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The River House ~ 10 Minutes to Yellowstone Park

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Sofabed, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)


-The River House is a rustic lodge-style house directly on the Yellowstone River and a 10-minute drive from Yellowstone National Park.

-The house is peaceful and comfortable with 4 bedrooms, 2 living rooms, dining room with fireplace, and 2 bathrooms.

-There is a large front and back yard with ample parking.

-Various amenities. Please read below.


The River House is located just 10.5 miles north of Gardiner, Montana, the only year around entrance to Yellowstone Park. We sit in the upper Yellowstone River Valley just south of Yankee Jim Canyon and north of Corwin Springs, MT. The River House is a fully equipped but rustic home in a country setting with neighbors across grassy pastures just off Hwy 89 South. It is just 10 minutes to the Park entrance but still far enough to be away from Park crowds at night. Livingston, Montana is 42 miles north and Bozeman, Montana, our closest airport is just 90 minutes away.


The River House was originally a log cabin that had a master bedroom suite and other bedroom extensions added later. It is now a rustic and spacious home situated right on the edge of the Yellowstone River. The house offers 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, a fully equipped kitchen, large dining room, family room, living room, 2 large porches, and a laundry (a washer and dryer and indoor space to hang wet clothes). It has a large fenced yard in the back and a large front yard with mature trees and landscaping. The home is comfortable, in a lovely setting with the river flowing outside. The home is away from crowds while convenient to the Park and town.


There is a king size bed in the master bedroom suite and sliding glass doors which open onto the deck overlooking the river. The other 3 bedrooms have queen size beds and there is a pullout sofa bed in the front living room. The master bedroom suite has its own bathroom with a spacious shower and the other bedrooms share a bathroom with a tub/shower.

The kitchen is modern and comfortable for family cooking and easy conversation with folks seated in the open dining room. There is a large refrigerator with icemaker and a new and gas range with double electric ovens. Conveniently located out the kitchen door is a large gas barbeque. The dining room table will seat ten to twelve comfortably. A fireplace in the dining room is ideal for chilly mornings. The front living room is spacious and comfortably seats 10+. In addition, there is a family room with a view of the river and a large-screen TV with a DVD player, Satellite TV, Ipod dock and CD player, as well as books, games. There is wireless Internet for your convenience though service can be occasionally intermittent due to weather patterns and living in the river valley. The family room opens out to the back deck overlooking the Yellowstone River and the private back yard. Huge cottonwood trees shade the back yard in the afternoon. The river’s edge is just steps away from the fenced back yard and there are several good fishing holes within close proximity. Or one can doze on a hammock and listen to the birds and the river.

The large grassy area in front of the house is perfect for yard games, and with a tire swing on a tree and a wooden bench swing on the front porch. There’s plenty of room for running and playing. Plenty of parking space is available.


The house is ten minutes from Yellowstone Park's Northwest entrance with the magnificent Mammoth Hot Springs. For fishermen, the house has fishing in the river below and lies within twelve miles of the Yellowstone and Gardiner river confluence. Several more Yellowstone River public fishing accesses are within a few miles. Extensive National Forest hiking trails are nearby. Yellowstone National Park hiking trails are within a few minutes of driving from house. Also within a short drive from house are river rafting, kayaking, fishing, swimming, picnicking, horseback riding, shopping, spectacular wildlife viewing and all of Yellowstone's breathtaking landscapes with Mammoth Hot Springs a twenty minute drive away and wolves, moose, buffalo, bear, and countless more native and iconic wildlife not far away with the famous Yellowstone Lamar valley an hour drive away.

For the more adventurous there is, of course, nearby access to numerous overnight hikes and pack-trip trailheads to gorgeous sites all over the Yellowstone and Gallatin area.

There are attractive views from the property and a picnic table in the backyard. At the back of house there is a view of the river and a sage covered hill behind. Especially at dusk and dawn, the river can draw wildlife that can be observed from within the house or from the backyard and deck. A pair of eagles fish in the river below and elk, deer, and antelope may sometimes be seen across the river.

The house is ideally located for fun and access to the whole of Yellowstone and Paradise Valley, with all the area has to offer and direct river access. It is comfortable indoors and provides a peaceful and rustic Montana experience away from the tourist crowds.

More Details

Isaac Hubbard
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 21, 2017

About Isaac Hubbard

I am a wildlife photographer and love animals and observing nature. This house is where I would like to live full time. I look right out onto the river and hear it all summer when the windows are open. There are a variety of trees all around the house and the place is rich with bird song and animal life. The house is surrounded by nature and yet it is within ten minutes of town and Yellowstone Park. The views are lovely here and the house is older, cared for, and comfortable. I love to watch wildlife from the family room or the master bedroom. It is beautiful and peaceful.

Isaac Hubbard purchased this house in 2011

Why Isaac Hubbard chose Yellowstone

This house is where I would most like to live full time. I look right out onto the river and hear it all summer when the windows are open. There is a grassy hill of national forest land on the other side and animals come down to the river from both sides. There are a variety of trees all around the house and the place is rich with bird song and animal life. The house is surrounded by nature and yet ten minutes to town and to Yellowstone Park. The views are lovely here and the house is comfortable. You can watch wildlife from the family room or the master bedroom, or really from any room in the house. It is peaceful and convenient to town.

What makes this house unique

- The river right outside the back of the house and below the fenced yard. The sound of the river can be heard all summer long outside the windows.

-Privacy, comfort, great kitchen and an island dividing it from the dining room and fireplace.

- Very comfortable beds and couches and a large screen HD TV and DVD player.

-Family room and deck looking out to river directly below and master bedroom suite also with direct river views.

-Grill out the kitchen door with river below and convenient outdoor sink for cleaning barbecue utensils and fish.

-Lovely tree-filled lawn and a hammock. A large front lawn with space for games, a tree with a tire swing and front porch swing.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Had a very nice stay here this week. The house is very comfortable and the owner's have provided everything you could wish for. Thanks!
May 2013
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Gardiner House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • River ...
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (3), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sofa that opens to a double bed.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
-River front with good fishing access, weather permitting.


4.3/5 -
(4 traveler reviews)

The River House ~ 10 Minutes to Yellowstone Park
average rating of 4.25 based on 9 reviews
Westport Island, Maine

Lovely Stay at the River House

  • 5 of 5

My family and I spent a week at River House and and were very pleased with it. The plentiful places to sit inside and the delightful outside porch overlooking the Yellowstone River, along with the really great kitchen and dining room, and comfortable bedrooms, made it a very good jumping off place for visits to Yellowstone National Park as well as exploration of some of the mountain roads around. The children loved the swings made from old tires, and they enjoyed paddling at the edge of the pond. Gardner, the nearby town, has a good supermarket, a couple of coffee shops and a few fairly good gift shops. All in all we found the house and its setting a relaxing place to be and much enjoyed our time there.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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River House 2011 Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Late Spring 2011

The Riverhouse is the quintessential log home. The moment that we arrived at Riverhouse we felt as though we were home. The house has a very welcoming and relaxing ambiance. Riverhouse is beautifully appointed and very well stocked. Situated on well maintained grounds by the banks of the Yellowstone River, one couldnt ask for a more ideal vacation spot.

The layout of the house is perfect for large groups, there were a number of us in our group and never once did we feel as though we were cramped for space. The kitchen being open to the dining room is a really great feature and where we spent most of our time after our visits to the park. We are avid foodies and I must mention that the kitchen is a dream to cook / entertain in.

Riverhouse is a perfect 10 minute drive to the North entrance to Yellowstone, couldnt be easier!

I am looking forward to our visit back to the Riverhouse next year!


  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Berkeley, CA USA

Relaxing, Beautiful, Great for All Ages

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much! We had a great stay at the River House. With two young children (almost 4 years old) and six adults, we felt completely at home. The house was as described, very clean, plenty of warm bedding. The kids LOVED the tire swing and were happy to spend all day on it, they paddled and played in the pond, watched for the local bunny on the lawn, fed apples and carrots to the neighboring horse and mule, played in the hammock, and raced around the enormous living room/kitchen/den. They also loved the nearby picnic areas in the YNP (Yellowstone National Park) as they both had rivers to play in and lots of wildlife. The kids got to see bears (lots, including cubs!), elk, bison, snakes, etc in YNP. As for the adults, we all loved the serenity of the house, the ample living spaces, the deck by the Yellowstone River, the baby birds in the nest at the kitchen window, the ability to come to together as a group and hang out but equally easily all be in the house with our own sense of quiet and privacy when needed. I went plunging in the pond, which was lovely. The house has beautiful large pictures/photographs of all the local animals of the area. The TV was awesome, huge comfy chairs and sofas everywhere. We had BBQs and a sit-down dinner party with local friends, We got WiFi in some rooms and out on the porch swing (another wonderful hangout at the house), all easy for our needs. The house is removed and yet really close to town and YNP--10 minutes to town, 15 to Park. Our favorite local eatery was the Tumbleweed Bookstore Cafe, kids and adults were all happy there (library/toys in it). Local grocery store had most of what we needed, though we stocked up on organic choices at the fantastic food co-op in Bozeman. Only big disappointment was the the unusual high water had closed the Boiling River hot springs. Next year we will be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lincoln Nebraska

Stay July 24 - July 31

  • 2 of 5

House was comfortable and well stocked.

One of the main reasons we rented this particular house is because it was advertised as having WIFI, the owner has since changed the description. The WIFI did not meet our needs anywhere in the house. I know one is supposed to get away on vacation but this vacation, for my family was taken with the requirement that my daughter attend online classes and I check work email, this was not possible anywhere in the house. We asked the owner fro 50 per day compensation, they would only agree to $100 for entire stay. This was not acceptable for the inconvenience.

We also arrived to a note pasted on dishwasher that it was not working. It was fixed the next day but notification would have been nice - BAD first impression.

Don't take stuff for smores this year - pit must be under water, also no notofication

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Bozeman MT
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.05 Miles
HWY 89
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Car: necessary

Yellowstone Park activities, hiking, geyser watching, wildlife viewing, fishing, birding, hot spring swimming, whitewater rafting, horseback riding!


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Peak Season
May 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
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4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 7.0%

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