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Completely Private 40 Acre Lodge on Fall River Targhee National Forrest

Bedrooms 7
Space 9,000 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

8 Bedrooms, 8 Bathrooms, Bunkhouse - 5 Private stalls/10 beds

You will not see another house, guaranteed!

Enjoy our 40 acre secluded ranch which spans the Fall River (120' wide). It is the first privately held property on the river as it comes out of Yellowstone National Park and Targhee National Forest. Privately gated entry and private access to the Fall River. It is contiguous to Targhee National Forest, which provides endless horseback riding, hiking and snowmobiling. You can also snow mobile north on some of the great trails to Island Park.

The main lodge has one master bedroom, a 2nd bedroom with queen bed, one large reading room with fold out queen bed plus 2 full baths. It has a great room, pool table, fully stocked and newly remodeled kitchen, extra large pantry with 2nd refrigerator, washer/dryer, 2 fireplaces, 15' long bar, outdoor hot tub and a wrap around deck over the Fall River. The 2nd Outbuilding/suites also has views of the river. Four private suites each with it's own private full bathroom and minibar (mini refrigerator, microwave, and sink). Suites share a common full main kitchen. Laundry facilities available in both the Lodge as well as the 2nd Building. Bunkhouse is ideal for the teenagers or kids with 5 stall bedrooms each with 2 Twin/Single beds. The Bunkhouse also has a large garage play area with Ping Pong and 2 full bathrooms to serve your guests needs.

Fall River Ranch Resort is located 1 hour from Jackson Hole, 1 hour from Idaho Falls, 45 minutes to Grand Targhee Ski Resort, 15 minutes to Henry's Fork of the Snake River or the Teton River, 20 minutes to Mesa Falls, 35 minutes to Harriman State Park and 1 hour to St Anthony Sand Dunes. It's an easy drive to Yellowstone National Park. If you want to hike, ride a horse, float a river, fly fish on internationally known rivers, hunt or just read a book, where the only thing you can hear is the river or the page you just turned, then you will love the Fall River Ranch for your next event.

Non-smoking facility that can accommodate 30 people including children max. Please inquire about pet needs.

Keywords: River front lodge, suites, fly fishing, hiking, snowmobiling, contiguous to National Forest gated private drive horseback riding.

More Details

Peter and Debbie Backus
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 8, 2018

About Peter and Debbie Backus

Homeowner in Ashton, ID and Tucson, AZ Real Estate Developer.

I have an interest in fly fishing, floating, horses, hunting and hiking. The Fall River Ranch has been fully upgraded with a gorgeous commercial kitchen. The views are spectacular You will love your stay at the Ranch and leave with priceless memories.

Peter and Debbie Backus purchased this lodge in 2011

Why Peter and Debbie Backus chose Ashton

The Fall River Ranch is secluded on the Fall River and in the middle of the best fly fishing in the Country. There is also great horseback riding, hiking and the relaxation of no activity is also superb. There is no limit to the activities you can discover in the area with Yellowstone National Park, Targhee National Forrest, Harriman State Park, and the list go on and on. Choose the Fall River Ranch for your large group reunions, Corporate activities, Weddings, or just your small family vacation.

What makes this lodge unique

The Fall River Ranch is a secluded 40 acre property. You will not see another house in sight. You can leave your electronics behind and enjoy the peaceful sounds of the river while you relax on the wrap around deck reading a good book or visiting with friends and family. Sleeps 40 people including children comfortably with plush beds and clean linens. A private stocked fishing pond guarantees you will make a catch. Floating the river is amazing with many locations to a quick easy float. This is truly an amazing location that will build memories that last a lifetime.


Ashton Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 9000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 30
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • River ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Ducted Heating
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Workshop
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 30 people
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • Lodge - Master Suite - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Lodge - 2 Downstairs - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Walk-in Shower
    Apartment 1 - A & B - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Apartment 2 - C - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Apartment 3 - D - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Apartment 5 - E - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bunkhouse - Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower , Walk-in Shower
    Bunk House - Bath 8 - toilet , shower , Walk-in Shower
  • All 8 bathrooms are equipped with bath towels, hand towels, hair dryers and 2 rolls of toilet paper for each bathroom. Don't for get TP!
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 30
  • Apartment 1 - A & B - 2 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 2 full bedrooms(queen in each) with sitting room(futon)
    Apartment C - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , upstairs in 2nd bldg
    Apartment D - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , upstairs in 2nd bldg
    Apartment E - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , upstairs in suite 2nd bldg
    Bunk House w/10 Single Beds - 5 converted stalls with a total of 10 beds
    Bedroom 1 - Lodge - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Upstairs in Lodge - Master Suite w/sitting room
    Bedroom 2 - Lodge - 1 queen , downstairs in lodge
    Bunk House - 9 twin/ single , A total of 10 single beds in Bunk House
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (5), Twin or Single Beds (10) , Baby Cribs (1) Pack N Play(1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (3) 2 Queen size
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
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Completely Private 40 Acre Lodge on Fall River Targhee National Forrest
average rating of 4.892857 based on 28 reviews

Great place for large group

  • 5 of 5

This is a really nice place for large groups. Cell phone coverage is weak, but wifi worked. It's pretty much off the grid. Deck is fabulous with hot tub overlooking the river and plenty of seating for relaxing and dining.

I would definitely recommend this for those who want to be out in the woods, on a river and away from lights. It's a great spot, well appointed with pool table, bumper pool table, ping pong as well as all kitchen and dining things you would ever need!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you enjoyed your stay! Thank you for the good review Debbie and Peter
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Beautiful setting for a family reunion with 28 people.

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great time the last few days at the lodge. Finding a place to accommodate 28 people of all ages, including many kids aged 2-17, is not easy. This lodge delivered and allowed all the adult couples a private suite and all of the kids a place of their own to hangout together. The kitchen was well stocked and allowed us to prepare a lot of food easily. The scenery is gorgeous and you really are away from it all here. It gave us great access to both Teton and Yellowstone since the lodge is in the middle of those two parks, and was great to see Mesa Falls which is pretty close. We wish we could have stayed longer!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very happy you enjoyed your stay! Hopefully, you will come back and see next year! Debbie & Peter
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The property was everything I had hope for!

  • 5 of 5

It was a perfect place to meet with a large family. We all had our own space and lots of common space. The house is well supplied for all 21 of us and the kids found lots to do! Our only disappointment was that the river was flowing so fast we couldn't float. We were extremely please with our vacation spot! We were right in the middle of Yellowstone and jackson hole. We rented an ATV and went to bearworld and horseback riding! Memories were made in Aston Idaho!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fit us all with lots of space

  • 5 of 5

This property is gorgeous with the gushing river, hills on both sides and forest to give perfect privacy. All 23 of us loved being here and some would have preferred staying here the whole time instead of visiting Yellowstone!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so happy you had a wonderful time! Often the biggest complaint we get is "not spending enough time on the deck" We always suggest Bear World as an option! Regards Debbie and Peter Backus
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Amazing, Magical, wonderful location!

  • 5 of 5

A perfect place for our family reunion. We have been traveling to many locations and this was by far the best! Plenty of room, beautiful facilities, and wonderful owners and managers. The private pond was beautiful and the deck above the river was magical. We loved the bunkhouse. The cousins had their own place to hang out. Each of the suites was so nicely furnished. A hot tub in the woods! AWESOME!! Everything was perfect! Fun things to do, and a beautiful location to relax and enjoy our reunion. Thank you, Peter and Debbie, for sharing this amazing place with us. We will definitely come back!!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay! Please come back and make more memories! Best wishes Debbie & Peter
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Wonderful place to get away from it all!

  • 4 of 5

We had a group come to the Fall River Lodge for a retreat. We had plenty of space for everyone to have their own room. Great facilities for a large group or a family reunion. Kitchen was very nice with just about every dish, pot or pan that you would need. Right on the river and very private as it is way off the beaten path. Only suggestion I would have would be to have better signage of where to turn off onto your private road. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your retreat! I know it would work perfectly. Please come back next year. Regards Debbie & Peter
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Idaho Falls
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Hyw 20/32/47
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Grand Targee
Car: necessary

The Fall River Lodge is located within 10 feet of the Fall River with a private fishing pond 50 yards away. The 40 acre parcel is beautifully wooded with pastures. The river can be waded or floated for your enjoyment. All buildings have views of the stunning river. There are no other homes to be seen from this property. It is contiguous to the Targhee National Forest with easy access to Yellowstone National Park.

We can recommend many fly fishing streams and guides. We are close to the Henrys' Fork of the Snake, Teton River and 1 hour to the South Fork of the Snake. For snowmobiling we have access to great riding trails to Yellowstone National Park or in the summer months Island Park' Horse rentals in Harriman State Park is 45 minutes away. Very close the upper and lower Mesa Falls.

The small community of Ashton Idaho is quaint and charming with a local grocery store and a number of diner's. It's just a short 12 mile drive into town.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $500
Pet Fee $200
Damage Insurance $99


Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.