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GATEWAY TO YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, World class flyfishing and snowmobiling

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


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 and washer). 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, 3 other satellite TVs, 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 and ATV 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

Dave and Loretta Nielson
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

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 Island Park

Two Bear Retreat is located in a perfect location. It is close to civilization on a county road 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.


Island Park Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Ski-In
  • Ski-Out
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
  • 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
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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


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GATEWAY TO YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, World class flyfishing and snowmobiling
average rating of 4.730769 based on 26 reviews

Amazing house!

  • 5 of 5

This is a great house! Everything you would need is there (except groceries of course). We had 8 adults and 4 kids and never felt like we were on top of one another. Definitely keeping this place in mind next time we are in the area!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Annette, Thanks for being our guest. It was our pleasure. Please come back and stay with us again! Dave Nielson
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  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our stay - was well stocked with towels and kitchen appliances- beds were very comfortable and our experience there was great!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Visiting Yellowstone

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed very much staying at this property during our visit to Yellowstone. The rooms and beds were all comfortable. It would be even better if internet is available in the house!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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This cabin was in a great location and room for our entire family.

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here. It was close to Macks Inn, close to Yellowstone, and easy to find. Everyone had their own bed and there were plenty of bathrooms and a good sized kitchen. Thanks for making this available.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying with us.
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Wonderful house for a family reunion

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed your house and would definitely stay there again! We had three generations stay here for a family reunion, and everyone loved the accommodations. The house was very clean, and all of the furnishings and appliances were in good shape. The grandparents enjoyed relaxing on the back deck and the kids loved playing ping pong upstairs. There was plenty of room on the 3 levels for the 12 of us to spread out and have our own space. I would definitely stay in this house again, and recommend it for anyone looking for a relaxing Island Park getaway. Thank you Dave and Loretta for sharing your wonderful vacation home with us.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for being our guests and the great review. We try hard to keep our cabin comfortable and reasonable. Please keep us in mind for your next visit to the Yellowstone area.
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Clean and fun

  • 5 of 5

It was clean and well stocked. There was plenty of room to spread out. When we had a question the owner got back to us quickly. There was a lot to do between games, movies, ping pong, billiards and golf.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Heather, We are very happy you enjoyed the cabin and your visit. Dave and Loretta
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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.


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.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $175
Property Damage Protection $59
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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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