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Inside Yellowstone National Park

Where to Stay in Winter in Yellowstone

Find out which lodges in the parks turn up the heat and keep logs burning in their fireplaces all winter.

Snowcoaches in front of Yellowstone's Mammoth Hotel. Photo by NPS Jim Peaco
Snowcoaches in front of Yellowstone’s Mammoth Hotel. NPS Jim Peaco

In Yellowstone, all lodging closes for the winter season, except two hotels that brave the cold and keep their doors open for winter enthusiasts.

Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel & Cabins

Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel & Cabins are closed for the winter 2022/23 season.

The only park hotel you can access with your car, Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel & Cabins sits on the northwestern boundary of Yellowstone, a several minutes drive from the town of Gardiner, Montana. Built in 1883, the hotel was the first high-class hotel built in the park to serve those who arrived by train and featured 141 rooms.

In winter, you can stay in the elegantly renovated lodge that features standard hotel rooms, suites and hot tub cabins. There’s also dining, a ski shop and a gift shop on-site.

The Mammoth Hotel and Cabins, as well as all dining facilities at Mammoth, are usually open in the winter but will be closed for the 2022/23 season due to repairs resulting from the June 2022 flood. The gift shop, ski shop, barista and lobby will be open for the 2022/23 season, as well as snowcoach tours departing Mammoth.

Old Faithful Snow Lodge in Winter
Old Faithful Snow Lodge in WinterNPS Jim Peaco

Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins

The only way to get to the Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins is via snowcoach.

Stay here and have Yellowstone’s Upper Geyser Basin out your door. Home to Old Faithful and other amazing geysers, the majestic area provides endless opportunities to explore via snowshoes, ski or snowcoach.

At the lodge, which sits at 7,300 feet, choose between lodge rooms with western-style furnishings or cabins with varying amenities. To clarify, this is the not the Old Faithful Inn, a historic inn completed in 1904 that closes for the winter.

The Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins, winter tours, and the Obsidian Dining Room, will be open from December 15, 2022 through March 6, 2023.

Winter Camping in Yellowstone

Willing to brave the cold weather and set up camp? Although most of Yellowstone’s campgrounds close in mid-September, Mammoth Campground is open year-round to tents and RVs. Mammoth Campground is managed by the park and is first-come, first-serve. The campground does not take reservations.

Outside Yellowstone National Park

There is lodging located near all four park entrances open in the winter, although the East and South entrances require a longer drive to get to hotels. It’s 57 miles from Yellowstone’s South Entrance to Jackson, Wyoming. It’s 52 miles from the East Entrance to Cody, Wyo.

The North Entrance sits right in Gardiner, Mont., so it’s just a few minutes from Mammoth to town. West Yellowstone, Montana, has a number of lodging options and is just minutes from the West Entrance, which makes getting into the park relatively quick and easy with a tour guide.

The West Entrance is in West Yellowstone where there are a number of lodging options. The 200-acre Bar N Ranch offers winter lodging with seven rooms in the main lodge, along with one, two and four bedroom cabins. It’s just six miles from the entrance to Yellowstone where you can explore the park via snowshoes, cross-country skis or snowcoach. On-site dining makes for a relaxing and cozy atmosphere.

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