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

Snowcoaches in front of Yellowstone's Mammoth Hotel. 

In Yellowstone, all lodging closes for the winter season, except two hotels that brave the cold and keep their doors open for winter enthusiasts. However, during the 2020-21 winter season, Old Faithful Snow Lodge will be closed. 

Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel & Cabins

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, Mont. 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, there are several different types of rooms available from a standard hotel room to a cheaper version without a bathroom. There are shared bathrooms down the hall. Two suites are equipped with a bedroom, a sitting room with a couch and a single trundle bed. Otherwise, opt for a hot tub cabin.

Old Faithful Snow Lodge in Winter

Old Faithful Snow Lodge in Winter

Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins

The only way to get to the Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins is via snowcoach. However, during the 2020-21 winter season, Old Faithful Snow Lodge will be closed.

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.

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, Wyo. 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, Mont., 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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