West Yellowstone is one of the most convenient places to stay when visiting Yellowstone National Park. The small town right by the west entrance to Yellowstone provides a number of different lodging types for a variety of budgets.
Why Should You Stay in West Yellowstone?
Plus, West Yellowstone caters to visitors with lots of restaurants, souvenir shops, and even a couple of museums and wildlife attractions, including one of our favorite things to do in West Yellowstone: The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center.
Read More: Why the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center Should Be On Your Yellowstone Itinerary
West Yellowstone also has convenience and grocery stores in town where you can get more toiletries or stock up on some snacks for your day exploring Yellowstone National Park. We recommend Food Roundup on Dunraven Street – our cousin/niece works there and it’s a friendly atmosphere with a good selection for a small town grocer.
Staying in West Yellowstone will place you right by all of these amenities while also being just a few minutes away from the park’s west entrance.
Top 12 Places to Stay in West Yellowstone
To make it easier to choose where to stay, we have narrowed it down to our top 12 vacation rentals and hotels to stay at in West Yellowstone.
1) Top Pick: Golden Stone Inn
We love the Golden Stone Inn so much we wrote a whole blog post about it! We love so much about this motel from the modern, rustic rooms complete with fly fishing pole stands to the central firepits and complimentary s’mores kits. It’s located right next to the Zipline Adventure Park and is a doable walk or short drive to all of West Yellowstone’s other sights.
Read our Golden Stone Inn Review here for more info about this cool lodging option in West Yellowstone.
2) West Yellowstone Cabin Close to Main Street
Get the best of both worlds with this newly built cabin (built in 2019) that will have you feeling mountaintop cozy while still within walking distance of the town’s attractions. The Montana Cabin has over 120 5-star reviews! Read the reviews here.
This well-appointed West Yellowstone cabin has rustic chic, Montana-themed decor with a modern kitchen and fireplace in the living room. You can sleep up to four people in the two bedrooms. You’ll also likely want to spend a lot of time on the large front porch, which also has a gas grill. The cabin also has wi-fi and A/C, which you’ll appreciate in the summer months when it’s usually pretty hot in Yellowstone during the day.
The couple who manages this cabin also manages three similar cabins on the property (found here https://www.vrbo.com/1589471, here,https://www.vrbo.com/1665101?noDates=true&unitId=2226497, and here) and can accommodate groups of up to 20 when all four cabins are booked together.
3) Whiskey Springs Cozy Cabin Rental
You’ll love the exposed log aesthetic of this cabin located in the Whiskey Springs Cabin complex. This cabin has a more rustic vibe perfect for those looking for an old-timey log cabin feel close to amenities. It still has a well-appointed kitchen and bathrooms plus a washing machine and dryer that families with kids will no doubt be happy about.
This 2-bed, 2-bath cabin sleeps six to eight people. This cabin is great for adventurers; in addition to being less than two miles to the West entrance of Yellowstone National Park, you’ll be just a couple blocks from the Rendezvous Cross-Country Ski Trails and Yellowstone Aerial Adventures Zipline Park.
4) Modern Condo By Museum of the Yellowstone and Discovery Center
This 2-bedroom condo is a highly-rated vacation rental in West Yellowstone that sleeps up to six people.
It is located across the street from the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. This prime location means you’re also close to the Museum of the Yellowstone and bars and restaurants. The condo complex is great for families since it has multiple pools including a children’s pool and an outdoor playground.
5) Holiday Inn West Yellowstone
Use those hotel points and stay in the convenience you know at the Holiday Inn West Yellowstone. This modern hotel has plenty of amenities and perks, including a complimentary shuttle to and from the West Yellowstone airport. There is also onsite dining, free wi-fi, and an indoor pool. Holiday Inn West Yellowstone is pet-friendly, too.
6) City Center Motel
City Center Motel is a more affordable option for visitors to West Yellowstone. Though it may be friendlier on the wallet, City Center Motel doesn’t compromise on comfort and modern amenities. You’ll find clean, comfortable rooms with cute bedspreads.
Families will especially appreciate the unique floorplan options available: book a 1-bedroom (3-queen) or a 2-bedroom (4-queen) bedroom.
In the common area, there is a kitchen available for guests’ use. As the name suggests, City Center Motel is also within walking distance of West Yellowstone restaurants and shops.
7) Modern Farmhouse Condo: Hotel Vibe with Condo Amenities
A studio condo with trendy modern farmhouse decor awaits you at this comfortable condo in the Arrowhead complex of West Yellowstone. It has two queen beds plus a slim twin sleeper bench that is ideal for a child. It can sleep up to four adults (or five people if traveling with children), but we especially like it for friends traveling together. That’s because the bathroom has two toilets on either side of the middle vanity area, one of which has a shower and tub, too.
This Arrowhood efficiency condo doesn’t have a kitchen in it, but it does have a mini fridge, coffee maker, and microwave. Plus, you’re just steps from some of West Yellowstone’s yummy restaurants and cafes. There is also a guest laundry room and common area in the complex.
For winter travelers to Montana, this is a great place to stay since it has ski-in, ski-out access, and snowmobile parking onsite.
8) Explorer Cabins at Yellowstone
Quaint cabins overlooking a common area with bonfire pits await you at the Explorer Cabins at Yellowstone. There is also a pool house. The cabins have cozy sitting areas with a fireplace and kitchenette. The cabins differ in sleep arrangements with options for 1 king bed (accessible options available), 1 king bed and 1 queen bed, or 2 queen beds. Adding to the charm of the Explorer Cabins are relaxing front porches.
There is a 24-hour reception desk that can help you plan out where to eat and what to do since you’re within walking distance to many of West Yellowstone’s top attractions.
9) Yellowstone National Park-Themed Clubhouse Inn
Clubhouse Inn has a typical hotel layout with a sleek lobby, indoor pool, and studio rooms. This hotel differentiates itself with its Yellowstone National Park-themed common areas, clean rooms, and excellent hot breakfast buffet.
Visitors may also appreciate that Clubhouse Inn is pet-friendly and within walking distance of town.
10) Kelly Inn
The Kelly Inn in West Yellowstone is centrally located, modern, and well-appointed. It is a great option for travelers looking for both value and comfort. The rooms have air-conditioning, a mini fridge, and a microwave, while the common areas include a pool, sauna, and lounge.
From Kelly Inn, it only takes a few minutes to walk to the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and the National Geographic IMAX Theater.
11) 2-Story Duplex in the Heart of Town
This newly built (2016) duplex is large and great for families. It’s over 1,000 square feet and has three bedrooms. After the kids go to bed upstairs, the adults can relax in front of the fireplace in the comfy living room or play games at the large table adjacent to the modern kitchen. There is also a laundry room and porch.
This lovely duplex is located along a residential street that is a short distance from the center of town where you’ll find restaurants, bars, and shops.
12) Under the Canvas Yellowstone Glamping
If you’re looking for a unique lodging experience in Montana during your trip to West Yellowstone and don’t mind staying a bit farther outside of town, check out Under the Canvas.
Under the Canvas Yellowstone is a memorable accommodation that lets you go glamping just 11 miles from the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park. You won’t have electricity; instead, you’ll experience the sounds and sights of nature as you sleep in safari-inspired canvas tents.
Under the Canvas Yellowstone has a number of glamping tent setups, including multiple rooms tents ideal for families and stargazing tents for those who want to fall asleep with the stars in view right overhead.
Book Early for Your West Yellowstone Accommodation
Remember that West Yellowstone is the busiest entrance for the park in high season so a line of cars can sometimes back up at the entrance, but usually, the line goes pretty fast.
The west entrance to Yellowstone is closed to vehicles during the winter months, typically from early November to late April, depending on weather and road conditions. Check road closures before arriving for your trip. If the west entrance is closed, you can access Yellowstone from the north entrance by Gardiner, MT.