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All the Lodging Options Inside Yellowstone National Park

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Yellowstone National Park is the oldest and, in my opinion, the best national park within the continental United States. The stunning scenery is breathtaking, the wildlife are massive and abundant, and the geological history is simply fascinating. The best way to maximize your time is to book a room within Yellowstone National Park. Keep in mind, in park lodging options are highly desirable during the summer months. In fact, these lodgings are so popular that if you would like to stay next summer, I recommend you make reservations NOW as they are already booking for 2018 and even 2019. Here is an overview of the Yellowstone National Park lodging options:

The Old Faithful Inn

The Old Faithful Inn has been welcoming guests since 1904 and the architecture is like none you have even seen. The 76-foot-tall lobby with hand hewn timbers wrapping around the inside of the building, the massive stone fireplace made from stones found in Yellowstone combine to create a visual ambience. The accommodations range from rustic, with or without a private bath, to newer suites. They also have cabins, some with private bathroom with a shower, while others have only a sink and a toilet. They have single or double beds. The Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins all have private baths and is within the Old Faithful Complex. This Yellowstone lodging option is only steps away from Old Faithful, allowing you to witness the grandeur of the famous geyser, before the mid-morning crowds start to show up.

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Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Cabins

Upon arrival at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Cabins, the massive white columns against the calming yellow exterior, welcomes you to a time of classic, yet casual elegance. This Yellowstone lodging has breathtaking views of Lake Yellowstone and has undergone a full interior renovation. The interior  is reminiscent of a Colonial plantation. All the rooms have an in-room bath. It is a beautiful area and extremely peaceful. Stay at this Yellowstone lodging option for the amazing view and calming atmosphere of Lake Yellowstone.

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Canyon Lodge and Cabins

Canyon Lodge and Cabins offers a mix from western cabins to a variety of lodge rooms. While this Yellowstone lodging option is in a great central base for exploring the park, it doesn’t “feel” like you are staying within a national park. However, it has everything you need in an accommodation. Stay here for this lodge’s convenient location to all the ‘must-see’ sights around Yellowstone.

Roosevelt Lodge Cabins

From the front porch of the Roosevelt Lodge Cabins you can rock yourself to sleep and awaken your western spirit.  The cabins are all rustic with double beds.  Some more rustic than others. Many of the rooms are heated with a charming wood stove, while some have private baths and electric heat. This Yellowstone lodging option is perfect for those who want some R&R and to be in close proximity to horseback riding opportunities.

Grant Village Lodge

Another Yellowstone lodging option is Grant Village, which was named after President Grant, who established Yellowstone as the world’s first national park in 1872. Select this lodge if you are looking for an in park hotel room to rest your weary soul after hours of exploring.

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins offer hotel rooms and cabins with or without private baths. An interesting fact about the Mammoth Hot Springs area is that it was the location for the U.S. Calvary when they helped manage the park. Here you can take a self-guided tour of Fort Yellowstone’s buildings. As seen below, the surrounding area is quite impressive. Stay at this Yellowstone lodging option for interesting history and beautiful views.

Final Thoughts

Rates at the different lodges vary by dates or season and, a fact that may be of interest, is none of the lodges have air-conditioning, internet services, or televisions.  There is also limited cell phone service throughout the park. It is your totally unplugged, back to the awesomeness of nature experience!

To book Yellowstone National Park lodging, visit www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com.

My Favorite Photos from Yellowstone

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Traveling to Yellowstone in the Winter?

Only the Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel are open during the winter months, which can be reached only by snow coach service, allowing you to enjoy the views and not focus on the driving.

 

 

 

 

There are a lot of lodging options within Yellowstone National Park. Be sure to look at all the options to see which in park lodging suites your family's needs the best! #yellowstone #yellowstonenationalpark

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  1. This looks like so much fun! My Husband and I were just saying we wanted to take our daughter to Yellowstone but also want her to be able to remember it (realistically we will probably only be able to go once). That Old faithful inn sounds like it is amazing though!

    1. You absolutely should wait until baby girl is older! Not only for her memories, but you want her old enough to hike around a bit and appreciate the beauty!

  2. I love this! It makes choosing a place to stay so much easier. Youve already done half the work of booking a place. I love the options you presented. All of them look fantastic in my opinion! The kids all really want to go to Yellowstone, so I will have to look into these!

    1. There are a lot of hotel options right on the other side of the gate, which is what we have always done. However, I made a list last visit because I’d love to stay right in the middle of the action.

    1. I agree! We’ve only stayed outside of the park. We made this list of all the in park options so we could be better prepared for our next trip!

  3. These are some great tips! I love that you put where to stay for which reason. I think I’d like the Old Faithful Inn, as I’ve never seen that, but Lake Yellowstone sounds very peaceful, too…

  4. I have always had Yellowstone on my list, but I’ve never gone. It’s good to know that there are numerous available lodgings available. Do you know anything about the camping options?

  5. Great list of lodging options! I had no idea Yellowstone had so many choices. And I must admit I’m surprised none of them have a/c, TV or Internet! Not necessarily a bad thing but wow!

  6. One summer we went there with a family friend, but we didn’t make any reservation until a month before we left. Of course there’s no room available anymore. And I didn’t want to pay $275/night at Motel 8 outside the West Entrance. We ended up staying in Idaho, about an hour fr the West Entrance. So, yes, you need to book a room way in advance.

  7. If I recall, the Wilderness Lodge at Disney World is a replica of The Old Faithful Inn. We love that hotel at Disney and I hope we have a chance to stay at its inspiration in Yellowstone. Thanks for the tip on booking hotels early. Will have to look into 2019 now!

    1. You are right! The Wilderness Lodge was modeled after the Old Faithful Inn. I think that would be a good comparison trip for you!

  8. This is a great list of places. I didn’t know that only 2 places were open during the winter. I can’t wait to visit Yellow Stone. I’ll probably go during the warmer months 🙂

  9. I am hoping to take a roadtripto Yellowstone with the grandchildren soon! We had it on our tentative list for two years, bu tlast year ended up with Grand Canyon and Mammoth Cave, and this year have Redwoods and Yosemite in the spring, and Niagra in the fall. So, perhaps 2019. I always want to lodge right in the park when that is an option, so I appreciate this information, particulary your ‘choose this option if you want…” portion! Thank you.

  10. I love Yellowstone too! So much to see! Good advice on booking Old Faithful Inn early. We really wanted to stay there when we visited, but we didn’t make reservations early enough.

  11. awww how much I loved reading your post! The pics are so cool – there are so many great spots for doing some amazing shots. Hopefully I can make it one day 🙂

  12. We stayed in the Yellowstone Lake cabins when we visited a couple of years ago. We loved them, and had the pleasure of seeing bison and elk when we awoke in the morning. Unfortunately, we did not get to the northern section of the park, so we’d love to go back and stay in Roosevelt Lodge Cabins or Grant Village Lodge. And, yes, book early, We booked our cabins about 18 months before our trip.

    1. Good to know! We’ve only stayed outside of the park, so our research for this blog post was really research for our next stay!

  13. I like to learn that they don’t have A/C and TV and all that stuff that you shouldn’t use to much and definitely not on your vacation in a eco place like the Yellowstone Park. With limited internet access, it sounds like a real retreat. Of course the place close to the geyser sounds best….

  14. Every time I’ve visited Yellowstone, I’ve camped. The park is gorgeous, and I would say pick a hotel that works for you, but don’t spend any time in it. Maximize your time with the beautiful vistas and spotting animals.

    1. Exactly. Pick one based on your comfort level and best location for the Yellowstone sights you want to see first thing in the morning.

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