This is actually in West Yellowstone, but this is a good access point for the park. This hotel has been completely rebuild from the ground up.
They offer tours in the park year round from the hotel and Dad says they were a lot of fun. They did the snow coach tour.
Silver Gate, Montana is a small community that is located one mile from Yellowstone’s northeast entrance. The northern most road in the park that runs from the northeast entrance on the east side of the park, to the Mammoth area on the west side of the park, is the only road open all year round. For this reason, Silver Gate outside the park, and Mammoth Hotel inside the park are the two best locations to stay, if you plan to explore the northern park road by auto in the winter. This road passes through Lamar Valley, making Silver Gate also an excellent location to stay in, if your main objective for visiting Yellowstone is to look for wolves in Lamar Valley. Silver Gate Lodging features three styles of log cabins and a small motel. All of the cabins have a bathroom with shower, and most have kitchenettes. Each cabin supplies you with bed linens and towels. Kitchenettes contain pots, pans, dishes, and utensils. When we travel to Yellowstone to look for wildlife with Cody’s Buffalo Bill’s Historical Center, this is where we stay. I have been very impressed with the rustic, lovely cabins.
The general store located at the Silver Gate Lodgings, has Swarovski spotting scopes for rent, if you plan to explore Lamar Valley in the hopes of viewing wildlife. You may contact the store about renting one of these scopes at 406-838-2371 or email them at email@example.com.
In the summer, you can also explore outside the park by driving two scenic highways located 16 miles from Silver Gate. These mountain highways are some of the most scenic in the United States. One road will take you over the Beartooth pass into the Beartooth wilderness and down to red Lodge, Montana. The other route forks off the same highway, but will take you to Cody, Wyoming along the Chief Joseph Highway. Stop at the historical turn off to read about Chief Joseph and view the beautiful vista.
In the winter, besides driving Yellowstone’s north road, you may enjoy snowshoeing and cross country skiing from your cabin or room.
Our final stay was in Cody, Wyoming about 50-miles (80 km) east of Yellowstone NP. I’d planned it this way because we had entered the park via the Northeast Entrance, then out/in the North Entrance on our first night, followed by out/in the South Entrance as we did our Grand Teton NP tour the second/third days. Our final day in Yellowstone was spent exploring along the park’s eastern edge and we only had one day after that to make it back to Regina, Canada – which turned out to be 1200-km and 12 hours of driving from Cody!
Cody is the first major community situated east of Yellowstone and is quite a popular destination with plenty of motels available. I just picked one at random and settled on the Moose Creek Lodge & Suites in the stretched-out downtown area along Highway 16. It was quite a modern looking place with a 2-story U-shaped accommodations section surrounding the rather cramped parking area. It had been a busy last day exploring and hiking in Yellowstone, so we opted for a quick and easy take-out meal from a fast food joint located near the motel.
Their internet service was good but the fawcett arrangement on the shower was a strange contraption that did not work well and their continental breakfast was very basic. On the plus side, we had a comfortable sleep and there was no real street noise. We knew we had a long day ahead of us, so we were up and away early in the morning, heading straight east through interesting western plains before crossing over the majestic Bighorn Mountains until we hit Interstate 90 highway and then headed northeast for Regina.
With taxes, our total bill came to US$162, even with their senior’s discount.
When I called for reservations about one month before our planned trip, the only accommodations still available in either Yellowstone or the adjoining Grand Teton National Park was at Jackson Lake Lodge, located beside Jackson Lake in Grand Teton NP. Knowing that we had to have accommodations somewhere inside the parks in order to keep our driving down to a minimum, I booked two nights in one of their 348 rooms located in cottages that are adjacent to the main lodge building (which has another 37 rooms of its own). Even though the whole complex was built in the 1950s, the cottages are really done up in first-class style, as they should be for US$250/night with taxes!
As shown here with our car parked in front, our cottage #340 was one of two adjoining cottages (this seems to be standard practise at JLL) and was located only a short walk from the Lodge, where the restaurants, gift shop, wine/beer section and best viewpoints of the Teton Range mountains can be found. The other photos show our two very comfortable beds, a large dresser area and the excellent bathroom (the main room also had a second sink in the short hallway outside the bathroom). There was no internet access in the cottage, but that didn’t seem to be a problem as there is an internet room available in the Lodge and also wireless access in their lobby area. Tall trees cover the property and all was very quiet, providing an excellent stay at Jackson Lake Lodge. We really enjoyed our time in the main lodge, where we had our breakfasts and two evening meals (one a snack on their outside rear viewing deck and the other in their first-class dining room). I’d say it was money well-spent!
On calling for reservations only a month before our trip, and none being unavailable inside Yellowstone NP, I reverted to Plan B and decided to see what the little community of Gardiner, Montana could do for me – after all, the town is located within walking distance of the North Entrance to Yellowstone. As it turned out, there was no problem in getting a reservation for the night before our two already booked ones in Grand Teton NP. The motel did not look like anything inspiring when we arrived at about 5:30 PM to check-in, but the owner seemed friendly enough. Although they have a fairly new-looking section out front, we were booked into one of their older wings of three rooms hidden around the backside. However, this proved to be a real bonus as all we had to do was look right from our door and this is the view we had from our perch above the Yellowstone River as it flowed out of the distant peaks of Yellowstone NP!
As we chilled-out from the day’s driving with a cold beer (and a glass of wine for Sue) I noticed that a couple of motorcycle biker guests had also drifted to the backside, but appeared to be a bit reluctant to join us. I motioned them to come over and relax and it was not long before we were all enjoying ourselves with the great view over the fast-flowing Yellowstone River below as a group of white water rafters passed below our perch. It turned out that these guys were from the New York/Boston area and it was interesting to listen to their ‘take’ on the world. The strange thing was that we ran into them again the next day in Yellowstone Park when we turned off the main highway onto Firehole Lake Drive!
Our room was nothing to write home about, but it did have internet, the bed did the trick and the location was quiet. Overall, it was sitting there on their rear patio in the sunshine and above the Yellowstone River that made this a very enjoyable stop, at a total cost of US$91 including taxes.
I take a bicicle ride into the park each year around April 10th before they open the roads to cars. At this time there are already baby bison dropping. The elk are a little later on. You will have a good time watching the baby bison, or as we call them; “the little red dogs.”
Without a doubt in my mind, the best possible location for your family would be the Rustic Wagon Wheel Campground and Cabins.
I have sent several people there, they always love it. They are clean, quiet, and very reasonably priced for this town. You could park your RV and be in a cabin a few feet away, close enough for ya?
Yellowstone National Park is noted for its camping. This is foremost a National Park built with families in mind and camping is always the inexpensive alternative for families trying to make that summer buck last. It is also an immense park at over 200,000 acres with a good road network making a fair bit of it accessible but unless you want to spend all of your day driving, it is a park best suited for moving from one area to the next and calling a new place home every few days or quite possibly every night. Not the easiest life for the tenter but that is what we decided to do.
We entered the park from the north and enjoyed the Mammoth Hot Springs area before pitching our tent at Tower Fall Campground. We figured we could go back to the Springs area again but it was 25 miles each way so never did. It was however very easy and quick to get into the Lamar Valley early in the morning for observing its considerable wildlife. We were there in September and it was quite quiet the one evening we spent there.
Tower Fall Campground is one of the park's smallest with only 32 spots so much more intimate than Yellowstone's typical ones which tend to be massive as the park's popularity necessitates. The little loop is well spread out and most of the spots were well-treed. Restrooms are rustic with pit toilets and no running water in them though drinking water is available in the campground at designated spots. It is very convenient to the Lamar Valley and yet still in the mainstream of the park loop road. Elevation: 6,600 feet.
It's a bargain at $12 per night and well worth putting up with a pit toilet for a day or two.
My room was in the old house of the Old Faithful Inn, and it was a gorgeous log-cabin style room with charming features like an antique-looking sink and taps. Bathrobes were also provided. The room was not ensuite, and the bathrooms were on the floor above, but they were nice, and I didn't mind.
The lobby is stunning, with a massive fireplace in the middle of the huge rustic room, rising up to four stories high, with galleries running along it at every level, but only the first two are accessible. On the first level you can sit at the bar and also access the terrace, from which you get a clear view at the Old Faithful geyser. The galleries are full of nooks and crannies to explore, where you can go and find a quiet corner to settle down in with a book. I love puzzles and was surprised to see one table in a corner with a partially finished puzzle on it, and kept myself entertained with that for a while.
With Old Faithful being Yellowstone's main attraction, this was also the busiest place that I stayed in during my trip. It was the only place where there was already a queue outside the restaurant for the 6.30am breakfast, although I think that this was partially due to the system they operated there, whereby you had to register for breakfast first, were given a number and then had to wait for your number to be called in order to be taken to your table.
This was my favourite accommodation in Yellowstone, mainly because of its quiet and peaceful lakeside location. The cabins didn't look like much from the outside, and they didn't have a porch like the ones at Mammoth Hot Springs, but they were very cute, and it even was ensuite!
The lobby in the main house looked lovely and had a comfy fireplace where you can settle down with a book in one of the armchairs. Or sit outside on the terrace and enjoy a lovely view over the lake and the mountains on the other side - which by the way were snow-covered when I got up in the morning. In mid-August!!!
The restaurant was very busy in the evening though, and I had to queue for quite some time for my dinner.
Yellowstone is a great place to camp. Their are several designated campsites. Everything from single occupancy campsites to campsites with RV hookups and over 350 sites. Whichever you prefer Yellowstone has it. Most charge between $12 and $35 but some are even Free!
Get acquainted with Yellowstone on a whole new level... Laying on the ground.
Small 12 room Inn that has a great view of Devils Slide just outside of Yellowstone.Owners live on site and are very attentive to every detail.The rooms are spotless and each one has a different theme.It is in a very quiet location and well worth the money
Quiet,clean,great view.The owner Greg is very knowlegable about Yellowstone.
We stayed here for two nights on September 8 and 9. I'm glad we had reservations because there was a No Vacancy sign on the door when we arrived. This place is located on the far end of town. The room and bathroom were clean. In fact, the sink was located outside the bathroom, which was especially nice. A package of Eye Makeup Remover towlette was in a basket in the sink area. Good idea! The lighting was very good (some places use low wattage bulbs which really bugs me). We were charged the $1.50 for the safe but we were told that it would come off when we checked out if we just mentioned it to them, that we didn't use it. I usually check our bill before we leave and so I did remember to tell them, and there was no charge.
The breakfast was exactly as advertised. They had yogurt, fresh Belgium waffles, bagels and cream cheese, toast, apples, bananas, and oranges for fresh fruit, packaged oatmeal, cold cereal, coffee, juice, sweet rolls and eggs already peeled. This was offered both mornings.
The lady that worked in the breakfast area was very friendly and helpful and very good at keeping things stocked. Breakfast was served six to nine AM.
The pool area was hardly ever in use while we were there. We got our towels from someone at the desk. There was always someone there to help us.
We got the AARP rate of $98.10 for a 2 queen room each night we were there. I would recommend staying here as it is a good place for a base to tour the northern part of Yellowstone National Park.
I enjoyed the pool. The breakfast was very good for a motel. Actually, this was a place for very good value at this location.
This has to be the nicest part of the park. It's dedicated to the old west and remains one of the areas where life quiets down after dinner. The lodge is really a group of cabins with shared showers and restrooms. You can cook in the cabins or eat at the lodge. Both are great ways to spend your day.
Don't expect to see alot of the park from here. It's good for seeing places on the north loop (Mammonth, Canyon, Lamar Valley) but you'll spend most of your day in travel to get anywhere else.
You feel as if you've left the world behind and are nearly alone on the great prairies of the American West. Not really, but it sure can feel that way.
We had a wonderful stay at Three Bears Lodge. They were fantastic setting up guided tours of Yellowstone. The restaurant was also pretty good, especially for breakfast. We had a room with two large beds, a small fridge, and a TV and paid $69 a night. That was pretty cheap compared to other hotels we checked out. West Yellowstone lies just outside the west entrance to the park. The west and the north entrances are the only ones opened this time of year.
From our 2nd Yellowstone trip, Sept. 2006
The Cody Cowboy Village is a fantastic place to stay if you are visiting Yellowstone National Park, or the town of Cody itself. The beautiful new log cabin style accomodations attracted me immediately, but the big draw to the CCV are the "Heavenly Beds". They seriously are the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in! And the rooms are gorgeous. Light wood log cabins, with open beam ceilings and a great rustic/western decor. It is very warm and welcoming. Each room or suite has a nice porch area with table and chairs as well. After a wonderful nights stay, we were treated to a complimentary continental breakfast in the main Lodge. We had cereal, danishes, coffee and fruit ...which I think were most of the options given. Breakfast starts at 6am, and goes til 9, I believe.
Super comfy beds, fat, fluffy towels, flat screen TV's, and outdoor spa with waterfall and only 50 miles from Yellowstone's east entrance.
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