Tucked right up against the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness, Jardine abounds with hiking, fishing, horseback riding (through local outfitters) in the Summer, cross-country and 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.
There is no public transportation to Jardine. You will need a car to get here. Closest car rental is in Bozeman, Montana.
While the Jardine Road is a maintained dirt/gravel road with incredible scenic views, it can be dusty with potholes and washboard in the Summer, and muddy, snow packed and icy in the Winter and Fall/Spring. Make sure you have a capable vehicle with all-season tires that is in good working order. While a good front-wheel drive will work in the Summer (June - August), we STRONGLY encourage 4-wheel or all-wheel drive for the Fall, Winter and Spring (Sept - May) as weather and conditions change rapidly and unpredictably.
Enjoy the view and drive carefully, and if you are going slow kindly pull off in one of the many scenic pull-outs (if safe to do so) to allow others to safely pass on by. Plan on 15-30 minutes one-way between Gardiner and Jardine depending on conditions.
Once here, dirt roads beyond lead to trailheads that connect to literally hundreds of miles of hiking trails to explore in the Summer, and groomed and ungroomed cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the Winter. Please respect all posted private property signs.
Be sure to allow PLENTY of extra time if you are traveling through Yellowstone as traffic moves slowly (max speed 45mph) and frequent construction and wildlife delays can easily last from minutes to hours. Seasonal and weather dependent road closures occur frequently year-round so be sure to check daily that your route is open.
All footage from the following video about Yellowstone's Northern Range was filmed within a 50 mile radius of Jardine Retreat