If you are planning a trip to Yellowstone, deciding on the right type of accommodation can be a challenging part of the vacation. This is simply because there are so many options.
But many people believe the only type of accommodation worth considering in this part of the world is a lodge or a cabin, in keeping with the spirit of things. And why not? A cozy lodge or cabin is undoubtedly an ideal and authentic choice of accommodation from which to check out the stunning Montana scenery.
Carefully selecting the area that you think fits your requirements is another major factor as well, at least if you want to avoid unlimited amounts of driving. The area is vast, and Yellowstone National Park itself is huge and expansive, with several different entrance points and a lot of land to explore.
The other important factors to consider are budget and length of stay, plus where you want to lodge in terms of the proximity to the park. So let’s try to narrow it down by having a look at some of the available options, and get the right perspective on some of the best lodges in Yellowstone.
Staying in Yellowstone – Travel Tips and Advice
- Which areas in Yellowstone are best: The lodges located inside the national park are much more expensive than those outside of it and in the surrounding areas and are pretty much guaranteed to be booked up six months to a year in advance.
- If the natural outdoor splendor of the national park is the prime focus of your trip though, staying inside the park is the best option from a sightseeing perspective. But there are plenty of options in the surrounding areas of the park, as well as even further out.
- West Yellowstone is one of the best spots in terms of the location, available amenities, activities, and price range. Gardiner near the North Entrance is also nice, and Island has some decent lodges a bit further away, which means they will be slightly cheaper but still close enough to be within range of the park for a bit of exploring.
- Getting Around: Definitely, there will be some driving involved due to the sheer expanse of the area. So unless you are lucky enough to have your own driver, you will either have to drive or rent from the airport vicinity to get the full benefits of what the region has to offer.
- Attractions: Old Faithful Geyser, Castle Geyser, Grand Geyser, Pelican Creek, and various other nature trails, hot springs, mud volcanoes, and much more.
The Best 10 Lodges in Yellowstone
1. Roosevelt Lodge & Cabins – Inside the Park
These authentic Lodge Cabins were built over a century ago near the Tower Falls region of Yellowstone National Park. The area was apparently once a campsite owned by the President of the same name, and these rustic cabins provide authentic accommodation to suit the surroundings.
There are 2 types of cabins at the lodge – Frontier and Roughrider. The Frontier cabins contain double beds, showers, and toilets, although the Roughrider don’t actually have bathrooms so the communal showers would be the main option. Breakfast is available but not included in the price.
The cabins are close to Lamar River Stock Trailhead and Lamar River Valley Trailhead, and both Albright Visitor Center and Canyon Visitor Education Center are nearby. There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures on the hiking and biking trails, and bike rentals are available.
The lodge provides trips and tours such as horseback riding, stagecoach adventures, and Old West-style cooking trips for interested parties.
2. Old Faithful Lodge & Cabins – Inside the Park
Old Faithful Lodge & Cabins is in the mountains in the national park, and one of the area’s prime attractions is the Old Faithful Geyser, as well as Castle Geyser. Both are just 5 and 10-minute walks from the lodge respectively, and the Old Faithful Visitor Center is less than a 10-minute walk away. The Grand Geyser and the Beauty Pool are reachable within 15 minutes.
The cabins are close to the larger, one-story lodge (which is not the same as the Old Faithful Inn). There are 160-odd accommodations at these premises, all with portable fans, desks, and bathrooms which include bathtubs or showers. You can reach this section of Yellowstone National Park in just over 2 hours from Jackson Hole Airport.
3. Lake Lodge Cabins – Inside the Park
Also inside Yellowstone National Park, Lake Lodge Cabins are located in the mountains and on a lake. Pelican Creek Nature Trail Trailhead and Storm Point Trail are nearby if outdoor pursuits are on the itinerary, as are both the Fishing Bridge Visitor Center and the Canyon Visitor Education Center.
Other natural attractions near to the lodge include Dragon’s Mouth Springs and the mud volcano, both reachable within 15 minutes. Water adventures like jet skiing and boat tours can also be found nearby, and there is a lakefront restaurant and bar & lounge.
There are over 140 accommodations on the premises, all with coffee-making facilities, and bathrooms with tubs or showers. Jackson Hole Airport is just over 2 hours away from this lodge.
4. Hibernation Station – West Yellowstone
Hibernation Station is located just 5 minutes away from the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, and a 10-minute walk from Yellowstone Historic Center. The resort is also close to the Yellowstone Park Zip-line, as well as an IMAX Theatre.
The rustic-style accommodation has 50-odd rooms equipped with a private bathroom, a flat-screen TV, and ironing facilities, with upgraded rooms featuring an equipped kitchenette and a fireplace. The cabins have private patios, and there is an onsite picnic area with barbecue grills.
Free Wi-Fi is available, and the amenities include a hot tub, a business center, and a children’s playground. The nearest airport, Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, is 150 km away from Hibernation Station.
5. Faithful Street Inn – West Yellowstone
Faithful Street Inn offers quality cabin rentals just 700m from West Yellowstone’s Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center and the Yellowstone Historic Center Museum. The accommodation is located in an area with plenty of opportunities for hiking, skiing, and fishing, but when you’ve had enough of that the area’s Giant Screen Theater is also within walking distance of the accommodation.
The accommodation comprises a seating area and a dining area and comes with a flat-screened, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi and a fully-equipped kitchen which includes a refrigerator, a toaster, a coffee machine, a dishwasher, an oven, and a microwave. There is also a private bathroom with a hairdryer.
6. Explorer Cabins – West Yellowstone
Less than a 10-minute drive from the Yellowstone Airport, these cabins are just 1 km down the road from Yellowstone National Park’s West Entrance. The accommodation is close to many of the area’s main attractions, like Yellowstone Adventures, which is 850 m away. A bit further is the Old Faithful Geyser, at just over 50 km away.
These modern and clean cottages comprise equipped kitchenettes and a flat-screen cable TV.
The cabins are comfortable and light with a fireplace, a seating area, free WiFi, and a relaxing front porch. There are even outdoor fire pits located on-site, and plenty of free parking.
7. Drift Lodge – Island Park
These Yellowstone lodges and cabins are just over 25 km from the national park. The resort is also close to Henry’s Lake State Park and just over 6 km away is Island Park Golf Course.
The Lodge Chalets comprise fully-equipped kitchens with a full seating area, a dining area, flat-screened satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, as well as barbecue facilities.
There is plenty to do in terms of outdoor activities in the surrounding area such as hiking, biking, and fishing, and guided fishing tours and trips are available at the Drift Lodge, as are sledding excursions.
8. Angler’s Lodge – Island Park
Another lodge in the Island region, this time on the banks of the famed Henry’s Fork River, Anglers Lodge is located just over 50 km from Yellowstone National Park. It is a reasonably small facility with 15 private rooms, 2 family cabins, and 2 luxury vacation homes.
The impressive, rustic-style luxury of the lodge is set off perfectly by the views surrounding the area. The location provides ample opportunity for outdoor adventures like hiking and biking, fly fishing, rafting, horseback riding, snowmobiling, and sightseeing. It is close to local fly fishing shops, restaurants, and gas stations.
The rooms, cabins, and homes feature fully-equipped kitchenettes, cable TV, microwaves, and refrigerators, and the amenities include hot tubs, barbecue facilities, and a riverside restaurant.
9. Cowboy’s Lodge – Gardiner
Literally, a 5-minute’ walk from Yellowstone Park’s North Entrance and a one-minute drive from Yellowstone River, Cowboy’s Lodge is in a prime spot in the region. Cowboy’s Lodge is surrounded by fences, but is actually adjacent to Gallatin National Forest. This means that you can find a plethora of rafting, horseback riding, and fishing opportunities very close to the accommodation.
The accommodation itself has a patio with an outdoor dining area, and the air-conditioned, two-bedroom apartment includes a fully-equipped kitchen, free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, coffee-making facilities, a seating area, and a private entrance.
Both Yellowstone Airport and Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport are just over a one-hour drive from the lodge, and there is a choice of restaurants and shopping options within easy walking distance.
10. Yellowstone Hot Springs Cabins – Gardiner
Yellowstone Hot Spring Cabins in Gardiner is near the national park’s North Entrance. The resort offers accommodation surrounded by great views of the expansive natural terrain.
The cozy, modern, and environmentally-friendly cabins feature a private bathroom and shower, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, and a microwave. There is also a seating area, a fridge, a toaster, coffee-making facilities, and free WiFi.
The nearest airport is Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, which can be reached in just over one hour from the cabins.
So there you have it – there is plenty of choices when it comes to the different types of lodge and cabin accommodation available in and around the Yellowstone region. A lot of it comes down to where you want to be in relation to the national park – especially if you have exploring on your mind.
But there really is no better way to authentically experience the wild and expansive natural beauty of Yellowstone than by staying in one of the lodges or cabins. This is true whether you are with a family, a group of friends or a couple – you are in for a cozy treat in one of the lodges of the Yellowstone region.
- The Most Authentic Lodge in Yellowstone from this list would go to the Roosevelt, with its seasoned, historic charm that overshadows the fact it is by no means a deluxe or modern cabin.
- The Best Value Lodge in the region is Yellowstone Hot Spring Cabins for its great location and price range that comes in at about half of others in the same area like Cowboy’s Lodge
- The Best Family Lodge in Yellowstone is going to Hibernation Station on this occasion due to its proximity to activities like zip-lining and family-friendly amenities like kids’ playground
- The Best Romantic Lodge in Yellowstone’ would have to be the Lake Lodge with its fireplaces and lake views set in a classic-style lodge