Common questions you may have about renting a vacation home from Idaho Mountain Escapes
Q: What is the reservation process?
A: You can either book directly online, or call 208-360-7224 to make a reservation. When reserving, a 50% down payment is required unless other arrangements are made. This is applied toward your reservation. This can be in the form of a check, money order, or credit card. We accept Visa, MC, AMEX, and Discover.
The balance of the vacation total is due 60 days prior to arrival. Don't worry....if we haven't received payment we won't cancel your reservation! We will send out a reminder email, and if we haven't heard from you by 45 days prior to check-in we will automatically just charge the remainder of the balance to the card on file, and send out a confirmation for the payment.
Q: When do we receive driving directions and the keys to the property?
A: About a week before arrival we will send you an email with check-in instructions, including the code to the lock box, which contains the key to the cabin. Keep the key in the lock box, and you will never get locked out or lose the key, and members of your party can come and go without worrying about keys. We will also send out a kitchen inventory.
We will have lights and heat on for you in the wintertime when you arrive.
Q: Do we need to meet anyone from Idaho Mountain Escapes to get into the cabin?
A: All you need is the code to the lock box. This way you are not pressured to arrive by a certain time.
Q: What if we find something wrong or not clean at the cabin?
A: Cleanliness is super important to us. We want you to absolutely love your vacation. Please inspect the cabin upon arrival, including the hot tub if your cabin has one. Everything should be in working order and clean for you, so if it's not, we want to know about it right away.
Please do not report problems after your stay....we really do want the chance to make things perfect for you while you are here.
Q: What supplies do you provide for the cabins?
A: Cabins are stocked with toilet paper, paper towels, hand soap, dish soap, dishwasher detergent, garbage bags, and laundry soap for the cabin laundry. We do ask that if you are doing personal laundry you purchase soap. Personal toiletries like shampoo and bar soap are not provided.
Q: Do you have a list of area activities, shopping, etc?
A: Yes -- Our "Area Guide" tab on the home page has several categories you will find useful in planning your vacation. Please check back often as we are constantly updating.
Q: Can we do our grocery shopping in Island Park?
A: Selection at the small grocery stores in Island Park is limited. We advise guests to do their major shopping in Idaho Falls or Rexburg if coming from the south, or Bozeman if coming from the north. Robin's Roost at the Chevron near mile marker 394 has a decent supply of groceries if you forget something or need more.
Q: What airports service the area? Are there car rental companies?
A: .There are 3 regional airports within 2 hours of Island Park: Idaho Falls, Bozeman, and Jackson. There are also daily flights during the summer to and from Salt Lake City to West Yellowstone. When traveling to McCall, Boise Airport (BOI) is the closest, 2.5 hours away, and has daily flights from multiple airlines. Please check the Area Guide tab on the home page under "Airports" for links.
There are car rental agencies at each airport, including West Yellowstone.
Q: What do we need to do when we leave the cabin?
A: Generally speaking, you will need to make sure the cabin is in a straightened up condition...counters free of crumbs, wipe up any major spills, etc., but you do not need to clean per se. Take all trash to the landfill if vacationing in Island Park, as Island Park does not have land service, and check the cabin thoroughly for your personal belongings. Strip all used beds of sheets and pillowcases and put in the laundry room, and wash all towels. The last load of towels can be left in the dryer. Do dishes -- they can be left clean in the dishwasher. Lock all windows and doors and be sure the key is left in the lock box. Turn thermostats down to 50 degrees. Detailed instructions are provided at each cabin.
Q: How do I get a hold of someone if I need assistance?
A: The first person to contact is Debbie, your reservationist. Her number is: 208-360-7224.
She will then dispatch appropriate help. If you cannot reach Debbie, here are some other members of the "team":
Q: How long does it take to get to Yellowstone?
A: Island Park is 20 miles long. At the north end of Island Park, it takes about 15 minutes to get to Yellowstone's west entrance. From Macks Inn it takes about 25 minutes, and from Last Chance it takes 35-40 minutes. If you are staying at a cabin west of Hwy 20, like Old West Ranch, the time is 40-45 minutes.
The west entrance is by far the most central and convenient entrance to the park's most popular features.
Q: How much is the entrance fee to Yellowstone?
A: The entrance fee is $25 for a private, noncommercial vehicle; $20 for each snowmobile or motorcycle; or $12 for each visitor 16 and older entering by foot, bike, ski, etc. This fee provides the visitor with a 7-day entrance permit for both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Remember to keep your admission receipt in order to re-enter the parks. Snowmobile operators must possess a valid motor vehicle operator's license.
Advance reservations are not needed to enter the park. Annual or Lifetime Passes are possible alternatives to the above fees.
Park Annual Pass
The $50 park annual pass provides entrance to pass holder and accompanying passengers in a single private non-commercial vehicle at Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Pass is valid for 12 months from date of purchase. Purchase your pass at one of the park’s entrances.
Interagency Annual Pass
The $80 Interagency Annual Pass provides entrance or access to pass holder and accompanying passengers in a single, private non-commercial vehicle at most federal recreation sites across the country. Pass is valid for 12 months from date of purchase. The pass is not valid for Expanded Amenity fees such as camping or parking at Mt Rushmore. Purchase your pass at one of Yellowstone’s entrance stations or online at http://store.usgs.gov/pass.