Yellowstone National Park Hotels

If you're headed to Yellowstone for a real outdoors adventure, staying in the park itself instead of a nearby town might be your best option. Even if you're not roughing it with your own tent and camping gear, you can experience a bit of rustic Western life in one of the many cabins and lodges in the park. All of them are operated by a company called Xanterra Parks & Resorts, which makes for one-stop-shopping if you're booking online. All but two are closed from October to May.

Park lodging offers a lot of perks: proximity to wildlife and geothermal sights, a chance to leave the noise of the modern world behind, and significantly lower rates than nearby hotels. There are a few limitations to keep in mind as well, though. Park rules prohibit smoking, televisions, radios, wireless hook-ups, and air conditioning; handicap access is not always available. Even at the more luxurious lodges amenities can be spartan, and if a vacation isn't a vacation for you without a chocolate on your freshly plumped pillow every evening then you probably shouldn't stay in a "pioneer cabin." The more popular lodges can be overwhelmingly crowded in peak seasons, with no shortage of kitsch and tourist-trap shops.

But for park visitors who want to pack the most nature into their trip as possible--particularly families with kids who like to get dirty-- "roughing it" in a cabin or embracing the Disneyfied Yellowstone in a popular lodge might be the perfect way to see all of Yellowstone's wonders.

Find Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming lodging at these top properties

Yellowstone’s Canyon Lodge and Cabins
Canyon Lodge & Cabins is a large facility close to the Yellowstone Grand canyon, made up of two motel-style lodges, several individual cabins, and a…

Grant Village Lodge
A lodging complex comprised of six buildings and 300 clean, simple rooms, all the same style and price. All have private bathrooms and are located…

Lake Lodge Cabins
A collection of small, simple cabins on the shores of Yellowstone Lake, each with its own bathroom (but few with tubs). No frills here, and no fine…

Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Cabins
An old school hotel with 1920s glamour, and prices to match. The upscale restaurant and luxurious lobby might rival Lake Yellowstone for your…

Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel & Cabins
One of only two hotels in the park open in the winter, Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel & cabins offers a range of lodging options: from the two high-end…

Old Faithful Inn
The quintessential park lodge, built in 1904, Old Faithful Inn attracts the lion’s share of tourists. And it’s no wonder: from the rustic lobby it’s…

Old Faithful Lodge Cabins
96 cabins surround a main lodge that offers a bakery and cafeteria style dining. It’s one of the few facilities within the park that welcomes pets;…

Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins
One of only two winter facilities within the park, the Old Faithful Snow Lodge & cabins is reached by snow coach only. combining old-fashioned western…

Roosevelt Lodge & Cabins
Named for Yellowstone’s most famous booster, the Roosevelt Lodge facility includes 80 cabins in the Lamar Valley region. The cabins are as close to…