We just got home from our trip to Yellowstone and GTNP. We stayed in cabin #4 for 3 nights/4 days, and our son and daughter-in-law tent-camped in a space right across from us. What a wonderful time! The cabin was just the right size, spotless, comfortable bed and even the couch, patio furniture, etc., was good quality -- important since I was concerned about comfort traveling with back issues. The grandkids loved having their own little bedroom complete with bunks.
For background, I'm a five-star kinda girl. Quite spoiled. I was every bit as comfortable here as at a resort at home in Scottsdale, AZ. I think that's saying a lot. It's not luxurious or anything; just perfect as a cabin-camping experience. We did the "deluxe" cabin. The basic ones were cuter from the outside, but we wanted the kitchen, bath, linens etc.
We had campfires each night and cooked over it one night. I cooked breakfast for all one morning in the cabin kitchen, and the refrigerator was well-utilized. The whole experience was nothing short of idyllic. I worried about being there at peak season, in the "woods" area when we aren't used to bugs (Scottsdale, AZ is home; we don't do bugs). But it was quiet (with one exception), extremely clean and we never had bug problems in or out.
(There was a group of bikers -- cyclists actually -- that was very rude, up and shouting at 3:30 a.m. and it went on for a couple hours one night. Very disturbing for the tent campers; we never heard them in the cabin. This isn't the fault of the campground owners, but it is amazing how inconsiderate some people can be!)
The general store had nearly anything you could want and the prices were comparable to the groceries in town. We thought we would but never ate at the little pizza cafe in the main building. Just ran out of time. So much to do in West Yellowstone; who knew?
People seem to be negative about that area, but we found it slightly charming. It was the perfect combination of having restaurants, a (quite good live) theater and other attractions easily available, yet not staying in the thick of it. We loved being out in the quiet yet very close to West Yellowstone attractions and the west entrance to Yellowstone. Our tenters enjoyed the brand-new laundry and shower facilities. Even though they were slightly further away than the older facility, they were still close enough to be convenient.
There is a hot-water shortage issue, and it was hard to predict. Because they warned us the tank was small, only my husband and I showered in the cabin; we sent the others to the bath houses. Still, while we had plenty of hot water for both of us one night, the next morning we ran out of hot water when only my husband showered. I wish they could find a way to improve that.
Overall, I thought this was a great value both for tent camping and the cabin stay, even at peak-season pricing. Everyone at the front desk was helpful and friendly. Some concerns I saw in the most recent review (before mine) just didn't ring true. Even though we let our grandkids and their parents use our bathroom, we didn't even come close to running out of toilet paper. We used our iPhones as alarms (who uses hotel clock radios anymore?) We had plenty of towels. There are no dumpsters because of BEARS folks, but we could throw away excess trash at the wash houses (which were very close) and the trash cans in the cabin were typical and adequate.
I'd do it again in a minute -- would just try to get a "creekside" location. And I'd consider staying longer!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Best in West Yellowstone RV Parks - Yellowstone KOA Mountainside CampgroundYellowstone KOA Mountainside Campground is among the highest rated West Yellowstone RV Parks and provides quick and easy access to Yellowstone National Park. Our RV Park, Campground and Rental Cabins are tucked in the Gallatin National Forest, just seven miles from the west entrance of Yellowstone Park.With picturesque mountain views and a wide range of amenities and nearby activities, Yellowstone KOA Mountainside offers full service accommodations with ample amenities for every type of outdoor person.Campground for Tent CampingOur campground has twenty spacious sites for rustic tent campers. With access to our campus showers, restrooms, and barbeque facilities, you have all the necessities needed to enjoy Big Sky Country. We even provide a secure fire pit for grilling fresh rainbow trout and roasting marshmallows.RV Hookups and FacilitiesOver 175 parking pads with 50 and 30 amp hook-up services, our RV Park is comfortable, and easily accessible. We provide wide pad sites for larger RVs and longer pull-thrus, so you can arrive and depart without the stress of backing up your RV to park or turn around. Not only do we offer accessibility and comfort, but we also host some of the region’s best views. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Gallatin National Forest right outside your window.Cabin RentalsLeave all the tents, rigging, and headaches of packing at home, just bring yourself, a cooler of food, clothing, and your family and friends. Our cabin rentals offer a standard and deluxe option depending on your needs. You can bring everything you would need for camping and skip the tent for our standard cabin rental or just bring yourself, clothing and food for the deluxe option. We can accommodate groups of 4 to 6 and strongly recommend making a reservation in advance for these luxurious camping options.Yellowstone KOA Mountainside Campground also offers a close access point to the forest trailheads, ATV trails, fishing, sightseeing tours, and wildlife viewing and is just a short drive to the nearby resort town of West Yellowstone Montana. Located near the west side of Hebgen Lake Basin, Yellowstone KOA Mountainside hosts fifty acres full of streams, ponds, and hiking trails, a destination campground for all ages. ... more less