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Secluded and Spacious Home - Close to The South Fork of the Snake River

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms/2 bath with large kitchen, Mountain Views

Relax on the over-size deck and drink in the natural and scenic mountain beauty of East Idaho! The stunning views from every angle will give you incredible views of Mountain Solitude! The peace and seclusion of the setting fulfill a dream for many visitors - to escape to a more peaceful, natural setting. Aspen Hills Retreat sits next to groves of Aspen and Pine trees, on a hill overlooking pastures and fields. Wildlife often come out of the woods to roam the area including, moose, elk and deer.

The tranquility and beauty of this property make Aspen Hills Retreat the perfect place for your getaway, whether it be a family vacation, reunion, friends or business group, fly fishing buddies, wedding, romantic honeymoon or anniversary...anyone who would like to experience the peace of this secluded property. No neighbors for a country mile!

The kitchen has a skylight in the ceiling, gas stove and burners, microwave, refrigerator, more than ample cupboard space, and central island. 2 bathrooms, each with a shower and tub. Washer/Dryer for use.

Aspen Hills Retreat offers 4 bedrooms, beds for 8 with 3 queen beds and 1 set of bunk beds. We also provide one queen and 4 twin air mattresses, plus room for sleeping bags on the floor.

The 1500 sq/ft deck is the perfect place to relax and enjoy nature. The sounds and scenery of the mountains, and breathing the crisp, clean air are gifts for our guests. Thousands of twinkling stars are seen in the skies at night. Hopefully you'll get to experience one of our summer rainstorms and a beautiful rainbow which comes only after the rain.

The large lawn offers plenty of room for camping in tents, campers and RV's (no hookups). The large Quonset hut behind the Retreat has a cement floor, lights and electricity for night meals/meetings, tables and chairs...a perfect place to feed a group, in the shade and out of inclement weather.

This secluded property can accommodate large groups for reunions, weddings and other large gatherings.

Large group rates are available on our website.

A short hike up behind the retreat will give you a dramatic view of the landscape where the famed Snake River winds through Swan Valley.

This comfortable property is strategically situated in a triangle for a Home-Base. Only an hour drive East to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, then north to 2 the Grand Teton National Park. Or you can go West, then North through Island Park which borders Yellowstone National Park with the West Entrance at West Yellowstone. Close to wonderful fishing in Swan Valley.

A scenic trail for hiking is Cress Creek Nature Trail, about 15 minutes from the Retreat. It's in an area which has a favorite swimming area - Heise Hot Springs is built by a natural hot springs, and has 3 different pools, each with different temperatures, and a 350 ft slide in the cool pool. A new adventure is to traverse the mountain by Heise on 10 zip available for the very adventurous who like to get a birds-eye view of the area!

A golf course, plus a fun miniature golf course is at 7N ranch, bordering Heise Hot Springs.

Trailriding, catering to all skill levels, is another activity just a mile further down the road from the Retreat, at Granite Creek Ranch. Most of the trails are on the mountains, so the scenery is awesome! For those who would like to see the views, but not ride a horse, a new addition is a 6 person UTV tour, driving on ranch/jeep trails. Both the trailrides and UTV rides have to be scheduled, and are guided.

A Fisherman's Dream...Blue ribbon Cutthroat trout Fly Fishing on the Snake River is just 3 miles to the Conant Boat Dock and in various areas through Swan Valley. Fishing, boating and water skiing can be found at either Palisades or Ririe Reservoirs, both about 20 minutes away. Boats and trailers can be parked at Aspen Hills...plenty of space.

Trails for 4-wheelers or snowmachines are within minutes of Aspen Hills Property, on public ground. Personal boats and trailers with machines can also be parked at Aspen Hills.

Yellowstone Park can be accessed by driving north on Hwy 20 through Island Park with its beautiful sites, and into the west entrance, West Yellowstone (2 hours to the north). West Yellowstone is full of tourist treasures. Or by driving through Jackson Hole, Wyoming, then into the Grand Teton National Park and the south entrance into Yellowstone Park, on Hwy 187, north of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Jackson Hole is a beautiful 1 hour drive to the east from the Retreat. A new super side trip - the Yellowstone-Grand Teton Loop of 262 miles, crosses into all three states that border Yellowstone Park...a fantastic scenic drive!

A large Quonset Hut sits by Aspen Hills Retreat. It has power and lights, tables and chairs. Perfect for family reunions and larger groups. We've even hosted weddings by the treeline, and wedding dinners in the Quonset...perfect for outdoors enthusiasts and those who enjoy the peace, quiet, and beauty of nature.

More Details

Peter Zitlau
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
February 10, 2018

About Peter Zitlau

Carl and Nessie Zitlau are long-time farmers/ranchers of this property. Carl's grandfather homesteaded on the Granite Creek Ranch, a few miles down the road. Over time, more acreage has been added, and the Aspen Hills Retreat is now a part of the ranch. We have 7 grown children and 7 grandchildren, all of whom love coming to the area to work and play. A few of our children even own their own cattle and run them with ours on the forest for summer pasture.

Peter Zitlau purchased this house in 1998

Why Peter Zitlau chose Ririe

The land adjacent to Granite Creek Ranch became available some years ago and now our cattle herd grazes the fields. We saw an opportunity to share the beauty of this exceptional 'corner of the world' with others, so are opening up the Aspen Hills Retreat to families and other groups for their vacations, retreats and reunions.

What makes this house unique

A great HomeBase for so many activities, no matter which direction you travel!

Peace and quiet, clean, fresh air to breathe, and beautiful mountain scenery at Aspen Hills Retreat - no one else for a country mile.

2 hours south of the west entrance into Yellowstone National Park,

1 hour west of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

South Fork of the Snake River, world-class fly fishing...Conant Valley Boat Dock only 3 miles from the Retreat.

4-Wheeling and Snowmobile trails within 5 miles.

Idaho Falls, Idaho is only a 50 minute drive (Pop. 50,000) with The Museum of Idaho, the Idaho Falls Temple and Visitors Center, a Greenbelt around the Snake River for walks, Hogle Zoo and plenty of shopping.

Heise Hot Springs Resort with 3 pools and a 350 ft slide in the cool pool... offers a natural hot pool choice for everyone in the family. A new Zip Line has been installed on their mountain. A 25 minute drive.

Yellowstone Bear World - a drive-thru bear and wildlife park is a 35 minute drive.

Palisades Reservoir and Ririe Reservoir are 30 minute drives for boating and fishing.

The famed South Fork of the Snake River with world-class fly fishing is just a short 3 mile drive, plenty of parking for your boats at the Retreat.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had an awesome time and loved the stay! The atmosphere is so relaxing and serene....I love this place! Thank you!
Jul 2013
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Ririe House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Small, close to two bedrooms.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Window, ceiling light, large mirrow, close to 2 bedrooms.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Room for baby bed, private bath, walk-in closet, dresser.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Large closet, window onto deck/view, shared bathroom.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Large walk-in closet, shared bathroom, window with view.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 bunk bed , Shared bathroom, window with view, large dresser.
    Other (See Description) - 1 queen , 4 twin/ single , Air mattresses available - room on large living area floor.
  • 3 Queen size Beds in 3 rooms, 1 set bunkbeds in 4th room, 1 Queen air mattress, 4 Twin air mattresses
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
See website: for additional tourist activities in the area. Facility can be used for reunions, weddings, groups wanting an outdoor adventure with beautiful scenery, clean air, starry skies at night, wildlife and nature in abundance.


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Secluded and Spacious Home - Close to The South Fork of the Snake River
average rating of 4.714286 based on 29 reviews

The Valley the home was in was beautiful and quiet.

  • 5 of 5

The house had plenty of space for our large group. Peter met us at check in and explained how to get around the valley. He was kind and inviting. We loved having access to the pond on the hot days. Our trip was primarily about enjoying the eclipse, and he gave us some pointers about how the trails ran through the property and the possible best locations to see the event.

When we weren't watching amazing shows put on by the universe, the kids played on the play structure in the back, or played ping pong in the garage. We adults enjoyed sitting in the shade.

We were close enough for a day trip to Yellowstone, and to the Tetons. If we come again we plan to spend more time on the Snake and hiking in the palisades.

Thanks Peter, we loved our trip!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Panoramic peaceful getaway

  • 4 of 5

The location was why we booked this property. Close to fun rock climbing, swimming, water skiing and hiking options. But, wow, the panoramic views, privacy, and peacefulness is what will bring us back. That and the safety for the grandchildren. This was the perfect set up for our crew to relax and enjoy each other. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great home for winter fishing

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at the house during the month of February. It was a great relaxing home that met all of our needs. It is far off the road so there is complete privacy and the evening stars are awesome. Thanks for the great rental and we look forward to another week during the 2017 winter.


  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Great view good place to see wildlife. We saw a moose twice pretty close to the house. Near good fishing areas and not to far away from idaho falls.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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best deck ever.

  • 5 of 5

If you don't mind a remote location, this is the house for you! We loved it! a beautiful deck with comfy outdoor furniture overlooking a peaceful, quiet ranch. Tons of toys, including a playset for children. Comfortable home with a well equipped kitchen. A long ways from everything but the quiet setting was worth the drive out for bread and milk.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tranquil Beauty

  • 5 of 5

This was our family's first stay in Idaho and we certainly hope it is not our last. The house was large, well equipped, and had everything we could have asked for in a vacation home. The owners are accommodating and friendly and Lori, our trail guide at the ranch, was equally as welcoming, knowledgeable, and friendly with adults and children alike. But perhaps the best part is the serene setting of the house itself. The beauty of the surrounding land is breathtaking and inspiring. The solitude and peaceful setting makes one long for simpler times and less congestive places. I would be remiss if I did not mention the deck off the house and the nights here, for in the gathering darkness there appears on a clear night a nighttime sky that rivals any I have ever seen. Words do not do it justice; it is simply something that must be seen to fully appreciate. My lone that I did not have more time to stay!

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Heise Golf
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 26
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Angus Restuarant
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Kelly Canyon
Nearest Point of Interest
South Fork of the Snake River
Nearest Point of Interest
Heise Hot Springs
Nearest Point of Interest
Ririe Reservoir
Nearest Point of Interest
Palisades Reservoir
Nearest Point of Interest
Yellowstone Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Jackson Hole
Nearest Point of Interest
Idaho Falls
Car: necessary

Aspen Hills Retreat is in the path of totality to see and enjoy a total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017! This eclipse touches only mainland United Sates amazingly rare event. You can get more information on

Island Park with Big Springs and Johnny Sack Cabin, Upper and Lower Mesa Falls near Yellowstone Park, Old Faithful and the many sites in Yellowstone, Jackson Hole & Grand Teton National Park, 4-wheeling trails/snowmobile trails up Falls Creek and other areas close by.

Float/Fishing trips down the Snake River...Swan Valley is the famous for Blue Ribbon Cutthroat Trout Fishing, Conant Valley boat dock is within 3 miles.

Cress Creek Nature Trail, Palisades Reservoir and Ririe Reservoir for boating and fishing.

Swimming at Heise Hot Springs which is heated from natural hot springs. Also has a cool pool with 350 ft. water slide and new Zip Line.

Idaho Falls has shopping centers, LDS Temple Visitors Center with Greenbelt around Snake River, Museum of Idaho, Tautphus Park & Zoo.

Rexburg has a water Park and BYU-Idaho College Campus.

Craters of the Moon National Park.

We have added the Aspen Hills Retreat Campground just down the road, for family reunions, weddings, large groups...on a private forest meadow with camping areas for 50 to 150+ campers. Wonderful natural setting to make memories with your family!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $99
Damage Deposit $250

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.