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I have stayed at the Holiday Inn in Cody, Wyoming several times.

Statistics: Posted by mywolvesrock/Charles — Thu May 12, 2016 8:40 am

Author: mywolvesrock/Charles
Posted: May 12, 2016, 3:40 pm
Hello I need help finding a Motel, or Hotel coming in from the eastern entrance next Month the second week of May..

Any suggestion please posted.....

Statistics: Posted by PhotoguyVa — Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:30 am

Author: PhotoguyVa
Posted: April 11, 2016, 3:30 pm
Xanterra's revamped website proved challenging to me trying to book a few months ago but I was finally able to do it. The main links didn't do anything. I emailed them and they did respond but didn't see the problem I was seeing on multiple computers with different OS with different browsers. So if that's the issue, call them, I think the phones are manned year round.

Statistics: Posted by Mike W. — Fri Feb 13, 2015 8:09 pm

Author: Mike W.
Posted: February 14, 2015, 3:09 am
Not sure where you are having problems. Is it finding the site, here's a link: http://www.yellowstonenationalparklodge ... ge-cabins/

Or is it that everything is already booked up at Canyon? If so keep checking or try calling, there will be openings soon as the big tour companies start cancelling their extra rooms.


Statistics: Posted by vetmom — Sat Jan 31, 2015 6:20 am

Author: vetmom
Posted: January 31, 2015, 1:20 pm
My husband and I will be coming to Yellowstone this June- we are from Central Florida- We usually stay in the Canyon Lodges but I am having a terrible time trying to get on to secure reservations. Can anyone send me infor on how to register?

We cant wait to come! We are into wildlife ( who isnt????) and spend time in Hayden Valley and Lamar. Any info will be helpful! Trying to organize my trip.

Thanks from Sunny Florida!


Statistics: Posted by Cinda — Fri Jan 30, 2015 9:47 pm

Author: Cinda
Posted: January 31, 2015, 4:47 am
Funny reading these posts how different people enjoy different things. Natural I suppose, but it points to the difficulty in relying on recommendations. But at any rate, here's mine.

I'm sold on the cabins in the park, especially at Old Faithful. Yeah, they're humble, but it's a National Park for crissake. They have everything I need and enjoy, at least the ones with a bathroom. I like my privacy and don't like lugging things thru a hotel, I prefer to just drive right up to the room. But both my wife and I really enjoy those cabins, well, cabins anywhere in the parks, we've stayed in them in Yellowstone both at OF and Canyon, GT, the Grand Canyon, Glacier and Zion. To us it's as good as it gets. But a cabin at OF works so well for us, close to many of the geysers and centrally located in the park, Roosevelt for instance would be just too far out and we'd spend even more time driving than we do already.

And I've been impressed with Xanterras food too, at least at the formal restaurants.

Statistics: Posted by Mike W. — Fri May 24, 2013 9:41 am

Author: Mike W.
Posted: May 24, 2013, 4:41 pm
Johnny B!!! I agree.

I made a rhyme!!! he he he :lol:

Statistics: Posted by twiggy — Sun May 19, 2013 2:21 pm

Author: twiggy
Posted: May 19, 2013, 9:21 pm
ianw6705 wrote:
We stayed at (1) Colter Bay Village in GTNP (a cabin), (2) Lake Lodge (at Lake Lodge - a cabin), (3) Mammoth Hot Springs (a budget cabin), and Old Faithful (a budget cabin). All four were perfectly okay (and quite cheap - no more than $80.00 per night). I would definitely look at all those rather than Gardiner or West Yellowstone - both of which were quite ordinary (ie really awful and dreadful) towns. Stay in the Park.


With all due respect although I'm not a huge fan of either of those towns [southern/eastern GYE bias] they did not deserve that. Gardiner in particular seems to quite appreciated by other Members here, and I kind of get a kick out of West Yellowstone. Reminds me of the 60s, the good kind of 60s at that.

Statistics: Posted by JohnnyB — Sat May 18, 2013 10:47 am

Author: JohnnyB
Posted: May 18, 2013, 5:47 pm
This may be redundant (because the thread is old . . . but) Pahaska Teepee is an interesting place to stay with a lot of history.
It was once owned by Buffalo Bill and claims to be oldest park serving lodge located outside the park.
The units are pleasant and the food there is above average.
It's located close to the main east gate on the road from Cody.

My two favorite park gate towns are Gardiner and Cooke City.
In Gardiner I've stayed at the Yellowstone Inn and Suites.
This was an above average motel and very comfortable.

Gardiner (IMO) is the best gate town with a real grocery store and a down town that still has a little bit of the wild west feel to it.
There are some very cool bars to hang out in, in Gardiner - Red's Blue Goose comes to mind.
There are some good greasy spoon type restaurents too.
In fairness to West Yellowstone I've only driven through that town, never stopped there.

Cooke City is another town that gives off an old west vibe.
The restaurents in Cooke City are a bit expensive, but you have to consider what it costs to get the food up there.
Cooke City is very popular with snowmobilers.
I've stayed at the Alpine when in Cooke City.
It was a little pricey but the accomodations were excellent.
For it's size Cooke City has a lot of places to eat and some of them are quite exotic.
Last time I was there '09, there was a French restaurent (at least they had French sounding entrees).
This place was on the south side of the main drag.
There was an excellent deli style place on the north side of the main drag, that served a lot of micro-brews.

Inside the park I've stayed at Roosevelt and the Lake Lodge cabins.
Roosevelt was great.
We had a very rustic cabin with a communal restroom and shower.
We were there in July and it still got into the 30's at night.
We ended up 3 in a bed just to keep warm.
Roosevelt's dining room is beautiful and for breakfast the food is good.

By and large Xanterra's food is sub par across the board, whether you're eating at Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon.
Avoid the Xanterra dining rooms unless you like extremely poor food.
For some reason they do OK on breakfast.

The Lake Cabins were a bit on the yucky side.
I wouldn't stay there again.
However I was there in '09, maybe things have improved, back then it featured nasty out of date carpeting that seemed dirty.

Statistics: Posted by Cuthbert J Twillie — Wed Feb 13, 2013 2:57 pm

Author: Cuthbert J Twillie
Posted: February 13, 2013, 9:57 pm
One option that appears to have been overlooked are the US Forest Service cabins that are available for rent in the Greater Yellowstone Area. I stayed at the Hoback Cabin for a night in August 2012 on the way to the park and was amazed for the $30 or so price a night. The cabin is located about 45 miles NW of Pinedale, WY, and about 33 miles SE of Jackson off of Hwy 189/191.

The quiet, well maintained historic cabin has heat, electricity, running water (including hot water), indoor restroom with shower, a fridge, stove, pots, pans, and cooking utensils. It is located in the Bridger National Forest, and has an abundance of wildlife in the area. We watched a doe white tailed deer for awhile from the back porch, until she headed up the hill, and we watched her two fawns appear and began suckling. A priceless memory!

You have to pack out your own trash, bring your own linens, and give it a quick cleaning before you leave.

You can find more information on this cabin, and reserve it online here: ... dex=Search

Some photos I took are here: ... directlink

Additionally if you are wanting something closer to Yellowstone itself, there are several cabins closer as well. A few are located in the Gallatin National Forest, west of US 191. Go to and search for one of the following: Wapiti Cabin, MT Beaver Creek Cabin, MT Cabin Creek Cabin, MT Basin Station Cabin, MT There are many more options for these in the GYE as well.

Statistics: Posted by waterfallguy — Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:43 am

Author: waterfallguy
Posted: January 22, 2013, 6:43 pm
Retired, it's my understanding that the Range Rider Lodge in Silvergate is also available for groups through Pine Edge Cabins. I've been all through that old building and it is very interesting, especially remnants of its bordello days. Bet your friends have never stayed in a place with that history! ;)

Also, the Yellowstone Association accommodates groups at their Overlook Campus.

Good Luck!

Statistics: Posted by Connie — Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:56 pm

Author: Connie
Posted: November 7, 2012, 11:56 pm
Scratching my head and wondering....
I passed all the above information along to the leader of the group I have been trying to help with planning their trip to the park. Calls to the lodging facilities near the northeast entrance WERE NOT RETURNED. Next attempts: Lodging at Mammoth or in Gardiner.

I do not know which facility(ies) were contacted. All I am doing is pulling information together for the group.

Statistics: Posted by Retired — Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:30 pm

Author: Retired
Posted: November 7, 2012, 5:30 am
Thanks Max. I am collecting and assembling lots of information for this group I am attempting to assist. I will pass this along. (Let them check it out. :) )

Trivia: This is a rather interesting endeavor. My list of things for these folks to see, visit, photograph, explore, etc. is getting longer each day. As to wildlife, with any luck at all, they should get to see lots of wild creatures. Interestingly enough, the owls at Mammoth are at the top of my agenda.... not sure why, they just are.
And, NO! I do not plan to be their tour guide. :) Been there, done that. Never again! :)

Statistics: Posted by Retired — Wed Oct 24, 2012 5:33 pm

Author: Retired
Posted: October 25, 2012, 12:33 am
I have to warn you that my response is slightly biased...

Our cabin in Silver Gate sleeps up to 8 people, and has availability beginning the last week of June into July. We do book fast for summer. I would not recommend that you try to stuff everyone in there, though it's doable with 8 if you have three couples sharing queen beds and the remaining two using fold out cots (we will have a second bathroom installed by then, which helps). However, you could potentially split the group between our cabin and something like The Wolf Den or the All Seasons Cabin, which are both in Silver Gate. Or you could see about having some of the group split off into the smaller Whispering Pines Cabins right next door to our place, and then everyone could gather at our place for meals, etc.

If you want to see more about our cabin, you can view our website here:

I was going to mention this in an upcoming post anyway, so I'll let you know that we will offer a Y-Net discount for any bookings. Also, if you want to check out other rental properties in the area, VRBO is a good resource. Here's a listing of rentals in the Silver Gate/Cooke City area.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Statistics: Posted by Max — Tue Oct 23, 2012 8:17 pm

Author: Max
Posted: October 24, 2012, 3:17 am
OK, need a bit of help here. I have been asked to help a group of 8 to 10 individuals with their planning for a June, 2013 trip to the park. These are all first-timers to the park, and are retirees, or near retirement. (Not interested in horseback riding, or hiking. :) ) Obviously, they not sure about where to stay, what to do in the park, where to see wildlife, etc.

For the most part, everything is going well in the planning phase. But, I do need a bit of assistance from my fellower yellowstoners concerning lodging: The group appears to be thinking of staying in a large traditional log cabin, or cabins. A larger building such as a lodge might work. Given the size of the group, and their desire to stay in close proximity to each other, I really do not see much in the park that would work for them, especially this late seeking June, 2013 reservations. (They do not seem to be interested in staying in a "hotel" type environment). I am leaning towards suggesting cabins such as the Pine Edge Cabins at Silver Gate, or something else in the Silver Gate/Cooke City area. But..... I never stay in that area, so I am just not familiar with the rental cabins, lodges, etc. that are there.

So, would anyone that is familiar with the Silver Gate/Cooke City area provide me with the names of rental cabins, lodges, etc? Feel free to PM me if you wish, and your comments, thoughts, etc. are welcomed.

Further, the same information about cabins, etc., around Gardiner, or near the east entrance, would be welcomed, and appreciated.

NOTE - The reason I am leaning towards Sillver Gate/Cooke City as a recommended lodging location is because this group will be driving through the Lamar Valley each morning and late afternoon. These twice daily trips will increase their chances of spotting grizzlies, wolves, etc. (I will be loaning these individuals my spotting scopes and tripods.)

Again, any information per my request would be greatly appreciated.


Statistics: Posted by Retired — Tue Oct 23, 2012 7:38 pm

Author: Retired
Posted: October 24, 2012, 2:38 am
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