Emigrant House Rental Photos and Description
Convenient to Yellowstone National Park and Chico Hot Springs Resort.
The Home: The House has 5 bedrooms, 3 baths and sleeps 12. Beautifully furnished, Riverwatch is predominantly a glass structure, exemplifying the architectural philosophy of Frank Lloyd Wright. Utilizing its form to take full advantage of its location, bands of glass on both floors provide 360 degree views of the Absaroka and Gallatin mountain ranges. As it captures the constantly changing light, Riverwatch is a continuous inspiration for all who come to the mountains for a retreat.
Location and History:
Located in the heart of the Paradise Valley, Riverwatch is nestled along the shore of the Yellowstone River, the longest undammed river in the lower 48 states. The Yellowstone originates at the Continental Divide in northwestern Wyoming and flows northward
through Yellowstone National Park where it both feeds and drains Yellowstone Lake, the deepest high elevation lake in North America. Lured by the mysteries of what is now considered to be one of the largest thermal areas in the Park, the owners of Riverwatch came in 1985 to film, study and explore the bottom of Yellowstone Lake. In 2005, they purchased Riverwatch as a home base to support future research in Yellowstone. The home invites you to celebrate the spirit of exploration with historical photographs of the 1871 Hayden Expedition. 135 years ago, Ferdinand Hayden began his journey into Yellowstone setting out from Bottlers Ranch, a point just across the river from
where Riverwatch stands today. Together with his painter, Thomas Moran and his photographer, William H. Jackson, these gifted explorers inspired Congress to establish Yellowstone as our first National Park and in 1871 produced the first bathymetric map of
Yellowstone Lake. You will truly appreciate their genius when you contrast their original map with the 21st century 3D bathymetry map a team of scientists produced with the owners of Riverwatch. Both are on display in this wonderful home. Underwater footage, images of the lake-bottom and mapping technology also on display stand in stark contrast to Hayden's lead plumb line and small animal-skin boat. Working with university and park scientists, the U.S. Geological Survey, and private not-for-profit institutions, the owners continue to explore Yellowstone Lake. Your stay at Riverwatch continues to support ongoing research in Yellowstone National Park and many other places around the world.
Maximum # of guests 10 -12
Bedroom 1 King
Bedroom 2 Queen
Bedroom 3 (2) Twins (extra long)
Bedroom 4 (1) Full and (1) Twin daybed
Bedroom 5 (2) Bunk beds (sleeps 4)
Bathroom 1 Full with tub
Bathroom 2 Full with shower
Bathroom 3 full with shower
Dining Room Seats 12
House Square Footage 2,200
- limited accessibility
- children welcome
- pets not allowed
- non smoking only
Our migration west started almost 29 years ago in the summer of 1985. Entering the Yellowstone region for the first time, we pushed our way over the Beartooth Mountains, our truck heavily laden with some of the most state of the art underwater equipment ever to enter Yellowstone. If ever there was a defining moment in one's life, this was surely it for us. Armed with our first grant from the United States Government to study the bottom of Yellowstone Lake, we came to support scientists from a variety of institutions. Using our curious little underwater vehicle, we went on to film, photo document, map and collect samples of one of the most fascinating high elevation lakes in the world. This mission, the migrations and the exploration continue today. From the underwater discoveries of inflating domes of hot water and gases to the most recent discoveries of new life, we are truly privileged to be a part of this exciting and ever-changing region we call Yellowstone.
As our guests, we would like to welcome you to Riverwatch. This home is a result of a love affair with Yellowstone. As we have often reminded ourselves, a visit to Riverwatch is a constant reminder of 'America's Best Idea'. The historical photographs of the 1871 Hayden Expedition reminds you of a bygone era; and era of true exploration into areas fabulously rich in history and natural beauty. As you settle into Riverwatch, you will undoubtedly get a sense of our intrigue with this 'place'. We truly hope you can 'put life aside' for a moment and enjoy all that surrounds you. We suspect you'll agree it is truly an amazing area to visit.
Riverwatch is located in the heart of the Paradise Valley with the Absaroka mountain range to the east and the Gallatin mountain range to the west. Livingston is 32 miles to the north, Yellowstone National Park is 20 miles to the south, and 54 miles to the west is Bozeman. One of the highlights of any visit to Riverwatch is exploring the wonders of Yellowstone National Park (YNP). In the spring, summer and fall seasons, hiking, camping, horseback riding, photography, wildlife viewing, boating and fishing are all great outdoor activities. In the winter months, Yellowstone is an entirely different world. Access to the Parks interior at the northern entrance is via snow coach, snowmobile or cross-country skiing. Cross country ski equipment is available for rent at the Mammoth Hotel. The road to Cooke City is open to four wheel drive vehicle traffic and offers access to many trails inside the Park. The Yellowstone Institute has many wonderful courses that run year-round and are very modestly priced. Photography, wildlife viewing, boating and fishing are also available here. In addition, there are numerous companies that offer guided rafting services on the Yellowstone River. If you like to fish, the Yellowstone River is 100' from your door at Riverwatch. You can bring your own gear or rent it from one of the many local fishing stores in the area. If you like to soak in hot springs, there are two choices within easy reach of Riverwatch. The 'Boiling River' is just inside the parks northern entrance. In addition, CHICO Hot Springs Resort is just 7 miles north of Riverwatch. CHICO has 2 spring-fed, partially enclosed pools and is a great spot for both adults and children.