Updated: May 21, 2015
Yellowstone Canyon Village Cabin Review:There are quite a few areas to stay when visiting Yellowstone National Park - we decided to stay in the Canyon Village area. You can choose from the lodges or cabins. The Dunraven and Cascade lodges are great choices, but I wanted to have my kids experience cabin life. The Frontier Cabins are a bit more rustic than the Western Cabins, but both offer up remodeled interiors with modern amenities - keep in mind that there is NO internet, telephone, or air conditioning or radios in these rooms. Even getting cellphone service in our cabin was pretty tough. We were able to get cell service back near the grocery store and restaurants. Our Western Cabin was located in the P loop and the buildings feature 4 to 6 units each. Each cabin has it's own private bathroom (tub/shower) and it was pretty much like a normal hotel room except without a TV or internet access. Part of my goal was to show my kids how they could live a few days without those technological devices. Outside the back of our room was a wooded area where they played in our down time. At night we played games in the room and took a walk to see all the stars that are visible at about 8000 feet of elevation. Yellowstone has done a great of updating their cabin rooms while leaving the exteriors looking a bit rustic (see photos below).
The one thing I can highly recommend when planning a trip to Yellowstone is to BOOK EARLY. Almost all the rooms are sold out months in advance. I was only able to get our Canyon Village Cabin after realizing that the Grant Village and Old Faithful lodging options had already sold out. This was in January for a July visit - 6 months in advance. Don't procrastinate or else you will be severly limited in your choices. Canyon Village is a great location within the park with restaurant options, an excellent visitor center, and nearby attractions like the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone are only minutes away. The lodge rooms at Dunraven and Cascade Lodge - most rooms have 2 double beds and rates are about $180 to $190 a night during the summer months. The Frontier Cabins are the cheapest option (besides actually camping) and they go for about $100/night. The Western Cabins where we stayed cost a little over $200/night with all the taxes. It's great that there are so many choices when visiting Yellowston NP, something for all budgets really.
Canyon Village Western Cabin Rooms - Decor and Amenities:When we drove up the outside did look a bit old, so I thought, ok the kids are really going to like the dated rooms once we get inside. I hadn't realized that the rooms have slowly been updated starting back in 2005. The interior was great - modern furnishing, nice shower, comfortable beds, etc. My wife and I were happy and the kids were a bit disappointed once they saw the room. I guess they wanted rustic and in the back of my mind I was hoping for modern. There were 2 queen beds with a good sized wooden dresser and a wood table in the room as well. There are no views in these cabins - you are in amongst the trees with the parking area on the other side. The bathroom was very clean and the shower was a nice change from the older style facilities we had stayed in at Grand Teton in Colter Bay. Although the Western Cabins are a bit expensive - $200/night - we felt it was still a good bargain given all the free entertainment within the park. It's a short drive from the registration building down to the cabins.
What Others Are Saying About Canyon Village Cabins:We feel that anyone looking to stay at Yellowstone should read several sources of consumer reviews before deciding on what style of lodging is best for them. We have included the link here to Tripadvisor with dozens of comments from other visitors to the park - http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g60999-d220053-Reviews-Canyon_Lodge_and_Cabins-Yellowstone_National_Park_Wyoming.html. Read up on what others have to say and get a better idea of which lodge/cabin works best for you and your group.
|Two queen beds in the room - very comfortable.
|Small table with 2 chairs - nice place for my son to get his toys out.
|Bathroom sink with fresh towels and notice the blow dryer.
|We thought this little bar of soap in the shape of a bear was a nice touch.
|The view from the front of the building. Looks rustic and aged.