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July 4th, 2017 Weekend is Available!

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Last updated: 03/26/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-3 nights
  • Sleeps:99
  • Bedrooms:10
  • Bathrooms:11
  • Property type:Lodge
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

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, retreats, weddings, and large events. We have a fully functioning lodge with an awesome kitchen, full size basketball court, bounce houses, rock climbing wall, pond, ping pong table, pool table, foosball, and air hockey table 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 are no other places that can accommodate large groups, be within an hour 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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Member since: 2015

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/26/2017

Property Type

  • Lodge
  • 14700 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 99
  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Absolutely NO smoking in or around any building. Smoking outside permitted as long as you are clear of any building entrance....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Staff


  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 99, Beds for 83-99

  • Maple: 1 queen, 1 bunk bed

    Sleeps 4...moreless

  • Pine: 2 queen, 1 bunk bed

    Sleeps 6...moreless

  • Birch: 1 queen, 2 bunk bed

    Sleeps 7: 1 Queen, 1 Queen/Twin bunk, 1 bunk...moreless

  • Willow: 2 twin/ single

    Sleeps 2...moreless

  • Bighorn: 2 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon, 1 bunk bed

    Sleeps 9: 2 queens, 1 queen/twin bunk, 1 full sleeper ...moreless

  • Antler

    Sleeps 6: 2 queen/twin bunks...moreless

  • Aspen: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon, 1 bunk bed

    Sleeps 6: 1 queen, 1 bunk, 1 Full Sleeper...moreless

  • Bear Den

    Sleeps 15: 6 twin bunks and 1 queen/twin bunk...moreless

  • Elk Herd

    Sleeps 15: 6 twin bunks and 1 queen/twin bunk...moreless

  • Wolf Pack

    Sleeps 15: 6 twin bunks and 1 queen/twin bunk ...moreless

Bathrooms: 11 Bathrooms

  • Lodge Bathroom C: toilet, shower

    ADA Bedroom and Bathroom...moreless

  • Lodge Bathroom A: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Lodge Bathroom B: toilet, combination tub/shower, shower


  • Lodge Bathroom D: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Lodge Bathroom E: toilet, shower


  • Gym Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Men's locker room multiple showers and toilets...moreless

  • Gym Bathroom 6: shower


  • Gym Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Woman's locker room, multiple showers and toilets...moreless

  • Gym Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Gym Bathroom 4: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Gym Apt. Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Gym Apt. Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Gym Bathroom 5: shower


Other Amenities

  • We have a rock wall located in the gym that back in the 1970s was the largest rock climbing wall west of the Mississippi. 1 free hour of rock climbing is included in each stay. Each additional hour of rock climbing is $50. We also have bounce houses available for rent. Giant Water slide $200/day, Obstacle Course/Slide Combo $200/day, Bounce Castle $80/day...moreless


  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room:

    Pool table, Air Hockey, Ping Pong, Foosball...moreless

  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo:

    Sound equipment for stage....moreless

  • Television


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities


  • Churches
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    The town of Crouch located minutes down the road has a nice quaint downtown that is a joy to roam through....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Located in the center of the valley, River Canyon Retreat is completely surrounded by beautiful mountains. With a river running through the valley....moreless

  • Water View:

    For 25 miles starting at Horseshoe Bend you will follow the Payette River, the South Fork of the Payette River, and cross over the Middle Fork of the Payette River on your way to River Canyon Retreat....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 40 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided:

    Linens provided for queen beds. No linens will be provided for bunk beds. We have a twin over queen bunk and we consider that a bunk bed which no linens will be provided. ...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided:

    Dish towels, hand towels and cleaning towels...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher:

    Commercial dishwasher...moreless

  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator:

    Walk in Refrigerator and Freezer...moreless

  • Stove:

    Commercial stove...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    6.6 miles down the road there is the Terrace Lakes golf course....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Within minutes of River Canyon Retreat...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool:

    We have an outdoor pool with intentions of building an indoor pool which will probably be built in time for the 2017 season....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 4.9
from 14 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nightly Rate
May 13 - May 13, 2017
1 night min stay
Memorial Day
May 26 - May 29, 2017
3 night min stay
Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2017
3 night min stay
Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2018
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Cleaning Fee $200 + tax
  • Tax Rate 8%


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.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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Last updated: 03/26/2017
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57 Miles
Nearest Airport
Boise Airport
6.6 Miles
Nearest Golf
Terrace Lakes Golf Course
0.01 Miles
Nearest Motorway
ID 52
6.6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Terrace Lakes Ranch Restaurant
67.5 Miles
Nearest Ski
Bogus Basin = 67.5 miles/ Brundage = 85.3 miles

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2014

About the owner: 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 high school into the perfect Idaho family reunion place.

The Unique Benefits at this Lodge:
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 75 people in beds, our lodge, bunk rooms, and family type 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 limiting to swimming, fishing, zip lining, rock climbing, basketball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, 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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Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/26/2017

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  • Lodge


  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • Bunk room

    Bunk room

  • Antler Room

    Antler Room

  • Basketball, Volleyball, & Rock Climbing

    Basketball, Volleyball, & Rock Climbing

  • Lodge floor plan

    Lodge floor plan

  • Pond


  • Obstacle course slide

    Obstacle course slide

  • Idaho Family Reunion

    Idaho Family Reunion

  • Aspen Room

    Aspen Room

  • Kitchen 1

    Kitchen 1

  • Bighorn Room

    Bighorn Room

  • Kitchen 2

    Kitchen 2

  • Game Room 1

    Game Room 1

  • River Canyon Retreat property map

    River Canyon Retreat property map

  • Gymnasium floor plan

    Gymnasium floor plan

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Bounce house

    Bounce house

  • Gym with the water slide and obstacle course

    Gym with the water slide and obstacle course

VRBO #659362

This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Sunday, March 26, 2017

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