Where to Stay in the Wilds of Yellowstone National Park, USA

For some serious glamping vibes, book a stay at Under Canvas Yellowstone
For some serious glamping vibes, book a stay at Under Canvas Yellowstone | Courtesy of Under Canvas Yellowstone / Expedia
Matt Charlton

This American wilderness straddles three US states and showcases star sights such as Old Faithful Geyser and the Continental Divide alongside Western-style inns, restored ranches and luxury-camping retreats that you can now book with Culture Trip.

Perhaps the fourth most famous park in the world (the first three being Jurassic, Thorpe and Jellystone, in that order), Yellowstone should be on anyone’s bucket list. In the summer months, you can hike, fish, zipline, raft and horseback ride in this volcanic, canyon-carved, geyser-spouted wilderness that straddles three US states: Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. In the much quieter winter months, when Yellowstone is under a thick blanket of snow, you can drink in the stillness while stargazing, wildlife-spotting or snowshoeing. Either way, stay at one of Montana’s luxury resorts or glamping spots to enjoy the best of Yellowstoine National Park.

1. The Hibernation Station

Hotel, Independent Hotel

The two-storey log cabins at The Hibernation Station.
Courtesy of The Hibernation Station / Expedia

It must be good because its name rhymes. Located in the town of West Yellowstone, on the Montana side of the park, minutes from the West Gate entrance, these handcrafted cabins will make you feel as if you’re right in the middle of the Old West – if the Old West had satellite TV and a hot tub. The Wyoming border and Gibbon Falls are a 40-minute drive away.

2. Canyon Lodge & Cabins

Independent Hotel, Camping

A double twin room in contemporary style opens to its private patio at Canyon Lodge & Cabins.
Courtesy of Canyon Lodge & Cabins / Expedia

This box-fresh complex is located on the east side of the park near the 24mi-long (39km), 1,200ft-deep (366m) Grand Canyon, carved by the Yellowstone River. Owned by the National Park Service (they run most of the accommodation within park boundaries), you will find yourself ensconced in log-cabin-style rooms, some with sturdy balconies that take in the sylvan setting. You’re ideally placed, smack-bang in the middle of the park, for trail rides along Cascade Creek, as well as full-day Circle of Fire trips, which tick off park highlights such as Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone Lake and Hayden Valley.

3. Mammoth Hot Springs & Cabins

Independent Hotel, Camping

Wood cabins with private decks arranged around a neat lawn at Mammoth Hot Springs & Cabins.
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With a combination of cabins and rooms, this renovated resort is home to the famous map room, containing a large wooden map of the United States, constructed from 15 different kinds of wood from nine countries. Located close to the North Entrance and, as indicated by the name, Mammoth Hot Springs, it’s also within reach of the Grand Loop Road and many park activities.

4. Under Canvas Yellowstone

Camping

A contemporary interior of a tent with king size bed and lounge area at Under Canvas Yellowstone.
Courtesy of Under Canvas Yellowstone / Expedia

Probably don’t stay here during the -15C (5F) temperatures of winter… But you can’t anyway because this luxury-camping hideaway from the celebrated Under Canas clan isn’t open then. Come in summer, for hotel-worthy furnishings, comfortable beds, wood-burning stoves and even the option for a window above your bed to stargaze. All in all, a cut above how the pioneers did it. Located just 10 minutes from Yellowstone National Park’s West Entrance, it also serves as a gateway to Montana’s unique hydrothermal and geologic wonders, roamed by a parade of diverse wildlife.

5. Bar N Ranch

Hotel

A bison head hangs from a wall of the log-built main building at Bar N Ranch.
Courtesy of Bar N Ranch / Expedia
A resort in Montana that has both a bar, and – you guessed it – a ranch. 6 miles (10km) from the west entrance of Yellowstone, on an expansive 200-acre (81ha) valley property, it’s the perfect destination to access countless adventures and scenic beauty, whether summer or winter. Whatever the season, you have a choice of luxurious lodge rooms or private cabins with spectacular views and snappy internet, so you can post photos of spectacular views at speed.

6. Three Bear Lodge

Independent Hotel

Two deer heads and Bison head hang over the lobby welcome desk at the Three Bear Lodge, with a stuffed mountain goat perched on a stone wall.
Courtesy of Three Bear Lodge / Expedia

We’re certain Goldilocks would approve of the picturesque West Yellowstone location: within walking distance of the shops and restaurants in town, and just blocks from the west entrance to the park, this welcoming lodge offers hearty meals, a pool, a hot tub and Western-styled rooms with handcrafted furniture. And yes, they do serve porridge.

7. Dreamcatcher Tipi Hotel

Hotel, Glamping, Camping

Tents in native American style are lined up in front of a mountain vista at Dreamcatcher Tipi Hotel.
Courtesy of Dreamcatcher Tipi Hotel / Expedia

This is as far from back-to-basics camping as you’re ever going to get. Gorgeous, lavishly furnished tipis sit on this site near the north entrance of the first American national park. Each interior at this West Yellowstone glamping spot is uniquely designed with heaters, solid floors, fluffy high-end bedding and restorative mountain views. Situated over the Montana border, you’re a 20-minute drive from Mammoth Hot Springs.

8. Sage Lodge

Resort, Luxury

Floor-to-ceiling windows look over plains towards a mountain in the distance from the double height lobby and lounge area at Sage Lodge.
Courtesy of Sage Lodge / Expedia

Here’s our sage advice: this place is excellent. Sage Lodge, located on the banks of the Yellowstone River, is just 35 minutes from Yellowstone National Park and offers the ultimate Montana luxury resort getaway. You have your choice of smart guestrooms or beautiful ranch houses, and, after a day of biking, hiking, fly-fishing or cross-country skiing, you can relax under the stars at the exclusive spa. At the indulgent Fireside Room, Montana prime ribs and hearty bowls of bison bolognese are served up alongside widescreen mountain views of aptly named Paradise Valley.

9. Old Faithful Inn

Hotel, Inn

The dormer windows of the A-frame shaped Old Faithful Inn look out over the hotels extensive deck.
Courtesy of Old Faithful Inn / Expedia

If you choose to stay within the boundaries of Yellowstone, you’ve got to be next-door neighbors with the most famous geyser in the world, right? One for the warmer months (the snow lodge is just next door for the sub-zero crowd), this place is bathed in old-school Americana vibes, close to some of the most famous Yellowstone sites, including the Black Sands Basin, the Continental Divide, the Firehole River and West Thumb basin. Lace up those hiking boots.

Looking for more adventure to fuel your wanderlust? Our guide to Glacier National Park’s best stays has you covered – all bookable on Culture Trip.

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