Yellowstone offers many options for those who wish to explore its vast wilderness. For those who don't mind the rugged nature that comes with camping, sleeping under the stars is a great option. For those who don't mind nature but also want the comforts of a hotel nearby, there are plenty to be found in the towns surrounding this national park. For those who want something in between, there are the Yellowstone Explorer Cabins.

These cabins are still relatively new in Yellowstone and include modern amenities that make it a notch above glamping, but are still rugged enough to make one feel as though they're one with nature. When visiting Yellowstone, these cabins are one of the best options for those who prefer to wake up in the park and experience it in its entirety.

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 What to Know About Yellowstone's Explorer Cabins

Yellowstone National Park describes its cabins as having 'The comforts of home. The perks of a hotel. All at the doorstep of America's first national park.' This is the most accurate way to describe each of the 50 cabins that can be found around the park, all on campsites that correspond to the location of each cabin community. These cabins have been built in West Yellowstone, and offer the best of both worlds: privacy without feeling too remote, as one might if they were camping.

Referred to as 'CABINEERING™,' these cabins are great for those who are traveling as a group, individuals who want a more elevated experience, or couples who are seeking a romantic park trip. For those traveling with their furry friends, there's more good news - three of the West Yellowstone cabins are also pet-friendly!

What Comes With An Explorer Cabin?

One would never guess that a place as inherently wild as Yellowstone would be home to such lavish cabins. Guests who book an Explorer Cabin can look forward to many features that they would also have at a hotel, including:

  • Modern, updated decor
  • Fine, fresh linens
  • Flat-screen TVs
  • WiFi throughout the property
  • A kitchenette for cooking
  • Housekeeping for stays of more than three days

Those staying in an Explorer Cabin will also receive a complimentary s'mores kit. Guests are encouraged to break out their kits after the sun goes down and huddle around the community fire pits to use them! This is a great way to engage with cabin neighbors while also enjoying the peace and nature that Yellowstone offers, during a time when few are in the park to appreciate it.

Yellowstone Cabin Explorer Details

The cabins can be found a short drive away from Old Faithful, which gives guests a great chance to explore the most popular parts of the park. The drive itself is only several minutes from the west entrance of Yellowstone, and check-in for the cabins is at the Gray Wolf Inn and Suites.

  • Check-In: 4 PM
  • Check-Out: 11 AM
  • Rates: Rates start from ~$172 during the off-season (winter and spring) and up to ~$629 during the height of peak season (mid-summer)

*Guests can book online, or call for reservations. 

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What Else Comes With A Stay At The Yellowstone Explorer Cabins?

The amenities at the Explorer Cabins don't just end with those within the cabins themselves. Guests can also look forward to these features outside their accommodations:

  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Laundry facilities
  • Fitness center
  • Community (gas-lit) fire pit
  • Hot tub
  • Available porterage
  • Additional WiFi access in community spaces

Types Of Explorer Cabins Available At Yellowstone

Yellowstone offers a variety of cabins to choose from depending on what a guest needs. From cabins that offer multiple sleeping spaces to those that are better suited for couples, here are the options.

  • Montana Cabin: These cabins are in the style of a duplex featuring open floor plans. Inside, guests will find two queen-sized beds, one bathroom, and a kitchenette, as well as a sitting area on the front porch.
  • Old Faithful Cabin: These one-bedroom cabins offer the privacy of a separate bedroom, which features one king-sized bed as well as a private bathroom. In the living room, guests have access to a sleeper sofa, as well as a kitchenette and a small sitting area on the front porch.
  • Yellowstone Cabin: For larger accommodations, these cabins offer two bedrooms. One of the bedrooms has a king-sized bed while the other will be equipped with either a queen-sized bed or twin/twin bunk bed. These cabins also feature a private bathroom, a kitchenette, a living room with a sleeper sofa, and a front porch sitting area.
  • Superintendent Cabin: These cabins offer full windows featuring views of Yellowstone from the living room, which also has a sleeper sofa. They are one-bedroom cabins that feature a king-sized bed, a private bathroom, a kitchenette, and a small sitting space on the front porch.

No matter which cabin one chooses for their Yellowstone adventure, the Yellowstone Explorer Cabins are sure to provide guests with all the comforts they need.

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