-15

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Room for baby bed, private bath, walk-in closet, dresser....moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Large closet, window onto deck/view, shared bathroom....moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

    Large walk-in closet, shared bathroom, window with view....moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 bunk bed

    Shared bathroom, window with view, large dresser....moreless

  • Other (See Description): 1 queen, 4 twin/ single

    Air mattresses available - room on large living area floor....moreless

  • 3 Queen size Beds in 3 rooms, 1 set bunkbeds in 4th room, 1 Queen air mattress, 4 Twin air mattresses...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Small, close to two bedrooms....moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower, jetted tub

    Window, ceiling light, large mirrow, close to 2 bedrooms....moreless

Other Amenities

  • See website: for additional tourist activities in the area. Facility can be used for reunions, weddings, groups wanting an outdoor adventure with beautiful scenery, clean air, starry skies at night, wildlife and nature in abundance....moreless


  • Foosball


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing


  • Dining:

    Dining area open to kitchen, window with view, 8 chairs, wooden bench along wall....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Furnace has cooling and heating features. Not air conditioning. Usually not needed when windows are open...large fans available....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Electric clothes dryer available....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Lovely rock fireplace between dining area and living room. Electric fire/logs at present. ...moreless

  • Garage:

    Not used for cars...has table games and room for setting up tables/chairs for meals for groups....moreless

  • Heating:

    Electric heat....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Towels, wash cloths, sheets, extra blankets in linen closet....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Large couch arrangement, large screen for videos/dvd's. Door opens onto deck....moreless

  • Parking:

    Plenty of parking for cars, rv's, pickups and trailers with boats & 4-wheelers. ...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    No hookups, but plenty of room to park recreational vehicles....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Electric washer for larger than average loads available....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Easy connecting to wireless internet....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Counter Coffee Pot...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Miscellaneous pots/pans, electric griddle, electric mixer, blender....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Ceramic setting for 8+, melamine set for 20. Bowls, cooking pans, silverware, knives....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Electric dishwasher...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Skylight, many cupboards and counter space, gas stove, refrigerator...moreless

  • Microwave:

    Electric microwave over gas stove/oven...moreless

  • Oven:

    Gas oven...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Combination fridge/top freezer in kitchen, all refrigerator attached garage, extra older combination side by side in garage for extra refrigeration....moreless

  • Stove:

    4 burners/gas...moreless

  • Toaster:

    Counter toaster...moreless


  • Lawn / Garden:

    Large lawn for lawn games. Playground for children. Swing set, climbing dome, 2 story playhouse with climbing wall and slide. Horseshoe pits. Quonset hut with electricity/lights, cement floor....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Stored in moved outside on cement for cooking. ...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Jetted Tub:

    Large tub in bathroom of the master bedroom....moreless



Write a review 4.7
from 6 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Solar Eclipse
Aug 17 - Aug 22, 2017
5 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning $99
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 8%

Owner's cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 03/22/2017
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35 Miles
Nearest Airport
Idaho Falls, Idaho
15 Miles
Nearest Golf
Heise Golf
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 26
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Angus Restuarant
20 Miles
Nearest Ski
Kelly Canyon

Car: Necessary

Aspen Hills Retreat is in the path of totality to see and enjoy a total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017! This eclipse touches only mainland United Sates amazingly rare event. You can get more information on

Island Park with Big Springs and Johnny Sack Cabin, Upper and Lower Mesa Falls near Yellowstone Park, Old Faithful and the many sites in Yellowstone, Jackson Hole & Grand Teton National Park, 4-wheeling trails/snowmobile trails up Falls Creek and other areas close by.

Float/Fishing trips down the Snake River...Swan Valley is the famous for Blue Ribbon Cutthroat Trout Fishing, Conant Valley boat dock is within 3 miles.

Cress Creek Nature Trail, Palisades Reservoir and Ririe Reservoir for boating and fishing.

Swimming at Heise Hot Springs which is heated from natural hot springs. Also has a cool pool with 350 ft. water slide and new Zip Line.

Idaho Falls has shopping centers, LDS Temple Visitors Center with Greenbelt around Snake River, Museum of Idaho, Tautphus Park & Zoo.

Rexburg has a water Park and BYU-Idaho College Campus.

Craters of the Moon National Park.

We have added the Aspen Hills Retreat Campground just down the road, for family reunions, weddings, large groups...on a private forest meadow with camping areas for 50 to 150+ campers. Wonderful natural setting to make memories with your family!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1998

About the owner: Carl and Nessie Zitlau are long-time farmers/ranchers of this property. Carl's grandfather homesteaded on the Granite Creek Ranch, a few miles down the road. Over time, more acreage has been added, and the Aspen Hills Retreat is now a part of the ranch. We have 7 grown children and 7 grandchildren, all of whom love coming to the area to work and play. A few of our children even own their own cattle and run them with ours on the forest for summer pasture.

Why the Owner Chose Ririe, ID, USA:
The land adjacent to Granite Creek Ranch became available some years ago and now our cattle herd grazes the fields. We saw an opportunity to share the beauty of this exceptional 'corner of the world' with others, so are opening up the Aspen Hills Retreat to families and other groups for their vacations, retreats and reunions.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
A great HomeBase for so many activities, no matter which direction you travel! Peace and quiet, clean, fresh air to breathe, and beautiful mountain scenery at Aspen Hills Retreat - no one else for a country mile. 2 hours south of the west entrance into Yellowstone National Park, 1 hour west of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. South Fork of the Snake River, world-class fly fishing...Conant Valley Boat Dock only 3 miles from the Retreat. 4-Wheeling and Snowmobile trails within 5 miles. Idaho Falls, Idaho is only a 50 minute drive (Pop. 50,000) with The Museum of Idaho, the Idaho Falls Temple and Visitors Center, a Greenbelt around the Snake River for walks, Hogle Zoo and plenty of shopping. Heise Hot Springs Resort with 3 pools and a 350 ft slide in the cool pool... offers a natural hot pool choice for everyone in the family. A new Zip Line has been installed on their mountain. A 25 minute drive. Yellowstone Bear World - a drive-thru bear and wildlife park is a 35 minute drive. Palisades Reservoir and Ririe Reservoir are 30 minute drives for boating and fishing. The famed South Fork of the Snake River with world-class fly fishing is just a short 3 mile drive, plenty of parking for your boats at the Retreat.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 03/22/2017

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  • Aspen Hills Retreat surrounded by forest of Aspen and Pine.

    Aspen Hills Retreat surrounded by forest of Aspen and Pine.

  • Rock fireplace separates living room  from dining room, opens to kitchen

    Rock fireplace separates living room from dining room, opens to kitchen

  • Oversized deck (1200 sq ft) gives plenty of space to relax and share the view

    Oversized deck (1200 sq ft) gives plenty of space to relax and share the view

  • Looking NE along deck

    Looking NE along deck

  • Aspen Hills Retreat from road below...surrounded by a beautiful forest

    Aspen Hills Retreat from road below...surrounded by a beautiful forest

  • Bunk Room...very comfortable mattresses and a lovely view

    Bunk Room...very comfortable mattresses and a lovely view

  • Watching the fire pit from the deck...serenity and peace abound

    Watching the fire pit from the deck...serenity and peace abound

  • Rock fireplace dividing rooms

    Rock fireplace dividing rooms

  • Large Kitchen with Skylight - great for entertaining

    Large Kitchen with Skylight - great for entertaining

  • Wildlife bedroom with queen bed - one of many beautiful views from the window

    Wildlife bedroom with queen bed - one of many beautiful views from the window

  •  Rear view of Aspen Hills Retreat, showing garages and parking area

    Rear view of Aspen Hills Retreat, showing garages and parking area

  • Our 'Piece of Heaven' to share with everywhere

    Our 'Piece of Heaven' to share with everywhere

  • Cowboy Bedroom...each bedroom has a large walk-in closet and a view

    Cowboy Bedroom...each bedroom has a large walk-in closet and a view

  • Parking area - wildlife often seen walking out of the trees in this area

    Parking area - wildlife often seen walking out of the trees in this area

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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