Canyon Lodge and Cabins, in Canyon Village near the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, just recently unveiled five new lodges in a $90 million expansion that raises the facility’s total number of rooms to 590—the largest number of accommodations in the park. The new LEED-certified lodges were modularly built in Boise with sustainability in mind, including countertops made of recycled glass and fly ash (a by-product of coal burning) and wood trim made from blue-colored pine-bark beetle-damaged wood, which would otherwise go to waste. The new lodges also feature two bedrooms (king/queen), a sitting room with sofa bed, and some rooms with walk-out patios and decks. Budget-minded visitors who still want stunning views of the canyon can choose the nearby cabins, which are modest but comfortable nonetheless. There’s also a $6 million refresh of the lodge’s food service on tap, with new cafés and restaurants offering updated menus and Mad Men–era Mission 66 design.
By Deb Hopewell, AFAR Contributor
Canyon Lodge, Yellowstone National Park, WY
There may be sexier lodges in Yellowstone (such as the stately Lake Yellowstone Hotel, which looks especially grand after its $28 million renovation was completed two years ago) but the Canyon Lodge is closest to the Lamar Valley—and several buildings are brand-spankin’ new. Two buildings opened last summer, and two more will be built by fall 2016. Finishes are basic rather than extravagant, but they’re locally-sourced. In fact, the entire property is expected to receive LEED Gold certification once the redevelopment is complete.
By Kelly Bastone, AFAR Contributor