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Riverwatch...Retreat on the Yellowstone River


Property Details

Updated: Sep 9, 2014
House, 5 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 12 Sleeps

The House: 5 Bedroom, 3 Bath, Sleeps 12. Beautifully furnished, Riverwatch is predominantly a glass structure, exemplifying the architectural philosophy of Frank Lloyd Wright. Utilizing its form to take full advantage of its location, bands of glass on both floors provide 360 degree views of the Absaroka and Gallatin mountain ranges. As it captures the constantly changing light, Riverwatch is a continuous inspiration for all who come to the mountains for a retreat.

Location and History:

Located in the heart of the Paradise Valley, Riverwatch is nestled along the shore of the Yellowstone River, the longest undammed river in the lower 48 states. The Yellowstone originates at the Continental Divide in northwestern Wyoming and flows northward through Yellowstone National Park where it both feeds and drains Yellowstone Lake, the deepest high elevation lake in North America. Lured by the mysteries of what is now considered to be one of the largest thermal areas in the Park, the owners of Riverwatch came in 1985 to film, study and explore the bottom of Yellowstone Lake. In 2005, they purchased Riverwatch as a home base to support future research in Yellowstone. The home invites you to celebrate the spirit of exploration with historical photographs of the 1871 Hayden Expedition. 135 years ago, Ferdinand Hayden began his journey into Yellowstone setting out from Bottlers Ranch, a point just across the river from where Riverwatch stands today. Together with his painter, Thomas Moran and his photographer, William H. Jackson, these gifted explorers inspired Congress to establish Yellowstone as our first National Park and in 1871 produced the first bathymetric map of Yellowstone Lake. You will truly appreciate their genius when you contrast their original map with the 21st century 3D bathymetry map a team of scientists produced with the owners of Riverwatch. Both are on display in this wonderful home. Underwater footage, images of the lake bottom and mapping technology also on display stand in stark contrast to Hayden's lead plumb line and small animal-skin boat. Working with university and park scientists, the U.S. Geological Survey, and private not-for-profit institutions, the owners continue to explore Yellowstone Lake. Your stay at Riverwatch continues to support ongoing research in Yellowstone National Park and many other places around the world.


Maximum # of guests 10 -12

Bedrooms 5

Bedroom 1 King

Bedroom 2 Queen

Bedroom 3 (2) Twins (extra long)

Bedroom 4 (1) Full and (1) Twin daybed

Bedroom 5 (2) Bunk beds (sleeps 4)

Bathrooms 3

Bathroom 1 Full with tub

Bathroom 2 Full with shower

Bathroom 3 full with shower

Dining Room Seats 12

House Square Footage 2,200

More Details
  • Sleeps 12
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms

Recent Review

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Guestbook comments from the manager

Wow! What a beautiful fantastic home you have here. All us us enjoyed being here after long days in Yellowstone. Our days were full of fun and adventure; hiking, horseback riding, rafting, looking for Geo Caches, waterfalls, wildlife, etc etc... But in the evenings we equally enjoyed grilling, playing games and enjoying fellowship with loved ones.

Never have we stayed at a home so filled with necessities, as well as filled with numerous books on the are, which proved very helpful as we planned our next days adventure.

We especially enjoyed watching the little resident bunny and the deer in the field. This "Big Sky" State is truly one of God's most beautiful canvases, with changes each day in the landscape and scenery. I personally found it very peaceful and a wonderful time to meditate and write in my journal. This was truly an enlightening experience for all of us.
Jun 2008
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Better than we imagined

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful location. Beautiful house. Wildlife passing through the yard daily. Property manager was amazing to work with. Fishing in the Yellowstone river only a few steps away from your door. Wow.

We do at least one house rental a summer. This was a WONDERFUL place.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Family Reunion Fun

  • 5 of 5

Our family, 7 adults - 5 children, gathered at Riverwatch for a family reunion and the house was exactly what we needed. There was adequate room, the owners do a great job of providing amenities, the lawn gave our grandchildren a big play area, the river (although too high to provide good fishing) was close to the house and the early morning and evening views of the mountain ranges were something else. The inside of the house is tastefully decorated in a style that fits the area. Beds are comfortable. Proximity to Yellowstone Park is just right - far enough away to be out of the crowds heading to the Park yet close enough to be in the Park in less than an hour. The agent with whom we dealt is very pleasant and helpful.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2010
  • Stayed: Jun 2010
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Activity and Interests

Riverwatch is located in the heart of the Paradise Valley with the Absaroka mountain range to the east and the Gallatin mountain range to the west. Livingston is 32 miles to the north, Yellowstone National Park is 20 miles to the south, and 54 miles to the west is Bozeman. Although there are other airports in the area, Bozeman's Gallatin Field is the most convenient arrival/departure point for visiting the Paradise Valley. Reservations for the airline and rental cars should be made well in advance of your planned visit. One of the highlights of any visit to Riverwatch is exploring the wonders of Yellowstone National Park (YNP). In the spring, summer and fall seasons, hiking, camping, horseback riding, photography, wildlife viewing, boating and fishing are all great outdoor activities. In the winter months, Yellowstone is an entirely different world. Access to the Parks interior at the northern entrance is via snow coach, snowmobile or cross-country skiing. Weather permitting, guided daily trips are available to Old Faithful and Canyon Village. Cross country ski equipment is available for rent at the Mammoth Hotel. The road to Cooke City is open to four wheel drive vehicle traffic and offers access to many trails inside the Park. The Yellowstone Institute has many wonderful courses that run year-round and are very modestly priced. These courses are run by experienced naturalists and scientists who are experts in Yellowstone's natural and cultural history. Courses do require advanced reservations. Also, contact YNP and the Livingston Chamber of Commerce to receive updated visitor packages. The Paradise Valley offers National Forest access from many different locations. Hiking, camping, horseback riding, photography, wildlife viewing, boating and fishing are also available here. In addition, because you are not in YNP, there are numerous companies that offer guided rafting services on the Yellowstone River. If you like to fish, the Yellowstone River is 100' from your door at Riverwatch. You can bring your own gear or rent it from one of the many local fishing stores in the area. There are also a number of professional guides that offer fishing trips down the river. Montana fishing permits are available at the Emigrant Store which is located 7 miles north of Riverwatch on highway 89. While visiting Livingston, you might take the time to visit the International Fly Fishing Museum. If you like to soak in hot springs, there are two choices within easy reach of Riverwatch. The "Boiling River" is just inside the parks northern entrance. It is very near the sign that marks the 45th Parallel and parking is available for access. In addition to this area, CHICO Hot Springs Resort is just 7 miles north of Riverwatch. CHICO has 2 spring fed, partially enclosed pools and is a great spot for both adults and children. They are also open for breakfast, lunch and dinner so you can do both while you are there. Dinner reservations are normally required. Livingston and Bozeman are within reasonable driving distance of Riverwatch. Activities such as museums, rodeos, shopping and skiing are all well within your reach. Bridger Bowl and Big Sky are two first class skiing areas that offer both cross country and downhill trails in the winter. The train museum in Livingston and the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman are well worth the trip and enjoyable for all age groups.


Rental rates


  • Weekly Rate: $2850 - $2850

  • Weekly: $2,850/Week. 1 Week (7 nights) Minimum. ($270. /Week Cleaning Fee)

    Extended Stay: Beyond 1 week, $407.00/Day.

    Deposit: 50% at Time of Booking

    Sales Tax (Additional): All Rates Subject To Montana State

    Accommodation and Use Tax of 7%.

    Security Deposit (Additional): Refundable $850.

    Payment: MC, VISA, DISCOVER, Check. (Check must clear prior to
    confirmation of reservation)

    Member of the Livingston Chamber of Commerce
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Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Sports & Activities


  • pets not allowed


  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • Bathroom 3


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5


  • Outdoor Items: Propane grill, picnic table and chairs, fire extinguisher, outdoor garbage cans, grill utensils, propane tanks. CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING: Riverwatch has been newly outfitted with central air conditioning throughout the home. Kitchen: Stove and oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave,(2)slow cooker crock pots coffeemaker, toaster, blender, mixer, ice maker, pancake griddle, cookie sheet, casserole dish, cooking utensils, serving utensils, garbage can, coffee filters, flour, sugar, spices, salt, pepper, paper towels, pots, pans, pot scrubbers, sponges, water glasses, juice glasses, wine glasses, 24 place settings, serving bowls, platters, 24 flatware settings, dish soap, dishwasher soap, paper napkins, plastic cups, trash bags, night lights, fans, flashlight, smoke detector, fire extinguisher, rags, placemats, phone and answering machine. Office: Paper, desk light, printer, pencils, pens, fax, fan, wireless internet, night light. Laundry Room: Washer, dryer, refrigerator, laundry sink, iron, ironing board, laundry detergent, soap dispenser, paper towels, garbage can, garbage bags, vacuum cleaner, vacuum bags, broom, sponges, dust pan, flashlights, night light, light bulbs, batteries, bucket, mop, hangers, fire extinguisher. Bedrooms: Fitted sheets, flat sheets, pillow cases, bed skirts, pillows, comforters, duvets, blankets, alarm clocks, Sat TV (all bedrooms), reading lamps, night light, garbage cans, suitcase stands, hangers, area books, maps, fans, floor lamps, carpets, rugs. Living Area Floor: lamps, rugs, reading lamps, fans, night lights, couches, chairs, propane fireplace, fans, CD player, games, puzzles and cards. Bathrooms: Rugs, bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths, bath mats, soap dispensers, toilet paper, first aid kit, night lights. Dinning Room: Round table/seats 12, table cloth, night lights, fans, carpet, placemats.

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