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“Far from civilization :))”

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Campfire Lodge Resort
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Cresskill, New Jersey
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50 reviews
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“Far from civilization :))”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

We visited Yellowstone National Park in August and stayed at the Campfire Lodge with our kids and friends. Of course, nature is beautiful, and you can sit on the riverbank, hike, etc. The cabins are small; some of them are old and in bad shape. The bathroom/shower is very small. Make sure you bring all your toiletries with you. The most important fact is that you must have enough cash! They don't accept credit cards, and you can withdraw only $200 at the ATM. I would advise to buy all your food in a supermarket on the way to the Campfire Lodge, so you can make something in the kitchen. The waiting line to have breakfast at the lodge is too long and it was very inconvenient. There is a very nice restaurant just 30 miles away :)) (don't remember the name, but it's the only one in the area).

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Palm Harbor, Florida
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

We visited Yellowstone Park last week and stayed at the Campfire Lodge Resort.

The facility isn't a "lodge" as the name implies, but IS four different businesses at the same location. There's a campground with spaces for recreational vehicles with hookups and primitive campsites for those "roughing it" in tents. There's a small cafe that serves breakfast and lunch, a shop that caters primarily to fly fishermen, and several cabins of different sizes for rent.

I didn't think far enough in advance when planning for our Yellowstone trip and found that "in-park" lodging was sold out, even several months in advance, so I widened my search and found "The Campfire Lodge".

I prefer staying in a cabin instead of a hotel room, especially for an extended time. I looked at the different cabins on-line and selected Cabin # 12, primarily for the location, which is directly on the banks of the Madison River. Making a reservation was more challenging than anticipated, as the facility doesn't accept credit cards. I spoke to the owner who made a verbal reservation, and then I sent a check for 1/2 of the estimated amount. After the check was received and cleared, I received a confirmation post card instructing me that the remaining balance was payable IN CASH when I checked in. I don't know about you, but i really don't like carrying several hundred dollars in cash around, but I had no choice.

We arrived and were given directions to Cabin # 12, which really WAS in a lovely location, but the location was the cabin's strongest point.

Our cabin was OLD. I don't know exactly how old the cabin was, but I'd guess at least 40 years old, and it showed. it wasn't necessarily "rustic", more like "neglected". The carpet was threadbare and torn. The walls needed paint. Some of the light fixtures were missing shades. The wiring was so old it was still clad in FABRIC insulation, except where it had been spliced and taped with wads of electrical tape. One of the windows was cracked, and others looked like they'd been purchased at yard sales. I don't think the corner moldings had been cleaned in months. I think our cabin was originally a one-bedroom cabin but had been divided into two bedrooms to make it more suitable for families, but the two bedrooms were SMALL, and the partition dividing the cabin was built out of planking supported by brown-painted logs. The beds were old, too. I don't know if they were 40 years old, but it wouldn't surprise me. The bed pillows were absolutely AWFUL, as if the pillowcase contained a concrete block!

One of the reasons we appreciate a cabin is for the kitchen facilities, so we can make breakfast before we start our day, and perhaps fix sandwiches for the day's activities. The kitchen had a small 4-burner gas stove that worked well, but NO drip coffee maker. The coffee pot was a percolator that sat on the burner. A microwave oven was provided, but it was inconveniently located over the stove, OVER OUR HEADS!

Moving outside, the deck was rotted in places, so care was necessary to make sure that we didn't step in the wrong place and fall through the deck. A picnic table was provided, as were 4 cheap plastic resin chairs, which we DID take down to the riverfront and enjoy the beautiful scenery. The facility itself was secluded and quiet, but WAS about a 30-minute drive to the west entrance of Yellowstone Park.

We're not interested in fishing and so can't comment on the tackle store, but we DID try the small cafe for breakfast, as to our surprise, breakfast was EXCELLENT! Great food, great service, huge portions, reasonable prices (cash, of course)

Believe it or not, we're not picky.

We're both campers and former Scout leaders and have often slept on the ground, in a tent.

I think we might have been more comfortable doing so than in the beds in Cabin #12.

It's possible that the neglect we observed was because we visited at the end of the "tourist season", but I really think that the neglect was caused by an owner/manager who just wants the most amount of income with the least amount of expenses, and since they have your money IN CASH, IN ADVANCE...if you don't like the conditions, it's not like you can dispute the charges with your credit card provider.

Room Tip: Cabin #12 DOES have the best location, right on the river, but if I was returning to the Yellowstone...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

Everything about this place is hodge podge. Except for the price per night. Come on the price was way to high for what you get. Mice all over the cabin with mouse dropping everywhere! The staff are not trained in people skills. They were rude and unreasonable. Saw three mice inside the cabin and the roof leaked on our pillow when it rained. I admit it's cute and quaint but at least fix the place up. We had to bust open the outside door every time we entered due to the swelled door jams. The place is a cute wreck!! Better bring cash because the don't except cards! They refer you to use there ATM machine inside that is
$4.00 per transaction. The place is a run down hole with fresh paint on outside. We found spiders in shower every morning. The place slanted due to its sinking foundations. Please be aware at $180 a night it's a rip off!

  • Stayed August 2012
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Grand Junction, Colorado
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

We camped along the river and it could not have been more beautiful They do have full hookups but they are rather dated and difficult to reach. We still had power all night that ran the A/C and accessories.

They have a quaint lodge that serves an amazing breakfast and lunch, plus a fly fishing shop and small convenience store. Great staff and we would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Bristow, Virginia
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

We were renting a house up the road from the Camfire Lodge and drove by one day -- decided to go the next morning for breakfast. We had 9 in our group and they promptly sat us. This is a Mom and Pop joint that looks like the kids work the tables and kitchen and Dad cooks the breakfasts. The breakfast's are huge! Wish someone had warned us and the husband and I would have sharred an omlette -- we left so much food. Our food came out relatively fast for the place being packed with lots of "to go" orders. Although our 9 order came out by 3's (3 dishes, than 3 dishes). But then again there was only one cook. Great view of the river too and they do have some outdoor tables right on the river!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

We just got back from a three night stay at Campfire. We found this place on the internet and are very happy with it. From the beautiful view of the Madison River from our cabin (#14) to the huge and tasty breakfasts this is a great place to stay. Prices were very reasonable and the cabin was in great conditon. We used this as our base camp while exploring Yellowstone and the Tetons. Very scenic drive to both places from here.

Thanks again

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Bozeman
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

My husband recently spent his fishing vacation here and can't stop talking about the breakfasts. He wants us to get up real early one weekend and drive there just for the breakfast.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Campfire Lodge Resort
Address: 155 Campfire Lane, West Yellowstone, MT 59758
Location: United States > Montana > West Yellowstone
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Ranked #12 of 36 Specialty Lodging in West Yellowstone
Number of rooms: 13

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