Finding a place to stay is one of the first things you need to decide when planning a winter vacation to Yellowstone.
You’ll find all types of Yellowstone winter lodging options to choose from in the park, as well as in the towns near the park entrances.
Use the tips below and our Yellowstone National Park travel guide to plan an unforgettable winter experience at Yellowstone!
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WHAT TO PACK FOR YELLOWSTONE IN THE WINTER
READ all about packing for a winter vacation in Yellowstone!
- Insulted boots – Baffin boots are amazing!!
- Heavy wool socks – we LOVE Darn Tough Socks!
- Base layers – it’s all about wicking and quick-drying base layers.
- Fleece jacket – Columbia fleece jackets are our favorite!
- Insulated jacket – you’ll need a warm Insulated jacket to layer atop the fleece jacket for the cold mornings and evenings, trust us!
- Winter hat – it gets cold in the morning and evening during the fall so an insulating hat is always a good idea!
- Winter gloves – put some winter gloves in your pocket just in case!
- Rechargeable hand warmers – and our favorite new find are rechargeable hand warmers in addition to the gloves!
- Neck gaiter – when the wind blows, it will be cold so a soft fleece neck gaiter or buff will help keep you warm.
TOP REASON TO VISIT YELLOWSTONE IN THE WINTER
The top reason to plan a Yellowstone winter vacation: it’s a destination like no other to experience steaming geysers amid a snowy landscape.
Check out what it’s like to visit during the winter:
All roads except from the north entrance in Gardiner to the northeast entrance in Cooke City are closed. Be sure to read the fall and winter road closure dates for the most updated year-to-year information.
You can access the park from West Yellowstone and the south entrance near Grand Teton by snow coach tours, snowshoeing, cross country skiing or snowmobile tours (more info about non-commercial snowmobile access).
Yellowstone Winter Lodging Ideas
Here’s a list of places to stay at Yellowstone National Park in the winter, inside or near the park.
West Yellowstone Lodging in the Winter:
Holiday Inn, West Yellowstone – Each room includes satellite TV, a microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker. Other amenities include an indoor pool, hot tub, and on-site gym.
ClubHouse Inn, West Yellowstone – Room amenities include a flat-screen TV, refrigerator, microwave, and coffee machine. An indoor pool and hot tub, free WiFi, and complimentary breakfast are featured at this hotel.
Kelly Inn, West Yellowstone – The guest rooms include a satellite flat-screen TV, a microwave and a refrigerator. An indoor pool and hot tub, free WiFi, and complimentary breakfast are included.
Gardiner Winter Lodging:
Yellowstone Gateway Inn, Gardiner – Upscale apartment-style suites, like a vacation rental without the cleaning fee! We love the fully equipped kitchens with dining table, living room area, separate bedroom(s) and full bathroom with tub/shower. Free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and Blu-ray/DVD players.
Park Hotel Yellowstone, Gardiner – Guest rooms with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, and a coffee maker. Charming place to stay and loved by guests!
Absaroka Lodge, Gardiner – Each room includes free Wi-Fi, a microwave, a refrigerator and a coffee machine. Beautiful location with river views!
Cooke City or Silver Gate Lodging in the Winter:
Sunny Log Home on the Creek, Silver Gate (VRBO) – The most AMAZING location along the river with an awesome fireplace and comfy bed!
Mountain View Cabin, Cooke City – Great views and we enjoyed having a washer and dryer!
High Country Motel and Cabins – Local owners who love what they do, and make you feel so welcome!
Winter Lodges at Yellowstone
If you’re looking for an intimate winter experience, check out the Yellowstone lodges! There are two lodges open in the winter.
Old Faithful Snow Lodge
All rooms include heat, alarm clock, hair dryer, safe, and fan. There is no TV or radio and neither pets nor cooking are allowed. All upper-floor rooms are accessible by elevator. All rooms and cabins are non-smoking/non-vaping.
The deluxe rooms feature 1 King bed or 2 Queen beds and full bathroom. The Western Cabins feature 2 Queen beds and full bathroom. The Frontier Cabins feature 2 Double (full size) beds and a bathroom with shower only.
Enjoy the lobby area fireplace, unfinished puzzles, and ample space for board games. Access ski and snowshoe trails or skate on the outdoor rink with free skate rentals!
IMPORTANT: In winter, over-snow transportation is required to reach the Old Faithful Snow Lodge! You’ll need to make arrangements for your snowcoach winter transportation to the hotel. Seating may be limited. Pets (with the exception of service dogs) are not allowed on snowcoaches due to federal law.
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins
All rooms include heat, alarm clock, hair dryer, safe, and fan. There is no TV (except the Suites) or radio and neither pets nor cooking are allowed. All upper-floor rooms are accessible by elevator. All rooms and cabins are non-smoking/non-vaping.
The Suites feature 2 Queen beds in the bedroom, separate sitting room, full bathroom, safe, refrigerator stocked with complimentary soft drinks and snacks, coffee maker, and telephone. Mammoth Hotel suites are the only in-park rooms with satellite television.
The deluxe rooms feature 1 King bed, 1 Queen bed, or 2 Queens, full bathroom or bathroom with shower only, safe, mini-refrigerator, and coffee maker.
The hot tub cabins are located behind the hotel and feature 1 Queen bed, bathroom with shower only, coffee maker, telephone, and hot tub located in an enclosed patio.