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GATEWAY TO YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, World class flyfishing and snowmobiling

Sleeps15
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms3
Space 2,900 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

2900 Sq ft with 6 Private Bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms

You will have plenty to see & do at TWO BEAR RETREAT for a fantastic vacation experience with family and/or friends during any season of the year. Winter and Summer are the most popular but Spring and Fall seasons are most peaceful and tranquil.

We are making available to you, our personal vacation cabin that includes 6 private bedrooms (2 on each floor) with 3 full bathrooms (1 on each floor).

(1) The main floor has a full service kitchen, a dining area and family room with a fireplace stove. Also, an entryway mud room to store and dry your snowmobile clothes (extra dryer). There are two large decks off the main floor. One in the front and one in the back with a BBQ grill.

(2) The loft floor has a game room with a pool/ping pong table, TV, and a great view of the golf course and Two Tops Mountain in Montana.

(3) The basement floor has a Family Room with a Big Screen Dish Satellite TV and a wide variety of DVDs. A laundry room (washer & dryer) is also located on the basement floor.

TWO BEAR RETREAT is located just off of ID20 at Island Park Village Resort (IPVR) near the 5th Tee of the IPVR Golf Course. The location is fantastic in the summer and the county dutifully plows the road to the cabin for easy access in the winter. The cabin is about half a mile west of Robin’s Roost (gas, lotto, groceries, etc.) on North Big Springs Loop Road. There is a snowmobile rental store within ½ mile from the cabin. There is ample pull through parking for snowmobile trailers in the front. No need to continuously load and off load your sleds. Just park your sled in the backyard, get dressed in the warmth of the cabin and then enjoy easy access to over 600 miles of groomed snowmobile trails to places like Meadow Creek Lodge, Two Tops Mountain, or follow the old abandoned train tracks through mountain passes to West Yellowstone.

Fly fishing is world class at Hendry's Lake and the Madison River. Visit 'Johnny Sacks' cabin by snowmobile or ATV and see big trout at the Big Springs Loop bridge ... but don't fish there! In the summer, float the Lazy River at Mack's Inn or travel to the Galletin River for some white water excitement. You just might see bear, moose, elk, wolves, red fox, bald eagles, or other wild animals in the local area while riding your ATV without venturing to Yellowstone Park.

More Details

Owner
Dave and Loretta Nielson
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2017

About Dave and Loretta Nielson

As Utah residents, we fell in love with Island Park Idaho and purchased this cabin for retirement. Since, we are not totally retired, yet, we have the opportunity to share with others. We love to golf, fly fish, ATV, snowmobile, and watch the wild life and beautiful vistas.

Dave and Loretta Nielson purchased this cabin in 2006

Why Dave and Loretta Nielson chose Idaho

Two Bear Retreat is located in a perfect location. It is close to civilization but yet is still in the woods. This cabin provides good space with lots of privacy.

What makes this cabin unique

Two Bear Retreat is located right on the Island Park Village Resort (IPVR) golf course near the 5th tee box. This is very convenient in the summer and especially nice in the winter because you can park your snowmobile just steps outside the back deck and ride on the fairways with easy access to hundreds of miles of trails without loading them on trailers. An ATV/snowmobile rental shop is less than half a mile from the cabin.

Amenities

Island Park Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Ski-In
  • Ski-Out
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single
  • There are two additional sofa sleepers and a twin bed in the game room
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

GATEWAY TO YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, World class flyfishing and snowmobiling
average rating of 4.769231 based on 13 reviews
5

Great snowmobiling destination, great cabin, great owners. VRBO...not so much

  • 5 of 5

We spent 4 days snowmobiling in Island Park and West Yellowstone, we brought our sleds. There were 5 in our group. The cabin was great, clean, plenty of parking for two SUVs and two large trailers. We all agreed the rental was perfect. Easy access to trails. One day we did pull our sleds to other areas north of West Yellowstone, so we didn't have to ride so far. Robbins Roost was an easily accessible place to fill up the sleds. Dave and Loretta have a great place, no doubt.

This was my first and last time I will be using VRBO/Homeaway. I was charged two service fees and two property damage protection fees for a total overpayment of $171.09. After 4-6 hours of dealing with an incompetent, bureaucratic, international based, impotent customer service department with hold times of up to 60 minutes along with endless phone transfers over the last 6 weeks, I never received a refund. After countless hours of trying to deal with VRBO/Homeway I have decided my time is much more valuable than the $171.09 I am rightfully owed. Therefore I will write off the loss to a successful theft on behalf of VRBO/Homeaway. Buyer beware, there is no customer service with this company.

To summarize, the cabin is wonderfully well taken care of, homeowners are incredibly responsive, location is spectacular. VRBO/Homeaway as a company leaves a lot to be desired.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: David, You were absolutely wonderful to have as a client. I'm glad you really enjoyed your stay at Two Bear Retreat and so disappointed with VRBO. They were good to work with in the past but I'm not so happy with the recent service fees and being absorbed by other companies. I'm very disappointed with the way you were treated and I hope they get there act together soon, or we will be shopping for a new service. Thanks, Dave N>
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Twin Falls
5

Winter wonderlan

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for sharing your beautiful place with us. We can't wait to come back some day !

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Loved the property. Very conveniently placed.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Two Bear Retreat. Thank you Dave & Loretta Neilson for letting us use your cabin. We had a nice family vacation that involved 4-wheelers, games, sight seeing and a trip to Yellowstone. We really loved the cabin and that it could fit all 15 of us in there! We will definitely be staying there again!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Relaxing home away from home

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is everything the description stated and more. We had an incredible family vacation to Yellowstone. The cabin is close to the West entrance to Yellowstone National Park which made it very convenient following numerous day trips to the park. The cabin is spacious, clean and well maintained. The beds we slept on were very comfortable and allowed for a great nights sleep for all. The ping -pong/pool table provided many competitive games between my 2 daughters, husband and myself. The amenities provided at the cabin were amazing. Dave and Loretta were wonderful to work with. We would definitely stay here again and highly recommend the cabin if your adventures bring you to Yellowstone.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Yellowstone home base

  • 5 of 5

Great location, only 20 min to Yellowstone! Cabin was an amazing home away from home.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The Dave and Loretta Neilsen Home (Property 647592)

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed staying here very much! The Nielsens are very nice and easy to work with. The home was clean and well maintained. There were plenty of pans, utensils, etc; for meal preparation. The dryers do need some maintenance as they did not dry well. Everything else was in working order. There were a lot of movies to select for watching, nice pool table and fire pit for evening time, and plenty of places for everyone to sleep.

Thank you so much!

Jeff & Debra Hochstrasser

Rexburg, Idaho

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
87 Miles
Idaho Falls
Nearest Barpub
0.05 Miles
Island Park Resort
Nearest Golf
Island Park Village Resort
Nearest Motorway
0.05 Miles
US 20
Nearest Restaurant
0.05 Miles
Island Park Resort
Car: necessary

Things to see and do:

BIG SPRINGS; The water flows from beneath the Yellowstone Plateau at a constant temperature year round. The Idaho Fish and Game plant fish in the river at this point. Large fish can be viewed from the Big Springs Bridge. Also located in this area is Johnny Sacks cabin. There is a visitor’s center and it is open for tours during the summer.

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK; Idaho borders two of this country’s most spectacular and geologically interesting National Parks, Yellowstone and Grand Teton, both are within an easy drive. Yellowstone, with its famous geysers, hot springs and abundant wildlife, was the world’s first National Parks. HARRIMAN STATE PARK; This is one of Idaho’s latest scenic attractions. Located just 15 miles south of Island Park Village Resort, the 11,217 acre park joins 19 other state parks administered by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.

HENRY’S LAKE STATE PARK; High in a mountain bowl at an elevation of 6,470 feet lays Henry’s Lake. The lake is within Henry’s Lake State Park and surrounded by lush meadow and the towering Sawtooth Mountains. The shallow lake is known for big trout catches. Henry’s Fork of the Snake River originates at the outlet of the famous Henry’s Lake, just under the Continental Divide between Idaho and Montana. This stream is world renowned as one of the best fly fishing areas in the world. On your way to Quake Lake and Hebgen Lake, stop by Henry’s Lake fish hatchery and see the large trout running and the work done at the hatchery.

MESA FALLS (UPPER AND LOWER); Want a relaxing day? Pack a picnic lunch and follow the following directions to Mesa Falls. Upon leaving the resort turn left on Hwy 20 and continue for about 15 miles Upper and Lower Mesa Falls are a short 12 miles off Hwy 20. Water plunges 114 feet to fill the river canyon. The drop at Lower Mesa Falls is 65 feet. For a true adventure, you can hike down to the river bottom and enjoy the spectacular view first hand.

ISLAND PARK RESERVOIR; This large reservoir is popular for boating, fishing and water skiing. Visitors may drive on top of the dam for scenic views of the Centennial Mountains and Box Canyon approximately 7 miles away. SAWTELL PEAK; Sawtell Peak is approximately 15 miles from the resort with a breathtaking view and a number of miniature high altitude flowers to see in the summer. Riding snowmobiles on Sawtell Peak is prohibited in most areas and is very hazardous.

LAKEVIEW LODGE AND RED ROCK BIRD REFUGE;

Both of these are another must see while in the area. Follow Hwy 20 north about five miles to the Red Rock Road. Lakeview is 39 miles on the Red Rock Road, which is a gravel road. The lodge at Lakeview offers horseback riding in the summer months. Food and gas are also available. In the winter, it is a spectacular snowmobile trip.

CRATERS OF THE MOON; A sea of lava flows with scattered islands of cinder cones and sagebrush describes this “weird and scenic Landscape” known as Craters of the Moon. Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve contain three major lava fields covering almost a half a million acres. These remarkably well preserved volcanic features resulted from geologic events that appear to have happened yesterday and will likely continue tomorrow. Located 85 miles west of Idaho Falls, or take Hwy 33 out of Rexburg and go west to Arco.

VIRGINIA CITY AND NEVADA CITY; Leaving Island Park Village Resort turn right on Hwy 20 and follow it to the junction of Hwy 87, turn left when you reach the end of Hwy 87, follow Hwy 287 along the beautiful Madison River to Ennis, MT. From Ennis, go west on Hwy 287 to Virginia City, an old time town that has been restored. One mile west of Virginia City is famous Nevada City, with its Chinese section of town, the two-story out-house at the end of the Hotel Veranda and Opera Hall with all the musical memorabilia. Ride the narrow gauge railroad between these fun cities, with the old time railroad cars including the Cathedral and the Pullman car. These cities are open only during the summer months.

LEWIS & CLARK CAVERNS; Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park is Montana’s first and best known state park featuring one of the largest known limestone caverns in the Northwest. Naturally air conditioned, these spectacular caves, line with stalactites, stalagmites, columns and flowstone, are electrically lighted and safe to visit. Above ground, a self-guided nature trail provides opportunities to understand the natural surroundings.

Near the Missouri Headwaters State Park, the waters of the Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin Rivers flow together to form a living monument to the discoverers of the headwaters, Captains William Lewis and Meriwether Clark. Lewis and Clark Cavers were named in honor of the West’s early explorers, but were actually undiscovered until the 1890’s. Regular tours of the caves began in the late1940’s and now have thousands of visitors each year. The entire tour takes about two hours.

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Rates & Availability

Island Park Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer
Jun 16 2017 - Sep 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
$349
From
$375
Fri,Sat
$2,094
 
 
Winter
Dec 1 2017 - Mar 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
$349
From
$375
Fri,Sat
$2,094
$7,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$295
From
$325
Fri,Sat
$1,770
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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