The oldest and most popular National Park in the United States, Yellowstone stretches some 3,500 sq miles across Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, and attracts millions of visitors a year to gaze at its geysers and hot springs, hike through its forests and canyons, and see some of the country's most spectacular wildlife. Unsurprising, then, that there's a whole host of places to stay, whichever side of the park you're planning to visit. Vacation rentals range from cabins in the wilderness to condos in the town, each one of them well placed to get you out and about in the wilds.
West Yellowstone cabins
Montana's West Yellowstone is the closest town to the park and is within easy striking distance of some of its top attractions, including the Old Faithful geyser. Tourism dominates this small town, meaning that there are hundreds of cabin rentals on offer that are open throughout the year. You could opt for a private, standalone cabin with its own grounds, or choose a cabin in a cluster, where you'll share the gardens and other facilities with your fellow guests, and have the benefit of a 24-hour reception area and housekeeping services. Both types of cabin are usually traditional in style, with plenty of woodsy atmosphere and cozy touches such as fireplaces.
Jackson Hole cabins Yellowstone
A gateway city for both Yellowstone and nearby Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole is an attraction in its own right, with world-class dining, shopping, and spas, in addition to excellent skiing come winter time. It also has its own domestic airport, complete with mountain vistas. Accommodation here ranges from the rustic to the sophisticated. You can find low-key log cabins on the outskirts of town, which are perfectly placed for ski season, or upmarket villa rentals in the city center to put you within easy reach of all the modern amenities. Either way you're guaranteed an atmospheric stay and outstanding views of the dramatic local landscape.
Island Park cabin rentals
Just 20 minutes from the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, Island Park is a small town that's big on atmosphere. Surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape of rivers and streams, it's a popular destination for fishermen; and it's also home to one of the world's largest calderas (a large volcanic crater). Come winter time, it bursts into life as a snowmobiling destination, with over 950 miles of groomed trails in the area. The majority of cabin rentals here are simple and rustic. You're likely to find wood walls, fireplaces, or log burners on the inside, and fire pits and decks-with-a-view on the outside.
Budget Yellowstone cabin rentals
There are over a dozen campgrounds in Yellowstone National Park, and plenty of cheap motels and hotels surrounding it, but for something with a bit more comfort and atmosphere, a budget cabin is a better bet. Your cabin is more likely to be compact than sprawling and you might have an open plan living, sleeping, and dining area rather than separate rooms. However, you'll also get a comfortable bed, clean and simple bathroom and cooking facilities, and some private outdoor space. The majority of budget cabins in the area are in clusters, meaning that you'll share the grounds and other facilities (such as a laundry room or a pool) with the other guests.
Yellowstone cabins for groups
If you're heading for Yellowstone National Park in an extended family group or with a big bunch of friends, you won't have any difficulty finding a vacation home rental to accommodate you. There's a good selection of cabins sleeping 10 or more people, with some offering space for as many as 40. While they vary in style, what they all have in common is multiple bedrooms, many of which are en suite, and extensive communal living areas including large dining tables for all those group meals. You're also bound to find spacious grounds with outdoor seating, BBQs, and fire pits. Some cabin rentals include perks such as game rooms and hot tubs; and many offer family friendly facilities such as bunk rooms.
Romantic cabins in Yellowstone
A couples' retreat may not be the first thing to spring to mind when you think of Yellowstone National Park, but with all those magical sunsets and clear, starry night skies, it can be a fantastic place to ramp up the romance. You could either go for a remote wilderness cabin where it's just you, your significant other, and the sights and sounds of nature. Or, you could hire a cabin in a nearby town or village, where you can indulge in fine food or a spa session for 2, before returning to your own private hideaway. What's more, many romantic cabins have hot tubs on the deck that are perfect for stargazing.