Photo Yellowstone National Park Lodges/Xanterra
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
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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