Jardine Retreat

June, 2022 Update - We are open for business!
Now partnering with neighboring businesses for package deals that include: Massage Therapy, Horseback Riding & EBike Rentals!
Visit the BOOKING page to reserve.
Breaking news: Starting soon, the North Entrance will be open to CUA holders. This means, if you book a tour with one of our local tour guides, you can stay in Gardiner or Jardine AND access Yellowstone. Here at Jardine Retreat, we will help all of our guests find a guide for your Yellowstone vacation.

The flooding of the Yellowstone River watershed has been devastating to the town of Gardiner. But with the rapid response of local agencies and volunteers the immediate clean-up has quickly mitigated immediate threats and has rapidly returned basic services like power, clean water, food and mail to our residents and businesses. But the biggest threat to Gardiner is the loss of revenue from cancelled bookings by visitors. The livelihoods of the locals here critically depend on guests like yourself who come to explore and enjoy this beautiful place we call home. Assistance monies and fundraisers will only help a little in the short-term, and they are not a sustainable solution that will keep Gardiner & Jardine businesses from having to permanently close their doors.


The number one thing you can do to help our community survive this catastrophe is to not cancel your trip and still come to this amazing place.

Gardiner is open and ready for you! The North Entrance to the Park may be temporarily closed while the road into the Park is rebuilt, but the Gardiner Basin has almost everything that Yellowstone Park has, and in some ways has even more! Gardiner has delicious dining, exhilarating white water rafting, rustic horseback rides, amazing mountain scenery, bountiful wildlife viewing, endless hiking and backpacking in alpine high country, relaxing spas and soothing hot springs to soak in at the end of your day enjoying one of Montana local’s favorite getaways. Best of all, now that Gardiner has become an end-of-the-road vacation destination you can enjoy all of these amazing recreation opportunities without the crowds and entrance fees! So please, come to Gardiner. Not only is this the best way you can help our community recover from this disaster, but you are going to have a blast doing it! 

A message from your host, Zondra Skertich.

"I absolutely love living in Jardine, Montana. We are in such a beautiful location, with so many amazing outdoor activities located right here. There are great things to see in Yellowstone, but I personally have always preferred the area outside of the Park. I have always told my friends & family about all my favorite local places outside of the Park, but kept it a secret from tourists and visitors whom I didn't know. Now that the majority of Yellowstone is inaccessible from Jardine until some flooded roads can be rebuilt, I am ready to share those secret favorite places to more people. If you were considering a trip to Yellowstone, or just want to find a nice Mountain getaway, I want to invite you to come stay at the Jardine Retreat Cottage. This Cottage is my livelihood, and so I am now ready to share the local secrets, so that you will come and help me stay in business. Until the devastating flooding cut us off from the majority of Yellowstone, I was happy to keep my secret places a secret and let my guests visit the area only to see the Park. But things change... I will now tell you about my favorite hiking trails, hot springs and more. Please come enjoy this area with me.


On the day before the big flood, I completed the construction of a new massage studio just down the street from the Cottage. I am now ready to offer package deals for guests. Have a real retreat to Jardine - stay in the Cottage, go for a lovely hike or horseback ride right from your front door, and then finish the day with a massage and spa treatment"


Jardine Retreat is owned and operated by Jardine native, Zondra Skertich. Jardine Retreat currently consists of a lovely relaxing vacation rental cottage, but with future visions of growing into a retreat center with even more accommodations and amenities. Zondra has been a massage therapist for 18 years, and currently has massage therapy locations in both Gardiner and Jardine. Cottage guests get priority massage appointment bookings at the Jardine location. Chair massage in the cottage is available, as well as table massages at the Jardine massage location located about 100 yards from the Cottage.

For Cottage rental availability and booking, please visit the BOOKING section of this website and make your booking.

For massage therapy availability and booking, please text Zondra at 406-220-2201.

For Cottage rental and massage therapy combo packages, please make your Rental BOOKING and then add on optional extras, which include Massage Therapy, Horseback Riding & EBike Rentals.

Jardine Retreat Cottage vacation Rental

Located in the heart of the Jardine, Montana, the Jardine Retreat Cottage was built in 2019. Escape from the crowds of Yellowstone and get away from the stresses of every day life and technology. This two bedroom cottage has a kitchen, a cozy fireplace to relax by, and the sounds of Bear Creek just outside. Enjoy hiking and ski trails right out the front door. Jardine is a quiet, serene community surrounded on three sides by Wilderness, and is just 5 miles away from Yellowstone National Park.

The Jardine Retreat Cottage is a newly constructed getaway with rustic mountain charm. It has two bedrooms with queen beds, one full bathroom, a fully stocked kitchen, dining room, and a living room with comfy couches around a gas fireplace with a TV above in a secret cabinet. The house comfortably accommodates four people, and is perfect for two couples traveling together.

Tucked right up against the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness, Jardine abounds with hiking, fishing, horseback riding (through local outfitters) in the Summer, cross-country skiing, backcountry skiing and snowshoeing in the Winter, and endless year-round wildlife watching and outdoor exploring. There are no services in Jardine (ie: fuel, grocery stores, restaurants, etc) so remember to top up your fuel tank, go out to eat, and grab some groceries and those last couple of essentials at the Gardiner Market before heading up the road to Jardine.  

We do not have WiFi and only Verizon phones work in Jardine, so plan ahead and do your online business in town before retreating to Jardine to unplug from the busy world. There is no TV/cable/satellite service, but for rainy days we do have a TV screen with a DVD/Blu-ray player with a handful of movies available to watch, as well as games, books and puzzles to enjoy by our cozy fireplace.

Cottage Testimonials

Truly a Paradise Retreat for nordic skiers!!! This little paradise, up high in the mountains in the very small community of Jardine, is something very special. I nordic skied both classic and skate styles only minutes from the cottage a short drive up even further into the mountains on a trail maintained by the Forest Service where snow was plentiful. The next day I did a beautiful ski in Yellowstone gliding over wolf tracks as the sun set illuminating Electric Peak. The cottage was spotless upon arrival and the fire place warmed the heart and soul after skiing. Located in a remote spot they've thought of everything and have the essentials available (coffee, a quick dinner, wine) in case you've forgotten something or get there and don't want to return the 5 miles back to Gardiner for supplies. A truly wonderful winter escape for nordic skiers... Mary


It is difficult to overstate how awesome this place is! First off, the setting up in the mountains with close proximity to Yellowstone's north entrance and the views/wildlife up Jardine Road are gorgeous. The cabin is easy to access and the neighbors are all really friendly. The cabin itself is just superb. So comfortable and cozy. Standouts are the tall ceilings, gas fireplace, heated bathroom floor and the very well apportioned kitchen! We cooked each of our nights, getting ingredients from the fabulous little Gardiner Market. Try the ground bison or elk for something different and delicious! Also it's a great place for digital detox - you will not miss having wifi. Can't say enough good things about Zondra's place and she is a great host. We will most certainly be back! – Frank

A gem of a cabin. My husband and I spent several nights in the Jardine Retreat Cottage in late January. What a gem of a cabin in a pristine gorge north of Yellowstone National Park. Its proximity to northern Yellowstone makes Jardine a beautiful vantage point for wildlife viewing, skiing and sightseeing. The cabin is clean, well laid-out and cozy! I cuddled up on the couch by the fireplace with a book after spending the day in Lamar Valley observing wolves, bison and elk. What a relaxing space to reflect on the day. The heated floor in the bathroom makes me wonder why I don’t have that at home. Truly inspirational is the art work in the cabin by Mimi Matsuda. She portrays wildlife in a lovable, humorous way. Zondra and James made very helpful and accurate recommendations regarding ski trails and wildlife watching. They are attentive hosts and I could not be happier with the cabin. - Gunda


This space is seriously an oasis. There’s no better way to be so close to nature and still have the comfort of a cozy rental. It was very easy to find the spot and traverse the road up. Incredibly clean, and well curated. One of those rare Airbnbs that makes you fantasize about quitting your job and asking the owner if they’d sell the property. Would absolutely stay here again. – Darrick


Our stay at the Jardine Retreat Cottage was outstanding. Zondra and James are wonderful hosts. This was one of the best equipped kitchens we’ve experienced! It had everything we needed. The house is new and spotless. They even provide a spotting scope for animal viewing! This house was great for our family’s visit to Yellowstone. – Jeff

406-220-2201 (Texting preferred)