Teton Tepee on Snake River

Tipi - Entire home/apt · Swan Valley Hwy, Irwin, ID 83428, United States

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Authentic Tepee on the bank of the Snake River, in the Teton foothills, with private sandy beach and campground, firepit, Weber grill, picnic table, electricity and lights, antique pot belly stove for heat, full size futon, raised wood floor covered in furs, outdoor toilet and shower with unlimited hot water, free parking, free boat launch, best trout fishing in United States a few steps away, mountain and river views, amazing birding with nesting Osprey, and sightings of eagle, swan and many more. Elk and deer wander the property. Horseback riding available nearby. One-hour drive to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Teton Park, two hours to Yellowstone, just downriver from 22-mile long Palisades lake and dam. Friendly host. Can also pitch tent next to tepee. Conveniently located right off Highway 26, Yellowstone Highway, in scenic far eastern Idaho.

Please supply your own sleeping bag. We supply two pillows. We may be able to loan a sleeping bag in a pinch. We even supply coffee, cereal, and bagels and cream cheese for a light breakfast.

This is pretty rustic camping. You would be living much like the Shosone of old, but with a few more creature comforts like electricity and the outdoor shower. In a rain, the smoke hole leaks a bit. There is no mosquito netting, but a fire would keep most of the bugs away. Half the floor is crushed granite stone. If you want a bit more protection from the elements you might consider the cabin or wall tent, both with queen bed and luxury linens, or pitch your own tent next to the tepee for more space. Until we can get the septic system finished and a permanent bathroom building built (probably 2014) the toilet facilities are two porta potties, which are serviced regularly.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Futon
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Weekly Price: $500 /week
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Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)

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  • My husband and I stayed in the tepee for two nights on our way through from Yellowstone NP to Utah. While you could still hear the occasional truck noise from the freeway at night, the area is so peaceful with the river and surrounding vegetation that you do really feel away from it all, especially watching the Ospreys across the river while sitting beside a camp fire. The hot water outdoor shower was heaven! The port-a-potty was a little on the smelly side, but Carmen mentioned the guy who was meant to service it didn't show up, so I assume this is not usually a problem. I was also expecting problems with mosquitoes, but this didn't happen either. Overall a fantastic experience and Carmen is a graceful host.

    September 2013
  • This would have been a fabulous place to stay if we had read the description more carefully. The tipi is large and well equipped, but we didn't realise we were supposed to bring sleeping bags as it is a camping place, not a "glamping" site. Carmen kindly provided sleeping bags and pillows, and had coffee and breakfast items at a central location for all the campers. The "facilities" (porto-john and shower) were clean and tidy. If we came again, we would stay in the cabin, or bring our grandchildren, who would be thrilled to camp in an Indian tipi by a rushing river. At Carmen's suggestion, we ate dinner at the Roadhouse on Swan Valley Hwy and were not disappointed.

    September 2013
  • This was a great place to stay. We originally booked the teepee, but we moved to the cabin because, well, because we decided to maximize comfort.
    The grounds are rustic and beautiful. The osprey living on the other side of the river are beautiful and fun to watch. Even the outdoor shower is lovely. The fire pits had everything we needed to make a great dinner outside.
    Carmen knows where the great hiking trails are. We went up Big Elk Creek and Palisades Creek. We could not have had a better couple of nights in Idaho. Highly recommended

    August 2013
  • we had the best time, thanks so much Carmen. Definitely a"glamping" experience. Had some creature comforts like electricity, a comfy futon, firewood for the pit. But it was all about nature—really breath-taking views of the snake river.

    August 2013
  • We really enjoyed our overnight in the Tepee. The area is absolutely beautiful, and Carmen was an excellent host. For a lot of people, the tepee might be too rustic, but after a week or so of camping, it felt like home. (It does get cold at night, so take them up on the offer to sell you a bit of freshly chopped wood.) In the morning, after a refreshing dip in the Snake, the outdoor shower was beautiful and much appreciated.

    Also, since nobody was staying in the other three facilities on the property, we were able to check them out too. Holy crap! The wall tent looks absolutely amazing, and we got to watch the sunset and osprey nest from the viewing deck with beers in hand. Also: they're in the process of building the tree house, which is going to be luxurious, beautiful, and cozy.

    My only regret is that I'm not an angler, otherwise I'd have an excuse to make it back there in a hurry! Even still, if I'm ever passing through, I'll be sure to stay here. This is what airbnb is all about!

    August 2013
  • What a great place to spend a few days (or more) if you're looking for a simple place to kick back and enjoy life. Carmen was charming and a most accommodating host. We started off in the Tepee but moved to the cabin because it had a fridge to keep our beer cold (could there be a better reason?). There were three in our group, so Carmen lent us a very comfortable self inflating air bed with sheets, blanket and pillows. The light breakfast of coffee, juice, bagels (cream cheese & jelly) and cereal, served outdoors, was a great way to start the day. You can have a campfire or grill your own food. Don't let the porta-potties scare you off. They were clean, order-less and well maintained. If you eat out, the Snake River Roadhouse is a must. Arguably the best meal we had on a 10 day trip. As an added bonus, we caught rainbow and cut throat trout at the base of the dam just a couple miles upstream.

    Check-in is pretty much just showing up. I suggest you call Carmen an hour or so before arrival and she'll be looking for you. The entrance is easy to miss. No big signs (or any sign?), just look for the two story green house and turn into the dirt road to the right of the house.

    July 2013
  • We had an excellent experience. The property was beautiful. The teepee was in very good condition and was very comfortable. Carmen was a very gracious host and was generous to let us utilize other amenities on her property that were not booked during our stay. It was so nice to have some modern day conveniences like electricity and the shower was so nice after a long hot day. There are some very noisy neighbors next to the property. It seems it was some sort of organized outdoor night club that didn't quiet down until 2 or 3 in the morning both nights of our stay which took away from the experience a bit but we would definitely stay here again. What a fun and unique experience.

    July 2013
    Carmen
    Response from Carmen:

    The property next door is a private residence. I do apologize. They must have been having a family reunion or something of that nature. Things are normally quiet and peaceful.

  • Very charming Tepee! You really feel a little lost from the world when you are sleeping here. Which is great once in a while! The futon sleeps perfect, due to the friendly host who provided nice bedlinen. Very nice to build your own camp fire on the river side!

    July 2013
  • Our night at the Snake River was very romantic. Carmen was very accommodating, from the home made tortilla and salsa (thank you again for this) to the walk around the grounds. This is a lovely spot for a bit of glamping and though we booked the Tepee we did actually upgrade for a small fee to the tent on the site. It had a lovely view of the river straight from the bed and we couldn't have asked for more.

    July 2013
  • Staying in the teepee was an amazing experience for us. Carmen was very sweet and has a lot of great options on her property if the teepee isn't right for you. But for something neat and different to do, I strongly recommend the teepee. Carmen provided sheets and blankets for the futon as we were traveling without sleeping bags. We did have our own pillows though. She also provided clean towels. The teepee has electricity so there is a light and and a coffee maker. Carmen covered all the details with plastic silverware, plastic plates, coffee, sugar, etc. We were expecting to have to rough it and I really felt like this was pretty luxe camping. The futon mattress was very clean and comfortable. There is a grill at the campsite and you have access to grilling utensils as well. Teepee is right on the snake river and it was beautiful. Carmen also provides a light breakfast in a beautiful "treehouse" on the property. I'm hopeful to get back there with a large group as there are many places to stay on her property on the river. Carmen is a gracious and accommodating host. Simply spectacular experience. P.S. There is a really great restaurant on Swan Valley Highway not far from the teepee. Snake River Roadhouse. HIGHLY RECOMMEND if you want to eat out. Delicious. Carmen gave us names and descriptions for the few restaurants in town and we chose this one and were very, very pleased with our experience.

    July 2013
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Len and Carmen have joined our staff and will be hosting campsites on the river this summer. Hello,my name is Carmen. Originally from Texas, my husband Len and I, along with our son, moved here six years ago. We now consider this beautiful place home. We enjoy meeting new people from other places, as well as camping and cooking outdoors. Sitting by the river next to a campfire is the perfect evening to us.
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