Photo courtesy of Yellowstone National Park Lodges/Xanterra
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel & Cabins
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, located in the northwest corner of the park, just below the travertine terraces of the hot springs that gave it its name, has just completed the first phase of a two-part renovation that will soon see the historic hotel rooms updated, including adding en suite bathrooms in all of the 97 rooms. The 118 basic-but-comfortable cabins are still available in the meantime; some have en suite bathrooms (a few with an enclosed outdoor six-person hot tub), while others require sharing a bathroom and shower facilities. All guests have access to the hotel’s restaurant and grill—a good spot for a huckleberry margarita at the end of the day. In addition, all of the cabins have a small front porch, a perfect vantage spot for observing the elk and bison that have free roam of the grounds. The hotel and cabins, in operation since 1937, are adjacent to the old Fort Yellowstone, built for the Army cavalrymen who once protected the park, and which today houses the park’s headquarters; self-guided tours are available.