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Ultimate Yellowstone Itinerary: Best Way to Spend 1 to 5 Days in Yellowstone

If you are planning your trip to Yellowstone National Park, this is a great place to start. There are many different ways to plan the “perfect Yellowstone itinerary,” depending on your interests and how much time you have.

Yellowstone is the largest national park outside of Alaska. With over two million acres of land, five park entrances, numerous geyser basins to visit, and scenic drives through valleys filled with elk and bison, there is A LOT to do here.

Ideally, you need at least three or four days to visit Yellowstone National Park. However, if you are short on time, you can get to the main highlights, even if you just have a day or two.

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Record Floods in Yellowstone

On June 12, 2022, Yellowstone and northern Montana had record floods. These floods washed aways portions of the roads between Gardiner, Montana and the north entrance of Yellowstone and roads near the northeast entrance of the park.

These floods altered the landscapes of Yellowstone and some roads are expected to be closed for an extended period of time.

At the time that I am updating this, the north and south loops of Yellowstone are open. The road between Gardiner and Mammoth is closed, as is the Northeast Entrance of the park.

As of July 2, the park cancelled the Alternating License Plate System. Visitors can enter the park on any day they like, regardless of license plate number. Currently, there is no timed entry reservation system in effect, but I recommend getting updates on the official website, just in case this changes.

Stay Updated about Park Conditions

Conditions are constantly changing in the park and will continue to do so throughout the summer. I plan to keep this article updated but the best place to go for current conditions is the official National Park Service website.

About this Yellowstone Itinerary

This Yellowstone itinerary works best during the months of June through October. From early November through late-May, many of the park roads will be closed due to snowfall. It’s still possible to visit the park in the winter, but you will get around by snowmobile or snow coach, which of course will be a much different experience than the summer months.

With that being said, you should know that crowds are huge during the summer months (especially July and August). In 2021, Yellowstone was the 3rd most visited park in the USA, receiving 4.9 million visitors. Expect major difficulties finding a parking space midday and be prepared to share walking trails with many other visitors.

If you plan to visit Yellowstone National Park for at least three days, we recommend staying in two different locations. Yes, it can be a hassle packing and unpacking, but Yellowstone is so large that switching accommodations can minimize travel time in the park. I give recommendations on where to stay in each itinerary. However, if you want to stay in one place for your entire visit, Canyon Village is the most centrally located village in Yellowstone.

A Quick Geography Lesson

Yellowstone is the second largest US national park outside of Alaska. With over 2 million acres of land and 5 park entrances, this place is massive.

Yellowstone National Park is primarily located in Wyoming, although it does spill over, just a little bit, into Idaho and Montana.

If you look at the map of Yellowstone below, you will see that the network of roads inside the park forms a figure of eight. The main loop is called Grand Loop Road. Bisecting this loop, and making the park roads resemble a figure of eight, is Norris Canyon Road. The majority of sights you will visit are located on Grand Loop Road.

Yellowstone Map 2022 Flood Update

I modified this nps.gov map to highlight Grand Loop Road, the park entrances, and the main sights in Yellowstone. The yellow lines are the road closures (at the time of the most recent update of this article) and the pink lines are the roads that are currently open.

There are five park entrances, one on each side of the park (north, east, south, and west), with an additional entrance on the north side. Because of the park’s location, and the multiple entrances, it makes an awesome road trip destination. A visit to Yellowstone is usually combined with Grand Teton National Park, Devils Tower and Mount Rushmore, and Glacier National Park.

It takes three to five days to see and do everything inside of the park. If you are staying for 3 or more days, I recommend staying at two different locations in Yellowstone to minimize driving time. You can get recommendations on where to stay in our Where to Stay in Yellowstone article.

Best Things to Do in Yellowstone

Here is a list of the best things to do in Yellowstone:

  • Old Faithful & Upper Geyser Basin
  • Grand Prismatic Spring & Midway Geyser Basin
  • Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
  • Wildlife sightings in Hayden and Lamar Valleys
  • Norris Geyser Basin
  • Mammoth Hot Springs
  • Go for a hike (Mt. Washburn & Fairy Falls are popular options)

The wildlife spottings in Yellowstone are incredible and every day offers a different experience. The best time of day to see the bison, elk, and bear are early and late in the day, so plan your visits to Hayden Valley and Lamar Valley during these times. But it is possible to spot wildlife anywhere in the park, so always be on the lookout.

Things to Do in Yellowstone

How Many Days Do You Need in Yellowstone?

You need a minimum of three full days to see the top sights in Yellowstone. Since Yellowstone is so large, you will potentially spend several hours each day driving from sight to sight. Add in extra time for wildlife sightings, animal traffic jams, and maybe even circling the parking lots midday for an empty space.

If you want to thoroughly explore Yellowstone, I recommend spending at least four to five days here. That’s plenty of time to visit the top sights without feeling like you are in a race.

How to Get to Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park is located in the northwest corner of Wyoming. Here are the distances and driving times from nearby airports:

  • Idaho Falls Regional Airport, Idaho: 110 miles, 2 hours
  • Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, Montana: 80 miles, 1.5 hours
  • Yellowstone Airport, West Entrance of Yellowstone: 3 miles, 10 minutes
  • Yellowstone Regional Airport, Cody, Wyoming: 55 miles, 1.25 hours
  • Jackson Hole Airport, Jackson, Wyoming: 70 miles, 1.5 hour
  • Salt Lake City International Airport, Utah: 325 miles, 5 hours
  • Rapid City Regional Airport, South Dakota: 440 miles, 7.5 hours

Both Yellowstone Airport and Yellowstone Regional Airport are very small airports, so your options will be limited. You might have better luck finding convenient and economical flights at Bozeman, Idaho Falls, and Jackson Hole. We usually fly into Salt Lake City and visit Grand Teton National Park on the drive up to Yellowstone.

Yellowstone is a very popular road trip destination. Here are nearby travel destinations which you can visit before or after Yellowstone:

  • Grand Teton National Park: 60 miles, 1.5 hours
  • Jackson, Wyoming: 80 miles, 2 hours
  • Cody, Wyoming: 80 miles, 1.5 hours
  • Devils Tower, Wyoming: 375 miles, 7 hours
  • Mount Rushmore & Rapid City, South Dakota: 450 miles, 8 hours
  • Glacier National Park: 380 miles, 6 hours

Note: This driving distances and times are estimates and will vary according to your starting/ending location inside of Yellowstone National Park.

If you have plans to visit Yellowstone National Park on a road trip with Devils Tower, Mount Rushmore and/or the Black Hills of South Dakota, you have several scenic drives to choose from that cross Wyoming. In our guide about how to drive from Yellowstone to Mount Rushmore, we cover the two routes that cross the Bighorn Mountians: Cloud Peak Skyway and Bighorn Scenic Byway.

One Day Yellowstone Itinerary

Where should you go if this is your first visit to Yellowstone and you only have one day? In my opinion, the must-see sights for a first-timer are Old Faithful, the Grand Prismatic Spring, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and a drive through either Hayden Valley or Lamar Valley to spot wildlife.

If you only have one day, most likely you are on a road trip through the USA. Most people visit Yellowstone on a big road trip that includes Grand Teton National Park. If that is your plan, you can start in Grand Teton, hit the main sights in Yellowstone, and end the day in either Mammoth, West Yellowstone, or in one of the lodges inside of the park.

Below is an itinerary that starts in Grand Teton and ends in central/north Yellowstone. We also have an article with six different ways to spend one day in Yellowstone National Park . This article includes many different routes through the park to fit your road trip itinerary.

Here is a map if you start in Grand Teton and end in Mammoth (but it also works if you are traveling in the opposite direction).

How to Use This Map: Click the tab in the top left hand corner of the map to view the layers (places to go and the driving route). You can click the check marks to hide or show layers. If you click the icons on the map, you can get more information about each point of interest.

If you click the star next to the title of the map, this map will be added to your Google Maps account. To view it on your phone or computer, open Google Maps, click the menu button, go to “Your Places,” click Maps, and you will see this map on your list.

One Day Yellowstone Itinerary

Here is a sample one day Yellowstone itinerary. All times are approximate, to give you an idea of how to plan your time.

7 am: Drive from Jackson/Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone. From Jackson, it is a 60-mile drive to the south entrance of Yellowstone and takes approximately one hour and fifteen minutes (95 miles, 2.25 hours to Old Faithful).

9:30 am: Old Faithful. Old Faithful is the world’s most famous geyser. It erupts every hour and half, give or take ten minutes. While you are here, you can also explore the Upper Geyser Basin. A visit to Old Faithful and Upper Geyser Basin typically lasts two hours.

Old Faithful Yellowstone Itinerary

Old Faithful | Yellowstone Itinerary

Yellowstone Boardwalk Trail

Boardwalk trail on the Upper Geyser Basin | Yellowstone Itinerary

12:30 pm: Grand Prismatic Spring. Take in the breathtaking view from the Grand Prismatic Spring Overlook. It’s a 1.6-mile round trip walk from the Fairy Falls parking lot. Then, brave the crowds at Midway Geyser Basin for an up-close view of the Grand Prismatic Spring.

Grand Prismatic Spring Yellowstone Itinerary

The view from Grand Prismatic Spring Overlook

Midway Geyser Basin

Midway Geyser Basin | Yellowstone Itinerary

4:00 pm: Hayden Valley. Hayden Valley is one of the best places in Yellowstone to see bison. If you are lucky, there will be a large herd on the roadside so you can get up close with these animals.

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Bison in Hayden Valley | Yellowstone Itinerary

5:30 pm: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. You can visit both rims of the canyon, either driving or hiking to the overlooks. If you are doing good on time, it is worth it to see both sides of the canyon. But if you are short on time (or low on energy), go to the south rim and visit Artist Point, the iconic view of the waterfall and one of the most popular sites in Yellowstone.

Artist Point Yellowstone Itinerary

Artist Point, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone | Yellowstone Itinerary

Once finished at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, check into your hotel. Canyon Village is the most convenient place to stay. If you have plans to drive on to Glacier National Park, stay in West Yellowstone. Currently, you cannot exit the park from the north entrance so I do not recommend staying in Gardiner, Montana.

Doing this in Reverse Order: You can also do this in reverse order, starting in West Yellowstone, Mammoth, or Gardiner, and ending in Grand Teton. Go first to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, drive through Hayden Valley, visit Grand Prismatic Spring when the sun is still high in the sky (to see the most vibrant colors) and end with Old Faithful.

For more information, read our article about How to Spend One Day in Yellowstone.

Visiting Yellowstone on a Day Trip from Grand Teton National Park or Jackson

Visiting Yellowstone on a day trip from Grand Teton National Park or Jackson works great. With one day, you can visit the tops sights in Yellowstone, including Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and see the bison in Hayden Valley.

We have a detailed guide on how to plan your day trip from Grand Teton and Jackson. But if you prefer to learn more about Yellowstone from a guide and/or if you don’t want the hassle of driving and parking, there are several highly rated tours that start in Jackson.

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Two Day Yellowstone Itinerary

This two-day Yellowstone itinerary is a continuation of the itinerary above, only you travel at a more leisurely pace and you get to visit a few more places.

How to Use This Map: Click the tab in the top left hand corner of the map to view the layers (places to go and the driving route). You can click the check marks to hide or show layers. If you click the icons on the map, you can get more information about each point of interest.

If you click the star next to the title of the map, this map will be added to your Google Maps account. To view it on your phone or computer, open Google Maps, click the menu button, go to “Your Places,” click Maps, and you will see this map on your list.

Day One

Morning: Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin. Watch the geyser eruption from the boardwalk. For a unique view of the eruption (and much lower crowds), hike up to Observation Point. Take your time walking through the Upper Geyser Basin and Geyser Hill. Have lunch at the Old Faithful Inn or assemble a picnic lunch at the Old Faithful General Store.

Midday: Grand Prismatic Spring and Midway Geyser Basin. Consider adding on the hike to Fairy Falls.

Afternoon: More Geyser Basins. Located in the same area as Grand Prismatic Spring and Old Faithful are several more geyser basins to visit: Biscuit Basin, the Fountain Paint Pot Trail, and Black Sand Basin. Leave the crowds behind and hike to Lone Star Geyser, a geyser that erupts up to 45 feet every 3 hours.

Where to Stay: Old Faithful, Canyon Village or West Yellowstone

Observation Point Yellowstone Itinerary

View of Old Faithful from Observation Point | Yellowstone Itinerary

Yellowstone Hot Spring

Fountain Paint Pot Trail | Yellowstone Itinerary

Old Faithful Inn

Old Faithful Inn | Yellowstone Itinerary

Day Two

If you stayed in Old Faithful the night before:

Morning: Visit West Thumb Geyser Basin and drive through Hayden Valley to see the herds of bison. Optional: visit Mud Volcano, a short trail that takes you past bubbling mud pots.

Morning/Midday: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Visit both sides of the rim, either walking or driving to the overlooks. Midday, parking can be limited, so your best bet is to walk to the overlooks. Our top experiences here include Artist Point and Uncle Tom’s Trail on the South Rim and Brink of the Lower Falls, Lookout Point, and Red Rock Point on the North Rim. Learn more about the Grand Canyon and ideas on how to plan your time in our Guide to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Afternoon: Visit Norris Geyser Basin. A visit here consists of seeing two basins, Back Basin and Porcelain Basin. Unless you catch Steamboat Geyser in action, Porcelain Basin is more thrilling. Steaming hot springs, light blue thermal pools, and noisy fumaroles are what you will see here.

Late Afternoon/Evening: Mammoth Hot Springs. Mammoth Hot Springs is a large complex of hot springs that is located in north Yellowstone. Hot, steaming water spills out over travertine terraces, making this one of the most unique geothermal areas in the park. A visit here can be quick, with a short walk to one or two viewpoints. Or, you can spend an hour or two walking the boardwalk trails past each of the viewpoints.

West Thumb

West Thumb Geyser Basin | Yellowstone Itinerary

Norris Geyser Basin

Norris Geyser Basin | Yellowstone Itinerary

Mammoth Hot Springs Yellowstone Itinerary

Mammoth Hot Spring | Yellowstone Itinerary

If you stayed in West Yellowstone or Canyon Village:

Morning: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Midday: Hayden Valley with the option to visit Mud Volcano
Afternoon: Norris Geyser Basin and Mammoth Hot Springs.

Where to Stay: West Yellowstone or Canyon Village

Yellowstone National Park Guide

Three Day Yellowstone Itinerary

Our three-day itinerary is similar to our two-day itinerary, with the addition of the amazing Lamar Valley, a scenic drive, and the addition of a big hike. Note: due to the recent floods, Lamar Valley might be inaccessible in 2022.

Day One

Morning: Old Faithful and Upper Geyser Basin
Midday: Grand Prismatic Spring, Midway Geyser Basin, and the option to hike to Fairy Falls
Afternoon: Geyser basins near Old Faithful and Grand Prismatic Spring: Black Sand Basin, Biscuit Basin and the Fountain Paint Pot Trail

Where to Stay: Canyon Village, Old Faithful, or West Yellowstone

Day Two

Morning: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Midday: Drive Dunraven Pass. This is a good time to hike to the top of Mt. Washburn for panoramic views of the park. It is a 6.2 mile round trip hike.
Afternoon: Drive through Hayden Valley to spot wildlife. Optional visit to Mud Volcano. Optional visit to West Thumb Geyser Basin.

Where to Stay: Canyon Village is the best place to stay but West Yellowstone and Mammoth/Gardiner also work well.

Day Three

Morning: Norris Geyser Basin
Midday: Mammoth Hot Springs. Have lunch in Mammoth or Gardiner. See the Roosevelt Arch, a stone arch that was constructed in 1903 and marks the main entrance into the park at that time. Consider taking a swim at Boiling River Hot Spring, a naturally occurring hot spring that is located near Roosevelt Arch and Mammoth.
Evening: Visit Lamar Valley at dusk. This is the best place in Yellowstone to spot wildlife.

Important Note: Boiling River Hot Spring, Roosevelt Arch, and Lamar Valley might be inaccessible in 2022.

Where to Stay: Mammoth, Gardiner, or Canyon Village

Boiling River

Boiling River Hot Spring | Yellowstone Itinerary

Lamar Valley Sunset

Lamar Valley at Sunset | Yellowstone Itinerary

Gardiner Yellowstone Itinerary

Gardiner, Montana | Yellowstone Itinerary

PRO TRAVEL TIP: When driving through Yellowstone, be prepared to drive slowly and to get stuck in “animal traffic jams.” Bison tend to stop smack in the middle of the road, blocking traffic in both directions, creating traffic jams.

Yellowstone Bison

Four Day Yellowstone Itinerary

With four days, you can visit the main highlights of Yellowstone at a leisurely pace. You also have the option to add in a few short hikes.

Tip to Avoid the Crowds: Crowds are largest between 10 am and 4 pm in the summer months. If you have four or five days in Yellowstone, you have more time to work with, so it is possible to plan your days to avoid sightseeing at these crowded times. Start early, visit a site in the morning, relax in your lodge or have a leisurely picnic lunch midday, and then visit another site in the late afternoon.

On our most recent visit to Yellowstone, we were here in August. To avoid the crowds, we woke up very early and toured the park from 7 am to 11 am. We spent the middle part of the day at our hotel and then we went back out at 5 pm. It worked out very well. We saw most places with low crowds and we had a better chance to spot wildlife, since the animals are most active at dawn and dusk. The only downside is the extra driving.

Day One

Morning: Old Faithful and Upper Geyser Basin
Midday: Grand Prismatic Spring, Midway Geyser Basin, and the option to hike to Fairy Falls
Afternoon: Geyser basins near Old Faithful and Grand Prismatic Spring: Black Sand Basin, Biscuit Basin and the Fountain Paint Pot Trail

PRO TRAVEL TIP: The best time to visit Grand Prismatic Spring is midday, when the sun is high in the sky and the morning mist has burned off of the spring. This is one place in Yellowstone that we recommend visiting midday, during peak hours.

Where to Stay: Canyon Village, Old Faithful, or West Yellowstone

Morning Glory Pool in the Upper Geyser Basin near Old Faithful

Day Two

Morning: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Midday: Have lunch in Canyon Village. Drive Dunraven Pass. This is a good time to hike to the top of Mt. Washburn for panoramic views of the park. It is a 6.2 mile round trip hike. Or, drive south to Yellowstone Lake and hike Elephant Back Mountain, a 3.5-mile trail that offers nice views over Yellowstone Lake.
Afternoon: Drive through Hayden Valley to spot wildlife. Optional visit to Mud Volcano and/or West Thumb Geyser Basin.

Where to Stay: Canyon Village is the best place to stay but West Yellowstone and Mammoth/Gardiner also work well.

Day Three

Morning: Norris Geyser Basin
Midday: Free time at your hotel
Afternoon: Mammoth Hot Springs

Where to Stay: Mammoth

Day Four

Morning: Optional hike near Mammoth. The Bunsen Peak Trail is a 4.6-mile hike where you climb to a peak for great views of north Yellowstone. The Beaver Ponds Loop Trail is an easy 5-mile hike with a good chance to spot wildlife, just make sure you bring bear spray.
Midday: Relax in your hotel or have a picnic lunch.
Afternoon/Evening: Drive to Lamar Valley. On the way, add on the 7-mile scenic drive on the Blacktail Plateau. End the day spotting wildlife in Lamar Valley. Note: Lamar Valley might be inaccessible in 2022.

Where to Stay: Mammoth

Blacktail Plateau Yellowstone Itinerary

Blacktail Plateau | Yellowstone Itinerary

Lamar Valley Yellowstone Itinerary

Lamar Valley | Yellowstone Itinerary

Another option to consider is this 4 day tour of Grand Teton and Yellowstone. With a guide, you visit both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Along the way, you will stay in Jackson, Cody, and Cooke City. The fee includes transportation, lodging, and your guide. The tour is designed as a safari, giving you the best chance to spot wildlife.

Five Day Yellowstone Itinerary

With five days in Yellowstone, I recommend following the four day itinerary and on your fifth day, adding on additional experiences in Yellowstone.

Ideas include:

  • Take a Ranger Guided Tour
  • Go Fishing
  • Spend more time in Lamar Valley spotting wildlife
  • Go horseback riding
  • Go hiking (there are over 1,000 miles of trails in Yellowstone)
  • Plan a backcountry camping trip
  • Drive Beartooth Highway. This scenic drive is one of the best in the USA and starts at the northeast entrance of Yellowstone. Read our Guide to Beartooth Highway for more information. Note: Beartooth Highway might be inaccessible in 2022.

Beartooth Highway

Beartooth Highway | Yellowstone Itinerary

For a full list of things to do in Yellowstone, visit the National Park Service website.

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Planning Your Trip

Reserving Your Hotels/Lodges

If you want to stay within Yellowstone National Park, in one of the lodges or campgrounds, you need to make your reservation well in advance.

Reservations open May 1 the prior year for summer (Summer 2023 reservations open May 1, 2022) and March 15 the prior year for winter. Lodges get fully booked one year in advance but cancellations are common, so keep checking back if you can’t reserve the lodge you want.

Get recommendations on where to stay in and around Yellowstone in our post Best Hotels and Locations in Yellowstone.

National Park Fee

It costs $35 per vehicle to enter the park and this is good for seven days.

America the Beautiful Pass: If you have plans to visit Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks, it is worth it to purchase the America the Beautiful Pass. This annual park pass costs $80 and is valid for one year. Not only will you save money on park fees for this trip but you will also get free admission to any other national park or federal recreation sites that you visit within 365 days of purchasing this pass.

Traveling with an RV

We have not traveled with an RV, so we don’t have experience about what it is like to visit Yellowstone with an RV (but we have seen many RV’s on these roads). If you want more information, I recommend taking a look at this website, for an overview of what to expect in the park.

Important Links

Check park conditions and road closures on the official Yellowstone National Park website.

Tours of Yellowstone

If you prefer to visit Yellowstone with an experienced guide, or want to avoid the hassle of driving and parking, here are several highly rated tours to consider.

Yellowstone Entrance Gate

Frequently Asked Questions

How many days do you need in Yellowstone National Park?

If you want to see Yellowstone’s top sights, plan on spending three full days in the park. This gives you enough time to drive the south and north loops, visit the long list of geyser basins and hot springs, hike a few trails, and spot wildlife in the park.

Is one day enough time to visit Yellowstone?

With one day in Yellowstone, you can see a few highlights of the park, so it is still a worthwhile experience. This can be done on a point-to-point road trip through the park or as a day trip from Grand Teton National Park.

Where is the best place to stay in Yellowstone?

The best place to stay in Yellowstone depends on your travel itinerary. Yellowstone is a very large national park, with 5 park entrances, multiple villages inside the park, and small towns that sit outside of the park boundary. If you have plans to spend several days in Yellowstone, we recommend that you stay in two different areas, in order to minimize how much driving you will do.

Where Are You Going Next?

If your visit to Yellowstone is part of a bigger road trip through Montana and Wyoming, here are some articles to help you plan your trip.

Yellowstone National Park

Grand Teton National Park

Glacier National Park

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Where to Stay in Yellowstone in 2022: Best Hotels and Locations

When planning a trip to Yellowstone, one of the biggest questions you might have is “where should I stay?” Yellowstone National Park is massive, with multiple park entrances and thousands of acres of land to explore. Choosing where to stay in Yellowstone might feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be.

In this guide, we hope to simplify things for you. Learn about the top locations to stay in and around Yellowstone, with specific hotel and lodge recommendations depending on your itinerary and length of stay.

This guide works well with our Yellowstone itinerary post, which lists itinerary ideas from one to five days, with recommended hotel locations for each day (it will open in a new browser tab so you can easily refer back to this post).

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Record Floods in Yellowstone

On June 12, 2022, Yellowstone and northern Montana had record floods. These floods washed aways portions of the roads between Gardiner, Montana and the north entrance of Yellowstone and roads near the northeast entrance of the park.

These floods altered the landscapes of Yellowstone and some roads are expected to be closed for an extended period of time.

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At the time that I am updating this, the north and south loops of Yellowstone are open. The road between Gardiner and Mammoth is closed, as is the Northeast Entrance of the park.

As of July 2, the park cancelled the Alternating License Plate System. Visitors can enter the park on any day they like, regardless of license plate number. Currently, there is no timed entry reservation system in effect, but I recommend getting updates on the official website, just in case this changes.

Stay Updated about Park Conditions

Conditions are constantly changing in the park and will continue to do so throughout the summer. I plan to keep this article updated but the best place to go for current conditions is the official National Park Service website.

Where to Stay in Yellowstone: Our Top Tips

Before I start listing hotels and lodges in and around Yellowstone, there are a few important things to know.

Choosing where to stay in Yellowstone depends on several factors: how many days you plan to visit Yellowstone, how far in advance you are making your reservations, and where you plan to go, both before and after your visit.

If you plan to visit Yellowstone National Park for at least three days, consider staying in two different locations. It can be a hassle packing and unpacking, but Yellowstone is so large that switching accommodations can minimize travel time in the park.

The best location to stay within the park is Canyon Village. It is relatively centrally located. From here, it is a short drive Hayden Valley, Tower Falls, and Norris Geyser Basin. With a little more time, you can get to Lamar Valley, Old Faithful, and Grand Prismatic Spring. And Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone will be right on your doorstep.

The lodges inside of Yellowstone National Park sell out ridiculously far in advance. We are talking 12 months in advance! If you plan to visit Yellowstone in the summer of 2023, you need to make your reservations in May of 2022.

So, what happens if you can’t reserve a lodge within the park? Not to worry. There are plenty of options just outside of Yellowstone. Both times we visited Yellowstone we stayed outside of the park and still had an amazing experience.

The best location to stay outside of the park is West Yellowstone. There are many hotel and restaurant options in this small town.

The recommendations in this post are for the summer season, May through October. From November through mid-April, many roads and close in the park. While it is still possible to visit the park in the winter, it is a much different experience. Many lodges will be closed during this time and you will get around by snowmobile or snow coach.

Yellowstone Entrance

Roosevelt Arch at the north entrance

An Overview of Yellowstone National Park

With 2 million acres of land and five park entrances, Yellowstone National Park is enormous. In terms of area, this is the second largest national park in the United States, outside of Alaska. Yellowstone sits in three states: Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana, with most of its land located in Wyoming.

If you look at Yellowstone on a map, there are two main loops in the park. Many of the best things to do in the park can be found along these two loops.

On the map below, I labeled the five park entrances, the lodge locations in Yellowstone National Park (in blue), and recommend places to stay outside of the park (in black).

Where to Stay in Yellowstone Map

Where to Stay Inside Yellowstone National Park

Lodges in Yellowstone National Park

There are nine lodges inside of Yellowstone National Park, all scattered throughout the park.

Canyon Village. Canyon Lodge and Cabins. This is the largest and one of the nicest accommodations within the park. Since it is relatively centrally located, this is the best place to stay in the park.

Yellowstone Lake. There are two properties here. Lake Lodge Cabins features a main lodge and 186 cabins, some with views of the lake. The Lake Yellowstone Hotel is a National Historic Landmark and it underwent a full renovation in 2014. You can also stay in a Lake Cottage.

Grant Village. Grant Village is located near the West Thumb area of Yellowstone Lake and has two lodges with 50 rooms.

Old Faithful. There are three lodges at Old Faithful. The Old Faithful Inn is a National Historic Landmark and one of the last remaining log hotels in the United States. If you want to stay in a historic property and have the chance to watch an eruption of Old Faithful from your room, this is a great place to stay. The Old Faithful Lodge Cabins and the Old Faithful Snow Lodge are also located near Old Faithful.

Where to Stay in Yellowstone

Old Faithful Inn

Best Hotels in Yellowstone

Overlooking Old Faithful and the lodges in Old Faithful Village from Observation Point

Mammoth Hot Springs. In northern Yellowstone is the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins. This hotel recently underwent renovations. Elk graze near the hotel and you can grab a drink at the bar in the Map Room.

Tower Falls. Stay in a rustic cabin at the Roosevelt Lodge Cabins. They serve an Old West Dinner Cookout and there is a nearby corral where you can go on horseback rides.

Each lodge or village also has at least one restaurant. Several of the bigger villages (for example, Old Faithful) have multiple restaurants, a convenience store, and/or a gift shop.

To learn more about each lodge and to make your reservations, visit the official website.

Campgrounds and RV Parks in Yellowstone

There are several campgrounds in Yellowstone, with locations at Canyon Village, near Yellowstone Lake, near Old Faithful (Madison Campground), and at Grant Village. The Fishing Bridge Recreational Vehicle Park is located near Yellowstone Lake. Learn more here.

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

How Far in Advance Should You Make Your Reservations for Yellowstone?

Reservations open May 1 the prior year for summer (Summer 2023 reservations open May 1, 2022) and March 15 the prior year for winter. Lodges get fully booked one year in advance but cancellations are common, so keep checking back if you can’t reserve the lodge you want.

So, if you are planning a trip for 2023, you should make your reservations in May 2022. If you can’t get a lodge inside the park, I recommend booking a hotel outside of the park. On Booking.com, you can book many properties as “refundable,” meaning you can cancel up to a certain date and get your full payment back. Keep checking the Yellowstone Lodging website for cancellations. If something opens up, make your reservation for the the Yellowstone lodge and cancel your reservation outside of the park.

A word of advice from one of our readers

Terri from Traveling with Terri is a frequent traveler to Yellowstone. She recommends calling the park 6 to 8 weeks before your trip to get a reservation. As people cancel their plans, the rooms open up, and you can reserve them by directly calling the park. Terri recommends to avoid the online reservation system since it is difficult to use and often does not show the available rooms. You can read her full message in the comment section below. Thanks Terri!

Where to Stay Outside of Yellowstone

Just outside of the park entrances sit several towns that make a great home base for exploring Yellowstone.

Ideally, it is best to stay inside the park, to minimize driving time, but there are several advantages to staying outside of the park. Accommodations are typically cheaper, in some towns you will have a wide range of restaurant options and a grocery store, and it is generally easier to make a reservation, even if you are planning things at the last minute.

Here are lodging options outside of Yellowstone, located near each park entrance.

PRO TRAVEL TIP: The entrances to Yellowstone National Park are open 24 hours a day. If you stay outside of the park, you can enter before sunrise or exit after sunset.

West Yellowstone, Montana

Outside of Yellowstone National Park, West Yellowstone is the best place to stay, since the driving times to the main sights will be the shortest. The exception is Lamar Valley, which is located near the northeast corner of the park.

Driving Distances and Times to the Top Sights:

Grand Prismatic Spring: 25 miles, 45 minutes
Old Faithful: 32 miles, 1 hour
Hayden Valley: 47 miles, 1 hour 15 minutes
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone: 42 miles, 1 hour 10 minutes
Lamar Valley: 72 miles, 2 hours

Under Canvas Yellowstone. This is not your typical hotel…it’s more of a luxury camping or glamping experience. Take your pick from several styles of safari-style tents. All tents have their own, private bathrooms and some can accommodate up to four people.

Hotel Under Canvas Yellowstone

Kelly Inn. This is where we stayed in 2019 and had a nice experience. Rooms are large, clean, and quiet and the Wi-Fi works well. You can walk or drive to many of the restaurants in Gardiner.

1872 Inn – Adults Exclusive. This boutique hotel looks amazing. If you are traveling as a couple and looking for an upscale hotel, look no farther. The hotel also has a sauna and fitness center.

Faithful Street Inn. This is one of the top picks in West Yellowstone. If you are traveling as a large group, Faithful Street Inn might be perfect for you. These houses come with multiple bedrooms. If you are a very large group, check out the house with 8 bedrooms that can accommodate up to 18 people!

Explorer Cabins at Yellowstone. This is another great pick for families. These cottages have one or two bedrooms, a separate seating area, a kitchenette, and a fireplace. There is an indoor pool onsite.

Gardiner, Montana

This is a cool town that is located near Mammoth Hot Springs and the north entrance into Yellowstone. This is a great place to stay to explore the northern area of Yellowstone. From Gardiner, it is a 20-minute drive on winding roads to get to Mammoth Hot Springs. Expect long drives to and from Old Faithful and Yellowstone Lake.

Note: The flood washed out the road that connects Gardiner to the north entrance, so currently you cannot drive directly from Gardiner to Mammoth (it took 30 minutes to do this drive before the flood…now it takes 4 and a half hours). There are proposed plans to reconnect Gardiner and Mammoth as quickly as possible, but it seems unlikely that this will be done for summer 2022.

So, I recommend staying in West Yellowstone in 2022, rather than Gardiner.

Gardiner Montana

If you arriving from the north or planning to drive to Glacier National Park next, this is a great place to stay, for at least one night.

Driving Distances and Times to the Top Sights (these times are before the flood, for 2022, add on 2.5 hours additional travel time):

Grand Prismatic Spring: 50 miles, 1 hour 20 minutes
Old Faithful: 57 miles, 1 hour 45 minutes
Hayden Valley: 46 miles, 1 hour 15 minutes
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone: 40 miles, 1 hour 10 minutes
Lamar Valley: 38 miles, 1 hour

Yellowstone Gateway Inn. We stayed here in 2019 and we highly recommend it. We had a one-bedroom suite with a full kitchen. The rooms are clean and quiet. Kara and I frequently saw elk on the property and we could walk to the grocery store. I would stay here again on a repeat visit to Yellowstone.

Elk in Gardiner

Elk on the property at Yellowstone Gateway Inn

Yellowstone Park Riverfront Cabins. Located on bank of the Yellowstone River, stay in a secluded cabin. Prior guests report seeing elk, deer, and bison from the cabins. These cabins are located west of Gardiner, so you will have a slightly longer drive to get into the park, but if you like the idea of staying in a quiet, secluded place with views of the wildlife, this is a nice place to consider.

Yellowstone’s Treasure Cabins. These small houses come with a kitchen and one to two bedrooms. This property is located in central Gardiner.

Hotel Yellowstone

Yellowstone’s Treasure Cabins

Cooke City-Silver Gate, Montana

With just a few hotels to choose from and a somewhat inconvenient location near the northeast corner of Yellowstone, it is only worth staying here if you are struggling to find accommodation elsewhere or have plans to continue your road trip through central Montana.

The road between the northeast entrance and Tower is currently closed. I do not recommend staying in Cooke City-Silver Gate until the roads reopen.

Driving Distances and Times to the Top Sights (before the 2022 flood):

Grand Prismatic Spring: 87 miles, 2 hours 20 minutes
Old Faithful: 93 miles, 2 hours, 30 minutes
Hayden Valley: 60 miles, 1 hour 40 minutes
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone: 54 miles, 1 hour 30 minutes
Lamar Valley: 19 miles, 30 minutes

Cooke City Montana

Cooke City, Montana

Silver Gate Lodging. This is the closest property to the park entrance. Just one mile from the northeast entrance, prior guests says it feels like you are still in the park. Take your pick from a wide range of cottages, bungalows, and houses that can accommodate from two to ten people. On Booking.com it gets decent reviews.

Hotel Silver Gate Lodging

Silver Gate Lodging

Elk Horn Lodge. Located in Cooke City, this lodge gets good reviews. Rooms are basic but clean and can accommodate up to four people.

High Country Motel and Cabins. Also located in Cooke City, stay in a double room that can accommodate four people. Or, take a look at the one-bedroom chalets that can accommodate up to five people.

If you stay in Cooke City or Silver Gate, don’t miss the spectacular Beartooth Highway. It is one of the most scenic drives in the USA and it starts in Cooke City.

Beartooth Highway

Cody, Wyoming

Cody, Wyoming is a western-themed town that is located east of Yellowstone National Park. From Cody, it takes an hour to drive to the east entrance. But from the east entrance, it can easily take another hour to drive to Yellowstone’s main attractions (from Cody to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, it is a 2 hour drive).

Cody Wyoming

Due to the longer distance and driving times, Cody does not make a good base to explore Yellowstone, but it is great for a one night stay. The drive from the east entrance to Cody, called the Wild Bill Cody Scenic Byway, is a beautiful drive. If you will be road tripping through Wyoming (for example, combining Yellowstone with a trip to Devils Tower or South Dakota), it’s worth it to spend one night in Cody.

We stayed here on our most recent visit and the drive on Wild Bill Cody Scenic Byway was the highlight.

Cody to Yellowstone

Wild Bill Cody Scenic Byway

Driving Distances and Times to the Top Sights:

Grand Prismatic Spring: 122 miles, 3 hours
Old Faithful: 118 miles, 2 hours 45 minutes
Hayden Valley: 86 miles, 2 hours
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone: 93 miles, 2 hours 10 minutes
Lamar Valley: 94 miles, 2 hours

The Cody. Located in Cody, this property gets some of the best reviews in town. Rooms can accommodate up to four people and there is a gym and indoor pool onsite. We stayed here on our most recent visit to Yellowstone and had a great experience. Rooms are large, clean, and quiet and decorated with a western theme. It was the nicest hotel that we stayed in during our South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming road trip.

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The Cody

Best Western Premier Ivy Inn & Suites. If you are traveling as a family and want to stay in one of the top rated hotels in town, this is one to consider. Stay in a suite or a standard room, some of which can accommodate up to 7 people. Some rooms have patios and some room have balconies.

Hotel Best Western Premier Ivy Inn Suites

Best Western Premier Ivy Inn

Robins Nest Bed & Breakfast. This bed and breakfast ticks all of the boxes. Rooms are clean and tastefully decorated. The breakfast gets rave reviews. And with the gardens and interior decor, this property is beautiful.

Hotel Robins Nest Bed Breakfast

Robins Nest Bed & Breakfast

Cody Cowboy Village. Located in Cody, rooms are rustic and can accommodate from two to six people. There is an onsite pool and hot tub and this is one of the highest rated properties in Cody.

The Chamberlin Inn. If you are looking for a bit of luxury, this is a highly-rated historic hotel in Cody. Each room comes with a flat-screen TV, organic silk linens, and fresh flowers. There is a garden, library, and on-site bar.

Eycat Lodging Company. Located in Wapiti, this highly-rated property provides camping and RV sites as well as cabins, cottages, and tee-pees. All bathrooms are shared. There are goats and llamas on the property.

If you want to stay between Cody and the east entrance of Yellowstone, take a look at Blackwater Creek Ranch and the Bill Cody Ranch.

South of Yellowstone

There are very limited options south of Yellowstone National Park. Grand Teton National Park is located south of Yellowstone, but because of its distance, it does not make a good option for exploring Yellowstone.

Driving Distances and Times to the Top Sights (from Colter Bay, Grand Teton NP):

Grand Prismatic Spring: 74 miles, 1 hour 50 minutes
Old Faithful: 47 miles, 1 hour 10 minutes
Hayden Valley: 56 miles, 1 hour 15 minutes
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone: 64 miles, 1 hour 30 minutes
Lamar Valley: 98 miles, 2 hour 30 minutes

What We Did

We have visited Yellowstone four times. Our first two visits were day trips through several national parks and we had a very similar itinerary both times. Our third visit to Yellowstone was on a day trip from Grand Teton National Park. On our most recent visit, we spent one day in Yellowstone and stayed in Cody.

On our 2019 road trip from Grand Teton to Yellowstone to Glacier, this is what we did:

Starting in Grand Teton National Park, we got an early start, visited the sights in southern Yellowstone, and then spent one night in West Yellowstone (at the Kelly Inn). We spent three more days in Yellowstone, staying in Gardiner, Montana for the last three nights (at the Yellowstone Gateway Inn). It worked well, but 2 nights in West Yellowstone and 2 nights in Gardiner would have been better. I really like Gardiner, but it is a long drive in and out of the park from here.

We stayed outside of the park since we made our travel plans almost at the last minute (we planned this trip in early June of 2019 and visited Yellowstone in early August 2019).

Grand Prismatic Spring

Grand Prismatic Spring

Recommendations on Where to Stay in Yellowstone

So, now that you know the locations and the best hotels in Yellowstone, how do you choose where to stay?

The biggest factors are budget and your itinerary.

In general, in-park lodging will be more expensive than staying outside of the park. So, if price is a factor, consider camping or staying in West Yellowstone or Gardiner.

With just one to two days in the park, I recommend picking one central location, ideally Canyon Village. I do not think it is worth packing and unpacking if you are here for a short stay. But for three days or longer, staying in two different locations can save you some time (especially if you can’t get lodging inside the park).

You should also take into account your route through the park. Most people visit Yellowstone on a road trip, which means you will be entering through one park entrance and exiting through another. For example, your trip might start in Grand Teton and end in Glacier, with a visit to Yellowstone in the middle. In this case, stay in a lodge in south or west Yellowstone first (Old Faithful or West Yellowstone) and north Yellowstone second (Mammoth or Gardiner).

For itinerary ideas and recommendations on where to stay for each itinerary, read our Yellowstone Itinerary.

Bison in Hayden Valley

Bison in Hayden Valley

Here are our recommended hotels, based on your itinerary.

With 1 to 2 days in Yellowstone, the Canyon Lodge and Cabins in Canyon Village is our top pick, because of its convenient location. Inside of Yellowstone, the Old Faithful Inn is another great option, since it is a unique and memorable place to stay (but you will have a long drive to north Yellowstone). Outside of Yellowstone, I recommend staying in West Yellowstone.

Click here to visit the Yellowstone Lodging website.

With 3 or more days, I recommend staying in two different locations (unless you are lucky enough to get a reservation at Canyon Village). For part of your stay, base yourself in West Yellowstone, in Old Faithful Village, or near Yellowstone Lake. For the second half of your trip, stay in Mammoth or West Yellowstone.

More Information about Yellowstone

  • BEST OF YELLOWSTONE: 18 Best Things to do in Yellowstone
  • YELLOWSTONE ITINERARY: Yellowstone Itinerary: How to Spend 1 to 5 Days in Yellowstone
  • GRAND CANYON: The Complete Guide to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
  • ONE DAY IN YELLOWSTONE: One Perfect Day in Yellowstone National Park
  • GRAND PRISMATIC SPRING: Grand Prismatic Spring and the Hike to Fairy Falls
  • GEYSER BASINS: Guide to the Best Geyser Basins in Yellowstone
  • OLD FAITHFUL: Yellowstone’s Old Faithful: 10 Tips to Have the Best Experience
  • BEARTOOTH HIGHWAY: Beartooth Highway: Things to Do, Map, Photos & Travel Tips
  • ROAD TRIP: How to Plan the Perfect Trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

Yellowstone National Park Guide

If your trip to Yellowstone is part of a bigger road trip, we recommend these articles:

  • ROAD TRIP ITINERARY: Grand Teton, Yellowstone & Glacier National Parks: 10 Day Road Trip Itinerary
  • YELLOWSTONE DAY TRIP: The Perfect Yellowstone Day Trip from Grand Teton National Park
  • GUIDE TO GRAND TETON: The Complete Guide to Grand Teton National Park
  • THINGS TO DO IN GRAND TETON: Best Things to do in Grand Teton National Park
  • GLACIER NP ITINERARY: How Many Days Do You Need in Glacier National Park?
  • THINGS TO DO IN GLACIER: Best Things to do in Glacier National Park
  • HIKES IN GLACIER: 10 Great Hikes in Glacier National Park
  • NATIONAL PARKS: The Complete Guide to the US National Parks

Lamar Valley Sunset

Lamar Valley Sunset

If you have any questions about where to stay in Yellowstone or how to plan your time, let us know in the comment section below.

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Where to Stay in Yellowstone

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Best Areas to Stay Near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

The Best Areas to Stay Near Yellowstone National Park

Where to stay in Yellowstone – A guide to the first national park in the world

The Yellowstone National Park is synonymous with adventure, open spaces and the best views that nature has to offer.

Yellowstone is known as the first national park in the world, located in a large area, in the state of Wyoming, surrounded by Idaho and Montana.

Among the attractions to visit in Yellowstone National Park is the eruption of the Old Faithful Geyser volcano, wild animals such as grizzly bears, bison, moose, and, of course, the hot springs.

Yellowstone has volcanoes, colorful hot springs, and geysers that make up the wonderful landscape of the park, spaces that motivate thousands of tourists to visit it, annually.

Something to consider while choosing where to stay in Yellowstone Park is that you’ll need to bring your own or rented car since it does not have public transport. It is also advisable to walk around the park with a guide for your safety, especially when traveling with children.

The weather in Yellowstone National Park is mountainous, with temperatures of 77ºF (25°C) throughout most of the year. However, from time to time, sudden precipitations arise.

The best area to stay in Yellowstone National Park is Jackson Hole, because of its great location, culture and entertainment. See accommodation in Jackson Hole.

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Yellowstone, Wyoming.

The best areas to stay in the Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

1. Our favorite area: Jackson Hole

The Jackson Hole Valley is located south of Yellowstone, in the state of Wyoming.

In this area, you’ll find the Jackson Hole Airport, the largest airport in Wyoming and, therefore, it is a good area where to stay in Yellowstone for business travelers.

The heart of the picturesque Jackson Hole is Town Square, a mandatory stop for everyone who stays at the park.

Events such as the Elk Antlers Auction, the Fall Arts Festival and the World Snowmobile Climb Championship are held annually in Jackson Hole.

From June to September, the Farmers’ Market is held, where organic products, local dishes, flowers, and entertainment are offered.

During the winter, the center of Jackson Hole becomes a skating rink.

Jackson Hole is the best area to stay in Yellowstone National Park for travelers of all kinds, adventurers, leisure, a romantic getaway or family trip.

Where to stay in Yellowstone – Jackson Hole Accommodation in Jackson Hole – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why is this a recommended area to stay near Yellowstone National Park:

  • Best area for entertainment
  • Best area to book a tour
  • Jackson Hole Airport

Accommodation in this area

Mountain Modern Motel

This hotel is a 5-minute walk from Jackson Town Square and offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms. The hotel is 3 miles from Grand Teton National Park and 12 miles from the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Super 8 by Wyndham Jackson Hole

This motel is 45 miles from the Teton National Forest. It offers free Wi-Fi and rooms with a microwave and refrigerator. A complimentary breakfast is served each morning.

Rustic Inn Creekside

The Rustic Inn Creekside Resort and Spa complex in Jackson Hole offers spa and luxury accommodation. This palatial complex has personalized butler service, exclusive services and a 213 m² spa.

2. Yellowstone West

The west side of Yellowstone offers one of the entrances to the national park and, despite being a small area, it offers good entertainment options.

This area presents a culinary scene worthy of trying in the restaurants available in hotels and other establishments, there, it is required to book in advance.

The Yellowstone West entrance allows you to easily visit the famous Old Faithful geyser and other geysers in Yellowstone.

The west side is one of the best areas to stay in Yellowstone thanks to the fumaroles, geysers, steam jets, and hot springs with temperatures of up to 194ºF (90°C).

The Yellowstone West is an excellent place to stay in Yellowstone National Park for its luxury accommodation that is ideal for the most demanding travelers.

Where to stay near Yellowstone National Park – West Gate Accommodation in Yellowstone West – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why is this a recommended area to stay near Yellowstone National Park:

  • Luxury places
  • Near the National Park’s western gate

Accommodation in this area

Angler’s Lodge

This Island Park, Idaho lodge offers river access and is only 35 minutes’ drive from Yellowstone National Park. The property has a restaurant with lake views and a hot tub.

Stage Coach Inn

Located just 3 blocks from the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park, this hotel features rustic décor and offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and cable TV. A continental breakfast is also served every morning.

Eagle Ridge Ranch

This property is located on an authentic Old West cattle ranch, 25 miles from Yellowstone National Park. The cottages have typical western decor and have a kitchenette.

3. Yellowstone East

Yellowstone East is known for having open and safe spaces for picnics in the afternoon, as well as grocery stores, souvenir shops and high-class hotels.

Those staying in this area can enjoy views of the Shoshone forest and the park’s wildlife.

A point in favor for the east of Yellowstone is that, during the winter, the mountain peaks are covered with a blanket of snow and they become apt for skiing.

Near East of Yellowstone is the main lake of the park, in which activities such as fishing in the summer or ice skating during the winter can be performed.

In this area, you’ll find the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, where there are also walking trails. In addition, you can appreciate the waterfalls from the platforms on the river.

East Yellowstone is another of the best areas to stay in the Yellowstone National Park for open spaces, wildlife coexistence, exploring and much more.

Best areas to stay near Yellowstone National Park – East Gate Accommodation in Yellowstone East – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why is this a recommended area to stay near Yellowstone National Park:

  • Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
  • Luxury hotels
  • Summer and winter activities

Accommodation in this area

AmericInn by Wyndham Cody

This hotel offers a lobby decorated with game pieces, an indoor pool and rooms with free Wi-Fi. The hotel serves a hot daily breakfast with juice and coffee. The center of Cody is 1 mile away.

Big Bear Motel

Located in Cody, Wyoming, this motel is less than 1 mile from the Stampede rodeo facility in Cody and features a large heated outdoor pool. During the summer months, guests can take horseback riding for free.

Chamberlin Inn

Located 38 miles from the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park, this historic hotel offers free Wi-Fi, free parking and rooms with flat-screen cable TV.

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