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Family Home on Yellowstone Park Boundary- Near Roosevelt Arch

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-10)

This house is owned by the former directors of the Yellowstone Institute (see owners profile), and is 100 yards from the Yellowstone Park boundary, within easy walking distance to restaurants, shops, grocery stores, and other businesses in Gardiner.

On the main floor there is:

•a spacious, fully-equipped, modern kitchen

•dining room

•living room

•master bedroom and bath

Upstairs there is:

•a full bath

• three bedrooms

* one with a queen

* one with a queen and two singles

* one with three singles

House is equipped with high-speed internet, telephone, and washer/dryer. Child-friendly features include a “Pack ’N Play,” a booster seat, some toys and kid’s books, a safety gate on the stairs and a fenced yard. There is a running track and large fenced playground at the Gardiner public school, a 2-3 minute walk from the house.

Park Headquarters at Mammoth is five miles south. From Mammoth (the only Park road open to cars in winter) it continues east across Yellowstone’s “northern tier” to Tower, the Lamar Valley, and Cooke City. This area is arguably the best wildlife viewing in the entire Yellowstone country, where patient visitors often see wolves, bears, elk, bison, coyotes, and a wide variety of other animals and birds, (especially from mid-April through mid-June and in late autumn through the winter months). When other Yellowstone highways open in the spring, roads from Mammoth lead south to Norris, Canyon, Dunraven Pass, Lake, Old Faithful, West Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park. The 11,000 foot-high Beartooth Highway to the northeast is the last road to be plowed, and is reached via Cooke City.

In spring, late fall, and winter, elk deer and bison and other wildlife are commonly seen in Gardiner, often from the house, and at times, even in the yard. Winter months here are some of our favorites. While Gardiner rarely has deep snow, Mammoth is five miles and 1,000 feet higher; Jardine is six miles and 1,200 feet higher; and Cooke City is 3,000 feet higher, so abundant snow can generally be found nearby. These higher elevations provide vast cross-country ski touring and snowshoeing opportunities. Ice skating is available at the Mammoth Motor Inn, where visitors may also board heated snow coaches for over-snow tours deep into the Yellowstone.

Keywords: family home, residential area, fenced yard, mountain views, wildlife year round

More Details

Property Manager
Property Manager
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About The Owner

We have lived our entire lives in the West and for several decades in the Greater Yellowstone—first in Grand Teton National Park where Rick served seven seasons as National Park Service climbing ranger and Mary Lee began her watercolor art career. Following graduate school, we moved to Montana to teach college and raise a family, and later took over management of the fledgling Yellowstone Institute where we lived and worked at the Buffalo Ranch in the magnificent Lamar Valley. During that time, Rick became the principal founder and first president of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. In 2005, we sold our ranchland in the Madison Valley to the U.S. Forest Service and bought and renovated the home in Gardiner. We especially like being in town, 100 yards from the Park boundary, but still in a long-established community where one can live immediately adjacent to the lands of Yellowstone.

The Owner purchased this house in 2005

Why The Owner chose Gardiner

We chose to acquire and renovate a house in the long-established town of Gardiner, because its as close as one can live to the “northern tier” of Yellowstone to which we’re so attached.


Gardiner House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (5), Baby Cribs (1) pack n' play
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
Easy all-season access to Lamar Valley and Cooke City, short walk to Gardiner restaurants and shops, Yellowstone Institute across the street.


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Family Home on Yellowstone Park Boundary- Near Roosevelt Arch
average rating of 4.862069 based on 29 reviews
Palmer, Alaska

Perfect Fall in Yellowstone

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 9 hikers loved the location - close to the Park and restaurants. We each had our own bed, the mattresses are not new but all were comfortable & we slept well. Kitchen was clean & well appointed and appliances worked nicely. Lots of good Yellowstone information was provided. We could hear the elk bugle and see the Arch from our spot. We felt welcomed and would recommend this handy place.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

No issues! Wonderful time was had by all.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Great place in a great location

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in this place. It is clean, well-equipped and perfectly located with plenty of beds. It is not air-conditioned, but the nights are cool and there are lots of fans. There are two bathrooms, and one is in the master bedroom but we managed. I would stay there again and would strongly recommend it. An excellent value!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Simply Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

We completely enjoyed our recent trip to Yellowstone and our stay in Gardiner. While the house is no-frills, it is extremely comfortable and has every amenity one could possibly need. We appreciated the close proximity to the park and the ability to make our own meals and sleep in real beds. We loved our evening walks to visit elk that slept on the school track and waking up to see the pronghorn chasing each other on the nearby hills. What a great vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, enough space for 10

  • 4 of 5

Our group of 10 included 3 different families of relatives. We enjoyed the location which permitted walking to the Yellowstone entrance sign and to the office of our rafting outing as well as to a good part of Gardiner. Some very nice views from the front and the back

The keyless door entry was extremely handy, no need to keep track of keys.

The kitchen had a good supply of dishes and pots and pans and the dining table was nice and large.

The only down side was that the downstairs bathroom was accessible only by going through the master suite. Since there were sleepers in that room a good part of the time that meant that the rest of us had to share the remaining bathroom which was upstairs and used by 7 people.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Southaven, MS

Great location and plenty of room for our family!

  • 5 of 5

Everything we needed was here and it was clean and spacious. The beds were comfortable. great views of scenery and wildlife while being conveniently located to everything. We had 5 adults and 3 kids and never felt crowded. Cooked all breakfasts and most dinners at the house and took picnic lunches into the park with us. The large dining room table was a great place to reconnect and play board games with the family and hook up the cameras to the computer and download all the amazing photos we took. We would definitely stay here again! Thanks Wendi!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Roosevelt Arch

ice skating, hot tubs in Mammoth (winter only), Boiling River hot springs on Gardner River, Winter Snow coach in Yellowstone Interior (winter only)




Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $120
Refundable damage deposit $300
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 10.0%

Manager'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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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