Where to Stay

Canyon Lodge and Cabins

A wide variety of rooms are available at Canyon Lodge and Cabins. While they are not especially rustic and can be a little noisy, Canyon's various lodging options are billed as being the most centralized in the Park. That's probably true, and if you want to spend any time from the madding crowds descending on the western geyser fields, then Canyon is for you.

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Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel

Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel

 

As a haven for travelers, the Mammoth area predates the establishment of Yellowstone National Park when it comes to offering services for the curious. McCartney's Hotel, opened by James McCartney and Harry Horr, opened in the general Mammoth area in 1871 -- a year before Yellowstone was designated a National Park. Besides being an early Yellowstone hotelier, Horr has a greater claim to fame: he bestowed the Mammoth moniker on the nearby hot springs, the name that sticks to this day.

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Old Faithful Snow Lodge

The Yellowstone Snow Lodge is one of the more recent additions to Yellowstone National Park, but it is not lacking in the rustic charm and natural ambiance associated with Yellowstone National Park and the other hotels. Built in 1999, it is the only hotel in the Old Faithful area open all year round, but it's mainly geared towards people looking for a place to stay in winter, hence "Snow Lodge." Its architecture also reflects and reinforces the wild, organic setting of Yellowstone, being constructed mainly out of wood and built in the style of a cabin. The lobby greets visitors with comfy chairs and a warm fireplace, a great place to relax and sip a nice warm drink. The rooms are also an extension of the "Lodge" theme, as they are spacious and comfortable, with full bathrooms and telephones.

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Outside the Park: Accommodations

The best Yellowstone National Park experience should include one or more nights actually sleeping in the Park, whether it be a stay at the Old Faithful Inn or a night sleeping under the stars at Slough Creek or Tower Fall. But unless you’ve planned ahead months in advance, you may find yourself shut out of the most desirable locales — …

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Old Faithful Inn

Old Faithful Inn

Old Faithful Inn

The most popular place to stay at Yellowstone National Park is Old Faithful Inn, opening in 1904. The iconic wooden facility is a symbol for the park; its pitched roof, wooden shingles, massive fireplace and huge lobby is instantly recognizable to millions of park visitors.

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Old Faithful Lodge Cabins

The Old Faithful Lodge is one of the more underrated and under-appreciated buildings in the Old Faithful complex, but it has a history that rivals many of the other buildings in Yellowstone National Park.

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Inside the Park: Campgrounds

A few years ago you couldn't get near a Yellowstone National Park campground unless you had made a reservation or were willing to cruise the sites, waiting for someone to leave. Today there's less demand, as the younger generation is less enamored of pitching a tent and curling up in a sleeping bag. Too bad: camping in Yellowstone National Park is an experience everyone should have in their lives.

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Inside the Park: Lodges and Cabins

Staying inside Yellowstone is the most convenient way to enjoy the pleasures of the park for short and longer stays. For the most part, however, you'll need to plan well in advance if you want to stay in the most popular destinations -- or anywhere in the park during the peak season.

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Lake Hotel

Lake Hotel 1905

Lake Hotel 1905

It is not the flashiest hotel in Yellowstone National Park, lacking the iconic grandeur of Old Faithful Inn or the modern/rustic design of the Old Faithful Snow Lodge. But as the oldest structure in Yellowstone, the Lake Hotel deserves a certain amount of respect, and a visit to the understated structure should be on your list of must-sees during a visit.

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