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After your day of adventure take refuge in your Home Away from Home at the River Retreat Lodge. This historic cabin was expanded and crafted into an enduring Western Log Lodge enhanced by the outstanding natural setting of a Garden Terrace and the fragrant pines surrounding it. Take a deep breath, relax, and escape to your Shangri-La in the mountains.


explore our SIX luxurious suites

Grand Targhee Suite

Grand Targhee Suite

This room features a cozy double full bed and comfortable seating. Antiques, vintage fabrics, and calm tan walls create a peaceful haven.
Palisades Suite

Palisades Suite

This room features a comfortable queen-sized bed and comfortable seating. Antiques, vintage fabrics, and calm tan walls create a peaceful haven.
Snake River Suite

Snake River Suite

This room features a spacious king-sized bed and comfortable seating. Antiques, vintage fabrics, and calm tan walls create a peaceful haven.

About Us

See what our lodge has to offer

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Our Lodging

Take Refuge in our Comfy-Cozy Lodge after your full day of adventure. Our garden and the surrounding fragrant pines of the mountains invite you to take a deep breath, relax and escape to Shangri-La. 

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Gourmet Boutique Restaurant

We offer in-house gourmet breakfast with our lodging and also dinner choices by reservation for our guests most nights. Any diet requests are welcome and our chef excels with outstanding meals for your exceptional tastes.  
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We have a multitude of activities in and around Swan Valley. Beautiful hiking trails, Palisades Reservoir with exceptional lake activites, and of course our mainstay of fly-fishing on the Southfork of the Snake River. Book your trip today!

Things to Do in Swan Valley, ID

go on a day trip to explore all that idaho has to offer

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Hiking in Swan Valley

Some of the hikes you should try while staying with us include:
  • Upper Palisades Lake Trail
  • Big Elk Creek Trail
  • Little Elk Creek Trail
  • Indian Creek Loop
  • South Fork Snake River Paddle
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Palisades Reservoir

Enjoy lovely scenic views of Idaho from the inside of a boat. Cruise across the reservoir and try water skiing, wakeboarding, knee boarding and tubing. You can also rent a kayak or paddleboard to travel across the reservoir. Some of the fish you can catch here include brown trout, mackinaw and cutthroat trout.
Trail Rides Swan Valley, Idaho

Swan Valley Outfitters

Hop on a horse and enjoy the lovely weather of Irwin, ID. Swan Valley Outfitters offers horseback riding for a cost-efficient price. The ride itself is three hours long, matching your level of experience. You'll be able to see interesting wildlife like deer, moose, bears and birds.

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Idaho Falls Zoo

Come to the Idaho Falls Zoo to see wonderful animals like:
  • Lions
  • Penguins
  • Snow leopards
  • Red pandas
  • Primates


East Idaho Aquarium

Looking to see unique animals? Head to the East Idaho Aquarium to look at:
  • Stingrays
  • Lizards
  • Parakeets
  • Doctor fish
  • Iguanas
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Museum of Idaho

Museum of Idaho has awesome exhibits to teach you and your family about history and the culture of Idaho. Visit exhibits like Way Out West, Discovery Room and more. The museum also has various events, like Museum After Dark.

Underwater Fish
Autumn on the South Fork
Great Room
Boat on River

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