by Candyce H. Stapen
Mammoth, the other lodging open for the winter season, is the only winter lodging accessible by car. That makes it easier for families arriving in winter. Mammoth re-opens in mid-May for the high season, closing in mid-October.
Some of Mammoth’s rooms do not have private baths and some of the cabins can be rustic with basic, well-used furnishings. Once when we booked late for a June trip, we considered ourselves lucky to get one of Mammoth’s two-bedroom cabins with a bath and a small porch. Suites and hot-tub cabins provide extra features. Despite the simple furnishings, we grew to like the unit because of its relatively remote location. On the portion of the Grand Loop Road that leads to Mammoth, the crowds thinned out and we saw many deer and elk.
Our Editor Loves
- Winter lodging
- Two-bedroom cabins
- Lots of wildlife
Xanterra has a monopoly on the facilities in Yellowstine national park, and all of them are way overpriced. The cabin #31 was clean and comfortable, but would never cost $200+ anywhere else. The dining hall was nearby, but the service was lacking. We did not have a reservation, but we arrived around 730PM. Even though I could see at least 4 empty tables, we had to wait 30 minutes to be seated. The food was decent, but a little expensive especially the appetizers.I would not brag about the speed of delivering the food. Be sure to get on the road like 7 am to avoid the crowds at the various sites.
Visited the hotel last weekend of October. Remodel rooms were nice, shower was nice. I like having coffee in the morning and they provide you plenty of it. Service was good to very good, not the best, but it was the last few days before they were scheduled to close. The heater is hard to get adjusted right but workable. Plan on going back either in spring or late fall. Roads were slick and icy in places but we saw lots of wildlife.