As Yellowstone National Park’s most popular entrance, West Yellowstone serves up a spread of lodging options, ranging from no-frills cabins to sumptuous safari tents—more places than we could possibly list here. But just to get your search for unique West Yellowstone lodging started…
Cozy Up in a West Yellowstone Cabin
Cabins capture the independent spirit of the west (without capturing neighbor noise), and true to form, West Yellowstone boasts a few tiny houses. Yellowstone Wildlife Cabins hosts six home-like cabins named after local beasties, each with a kitchen and washer-dryer. Whispering Pines’ cabins take a simpler tack, with small lodge pole timberframes decked out in 60s décor (and only open in the warm season). The luxury here is each cabin’s quiet porch, complete with dual Adirondack chairs facing into the woods.
If that simple life sounds a touch too simple, Yellowstone Inn’s cabins deliver modern conveniences, like fridges, air conditioning and wi-fi amid knotty-pine décor, while the tidy row of 1950s cabins at the Moose Creek Inn have been updated with fridges, microwaves and satellite TV.
Camp Glamorously (aka Glamp) near Yellowstone
Glamping means all the poetic parts of camping—al fresco sleeping to the sounds of nature—and none of the less savory parts. You know: 2am sprints to the outhouse with bear spray, futzing with tent poles, a stray windy downpour tearing up camp. With Yellowstone Under Canvas, you simply arrive and are sent to your safari tent or tipi. “Roughing-it” tipis are still a far cry from a typical tent with padded cots, while the nicest safari tents include wood floors, porches, leather couches, woodstoves and cowhide rugs.
Sleep in West’s Longtime Local Favorite
Open for the warm season, the Alpine Motel comes straight out of the 1960s, scrubbed within an inch of its long life. While the grounds themselves are simply that of a well-preserved “golden age of roadtrips” motel, owners Brian and Patty’s hospitality pushes the vintage motel into local-gem territory.
Find Western Flair
The Stage Coach Inn welcomes guests with a taxidermy-packed lobby: a wolf leaps into action, sending bighorn scrambling, all under the watchful gaze of head-mounted moose and bison. Lodgepole furniture and a roaring fireplaces complete the Western flair. If you’re picky about your car, note that underground parking shelters vehicles from searing sun and winter snows.
Stay in a Family-Run B&B
Ditching the usual Victorian bed and breakfast schtick, the West Yellowstone B&B features lodgepole furniture, a stone fireplace, and chatty attentive hosts with plenty of fly-fishing yarns.
Wherever you choose to curl up, know that West Yellowstone’s active lures—hiking, fishing, horseback riding, exploring—tend to send travelers off to sleep well. A comfy quilt, tipi breeze, or the promise of home-cooked breakfast just makes it that much easier to drift off.