About the property
- Lodge14700 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 3 nights
The ultimate reunion and retreat getaway in Idaho
Expanded over 9 acres, we have converted the old Garden Valley High School, Middle School, and Elementary school into a one of a kind location for all of your family memories. Your Idaho family reunion location and corporate retreat facility. It is the perfect location for large family reunions, church retreats, weddings, and large events. We have a fully functioning lodge with an awesome kitchen, full size basketball court, bounce houses, rock climbing wall, fishing pond, and game room for your enjoyment. Our facility sleeps over 80 people in beds and has a full commercial kitchen set up for big families.
Located only 50 minutes from the edges of Eagle Idaho, there is no other places that can accommodate large groups, be within an hours drive of Boise, and still get the mountainous feel like River Canyon Retreat. To sum it all up we are your perfect Idaho family reunion location.
Garden Valley, the gateway to an authentic Central Idaho Mountains adventure. Garden Valley is surrounded in all directions by mountain peaks, some over 7,000 feet. Two river systems carve valleys covered in the lush green of summer growth along with wildlife, stock and horses. In 1934 a new post office established the identity of Crouch, now one of the commercial districts for Garden Valley. The town was named after Billy Crouch, a miner who homesteaded near the confluence of the Middle and South Fork Rivers. In the 1920s, Crouch donated property for a new community hall in Garden Valley.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 18, 2018
About Brandon Larson
We are a young family with a little boy and a baby girl. We recently graduated with degrees in Financial Economics and Marriage & Family Studies. Both of our families are originally from California, but we both feel like Idaho has always lived in our blood. Working jointly with my parents, we have completely renovated and upgraded this old K-12 school into the perfect Idaho family reunion place.
Brandon Larson purchased this Lodge in 2014
What makes this Lodge unique
Located near Boise Idaho, our property is family owned and operated and it offers a getaway from the big city into the mountains. The drive to Garden Valley is beautiful while you drive through canyons with intense rivers flowing through them and often seeing, deer, elk, and bald eagles just off the road. Sleeping over 80 people in beds, our lodge, bunk rooms, and motel style rooms provide the needed space for all family members. Having fun activities on site is another feature that River Canyon Retreat boasts. Including but not limited to swimming, fishing, rock climbing, basketball, volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, disc golf, soccer, dodgeball, ping pong, billiards, air hockey, foosball, etc. Given our location to Boise, the size of our facility, our accommodations, activities, facilities, and view, I will personally stand behind River Canyon Retreat as the best Family Reunion location in Idaho.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Amazing Retreat Center!
We stayed here over President's Day weekend for our church Youth Group winter retreat. The facility is amazing! We had a little over 30 people and had plenty of room. The "Lodge" itself is an terrific space and has several bedrooms with different bed configurations as well as a huge living room space! The kitchen is simply unbelievable in what it has to offer. All the appliances are industrial so it made for great food prep and easy clean up. The dining space is also great - lots of room for a huge group! The Gym and accompanying bedrooms over there is fantastic. We really enjoyed having the gym to play games in and our kids loved having bounce houses/obsticle courses to burn off energy in and also had a great time trying the climbing wall. The bunk rooms were awesome and with the 2 other bedrooms across from them, it made it easy to have chaperones nearby. Bathrooms and showers were great and the game room out there was thoroughly used and enjoyed as well! The area of Garden Valley is an absolutely gorgeous backdrop to this venue. While we were there, the weather was a bit yucky so we didn't explore too much outside, but there are many adventures to be had there, as well, I'm sure! The owners are friendly and very accommodating! We will definitely be back here in the future! Thanks again for such an amazing and meaningful weekend!
Great place to hold a large gathering!
We held our family reunion here August 2017. Wonderful place that accommodated all 70 of us. Everything was clean and ready when we arrived. Great kitchen with large pantry and walk in trig/freezer. That meant we could do one big shopping trip and bring it with us instead of having to frequently go to a store. Kitchen was well stocked with pots, utensils, etc. The beds were comfortable and the bathrooms all up to date. The gym was fabulous and so big. Room for basketball at one end and bounce houses at the other. The bounce houses and the rock climbing wall were a great hit. The stage was well used in our talent show. The above ground pool was a great place to cool off. We also found some river spots nearby, some deep where the kids could jump off rocks and some shallow with a small sandy beach that was good for the younger ones. It's right near the Payette River so there is beautiful scenery as you drive there. White water rafting just down the road. Anytime we had a question there was great help from Brandon and his team.
Beautiful place for a family reunion
We had about 45 people there for our family reunion, but there was certainly room for many more. It had a well-equipped kitchen with a walk-in refrigerator and walk-in freezer. The rooms were wonderful with lots of comfortable beds. It is handicap accessible. The gym was probably my husband's favorite part - full basketball court. The owners remodeled this from an old school and went above and beyond and it is beautiful. They kept as much of the old school character as they could and did an amazing job. They are very accommodating and went out of their way to make our stay as fun and comfortable as they could. It has been several days since the reunion and our kids, nieces and nephews, etc. haven't stopped talking about how fun it was. Great place for kids with the bounce house and a huge gym to play in. Overall, I would give them an A+++++++.
Thank you River Canyon Retreat for a great place for us to go and Retreat!
We had our Women's Retreat here. Perfect setting. All of the accommodations were great. The kitchen is professionally done and easy to work in. The meeting room was comfortable. The beds were well above the norm.
The manager was very pleasant and easy to work with.
This is a wonderful place to go, get away, relax and regenerate.
We will definitely chose River Canyon again.
New Years Eve
We had a family gathering of 32 people over New Year's at the River Canyon Retreat. We enjoyed all the activities and made great use of the gym and all it offered. The kids loved the stage and sound system to keep us entertained. The kitchen was fun to cook in and we made good use of it from Prime Rib dinner to home made do-nuts. It was so nice to have all the room we needed especially at meal time. Would love to stay again in summer time and know it would be just as much fun. Recommended for any kind of a bigger group.
Wonderful Family Reunoin Venue
We had a family reunion here and had a really great time. Everyone enjoyed it and said it was the "best ever!" There were things for all ages: indoor bounce houses, water slide bounce house, basketball, volleyball, rock climbing wall, huge lawn area for games, swimming pool, fishing, etc. We had 130 people come. A few stayed in tents or trailers or rented a home nearby, but we had room for everyone. I would recommend this for anyone who wants to have a reunion in a beautiful area with lots to do. The walk-in fridge and freezer were great as was the commercial kitchen. The staff bent over backwards to help us with anything we needed and they were great to work with. If you want to get away from the city and have a great time, this is the place for you.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
We require a 30% down deposit and balance due 90 days in advance. Pay with check or credit card. We also rent out our lodge at $400/night in the off season(Sept - May). The Gym is also available for rent when renting the Lodge for $400/day.