Our family of four stayed in a Western Cabin at Canyon Lodge for three nights beginning on Aug 6, 2011. This was part of a 10 night vacation at Yellowstone/Grand Teton which also included stays at Old Faithful Inn and Jackson Lake Lodge.
Canyon Lodge’s biggest attraction is its central location in Yellowstone. If you want to see geysers, you stay at the Old Faithful Inn. But if your priority is to see Yellowstone’s abundant wildlife, then the Canyon Village complex is the place to be as it is located in between the famous Hayden Valley (10 minute drive south) and the equally impressive Lamar Valley. The iconic Lower Yellowstone Falls and the “Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone” are also located just a few minutes away. As a bonus, Norris Geyser Basin, Lake Yellowstone, and Mount Washburn are within easy driving distance. The only major park attraction that was not convenient to get to was the Old Faithful area.
We had no problems checking in at the registration desk located by the Post Office in the Canyon Village complex. We were assigned Western Cabin P77. The cabin is located in a small one story building that was about ¼ mi away and it housed 4 Western Cabins. Each unit had its own separate door onto a common porch area. One advantage of this remote location is that parking is a breeze—no fighting for spaces and your vehicle is parked only a few feet away from the door which made loading and unloading very easy. The cabin was very quiet and we could not hear the people next door to us.
Our Western Cabin was outfitted with 2 queen beds and had plenty of space for 4 people. It had a private bathroom with toilet and shower/tub. The sink was located just outside the bathroom which made it easier to share the bathroom facilities among the 4 of us. Our room also had a nice dresser, table with a couple of chairs, and a couple of log benches. There was no TV, telephone, refrigerator or air conditioning. The nights were cool enough that our room was comfortable for sleeping. We had windows that faced the small parking lot in front of our cabin and one that faced the woods out the side of the cabin. The room was very clean.
Our cabin had a limited hot water supply. I don’t know if we had our own hot water heater or it was shared with the other 3 cabins in our building. Anyway we learned to cope with it by splitting the family up so that half of us took our showers in the morning and the other half in the evening.
We brought a power strip with us to charge up our various electronic devices which we found useful because there were a limited number of plugs in the cabin.
Like the Old Faithful Inn, we did not have wi-fi in our room (or anywhere in Canyon Village). However unlike Old Faithful Inn, we got very poor Verizon cell phone and 3G signals which made internet access impossible with our laptop (and its built-in 3G card).
Even though the cabins were nice, I did not like being so far away from Canyon Village. This meant using our car to access the dining room, stores, and even the ice machines. Parking was occasionally tight in that area. Also mosquitoes regularly infiltrated our cabin--presumably when we opened our front door. I realize that this is part of the national park experience but it was something that we did not have to deal with at the Old Faithful Inn as our room was connected with the hotel (room door did not open up into the outdoors).
We had a couple of dinners at the Canyon Lodge dining room. The menu was basically the same as the one we saw at the Old Faithful dining room although a couple of entrees were different. To try something different during our last evening there, we drove down to the Lake Yellowstone Hotel (19 miles away) and ate at their wonderful dining room which turned out to be a very good decision.
We took full advantage of our cabin’s location during our stay. We did multiple short drives to see the wildlife at Hayden Valley (saw bison, elk, grizzly bear, and wolf). We got up early one morning to drive 5 miles north to Dunraven Pass so that we take the spectacular hike up Mt Washburn (saw grizzly bear and bighorn sheep along the way). During our other full day, we drove out to Lamar Valley and saw a wolf pack, grizzly bear (who we saw take a carcass away from the wolves), bald eagle, a group of pronghorn antelope, a couple of coyotes, and a bison herd all simultaneously from one vantage point!).
We saw the Lower Falls and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone on the day we checked out. We easily could have spent a full day there exploring all the short trails and vantage points for the Lower and Upper Falls--something we will definitely do when we return some day.
All things considered, we would definitely consider staying at Canyon Lodge again in the future.
Finally, be sure to check out the impressive Visitor Center at Canyon Village.
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