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Eagles Nest, Secluded Mountain Retreat near Yellowstone

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights


Gardiner Cabin Rental Photos and Description

Main Cabin 3 Bedrooms w/ 2baths + Bunkhouse w/ 1bath

Eagles Nest is just several hundred yards from the Yellowstone National Park boundary!

This log cabin was built by Malcolm Forbes about 1970 as his get-away. Eagles Nest is on a mountain ridge at an altitude of 7900 feet. Its wrap-around deck and windows provide a million dollar view overlooking a portion of Yellowstone Park, the Absaroka/Beartooth Mountain Range, the upper Yellowstone River, and Dome Mountain.

This cozy cabin offers the best of both worlds—incredible peace and seclusion and comfortable accommodations—for a truly relaxing stay. Enjoy the large fenced yard with its deck, shade trees, picnic table, BBQ grill. You can spend hours sitting on the porch enjoying the view, reading by the fire, watching for wildlife, sketching the amazing scenery, identifying wildflowers and animal tracks, taking a nature hike, or climbing Electric Peak. You may see elk, deer, coyotes, bald eagles moose, wolves, bears and other species that frequent the area. It is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Be sure to bring binoculars!

Our main cabin is the perfect place to relax and really get away from it all. It features comfortable rustic furnishings. The living room boasts large picture windows with incredible views, a substantial stone fireplace, large dining table, and comfortable seating. The kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator, dishwasher, range, all utensils, and condiments needed to create wonderful meals to be enjoyed inside or out.

The cabin has a washer and dryer, linens and towels, laundry powder, soap, shampoo, and conditioner. You should consider bringing warm clothes and ample food supplies recognizing that the nights can be cool at this elevation and the nearest stores being 40 minutes away.

It has easy access to Yellowstone Park, with its world famous geysers, bubbling paint pots, pastel painted canyon walls, which can be enjoyed at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and its famous Artist Point, the Boiling River Hot Springs close to Gardiner, and abundant wildlife including bears, wolves, coyotes, deer, elk, pronghorns, mountain goats, big horn sheep, eagles, etc.

It is a 35 minute scenic drive to the highway from the cabin on dirt and gravel roads with some steep grades (up to 15%), and 10 minutes from the highway to the North Entrance to Yellowstone Park. While the cabin has cell service with providers that serve the local area, much of the access route does not have cell service. If the road is muddy from rain or snow, a 4WD/AWD vehicle is recommended. Low clearance vehicles are not recommended.

Eagles Nest Cabin sleeps up to 10 people and the bunkhouse sleeps 4.

The main cabin (1850 sq. ft) offers the following:

* Spacious kitchen

* Open living-dining great room, internet, satellite TV, VCR

* Fireplace

* Board games and books

* Portable crib / high chair

* Washer and dryer

* Bedroom 1: Master bedroom (1) queen size bed with private bathroom

* Bedroom 2: (2) double beds with connecting bathroom

* Bedroom 3: (2) Bunk bed sets (sleeps 4) with connecting bathroom

For additional sleeping space, we have a separate bunkhouse a short walk from the main cabin (430 sq. ft.):

*Bedroom 1: (2) twin beds with connecting bathroom

*Bedroom 2: (2) twin beds with connecting bathroom

Also available:

*Horse stable and corral (call for pricing)

*Helicopter pad

Keywords: Cabin in the high country on the northern border of Yellowstone National Park; a paradise for nature lovers and hikers!

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Property Manager
Thom Schumacher
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, swedish
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 8, 2016
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Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a great time and saw lots of wildlife. Best hunt camp ever. Hope to come back again. Very nice accommodations!
Sep 2013
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based on 11 traveler reviews

Eagles Nest, Secluded Mountain Retreat near Yellowstone
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Truly unbelievable place to stay and enjoy!!

  • 5 of 5

I will start this review with a disclaimer: In no way my words will do justice to describe just how beautiful the cabin and location are. We did a tour of National Parks from South Dakota, up through Wyoming and then then down through Colorado. Four of us stayed at the cabin for the 4 days we toured Yellowstone and the surrounding area. The directions for check-in and travel to the cabin were perfect. As other have commented the road to the cabin is not a highway, but off the beaten path. However, for those who have traveled in the mountains before, especially hunters/hikers, the road is not bad at all - but I do recommend not taking a basic passenger car up it. the cabin is exactly as described and shown in the photos, and really even better. The setting on the edge of the bluff overlooking the valley was breathtaking each time we saw it during our stay. The interior gorgeous with great furnishings. It has all the modern conveniences, which you might not expect when driving to it! We never saw another person or vehicle during our stay. Our biggest regret is that we did not plan a day or two to do nothing but enjoy the cabin. The main room with the fireplace is stunning. Our last night there was cold, windy and rainy so we took the opportunity to start a crackling fire in the rustic stone fireplace and talk about all we saw over the prior days and how much we hated to leave!

We did make time to hike up the peak behind the cabin and discovered it is actually the boundary to Yellowstone - basically right out the backdoor! We watched a sunrise from the peak and 20-30 elk in the meadows right below us grazing and even a couple of bulls were bugling. We took another hike further into the park on evening and were blessed with more amazing views and photo opportunities.

The services was great - and by that I mean the reservation process was easy, I received all information and was charged when I was told I would be, everything was where is was supposed to be, and I received an email thanking me for my stay and letting me know I was getting my deposit back. I did not have to try and arrange to meet with someone when I arrived or left, so did not have that limitation on our schedules. No one came to the cabin while we were there, but we were made aware that if we needed something to call the contact person. Perfect in my book.

We cannot wait to go back to the property. It has an amazing history and is the best vacation rental ever!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Trip of a lifetime

  • 5 of 5

We just had a family gathering after deciding on Yellowstone and looked a lot before choosing Eagles Nest. The location is off the beaten path but that is exactly what we wanted. We found it was well worth the slow but gorgeous drive up the mountain if you want seclusion, breathtaking views and hiking right out of your cabin. The cabin is well stocked and has a wonderful fireplace and comfy beds. We drove to the park two days and spent those days hiking and viewing the popular tourist sites. The other two days we had great hikes right from the cabin. The official park boundary is not far from the cabin and on one hike we went right into the park! The drive from the highway up to the cabin is slow with switchbacks, but easy to find with the detailed directions we received and the road was in surprisingly good condition. I would recommend this cabin without hesitation!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to detail your experience of the Eagles Nest. Knowing that our guests have had a good time is always gratifying. We hope you will choose to return someday. In the meantime, I wish abundant blessings to you and yours! Thom...Manager
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Roscoe, IL

Excellent Place to Get Away!

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I and six of our children stayed at this cabin for 10 days. Two of our adult sons drove our AWD van and our supplies in a uHaul trailer from our home in IL. They picked up another son in CO on the way. The rest of us flew and were picked up at the airport by our sons with our van. We weren't sure what to expect in terms of supplies at the cabin plus one son wanted to bring his motorcycle, hence the uHaul. Climbing the long road ("think" mostly private, one lane driveway winding up the mountain) up to the cabin with a Uhaul was quite an experience, so happy we arrived before dark!

We were pleasantly surprised to find the cabin wonderfully supplied with everthing one would need. Most the items we brought weren't necessary. They had deck chairs, games, laundry supplies, even books which I enjoyed reading!

The view from the deck is spectacular. I spent most my time sitting out there whether reading or enjoying a meal. At night I could see my son's motorcycle headlight winding it's way up the mountain. Internet connection was best out there as I kept my friends updated with awesome pictures.

The older sons enjoyed hiking up to Electric Peak from the cabin and are already hoping to return next summer to try it again. My younger kids, 17, 15, & 12 either went with them or short hikes on their own (with the cabin's bear spray of course).

We stayed 10 days. Traveling up & down the road was a bit more driving than my husband likes so we would only visit the park every other day & just relax at the cabin the off days. This worked out great because the seclusion and peacefulness is what we enjoyed.

I'm somewhat handicapped but found the accommodations very comfortable. I always worry how comfortable a bed will be but found the full size bed to be very comfortable. I also had my own private bathroom! I let my husband have the Queen bed and he shared a jack & jill bathroom with the younger kids. There were 4 twin beds (2 bunks) in their room and they were very comfortable as well. The 3 older sons shared the little log cabin just a stone's throw from the main cabin. It has 2 bedrooms with 2 twin beds each and a jack & jill bathroom. It is well stocked with bedding & towels. It's quite rustic however so if someone isn't used to roughing it (or spiders) they might want to stay in the main cabin.

The only wildlife we saw near the cabin was a deer and a bear cub running up the hill on one of our drives down.

Loved it and hope we can return one day!

  • Submitted: May 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review! It is always gratifying to know that our guests enjoy their time with us. Perhaps you will return someday to this blessed corner of the planet, and if you do, please stay with us again. You would be most welcome!! Onward and upward, Thom Schumacher, manager.
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Boiling Springs, PA

First Class Lodge For Outfitters

  • 5 of 5

I just returned from our annual trip to Yellowstone Park; I own an outfitter company. Our group of anglers had the pleasure of staying at the Eagle's Nest Lodge right outside of Gardiner, Mt. The lodge was very well kept, the view was spectacular and the wildlife was abundant. After a long day fishing the lodge provided a welcome relaxation that included TV, movies, games and good conversation. The lodge had all the items that we expect from a first class lodge, laundry area, kitchen and outside deck. Also the price was very reasonable. I recommend Eagles Nest Lodge to anyone who is planning on visiting Yellowstone Park

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
During this stay the property was under previous owner or management.
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Grove City MN

Wonderful solitude with a awesome view

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at the cabin while we visited Yellowstone. The road was easily driveable with our KIA sportage - AWD vehicle. For a wilderness road its well maintained but its helpful to drive the road in the daylight - we arrived after dark and did just fine thanks to good directions and a map provided. It takes 30 minutes to drive the 10 miles to the main road. The cabin is well stocked which is good since you are a ways from town. The cabin is clean and well maintained with a new washer and dryer and dishwasher. We hiked up the Electric Peak trail that starts real close to the cabin. Its helpful to have an Electric Peak Quad Map. We didn't make it to the top due to a thunderstorm. The storm was severe enough to knock out power to the cabin. The owners were great to keep us informed about the progress in getting the power restored and had stocked the cabin with flashlights and a lantern which was helpful. We built a nice fire in the large fireplace and warmed up the cabin and had plenty of light until the power was restored.

We saw Elk every day near the cabin. We enjoyed walking the road and hiking the trails around the cabin. Its such a beautiful location. We only used the main cabin but the bunkhouse was a cute log cabin with two bedrooms and a bathroom. There is a lot of room for a family here. We never saw another person the whole week we were at the cabin. Peaceful, beautiful solitude with a view. We would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
During this stay the property was under previous owner or management.
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League City Texas

Cabin on the mountaintop

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved this charming log cabin on the mountaintop! The cabin was clean, well maintained and stocked, comfortable, and oh so private! As coastal people, we were initially a little intimidated by the dirt and gravel road up the mountain,. We quickly became at ease and treasured the nature and wildlife on our daily trips up and down the mountain. Our three generation family emjoyed exploring the wonders of Yellowstone Park, rafting the Yellowstone River, and hking. It was so special having adventures with our parents and young adults and relaxing, hanging out and enjoying the spectacular panoramic views of the Yellowstone River, the valley, and the mountains. Special thanks to Maricruz for going "above and beyond" to insure that this truly was one of the best vacations ever!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
85 Miles
Bozeman, MT
Car: necessary

Yellowstone National Park, horseback riding, rafting, hiking


Rates & Availability

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Peak Season
Jun 15 2017 - Oct 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $200
Security $300
Tax Rate 7.0%

$300 required for a deposit to secure dates
The remaining amount plus Accommodation Tax and Security deposit will be due 30 days prior to your arrival.

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Gardiner Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1850 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bunkhouse Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , jack and jill bathroom
    Bunkhouse Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , jack and jill bedroom
    Main Cabin Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Onsuite Bathroom
    Main Cabin Bedroom 3 - 2 bunk bed , (2) bunk beds - sleeps 4 with connecting bathroom
    Main Cabin Bedroom 2 - 2 double , (2) Full size beds with connecting bathroom
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful, rafting the Yellowstone, horseback riding

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