Yellowstone, America’s first national park, has nine lodges within the park borders. Three lodges, including famous Old Faithful Inn, are located in the Old Faithful area, while six lodges are scattered throughout other parts of the park. The nine lodging facilities range from rustic cabins at several locations to an upscale lodge near iconic Old Faithful Geyser.
Selecting a Lodge
Because Yellowstone covers such a large area, it can be beneficial for travelers to move between lodges when a visit will extend to four or five days. For example, a family might book two nights in the northern end of the park at Mammoth and three nights in the Old Faithful area. Alternatively, a stay could be divided between the Old Faithful area and Lake Village on the oppose side of the park. Yellowstone’s roads are often under construction or filled with slow moving vehicles which can make for a frustrating day if it is necessary to drive long distances.
We have included links to videos for each of the park’s nine lodges. Click on the appropriate link to view each lodging facility. Those seeking more information about lodges in Yellowstone and America’s other national park might want to visit an informative website on national park lodges.
A Look at each of Yellowstone’s Nine Lodges
Near the north entrance Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins offers a historic hotel plus rustic cabins. Both the hotel and cabins are available with and without a private bathroom.
On the east side of the park, Lake Village hosts two neighboring facilities, historic Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Cabins and Lake Lodge Cabins. Lake Yellowstone Hotel offers an elegant place to stay in a quiet section of the park.
Canyon Lodge and Cabins is the largest lodging facility in Yellowstone. It is also the most centrally located making it a handy location from which to explore other areas of the park.
Grant Village near the Yellowstone’s southern entrance is comprised of six relatively large motel-type buildings and is often utilized by tour groups. This is a handy location for people who wish to explore neighboring Grand Teton National Park as well as Yellowstone.
The Old Faithful area has three lodging facilities including Old Faithful Inn. The central section of the Inn, or “Old House”, has rustic rooms, most without a private bath. The newer wings offer more upscale rooms. Nearby Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins is one of the newest and nicest of the park’s hotels and also offers two classes of cabins. The third option here, Old Faithful Lodge Cabins, has relatively inexpensive cabins with and without a private bath. It is a short walk from here to Old Faithful Inn.
Roosevelt Lodge Cabins, in the northeast portion of Yellowstone, has rustic cabins with and without private bathrooms. Roosevelt is the smallest of the park’s nine lodging facilities, and also one of the most difficult to book. It is nearest the park’s Lamar Valley where Yellowstone’s wolves are most frequently sighted.
Each of the nine lodges is operated by Xanterra Parks and Resorts under a lease with the National Park Service that owns the buildings. Reservations are available online or via telephone at (866) 439-7375. Yellowstone is a very busy park and the lodges are quite popular so it is wise to make reservations as early as possible. Also keep in mind that cancellations of reservations by other travelers can offer opportunities to bag a room if you are persistent.