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The Yellowstone River
The Yellowstone River is a blue ribbon trout stream, with amazing fly fishing and the longest free flowing river in the lower 48. Whitewater rafting in the Gardiner Town stretch is one of our favorite local activities. There are multiple whitewater rafting companies in Gardiner to take you down the river.
There are great options for skiing in this area. The closest is right out the front door, where you can ski up the road one quarter of a mile to a backcountry ski trail which connects to the whole network of Bear Creek Ski Trails. Or, you can drive about 5 minutes up the road to the main parking lot for the Bear Creek Ski Trails. There's about eight miles of groomed ski trails great or classic or skate skiing. There are multiple options for touring and back country skiing from the Bear Creek Ski Trails in Jardine.
Montana's newest hot springs, opened in 2019. Relaxing outdoor pools that are alcohol and tobacco free.
20 Minute drive from Jardine
A natural hot springs in Yellowstone National park, where boiling hot water flows into freezing cold water. After a half mile walk to access the springs, make sure to wear good water shoes as you walk through hot and cold running water to find the right place to soak.
Your host at Jardine Retreat, Zondra Skertich is also a massage therapist. She currently does not have a massage location in Jardine, but has a cozy massage studio just down the hill in Gardiner, about a 15-20 minute drive away. Jardine Retreat guests receive a $5 discount on their massages. Construction is underway for a new massage studio in Jardine, hopefully open by summer of 2021.
Zondra has been a massage therapist for fifteen years with experience working with many different people and body types. Her training is diversified with many modalities ranging from Swedish, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Myofascial Release, Reiki, Reflexology, Hot Stone Therapy, and more. Each massage is a custom treatment blending techniques from multiple modalities to personalize every massage to what each client needs and wants at the time. The relaxing tranquil environment in her Gardiner studio is a perfect place if you just want to relax and unwind, or if you need specific deep tissue and therapeutic work.
Zondra's massage studio is open year round, and conveniently located right on Highway 89 in downtown Gardiner. Hours vary from day to day and massages are available by appointment only. Same day appointments are often available, so please don't hesitate to check with Zondra to see what times are currently being offered. Text messages work the best, but phone calls, Facebook messages, and emails also work. Telepathic messages and smoke signals don't work quite as well, so please plan ahead and remember that phone service and wifi is very limited in Yellowstone.
Originally from Jardine and after many years of world travel and living all over the place, Zondra and her husband chose to settle down in this beautiful part of the world. She enjoys a lifestyle of hiking, skiing, boating and truly enjoying the outdoors. She understands what it's like to be sore and tired from traveling and embarking on adventures and is therefore sympathetic to and enjoys working on people who are sore from hiking, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, boating, or even sitting in the car all day. Did you forget to wear enough sunscreen and are now sunburnt, but still need a massage? No problem! Get a lavender/aloe sunburn treatment along with your massage. Please check out her menu for descriptions of the sunburn treatment, hot stone therapy and more.