only bed and breakfast in a national park.
This pre-Civil War-era farmstead was renovated in 1988 by an
enterprising couple who offer six guest rooms, four in the main house and two
in the carriage barn.
The inn is a
good base from which to explore this diverse national park.
Crater Lake National Park – This park has
two very different lodging facilities; Crater Lake Lodge (photo left) offers seventy-one
rooms in an historic, but completely rebuilt four-story wooden lodge on the
rim of spectacular Crater Lake
. Mazama Village Motor Inn offers forty basic
and less expensive rooms seven miles south of the rim. Crater Lake Lodge is a classic
national park lodge, while Mazama a basic motel unit. Both locations have eating facilities.
Caves National Monument – The
Chateau at the Oregon
classic six-story chateau with twenty-three guest rooms in this relatively
small national monument.
is an alpine-style wooden building constructed in 1934.
It became a National Historic Landmark in
The chateau, with an exterior
covered with cedar bark sheathing, retains a coziness and warmth of a traditional inn.
Badlands National Park
– Cedar Pass Lodge consists of twenty-one small, mostly free-standing stucco
cabins plus a large cottage (photo left). The facility includes a dining room and nice gift shop selling specialized items relating to the Plains and America’s
westward expansion. The lodge was
purchased by the National Park Service in 1964.
Big Bend National Park – Chisos Mountains Lodge in the park’s scenic basin area is a complex of modern lodge and
motel-type units (photo left) plus older stone and adobe cabins. All of the lodging facilities rent for
about the same price and are open year round.
The lodge is in a remote location in the midst of breathtaking scenery.
Virgin Islands National Park – Cinnamon Bay Campground with
tents and cottages is on the north shore
of St. John Island, a fifteen-minute
tax ride from the town of Cruz
Bay. The forty cottages are fifteen by
fifteen feet and constructed of cement sides and floor with front an back
screening. The concessionaire provides
linens for four twin beds in each cottage.
Guests must use a community bathroom Both the cottages and tents are a
short walk from Cinnamon
Bryce Canyon National Park
– Bryce Canyon Lodge offers a variety of nice accommodations
including two two-story motor lodge buildings, forty historic Western Cabins
with refurbished bathrooms, and four rooms in the main lodge (photo left) designed by
Gilbert Stanley Underwood, the same architect who designed the Ahwahnee in
Yosemite, Zion Loge, and Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim.
Zion National Park – Zion
Lodge comprises a central building housing the registration and dining
facilities, plus forty Western Cabins and seventy-six motel-type rooms in two
large two-story motor-lodge buildings (photo left).
The lodge is fronted by a large grassy area with cottonwood trees and
surrounded front and back by the beautiful red sandstone cliffs that make Zion
such a scenic national park.
Shenandoah National Park
– Three locations in this national park offer lodging facilities. All are in the central section between
milepost 40 and 60. Big Meadows Lodge
(photo left) and Skyland Resort are relatively large complexes with an historic lodge plus
cabins and modern lodging units. Lewis
Mountain Cabins is a very small facility with cabins only. All three facilities are operated by concessionaire Aramark Parks and Destinations.
Mount Rainier National Park Nat
– This national park has two inns that offer very different lodging
experiences. National Park Inn is a
small, cozy lodge in a heavily forested area with a view of Mountain
Rainier. It offers twenty-five guest
rooms and is open year round. Paradise
Inn (photo left) is a classic lodge building at higher altitude in an alpine
has 117 guest rooms and offers spectacular mountain views when the weather
permits. Despite the different
environments, the two lodges are only about 13 miles apart.
National Park Complex – Two major lodging
facilities are located in this beautiful and relatively lightly visited national park. Stehekin Landing Resort is in the tiny village of
Stehekin (population about 100 hardy souls) at the north end of Lake
The lodge is reached via commercial boats or floatplanes that leave from
the town of Chelan
or Field’s Point Landing. The second
facility, Ross Lake Resort (left photo), consists of three styles of floating cabins, all
of which have kitchens. This one of the most unusual of all national park lodging facilities. No food of any kind is available at the resort
that is reached only by boat.
Olympic National Park –
Olympic has four facilities with overnight guest accommodations. Kalaloch Lodge (photo left) has main lodge rooms,
cabins, and motor lodge rooms, many of which are directly on the coast. Kalaloch is perfect for beach walkers. Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort is an inviting
destination for those who want to spend time relaxing in a hot mineral
pool. Sol Duc has cabins with and
without kitchens. Lake Crescent Lodge
and Log Cabin Resort are situated on the northern edge of the park in heavily
wooded areas on opposite sides of beautiful Lake
. Lake Crescent Lodge is one of our favorite
places to stay.
Grand Teton National Park
– This park along with the neighboring parkway are home to seven lodging
facilities. These include Triangle X
Ranch, the only working dude ranch in a national park and Jenny Lake Lodge (photo bottom left),
one of the most expensive lodges in a national park. Jackson Lake Lodge (photo top left) offers spectacular views
of the Teton
huge windows in its spacious lobby and some of the more expensive guest
of the least expensive lodging in this park in both historic cabins and tent
Dornan’s Spur Ranch Log Cabins
offers very nice accommodations in a small commercial complex while Signal
Mountain Lodge is comprised seventy-nine cabin units on the bank of beautiful
. Flagg Ranch, with ninety-two modern cabin
units, is the only lodging facility on the John
D. Rockefeller Parkway that connects Grand
Teton National Park
Yellowstone National Park
– Yellowstone boasts nine lodging facilities including famous Old Faithful Inn (photo top left), one of three lodges in the hectic
Old Faithful Area. Two nearby lodges
are modern Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins plus Old Faithful Lodge Cabins,
the latter of which offers only rustic cabins. Other park lodging includes Mammoth Hot
Springs Hotel and Cabins near the north entrance and Roosevelt Lodge Cabins
in the northeast section of the park.
The latter is near the Lamar
popular for wolf sightings.
largest and most centrally located lodging facility is Canyon Lodge and
Cabins with hundreds of cabins plus two modern lodge buildings. This is a huge complex that we don't particularly enjoy stay in. Lake
, on the
east side of the park, has two separate but nearby facilities. Lake
Hotel and Cabins provides numerous renovated cabins plus the elegant Lake Yellowstone
Hotel (photo bottom left)
, our favorite place to stay in this park.
Nearby, Lake Lodge Cabins has 186 cabins
that range from rustic to modern. Grant
the park’s south entrance, has six relatively modern motel-type buildings
with nearly 300 rooms.
information about all national park lodging facilities is available in The
Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges by David L. and Kay W.
Scott. The seventh edition of this book is published by the Globe Pequot Press and retails for $18.95. It includes room rates, reservation information, room recommendations, dining facilities, activities, maps, how to reduce expenses, sketches of the lodges, and information about pets. The book is available from local bookstores or online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million. The main cover photo is of Old Faithful Inn in
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
Order the 7th
edition of The
Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges from Amazon.
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