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World Class Breathtaking: On Top of the World Yellowstone

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 - 30 nights


About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8) double your living space option

Yellowstone's Top of the World features spectacular views of the Centennial Range, Sawtell Mountain, Henry's Lake, Meadow Creek Valley, and the Yellowstone Plateau. This precious home offers you all of the modern amenities while still treating you to a quiet and serene experience. Located on acres of trees and flowering meadows and surrounded by the Targhee National Forest, the Yellowstone's Top of the World's balcony and multitier viewing are perfect to observe the frequent wildlife and dazzling sunsets.

Each day one is able to choose any of the numerous nearby outdoor activities or picnic in Yellowstone National Park which is only minutes away. In less than two hours you are able to visit Grand Targhee Ski Resort, Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park, St. Anthony's sand dunes, Virginia City, or Big Sky.

Of particular interest are the hundreds of miles of bike and snow mobile trails that begin at your back door and the world class fishing found on Henry's Lake and the Snake River.

This property (as seen in the last photo) shares two separate homes, referred to as the lower level and the upper level. The lower level home is featured in this VRBO listing. Only one group of guests rent the property at a time. The owners (Pam and Dr. John) sometimes occupy the upper level home between June 10 and August 15 while they maintain and improve the grounds and ensure that everything is perfect for our guests. Pam and I are onsite to cater to the needs of our guests. Some of the larger groups choose to rent both levels to double the living area to 3000 sf. Photos 1-19 show the lower level and photos 20-23 depict the upper level. During a typical year, about 30% of our guests rent the whole property and the other 70% are perfectly happy with the lower level. The downstairs has its own private entry, perfectly flat, and exclusive use of all the facilities, hot tub, patio, fire ring terrace, grill, dining and picnic tables. Guests in the downstairs home feel as if they own the mountain. We assure you that this is the most exclusive setting you can find. There may be a couple of mountain properties near Jackson for double the price. Refer to the reviews to see what our previous guests think of the Top of the World.

We would like to point out how convenient Top of the World is to Yellowstone Park. There are 5 entrances to the Park. How long of a drive is it from the nearest town to Old Faithful?: South-Jackson 2:08; East-Cody 2:30; Northeast-Red Lodge 3:36; North-Gardiner 1:33; West Yellowstone 0:50. 95% of the VRBO HOMES in the West Yellowstone market are over 10 minutes away from West Yellowstone. There are over 1000 VRBO sites in the "Yellowstone Country" category. That means that Top of the World is in the top 1% for all VRBO listings in the Yellowstone region for convenience to the Park. It is only 12-15 minutes to the West Gate from Top of the World. You get a world-class experience without being crowded into a West Yellowstone motel nor in close proximity to other subdivision homes. In addition, there are many incredible hiking and biking trails, boating, river floats, waterfalls, springs, atv rentals, horseback riding, and wildlife viewing withing a 20 minute drive of the cabin. It doesn’t get any better than this. Top of the World.

Keywords: DELUXE MOUNTAIN retreat with HOT TUB & LOTS OF PRIVACY ~ Nothing between you and the mountains!

More Details

Pam and John Stanford
Member since: 2005
Speaks: spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 9, 2018

About Pam and John Stanford

Dr. John and I have been world travelers and have enjoyed our vacations in many places. This property is unique to all the others that we own and have stayed in. We provide a great plush enviroment and treat eveyone as if they were royalty.This Yellowstone is the ultimate RETREAT from everything. Come on out and join us.

Pam and John Stanford purchased this cabin in 2005

Why Pam and John Stanford chose Island Park

Our Yellowstone cabin is a top of the world experience. It is the best place to be during North America's warm summer months.

What makes this cabin unique

We can enjoy Yellowstone Park which is only 12 miles away without dealing with the asphalt traffic and hustle and bustle of accommodations in town. From our lodge we enjoy unobstructed views of the sunsets, the Tetons, centennial range, Henry's Lake, Snake River Valley, wildlife in our front yard, world class fishing, rodeos, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, river-rafting, hundreds of miles of ATV trails, Yellowstone Park and wilderness touring. There's a great deal of enjoyment and fun being out west on top of a mountain. We have the perfect climate and the ultimate outdoor adventure for people of all ages. There is never a dull moment.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Pam and John, the cabin is perfect in every way! We enjoyed returning to the peacefulness and beauty of "Top of the World" after a full day in the Park. Thank you!
Aug 2013
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Island Park Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Higher clearance vehicle recommended
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (4) 2 queen beds in each suite
  • CD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
Fire pit, horseshoes


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World Class Breathtaking: On Top of the World Yellowstone
average rating of 4.9387755 based on 133 reviews

A phenomenal experience

  • 5 of 5

The view, setting, accommodations, decor and hospitality were phenomenal and unparalleled. John and Pam are awesome, and made sure that we had everything we needed, and even more. They became friends and it was a meaningful and educational experience to get to know them. They were so kind and gracious to us and our 3 boys, and we truly felt right at home (except that our home in Georgia doesn't have a stunning view of snow-capped mountains and a lake, nor a beautiful lodge-like decor that is heart-warming, as this one does!).

The house we stayed in had everything we needed and more. We did all of our cooking and food prep, and it was super easy in the full kitchen. It has full set of cookware and all of the tools and appliances to cook like we do at home. The grill was great also for hamburgers. The washer/dryer are great to have right there next to the kitchen. The interior is so comfortable and relaxing. With two large beds in each room we had our 3 boys bunk in one room and we stayed in the other. There is even a guitar, which we enjoyed playing one evening, though after that we were up early every day (6 days) to go to Yellowstone and getting back late. Oh, and the boys loved jumping in the hot tub at the end of the day and relaxing.

The proximity to Yellowstone is unbeatable. An easy drive. We got to the front gate in 15 minutes. The drive up the mountain was easy and fun. We took the advice of others and had a 4 wheel drive (a Nissan Armada). It was perfect and I had a blast driving to and from the house. I wouldn't consider it really "off-road" because the road is very well defined, but a 4 wheel drive is helpful and for me, made it really fun to drive.

I would rent out this house again in a heartbeat and if/when we go back I'm not even going to look at other properties. "They don't get no better than this!"

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our Top of the World attracts the most incredible families. Tyler, Linda, and Boys, you are certainly one of these. Pam and I make it our mission to facilitate a mountain experience equal to the wonders of Yellowstone National Park. No need for your return from the Park to be a letdown. The natural beauty of the Top of the World will take your breath away.
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Lewes, DE

What a great place to stay when visting Yellowstone!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at this beautiful home. The views were amazing, especially the sunsets. The hot tub was great under a sky filled with stars. The lower level unit is perfect for two couples. The home definitly is an adventure to get to but well worth it!! The owners are lovely and very helpful.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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One of our best VRBO experiences

  • 5 of 5

When we travel as a family of five, we almost always stay at a VRBO property. We've seen our fair share of vacation properties, and this one is at the top of the list.

The location is amazing. "Breathtaking" is not an exaggeration when describing the view from right out the front door. The location is also secluded and quiet, surrounded by woods and wildlife, not other cabins and people. The west entrance to Yellowstone National Park is only a 20 minute drive away. The dirt road up the mountainside to the cabin is an adventure, but that is part of the fun and charm of this property.

Inside the cabin the cleanliness and beautiful decor were on par with any four star hotel we've ever stayed at. All four queen size mattresses were, hands down, the most comfortable beds we've ever slept in on a vacation. The kitchen was well equipped, and each bedroom had a TV with DishNetwork and a nice collection of family friendly movies on VHS.

With their friendly and accommodating demeanor, the owners made staying at their cabin more like a bed and breakfast experience than a vacation rental. They had no problem with our late arrival time, and had some really nice touches in the cabin waiting for us like a container of fresh water from a local spring and some canisters of bear spray. When our daughter fell sick with a fever, they even offered an herbal remedy to help her feel better and allowed us to checkout a little later to allow her to rest and recuperate.

It's no wonder this property consistently gets five star reviews. It deserves it. We hope it's available the next time we venture into the Yellowstone area.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful view, fantastic amenities, friendly and helpful owners

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I rented the downstairs of the home. It was very clean and had everything we needed for a fun stay. There were plenty of towels and everything was prepared nicely for our 3-night visit. We stayed here as a launching point for the 2017 eclipse trip and the owners were in the upstairs of the home. They were incredibly friendly and helped us find the best spot to view the eclipse and explore the area. John and Pam are a wonderful couple who furnished nice soaps (neem) and high quality t.p. which may seem funny, but does make a difference in a stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing place to stay, we love it !!!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was just great! The location was awesome. From the first day John drove the john deere all the way down to lead us back to the mountain house, we feel the warmest welcome from John and Pam. Everyday they don't bother on when we leave in the morning or when we come home in the night, but they will not sleep until all guests are home safely in the evening no matter how late it is. When we are out, they clean the rooms, take out trash, even do laundry for us. The rooms are warm and cozy and comfortable with all amenities like kitchen, cookware, hot showers, and hot tub- kids love the hot tub. The view to see the Henry's lake is amazing. We love it!!! Five Stars!!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paris France

Pleine nature et convivialite a Yellowstone

  • 5 of 5

A 10 miles de l entree ouest du parc de Yellowstone (ce qui est tres peu compte tenu des grandes distances que l on parcourt de toutes facons dans le parc luî meme), une maison posee a flanc de colline au milieu des arbres avec vue plongeante sur la vallee, le lac et les montagnes derriere. Ce decor de reve se merite, la "dirt road" d acces est impressionnante mais en 4*4 elle passe bien. Arrives la haut, la villa (dont nous avions loue le rez de chausse cad 2 chambres, 2 SdB cuisine et salon) est tres bien equipee, chauffage inclus. 2 tables de jardin, un BBQ et un coin "feu" completent cette description. Comme nous avons eu de la pluie en fin de journee, nous les avons peu utilises malheureusement et nous sommes replies sur la table basse du salon pour le diner. Pam et John sont adorables, ils occupent l etage du dessus et etaient toujours disponibles pour des conseils de randonnees ou d activites. John nous avait conseille une randonnee en dehors du parc tout pres de la maison, et comme nous ne trouvions pas le depart, nous l avons appele. Il a immediatement propose de descendre nous mettre sur le bon chemin, ce qui finalement n a pas ete necessaire puisqu' entre temps, nous avons trouve le depart de la rando. C etait neanmoins tres attentionne de sa part. Nous avons egalement echange nos recettes de cuisine ( peach cobbler contre mousse au chocolat) et nos sites de cuisine favoris avec Pam. Bref, une vraie relation avec des hotes tres ouverts, tres accueillants avec lesquels nous avons eu des conversations tres agreables. Bref ils font tout pour que l on se sente chez soi, et rajoutent un supplement d ame a ce type de voyage ou l on enchaine souvent les logements.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Florence for your lovely impressions of our home on the mountain. Our mission here is to facilitate memories of a lifetime that far exceed the usual vacation home or condo experience. For future guests, I have attached an English translation of this review: FULL NATURE AND CONVIVIALITY At a distance of 10 miles from the west entrance of Yellowtone Park (which is very little in view of the grerat distances that one traverses in all directions in the Park itself) a house placed on a hillside among the trees with a wonderful view of the valley, the lake and the mountains behind. The dreamlike decor is deserving. The dirt road access is impressive but in a high clearance vehicle goes up easily. We arrived at the top, the villa (of which we rented the ground floor with two bedrooms, 2 baths, kitchen and living room) is well equipped, and includes two garden tables, a BBQ and a corner fire pit. Because it rained a couple of afternoons, we were unable to use them but we were well accommodated on the coffee table in the living room. Pam and John are adorable. They occupy the upper level and were always available for tips on hikes and activities. John had advised us on a hike outside the park close to the house and because we could not find the trail head, we called him and he immediately offered to personally show us the start of the trail.. In the meantime, we located the beginning of the hike. We appreciated that he was ready to help us. We also exchanged cooking recipes (peach cobbler for chocolate mousse) and our favorite cooking sites with Pam. In short, we forged a close relationship with the hosts. and enjoyed some very pleasant conversations. They did everything possible to make us feel at home. They added a measure of "soul" to this type of trip that often is missing in sterile vacation rentals.
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Bozeman Montana
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Connie's Saloon
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Island Park Village
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
US Highway 20
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Connie's Restaurant
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
West Yellowstone
Nearest Point of Interest
Twelve miles from Yellowstone National Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Five minutes from Henry's Lake
Nearest Point of Interest
10 minutes from golf
Nearest Point of Interest
Five minutes from Targhee Trail
Car: recommended

A real mountain retreat. An unsurpassed experience nestled among and between the mountain tops.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Additional Guest Fee $0 - 25 per person per night
Pet Fee $50

Double living space to 3400 sf by adding upstairs home for $200/nt. Add $100 additional for cleaning. Photos 16-24 show upstairs home

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.