From rustic to elegant, Yellowstone National Park offers visitors a variety of in-park lodging options. In addition to reduced driving time and more convenient access to ranger-led park programs, visitors who stay inside the park are rewarded with breathtaking sunsets and bountiful wildlife viewing opportunities. Although some of the park’s lodges have added television to their lounge offerings, most maintain an old-fashioned appeal with few modern technologies. For those who require air conditioning, telephones, modems, TV, and gaming systems, make reservations at a hotel in one of the gateway towns neighboring Yellowstone. However, those who can do without such posh amenities are granted a one-of-a-kind Yellowstone experience.
Under the operation of Xanterra Parks and Resorts, Yellowstone’s lodging options are generally open for the primary tourist season from late spring through late October. During the winter season of mid-December through mid-March, Mammoth Hot Springs and the Old Faithful Snow Lodge are the only facilities that remain open to accommodate snowmobilers and other winter enthusiasts. Please note that all accommodations are non-smoking, and wheelchair accessible units are limited due to the historic nature of most Yellowstone lodging. Accommodations book quickly, and those interested in staying at the park are encouraged to make reservations at least six months to one year in advance. Call Xanterra Parks and Resorts at (307) 344-7311 or log onto the web at www.travelyellowstone.com for additional information.
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins
Situated just five miles from Yellowstone’s North Entrance, the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins offers 224 units ranging from standard rooms and suites to private cabins. Due to the hotel’s close proximity to the park’s entrance, rooms are often available even during the busiest season. Guests are treated to quaint dormer windows, well-maintained wood floors, an inviting lounge and Map Room accented with huge windows, and comfortable room accommodations. Suites are a bit more luxurious with private sitting rooms and sleeping areas. The cottage-style cabins, which occasionally feature decks and private hot tubs, are arranged near the hotel’s standard rooms amid a large grassy area home to grazing elk. A formal dining room and fast-food restaurant are also available onsite, and medical facilities, a grocery store, gas station, and horse stables are located nearby. Please note that many of the standard rooms and cabins share a bathroom with private showers.
Open year-round, the hotel’s standard room rates range from $50 to $85 depending on the season with suites priced around $245. The cabins, which generally sleep up to four, range from approximately $55 to $90 nightly. All major credit cards are accepted.
Canyon Lodge and Cabins
Combining old and new, the Canyon Lodge and Cabins are situated just one-half mile from the renowned Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and offer Yellowstone’s most centrally located lodging option. Western-inspired lodge rooms are available in the three-story Cascade Lodge completed in 1992 and the four-story Dunraven Lodge that opened in 1998. All rooms feature private baths, and a full-service restaurant, deli shop, gift store, reception desk, and horseback rides are available onsite. Handicap-accessible rooms are available on the first floor of each lodge. Capturing the 1950s and 1960s era, Western Cabins, Frontier Cabins, Pioneer Cabins, and Economy Cabins offer simple motel accommodations with private baths.
The Canyon Lodge and Cabins are generally open from early June through mid-September with 609 available units. Prices for lodge rooms slightly exceed $100, while cabin prices range from approximately $50 to $100. All major credit cards are accepted.
Roosevelt Lodge Cabins
Named after Yellowstone enthusiast Theodore Roosevelt the Roosevelt Lodge Cabins are situated twenty-three miles from the North Entrance and twenty-nine miles from the Northeast Entrance in the beautiful Lamar Valley. Guests are greeted with a quiet, uncrowded atmosphere and family dining reminiscent of the Old West. Rustic cabins combine with the lodge’s front porch rockers to transport guests back to simpler times, and Old West dinner cookouts, horseback rides, and stagecoach trips infuse a cowboy flavor into every stay.
Eighty cabins are available, sixty-two of which are Roughrider Cabins. Each of these sparsely furnished cabins feature a woodburning stove, firewood, and nearby communal showers and bathrooms. Frontier Cabins offer a bit more privacy with their own bathroom and shower facilities. Cabins are generally available from early June through early September with prices ranging from approximately $40 to $80. All major credit cards are accepted.
Lake Lodge Cabins
Priding itself on offering a family-friendly atmosphere, Lake Lodge Cabins are tucked on Lake Yellowstone’s shoreline amid glistening mountain peaks. Boasting a large lobby, Lake Lodge welcomes visitors with two fireplaces, a gift store, lounge, and reasonably priced cafeteria-style dining. 186 cabins await in two different styles. While the Western Cabins provide more modern furnishings in a motel style setting, the smaller Frontier Cabins retain much of their simple 1920s charm. All cabins feature private bathrooms with showers, toilets, and sinks. In addition to lake recreation, the area is lined with self-guided nature trails.
Lake Lodge Cabins are generally open from early June through late September. Prices average $50 to $100. All major credit cards are accepted.
Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Cabins
Constructed on the north side of Lake Yellowstone in 1891 and restored in 1990 to its 1920s grandeur, the Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Cabins are proudly listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Featuring an elegant Victorian atmosphere accented with porticos, ionic columns, and dormer windows, the Lake Yellowstone Hotel offers some of Yellowstone’s most spacious and comfortable rooms. Guests are treated to amazing lake views, a large sunroom, a casual dining room offering an extensive menu, and a lobby that encourages visitors to relax to the strains of a classical pianist or string quartet. With three and four-story wings, the hotel provides a posh Presidential Suite and several premium rooms with a 1920s ambience. Adjacent to the hotel, a two-story annex offers modern furnishings. All rooms include private full baths.
The hotel also offers economically priced Frontier Cabins. Although these cabins were built during the 1920s, they were completely renovated in 2003 and 2004 to include simple, yet comfortable accommodations.
Equipped with 297 total units, the Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Cabins are open from late May through early October. General pricing averages $80 per cabin, $95 to $150 for premium and annex hotel rooms, and approximately $375 nightly for the Presidential Suite. All major credit cards are accepted.
Completed in 1984 and named after President Ulysses S. Grant, Grant Village is situated on Lake Yellowstone’s southwestern shore and provides the most convenient access to neighboring Grand Teton National Park. The village complex offers six two-story chalets featuring comfortably appointed single and double rooms. The most expensive rooms provide stunning views of the lake and are worth the extra cost. Also located onsite are two restaurants, a lounge, gift shop, gas station, convenience store, and guest laundry facilities.
Grant Village’s 300 rooms are available from late May through early October. Prices range from approximately $80 to $95. All major credit cards are accepted.
Old Faithful Lodge Cabins
Featuring a one-story 1920s main lodge showcasing impressively large logs and stone pillars, Old Faithful Lodge Cabins offers stunning views of the famous Old Faithful geyser while providing an economical lodging option. Budget Cabins are sparsely furnished with beds and sinks and require guests to use communal showers and bathrooms. Just slightly more expensive and much more private, Frontier Cabins feature basic motel accommodations along with individual bathrooms. In addition to lodging, the area is home to a large lobby, a massive cafeteria, bakery, several snack shops, a large gift store, and an old gym that intermittently offers movies and dances.
Old Faithful Lodge Cabins provides 122 cabins (40 of which are Budget Cabins) that are generally open from early May through early October. Prices range from just over $30 to approximately $60. All major credit cards are accepted.
Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins
Renowned as one of Yellowstone’s finest full-service hotels, the Old Faithful Snow Lodge was completed in 1999 as a replacement for the old dormitory-style Snow Lodge demolished in 1998. The hotel features exterior log posts, cedar shingled rooflines, and heavy timber construction that accents the interior’s western furnishings and fixtures. Spacious lodge rooms are adorned in tastefully appointed wildlife and Yellowstone Park themes and include private bathrooms. Recognized with Travel and Leisure’s “Inn of the Month” distinction and the Cody Award for Western Design, the Old Faithful Snow Lodge also features the Bear Den Gift Store, a spacious dining room, the convenient Geyser Grill, and an inviting lounge complete with a two-sided fireplace.
At the lower end of the price scale, the onsite Western Cabins and Frontier Cabins are motel-style units comfortably furnished to include private bathrooms.
Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins boasts 134 units with prices starting at just over $100 per cabin and approximately $125 for a lodge room. Lodge rooms and cabins are available year-round with summer reservations available from early May through late October. All major credit cards are accepted.
Old Faithful Inn
A National Historic Landmark featuring a rustic yet grand style, the Old Faithful Inn is located near the famous Old Faithful Geyser and is one of the park’s most requested lodging facilities. Originally completed in 1904 under the design of Robert Reamer, the inn’s seven stories feature a log and wood shingle exterior all contained under an impressively steep roofline. Although the hotel retains the original immense lobby and magnificent fireplace, the East and West Wings were added in the 1920s to accommodate more visitors. Most rooms have recently been remodeled, and an array of lodging options is available in a broad price range.
Suites include a well-appointed sitting room, refrigerator, two queen beds, and a private bathroom. The extra large semi-suites feature a sitting area, two queen beds, and private bathroom. Premium rooms are tastefully appointed with two double beds and a private bath, while high-range rooms were remodeled in 1998 to include modern furnishings and a small private bath. Mid-range rooms are simple but comfortable with a small bathroom. On the lower end of the price range, basic rooms feature a charming atmosphere and small sink with private showers located down the hall in a shared bathroom.
In addition to its lodging, the Old Faithful Inn is renowned for its interpretive tours, full-service restaurant, deli, and large gift shop.
The Old Faithful Inn provides 359 rooms generally from early May through mid-October. Visitors should note, however, that summer reservations are limited during the 2005 and 2006 summer season due to a large-scale renovation project. Room rates range from as low as $52 to more than $325 nightly. All major credit cards are accepted, and advance reservations are a must!