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8 getaway cabins near Yellowstone National Park

A visit to Yellowstone National Park on the borders of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho is a must for many: Geysers, wild grizzlies and gushing waterfalls erupt in America’s first national park. You’ll want to plan a few days here to explore it all. There are nine lodges and a dozen campsites in the park. However, if you want a kitchen, a couple of bedrooms, and some space to spread out, Airbnbs can be found just a short drive from the park entrances. We’ve rounded up some popular cabins for every traveler.

For giving back

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Erik’s Ranch isn’t your typical Airbnb. Located 40 minutes from the north entrance to the park in the Paradise Valley of Montana outside of Livingston City, the ranch and retreat center provides a living and working environment for young adults with autism who act as ranch workers, tour guides, and guest services. Profits from guest accommodations, including this sleek, off-grid two-bedroom ranch home (starting at $ 268), will help fund the program. During your stay, enjoy horseback riding and soaking in the Chico hot springs, or look for grizzly bears from a safe distance.

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For groups

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Mack’s Inn is a historic resort on the banks of the North Fork of the Snake River, a premier fly fishing destination in the town of Island Park, Idaho, approximately 25 minutes from the park’s west entrance. Adjacent to the property is the Henry’s Fork Reunion Cabin (from 450 USD), which is well suited for groups thanks to five bedrooms and a dining table for up to 12 people. Yellowstone RV Park at Mack’s Inn is also next door if you have friends in RVs or RVs. Cellular and WiFi are both good here in case you need to get your job done.

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For couples

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This tiny, one-bedroom wooden A-frame (from $ 149), also located in Island Park, is perfect for couples looking for a quiet retreat. It is home to a loft bedroom accessed by a ladder. Trout fishing and paddling on Henry’s Fork of the Snake River are out the door, and the cabin is stocked with cans of bear spray you’ll need if you’re planning a summer hike in Yellowstone. Cook inside or use the shared outdoor kitchen, grill and fireplace in midsummer.

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For convenience

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You can’t get much closer to Yellowstone than this cozy one-bedroom cabin (from $ 215) in West Yellowstone, Montana, about 7 miles from this park entrance. The small house can accommodate up to four people, with a bed and a sofa bed. The property is ideally located on 50 acres including access to its own private fish pond. It also borders a national forest area.

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For rest

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Less than 30 minutes from West Yellowstone, this quaint log cabin (from $ 199) is nothing special but has everything you need including WiFi, board games, a well-equipped kitchen, and an outdoor fire pit. The place can accommodate up to five people, with a bedroom and an attic. It is located on a private road on the edge of Forest Service land, minutes from the gateway town of Island Park, a destination for snowmobilers in winter and hikers towards Yellowstone in summer.

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For families

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You come to Yellowstone – 25 minutes away – but you stay on the deck for the hot tub. This spacious four-bedroom cabin (from $ 211) in Island Park is just the family outpost and has plenty of forest to explore in the background. The house is equipped with things that children need, such as a bathtub, unbreakable plates, two single beds in a sleeping loft and, for little ones, a high chair and a Pack ‘n Play loaner. It is a five minute walk to fly fishing at Elk Creek.

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For price-conscious customers

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This cute two-bedroom western-style cabin (from $ 132) in Island Park has easy access to West Yellowstone and is one of the cheaper Airbnbs in the area (the hosts even say they will go out of their way to accommodate your budget ). Beautiful kitchen appliances make cooking a breeze, and s’mores fixings are included. The cabin is dog friendly and has a fenced yard for your pup to roam around.

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For wildlife viewers

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Just ten minutes from the park’s west entrance, this newly built luxury lodge (starting at $ 349) is one of the Airbnbs closer to Yellowstone. It sleeps up to ten people in four bedrooms and has amenities like a gas fireplace, outdoor fire pit, and hot tub. If you love wildlife viewing, the cabin has binoculars and a Nikon digital camera to borrow, as well as guidebooks and walking maps for the park and the surrounding area.

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