Yellowstone National Park Lodging Begins to Open in May for the Summer Season

There are several lodging options to choose from inside Yellowstone National Park. In-park lodges include the Old Faithful Inn, Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, Canyon Lodge and Cabins, Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins, Old Faithful Lodge Cabins, Lake Hotel and Cabins, Lake Lodge Cabins, Grant Village, and Roosevelt Lodge Cabins. The summer season is quickly approaching, and some of the park lodges open in May. Lodging reservations are accepted up to a full year in advance, so it is a good idea to plan your next Yellowstone vacation as soon as possible in order to enjoy the best selection of lodging options.

Canyon Lodge and Cabins is the lodging facility most centrally located inside Yellowstone National Park. The lodge and its cabins are located near the famous waterfalls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Abundant opportunities exist near the lodge for Yellowstone horseback riding and hiking. The lodge includes a cafeteria, ice cream shop, a gift shop, and a visitor center. Hayden Valley is only a short drive away, and it offers park visitors opportunities to view wildlife including bears, bison, moose, coyotes, and other species.

The Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Cabins, or Lake Hotel as it is often called, is another popular lodging choice. The original hotel was built in the 1891 and restored to its 1920’s grandeur in 1990. This luxurious park hotel rests on the shores of Yellowstone Lake, America’s largest alpine lake. The dining room offers excellent meals in a setting that includes large windows overlooking the scenic lake with snow-covered mountain peaks in the background. Wild bison often graze in the lawns around the hotel, and the facility is located a short drive from Pelican Valley, an outstanding location to view wildlife including moose and grizzly bears.

For guests who plan to visit both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks (they are adjacent to one another), Grant Village is a good lodging choice. Grant Village rests on the shores of Lake Yellowstone, and is only a short drive from the South Entrance of Yellowstone National Park and the North Entrance of Grand Teton National Park.

Perhaps the most popular lodge in Yellowstone National Park, the world-famous Old Faithful Inn is the world’s largest log cabin. The lobby boasts a huge rock fireplace, an impressive amount of log construction, and numerous balconies overlooking the main floor. Just a short walk from the Old Faithful Geyser, the Old Faithful Inn is among the most popular places to stay in Yellowstone. There is also a dining room, gift shop, and countless boardwalks and trails that weave through the geyser basin.

In addition, there are several other Yellowstone National Park lodging options; however, reservations are accepted a full year in advance. Subsequently, many lodges can sell out in advance, especially for busy summer dates. It is always a good idea to plan your Yellowstone vacation as early as possible in order to enjoy the best selection of available lodging options.