by Candyce H. Stapen
If you plan to explore Yellowstone’s canyon the most, then book one of the 400 rooms at this property, located about a half-mile from the park’s big canyon. Choose from lodge rooms in the Cascade and Dunraven Lodges with one or two double beds, or enjoy cabin-style rooms in the Western Cabins or the Frontier Cabins with either two double or two queen beds. All have private bathrooms. Dining is available in the full-service Canyon Lodge Dining Room, the Canyon Lodge Cafeteria or the Canyon Lodge Deli.
In 2014, the Canyon Lodge & Cabins began its $70-million renovation which plans to completely remove the 200 Frontier Cabins in preparation for the addition of five lodge buildings, with pathways more suitable for bikers and hikers. The new lodge units will be multiple floors, totaling 409 new guestrooms with stone and wood features. The first three of the new lodges are scheduled to be completed by 2015, and the entire renovation is scheduled to be completed by 2016 when the National Park System celebrates its 100th Anniversary.
Our Editor Loves
- Lodge and cabin-style rooms
- Onsite dining at full-service restaurant
- Great location to explore Yellowstone's canyon
- Onsite Dining
by Bernie M
A few points before I get into the details. First, despite my lackluster rating for Canyon Lodge, I highly recommend staying in the park. Secondly, I understand there are operating and logistics challenges for a lodge operating in the middle of a large national park. Third, minimal access to wi-fi and lack of TV is understood and were not factors in the overall rating.
Now, the reasons for my rating. My biggest complaint related to the restaurants. The only restaurant that had any appeal was a cafeteria that, remarkabledly, offered only four options for dinner (Chicken fried steak, rotesserie chicken, ribs and fake meat.) Breakfast options were no better. Moreover, the portions were tiny. For example, a scoop, not a bowl, of oatmeal was $4.95. There were no refills on coffee that I was aware of. On the final day, I learned they would give you more food if you asked. It got to the point that I drove to West Yellowstone to eat dinner, which is about an hour away.
The room was ok. I could not change the temperature in my room. Fortunately that was not a problem because the daytime temperatures were in the 60s and the room was only a little bit warm. I suggest you stay on the top floor. I was on the first floor and whenever people walked around in the room above me, it was very loud. Also, their talking was muffled. I lucked out that there was only one night that I had somebody above me and they did not stay up late.
I would not tell a prospective traveler not to stay here. Rather, I would recommend they manage their expectations. You are not going to get value when staying at Canyon Lodge. The good news is that the experience of visiting Yellowstone far surpasses any disappointment from paying extravagantly for basic food and lodgings.
by Stephen C
We really liked this this lodge. We found the standard king room to be spacious, quite, modern (though intentionally rustic in design), and warm during a single-digit temperature cold snap and snow storm that stranded us there for two and a half days. It's an example of the National Park System's new LEED green building certification lodges. This lodge was completed in 2016.
When compared to a modern hotel outside the park it is lacking in many amenities, for example TVs in the rooms, exercise facilities, or a restaurant/bar within the lodge. But it is a national park, and in comfort and quite it is a vast improvment over the older lodges. Personally, we could care less about the missing amenities. We had to walk perhaps a quarter mile to the dining facility, which is not unusual in a national park, in sub-20 degree weather (+1F one morning), so we learned how to walk in the snow and on ice. It was great fun!