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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

Barn on the Banks of Yellowstone National Park

83 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 6 nights

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Barn, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Wow..what a the loft! You may not have been 'Born in a Barn', but here's your chance to stay in one and VACATION 'Till the Cows Come Home'! We invite you to stay in our barn loft and call it your home, while you relax and enjoy our nation's largest and oldest National Park.

Barn on the Banks is located in a quiet area on the outskirts of Gardiner, Montana. We are less than 1 mile to the park's North Gate Entrance, famous for the Teddy Roosevelt Arch, and within walking distance to down town shops, restaurants, a grocery store, post office and excellent trout fishing.

Yellowstone river runs through this small town that is nestled at the foothills of Electric Peak, a majestic mountain that carries snow throughout most of the year. We are located at the end of a lane with no through traffic. Our loft overlooks the confluence of the Gardiner and Yellowstone rivers, and has unobstructed spectacular views of the mountains. We border the river and we are directly across from Yellowstone Park.

A short walk down the bank takes you to the river's edge where you can sit and enjoy nature, including frequent fliers of ducks, geese, bald eagles, and osprey, or possibly see a family of otters playing in the water.

From our deck you can view hummingbirds, mountain songbirds, and wildlife including deer, elk, Big Horn sheep, Pronghorn (antelope), or possibly see a bear, wolf, coyote, or bison.

One summer while sitting on the deck of the barn, my husband witnessed a doe deer giving birth to twin fawns. We frequently saw mama deer and her little ones close to our house and barn throughout the summer. Now we've seen yet another 'Near Barn Birth'! Over Memorial Weekend, we and our guests witnessed an Elk giving birth just a few feet below the deck of the Barn! This is truly an area you'll be able to experience nature.

The barn has never housed animals, the bottom of the barn is used for private storage. The barn loft was renovated in 2008-2009, and features a full kitchen with all new appliances, comfortable seating in the living area, and a large deck that looks into Yellowstone Park. You can sit by the fire on a chilly night, or cool down with air conditioning on a hot summer day.

There are amazing views from all areas of the loft made easy by several large windows. The master bedroom has a king bed, private bath, air conditioning, a fireplace and your own private balcony to sit, relax and enjoy the sunset.

The 'Queen Room' catches the morning sun, and has the ambiance of a fireplace as well. The 'bunk room' has two bunk beds, one which is a double bed topped by a twin, the other is a single over a single. The sofa in the living room converts to a full size bed.

The deck above the river features a gas grill and seating for your outdoor relaxation and enjoyment. So come and stay with us, enjoy our 'Barn on the Banks', and make your vacation one you will remember.

- Your Hosts, Ken and Linda.

Keywords: Barn Loft, cabin, River frontage

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

About The Owner

An answer to prayer brought us to this little piece of heaven. We moved to Montana in 1977 with our then small children to follow a teaching job in Gardiner. We both grew up in the Midwest on Farm and Ranches in Rural Nebraska. We have always loved the mountains and have enjoyed horseback riding, hiking, skiing, hunting, canoeing, and lots of other outdoor activities in beautiful Montana.

Why The Owner chose Yellowstone

We love animals, Mountains, the great outdoors, and wanted to raise our children in a small town... so what better place to live than in Montana next to Yellowstone Park!? The barn was built in 1994 but was never used to house animals, even though we had horses, along with several other animals our kids raised. As our kids left home, so did most of the animals...thank goodness! In 2008, a long time dream began to take shape as we began renovating the barn loft into a 1100 SF 3 bedroom, 2 bath apartment. 'Barn on the Banks of Yellowstone Park' was open for business as a Vacation Rental in the Spring of 2009. Much of the decor was directly inspired from my early childhood memories of Country Life. Several old things from the Ranch & Farm... 'treasured Junk', have been re-purposed as part of the Barn decor it an eclectic charm to make you feel right at home...even if you weren't born in a barn. So please come stay in the 'Barn' while you vacation in the Nation's oldest National Park. has all the modern conveniences and comforts of home...even running water and indoor plumbing! :)

What makes this barn unique

We are located just 1 mile from the North Gate Entrance to Yellowstone Park which is the only entrance open year around. The 'Barn on the Banks' is open year around as well, and has views that will take your breath away as you look directly into Yellowstone Park, the Yellowstone River below, over our small town of Gardiner, or gaze upon 'Electric Peak'. Our property borders Yellowstone Park and the Yellowstone River which means that we have lots of wildlife around our property. We have had 3 'Near Barn Births' as a doe deer gave birth to twins and a cow Elk gave birth to her calf just a few feet below the Barn deck! The 'Near Barn' experiences are something our guests and we are still talking about. Because we border Yellowstone River, some of the best trout fishing around is directly below the Barn. Our convenient location is perfect for experiencing Yellowstone in the Winter as we have some of the best cross-country skiing, wolf watching, and snowshoeing just minutes away. We absolutely love it here and have never regretted the move from Nebraska to God's Country! :)


based on 83 traveler reviews

Barn on the Banks of Yellowstone National Park
average rating of 4.9879518 based on 83 reviews
Gatineau, QC

Excellent stay for visiting Yellowstone

  • 5 of 5

We eight persons in total stayed in the Barn for six nights, and we loved it. The place was clean and cozy, and very conviniently located. There was a hot spring on Gardiner river just passed the North entry, because it was so close, we were able to spend times and enjoy this nature spa. We went in and out the YNP everyday, the commute was very easy. Linda kindly provided us a large cooler for picnic when I asked. Thank you. I will definitely recommend the place.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great for our trip to Yellowstone

  • 5 of 5

Super relaxing. We used this as a base to explore Yellowstone. We've got 3 kids under 4 who had a blast. All the amenities were working and clean. Furniture was tasteful and extras like boardgames and toys were great! We'd love to go in the winter and use the fireplace and just hunker down.

Ken and Linda were awesome and their advice on things to see and do was really valuable. Would recommend this to anyone who wants to get away from it all with amazing scenery!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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great home base

  • 5 of 5

Barn on the Banks is a great base from which to explore all of Yellowstone. The owners obviously make every effort to make their guests feel at of the few times we stayed in a rental and didn't need to run to the store for basic neccesities. We definitely hope to get back someday!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable home at Yellowstone

  • 5 of 5

This is certainly a very classy "barn". A great view of Gardiner and Yellowstone Park entrance. You can wake up and see how long the line is to get into the park right from the deck! Linda and Ken were on site if you needed them but not in any way intrusive to your privacy. They were very understanding of our very late arrival and left the lights on for us. The homey touches make the barn very comfortable from the first day. Everything you need is here. The beds are comfortable and the air conditioning came in very handy as we hit a hot week.

We thoroughly enjoyed Yellowstone, seeing Old Faithful erupt twice and visiting the hot springs every day to soak in the river. Unfortunately, we didn't see any bison, only a lonely coyote and of course lots of elk. I guess even the animals were hot!

The town of Gardiner offered a very well stock grocery store. We also went rafting, horseback riding and zip-lining. All conveniently offered in town and the ice cream shops were the best!

All in all, a very enjoyable and memorable journey and stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Great Vacation at Yellowstone

  • 5 of 5

The Barn is a great base for exploring the park and surrounding areas. Linda and Ken are great hosts, and the Barn is well equipped and beautifully decorated. We were able to see all the sights of Yellowstone and most of the different animals (bear, moose, wolves, etc.). We loved being able to step out on the deck and see the Gardner river flowing into the Yellowstone river, with the majesty of the mountains in Yellowstone Park behind them. The path outside the barn leads right down to the banks of the Yellowstone river, and town is within walking distance. We had had a wonderful time, and hated to leave. We would recommend the barn to anyone wishing to have a great experience in Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding area.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Perfect Vacation Rental

  • 5 of 5

We have rented many vacation homes. The Barn on the Banks was absolutely perfect!! They have seriously thought of every detail possible to make sure your vacation is wonderful!! I would recommend this rental to anyone that is interested in visiting the Gardiner area. It doesn't get any better than the Barn on the Banks!!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Bozeman Montana

Access to a hiking trail and excellent trout fishing directly below our rental. Property borders Yellowstone River and Yellowstone Park. Easy access to Cross-Country Skiing in the Winter. Check us out for great deals during off-season!


Rates & Availability

Gardiner Barn Rental Rates

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6 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $150
Tax Rate 10.0%

Email us for special discounts if staying longer than 1 week June through August. Two person discount of $150/night September through May. Rates subject to change

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Gardiner Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • River
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , In the master bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 bunk bed
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , In the living room.
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Bunk Beds (2), which is a double bed topped with a single bed and a single over a single in the bunk room. The couch also opens up into a double bed. Child Beds (1) We have a Portable Crib available upon request, Baby Cribs (1) We have a portable crib available upon request, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The sofa opens up into a double bed which is located in the Living Room, Bunk Beds (2) We have 2 sets of bunk beds. One is a double bed topped with a single bed. The other is a single over a single.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
We provide linens, towels, hand soaps, dish soaps, shampoo, Body wash, Paper towels, Toilet Paper, Some coffee, coffee grinder, Tea, and general Spices. There is a hairdryer, Iron with full sized ironing board. A few kids fishing poles and small tackle box and lots more. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We hope you choose the 'Barn on the Banks'

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